LAKE MARY -- A disabled Army veteran slashed his son to death in front of horrified neighbors Friday and ran back into his home, where deputies later found his slain wife.
Investigators released few details. But neighbors on Queensbridge Drive said they saw Nico Duzant running from his house, crying for help as Franklyn E. Duzant, 40, chased him. Then, neighbors said, they saw Duzant butcher the boy with what they described as a machete or sword.
Seminole County Sheriff Don Eslinger said Duzant kept attacking the boy while he was on the ground.
"This is really horrific," Eslinger said.
Carlos Espino, 41, was returning home from work when he noticed the boy running from his home. Espino ran to help and recognized Nico as a friend of his nephew's. The boy's hands were severed, and his throat was slit and gushing blood.
Artie Bourgeois, who lives next door, at 480 Queensbridge Drive, said neighbors who saw the attack told him they screamed, "Frankie, Frankie, what are you doing? What's the matter with you! Don't do this!"
He then started threatening them with a machete, Bourgeois said.
A firefighter knelt over the boy, crying as he tried to save the child.
"It was too late," Espino said.
Neighbors wept as they described Nico as a nice kid. He had just finished fifth-grade at Heathrow Elementary and was known as an excellent skateboarder.