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Authorities: California man admits killing family

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 12, 2014 at 9:03 pm •  Published: August 12, 2014

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — A man stabbed to death his elderly father, then killed his two young sons, his mother and finally the family dog. He then calmly called police to the home on California's Central Coast and told detectives the killings were his destiny, authorities said Tuesday.

The killings occurred late Monday, and Nicolas Holzer, 45, was taken into custody without incident at the home near the University of California, Santa Barbara, that he shared with his parents and sons, ages 10 and 13. Two kitchen knives believed used in the killings were recovered.

"This is another huge tragedy for our community," said Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown, referencing the rampage in May by a gun-wielding man who killed six people and wounded 13 others near the UCSB campus.

Brown said Holzer had no prior criminal history and there were no reports of police being summoned to the home during the seven years Holzer lived there with his parents and sons, Sebastian, 13, and Vincent, 10. He had full custody of the boys following a divorce years earlier, Brown said.

Brown said it was unclear if Holzer had mental health issues. That will be looked at as part of the investigation, he said.

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