Teen who 'stabbed mother and brother to death' suffered two concussions

Friends of the 19-year-old said he wasn't the same after suffering his head injuries. 

McCann Utu Jr. called 911 after midnight on Friday to report he had committed murder, and officers arrived at their Plano, Texas, home to find Josiah Utu, 17, and Stacy Fawcett, 45 dead, police said. Utu Jr., who allegedly used kitchen knives in the rampage, had several self-inflicted stab wounds and died after he was taken to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in critical condition.  But family say McCann had been 'troubled for years' after suffering two concussions they say 'deeply altered his personality', according to The Dallas Morning News.  The first incident happened in fall 2013 while playing basketball for Plano West High School while the second, more damaging injury, occurred a few months later during an altercation with another student, his family said. Waseem Limbada, 19, says he knew McCann since first grade and told Morning News that the friend he knew would 'never do something like that'. He added: 'He loved Josiah, he loved his mom.' But Limbada said that he'd seen a change in McCann following the concussion he sustained in a basketball game and the altercation in Spring 2014 'had made it worse'. Following that, he began to 'isolate himself' and his 'behavior changed', his friend added. Fawcett was a single mother who shared recipes and blogged for local news stations such as WFAA and 103.7 KVIL Radio. She also played an active role in the Dallas food community by hosting fundraisers, selling s'mores to local businesses, and emceeing various events. Utu Jr. called 911 twice and said, 'I have committed murder,' Plano police spokesman David Tilley said. Police arrived on the scene to find Josiah and the 45-year-old mother dead. Utu Jr was still alive but later died in hospital. Click here to find out more about concussion and precautions. 
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