They seemed like the perfect American family. No history of violence, no 911 calls generating from their Snellville, Georgia home. Yet, 17-year-old Christian Ervin and his 22-year-old brother Cameron Ervin were in the process of trying to kill their parents when their mother’s frantic 911 call and their father’s quick thinking saved their lives. Though their mother, Yvonne Ervin, was attacked and her husband, Zachary, stabbed, both are alive and expected to survive.
The house’s gas line had been tampered with, and Long said there was evidence that the Ervin brothers had “tried to start a fire.”
The brothers were reportedly cooperative during interviews with police, and detectives have “several theories,” Long said — but a potential motive has not been nailed down.
Christopher and Cameron Ervin, 22 and 17, respectively, were arrested Saturday and charged with aggravated assault and arson. (Credit: Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office)
Long said Sunday he does not believe there was any history of calls at the Ervin family’s middle-class home. Online records reflect no local criminal history for anyone involved.
“Nothing was conclusive,” Long said.
Officers responded to Ervins’ home on Forbes Drive at about 7:50 a.m. Saturday after receiving a 911 call from Yvonne Ervin, who told dispatchers “her children were trying to kill her and her husband,” Zachary.
“She stated that her husband was distracting them so she was able to call for help,” Long said in an email. “The call eventually went silent.”
Police arriving on scene found Zachary Ervin “severely injured and bleeding heavily.” He had been stabbed multiple times, Long confirmed Sunday. Specifics regarding Yvonne Ervin’s injuries were not available, but she was described as “seriously injured.”
The brothers were arrested at their home and booked on two counts of aggravated assault and first-degree arson.
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