Boy 15, Accused Of Killing Brother, 14

October 30th, 2009 by

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. – A Coral Springs teenager accused of stabbing his own brother to death will be held in juvenile detention until prosecutors decide whether to charge him as an adult.
William Gorzynski, 15, made his first appearance in court Tuesday morning, and the magnitude of the situation seemed to hit him when the judge called his name. He is charged with second-degree murder in the death of his 14-year-old brother, Matthew.
The boys’ father sat in the front row of the courtroom in tears.
“I think he’s just out of it. I don’t think he believes it happened, you know. It’s just something he can’t even fathom,” said defense attorney Glenn Roderman.
Police said William Gorzynski stabbed his brother once in the chest Monday as the two boys argued over the volume on their computer.
“The 15-year-old suspect actually called 911 and indicated that his 14-year-old brother was stabbed one time in the chest. Upon arrival, crews found the 14-year-old victim unconscious,” said Coral Springs Police Dept. Sgt. Joe McHugh.

Matthew Gorzynski was taken to Broward General Medical Center, where he later died, according to Coral Springs police.
His brother was taken into police custody.

The boys were both students at Taravella High School. The attorney said William Gorzynski is a good student and wants to become a chef.
Neighbors and family friends gathered outside the house in the 1700 block of Northwest 19th Court Monday night to create a makeshift memorial – leaving messages for the two boys who lived there with their father and 19-year-old brother.
“He was great – my best friend. He was like a brother to me. Everyone thought we were family,” Kelli Steelman, 13, told Local 10. “They were always cool with each other. They played around a little bit. But that was it.”
“The one in the middle, he was always happy, always laughing and making jokes. That’s why this is such a shock,” said neighbor William MacDowall.
Neighbors said the boys’ parents divorced several years ago and their mother lives in Minnesota. They lived with their father, who works as an electrical engineer, and a 19-year-old brother who attends college.
Friends said the Gorzynskis are nice kids and good students. A man who did not want to be identified approached reporters to set the record straight about how the family is being portrayed.
“I saw those news reports — you guys made them look like (expletive). ‘Where is the father?’ He’s working a full-time job because he has three boys to raise,” the man said.
The teens’ father and his oldest son left the courtroom with no comment. Their attorney could not explain how or why a simple argument between the two brothers ended so violently, but said the deadly result is something no one expected.
“Because we’re dealing with two brothers, one of which killed the other brother, who have lived together their whole lives, that are best friends,” Roderman said.
Community Reacts
On Tuesday night, friends of Will Gorzynski said they knew him as a nice and intelligent person — not as the suspect wearing a jail-issued green jumpsuit and grim face in court on Tuesday afternoon.
“It’s amazing. It’s shocking. That Will, who wouldn’t even hurt a fly, would do that to his little brother that he loved,” classmate Tyler Koller told Local 10′s Janine Stanwood.
“Everything seems to indicate right now that this was an isolated incident. Where a tragic, tragic decision was made — a spontaneous desicion that that young man can never recover from,” said Coral Springs Police Chief Duncan Foster told Local 10 Tuesday night.
The incident has clearly touched the community.
Outside the Coral Springs house where the stabbing happened, a memorial continued to grow.

A band of young friends who knew Will Gorzynski from high school also remembered his younger brother, Matt, who was killed.
“Matt was such a great peroson. We all loved him so much and we’re going to miss him,” said classmate Jessica Clark.
“They were both like my brothers. I’ve known them for two-and-a-half years. Having this happen — I’ve lost someone to talk to,” said Nicholas Bock.
At Coral Springs City Hall, Mayor Scott Brooke said he wanted young people to look after each other.
“If you’re aware of someone in need, reach out. Even if they say ‘I’m fine.’ Because sometimes asking can make a difference,” he said.
The mayor said he wants to hold a teen violence forum for the city.
Gorzynski will be held in a juvenile detention facility for the next 21 days as prosecutors decide whether to charge him as an adult.


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