The son of a former NFL player was taken into custody in Mexico on Saturday, after his parents were found fatally shot in their Minnesota home last week.

Barry and Carol Bennett’s son, Dylan Bennett, was found at a hotel in Cancun, Mexico, according to a news release from the Todd County Sheriff’s Office in Minnesota. He had previously contacted the sheriff’s office, saying he wanted to turn himself in to the FBI. Authorities in Mexico took him into custody before they could speak with Minnesota officials, though.

According to the sheriff’s office, the FBI will transport Bennett from Mexico to Minnesota, where he will be arraigned. He will face two counts of second-degree murder without premeditation, according to a complaint filed Friday.

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Barry and Carol Bennett were found in their Minnesota home Wednesday, a probable cause statement indicates. Their bodies were discovered after a friend decided to check on Barry Bennett after the former NFL defensive lineman stopped returning phone calls and text messages, the documents state. The friend went to the Bennett family’s home and called 911.

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Authorities believe Barry and Carol Bennett were shot Monday. Both suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

Authorities say that Dylan Bennett withdrew a large sum of money from his parents’ bank account Monday. A plane ticket was purchased and used to fly from Columbus, Ohio, to Atlanta, and then from Atlanta to Cancun. Carol Bennett’s car was found in a motel parking lot in the area of Columbus.

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State investigators tracked Dylan Bennett’s cellphone and credit card usage in Mexico.

Last year, Barry Bennett told the sheriff’s office that Dylan Bennett had “expressed homicidal thoughts about killing his parents,” according to the documents. Dylan Bennett was in a mental health treatment facility at the time.

Carol Bennett’s car was missing, but authorities discovered boxes for ammunition and a handgun in the seat of a car that Dylan Bennett had used. Carol Bennett’s credit and debit cards had been used in Wisconsin, Illinois and Ohio, the documents state, and Dylan Bennett withdrew a large sum of money from an account belonging from his parents Monday.

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Barry Bennett, 63, was selected by the New Orleans Saints in the third round of the 1978 NFL draft. He played with the Saints through the 1981 season. Bennett played with the New York Jets from 1982 to 1988. He played one game for the Jets that season before being cut. He then signed with the Minnesota Vikings for their final regular season game. He played in 132 career regular season games, starting in 79.

“We are saddened by the tragic loss of former Vikings player Barry Bennett and his wife, Carol,” the Vikings wrote on Twitter. “Our thoughts are with their friends and family during this difficult time.”

Barry Bennett had worked as a high school physical education teacher but retired a few years ago, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

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“It hit hard this morning,” Long Prairie Grey Eagle School District Superintendent Jon Kringen told the Star Tribune. “Everyone was in shock when they heard. It’s impossible to comprehend that this could happen. People are lost for understanding. … He and his wife were good people.”

This post has been updated.

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