Kevin Dahlgren had been staying with the Czech Republic family since April 30.

Granite Bay High grad is suspect in slaughter of family in Czech Republic

Published: Wednesday, May. 29, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1B
Last Modified: Wednesday, May. 29, 2013 - 5:33 pm

A 20-year-old Placer County man accused of slaughtering four relatives in the Czech Republic and fleeing to the United States last week is scheduled to appear in federal court today in Alexandria, Va.

Kevin Dahlgren, who graduated from Granite Bay High School in 2010, is suspected in the killings of his aunt and uncle and their sons in their home in Brno, the Czech Republic's second-largest city.

Czech police allege that Dahlgren repeatedly stabbed the victims in their heads and necks and set fire to three of the bodies in the basement on May 21 or May 22, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Dahlgren had been staying at his relatives' home in Brno since April 30, the documents say.

Today's scheduled hearing was listed as a status conference. The Czech Republic seeks to extradite Dahlgren from the United States, according to federal prosecutors.

U.S. authorities arrested Dahlgren when he arrived at Dulles International Airport on Austrian Airlines flight No. 93 from Vienna on Thursday.

Dahlgren could not be reached for comment. At his first court appearance Friday, he declared his intention to hire an attorney paid for by his parents, the Associated Press reported.

Dahlgren's family in Roseville couldn't be reached for comment. The family had moved there about two years ago from Granite Bay. Steve Williams, public information officer for the Roseville Joint Union High School District, confirmed that Dahlgren graduated from Granite Bay High School three years ago.

"This is a total shock," said Kathy Seymour, a neighbor of the Dahlgrens in Granite Bay. "This is not in character at all of this family or this young man. Great family, gentle soul. This is totally shocking that it could even be a possibility."

AP reported that firefighters discovered the bodies after calls that the house was on fire last Wednesday.

According to international reports, the victims included two members of a ukulele band.

They identified the four victims as Veronika and Martin Harok and their sons, Filip and David. On Dahlgren's Facebook page, he lists his current city as Brno and Martin and Filip Harok among his friends.

None of the court documents offers any motive in the case.

Call The Bee's Jeffrey Dastin, (916) 321-1020. The Bee's Hudson Sangree and researcher Pete Basofin contributed to this report.

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