Hemet Police Department

Suspect Arrested in Homicide of Hemet Father, 12-Year-Old Son

A father and son were found dead in a home in the Riverside County town

A suspect was arrested Thursday morning in the slayings of a father and son in Riverside County, Hemet police said.

Family identified the victims as Deon Boyd, 44, and Deon Boyd, Jr., 12, whose family said moved from Compton to Hemet four years ago. They were found dead at their home Wednesday night.

The suspect was identified by Hemet police as Qualik Walton, 23, the stepson of Boyd, Sr., and half brother to Boyd, Jr., who lived at the home with the victims.

"He was a dedicated father, and he was a really good, obedient kid," said one family member, who didn't want to be identified. "They didn't deserve this brutal killing."

Police had been investigating the suspected double homicide at a residence on the 400 block of Winthrop Drive after Deon Boyd's sister discovered the bodies.

The first 911 call was received at 11:28 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 22, police said.

Investigators also impounded a vehicle believed to be related to the killings.

Below: Deon Boyd, Jr., 12, and his father, Deon Boyd, 44, were allegedly murdered at a residence in Hemet. Their bodies were found late in the evening Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014.

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