U-Md. Student, Family Members Found Slain in Pa.

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By Lila de Tantillo and Susan Kinzie
Washington Post Staff Writers
Saturday, June 4, 2005

A University of Maryland student and his younger brother, who was about to enter the U.S. Naval Academy, were found shot to death Thursday in their home near Philadelphia along with their parents, authorities said.

Police said the four died in an apparent murder-suicide at their home, in Chester County, Pa., according to the Associated Press. They said the father apparently shot his wife and children and himself.

The family members were identified as Davis Weaver, 61; Nancy Weaver, 51; and their children, Matthew Davis Weaver, 21, and Mark Joseph Weaver, 18.

Matthew Weaver attended U-Md. College Park, and Mark Weaver was to enter the Naval Academy in Annapolis as a freshman, officials said. They were described by a neighbor as outstanding students and athletes.

Matthew Weaver would have been a senior in the fall, according to U-Md. spokesman George Cathcart. He was an honors student majoring in landscape architecture.

Matthew Weaver was awarded the Siegfried Weisberger Jr. Memorial Fund scholarship and served as an "Ag Ambassador" for the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, helping to recruit new students.

On a scholarship Web site, he wrote that he loved sitting in the university's Hornbake Plaza on a warm afternoon and watching people come and go.

He also wrote that he enjoyed the honors seminars he had taken at U-Md. and the opportunities available in landscape architecture on campus and in the Washington area.

He planned to become a landscape architect and was considering graduate school for planning or architecture. "I believe that social and environmental justice are inseparable," he wrote, "and that intelligent design can do much to improve the lives of others."

His favorite quote, he wrote, was, "So here I am, it's in my hands, and I'll savor every moment of this," from a song by the band the Used.

"This quote reminds me that I have control over my life, what I want it to be, and what I want to do with it," he wrote. "It helps me realize that no matter what happens, to enjoy what I have and what I can do as much as possible."

The brothers had attended St. Mark's, a private high school in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, Del.

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