SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A man whose wife and two children were brutally slain this week in their Rancho Cordova home says he allowed his younger brother to stay with them despite strained relations and a history of violent threats.
Denis Bukhantsov spoke Thursday for the first time since his wife, son and daughter were found murdered in their duplex two days earlier. His brother, 19-year-old Grigoriy Bukhantsov, is being held.
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Denis Bukhantsov, who is 29, said he allowed his brother into his home to take shelter from the rain because "he was part of our family, too." He described him as being calm.
"I let him stay in the house, he was fine," Denis Bukhantsov said.
He returned home from work Tuesday afternoon to find the bodies. Investigators said the victims died from a "violent encounter" that involved "slashing."
Denis Bukhantsov's 6-month-old son was unharmed.
"I have someone to love and I will try to take care of him the best I can," Denis Bukhantsov said.
Court records show Grigoriy Bukhantsov has a troubled past. In August 2011, his father filed a restraining order against him. Documents said the father claimed his son threatened to kill family members.
In December 2011, Bukhantsov's father filed another restraining order against his son. He claimed his son hit and made more threats.
Still, no one in the family imagined things turning into Tuesday's nightmare. The family is leaning on their faith for strength as the investigation continues.
"We believe that God is standing with us and helping us and giving us real strength," aunt Nikolay Oliferchick said.
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