— When 17-year-old Desiree Staperfene of Livonia, Michigan called 911 last Wednesday to report her ex-boyfriend had killed her current boyfriend and then himself, she didn’t know that her mother had been murdered, too.
Desiree made the emergency call after her ex-boyfriend, nineteen-year-old Brian White, shot himself. She said, “My ex-boyfriend broke into my house and killed my current boyfriend and then killed himself.”
The dispatcher asked, “OK, did you just find them?”
“Um, no,” Desiree said, “He killed my current boyfriend and he held me hostage and then he just shot himself in the head.”
The dispatcher told Desiree to stay on the line. She can be heard crying, saying, “And he kind of beat me up so — and my parents aren’t home and it’s just me and I’m 17.”
Desiree was unaware that her mother, Angela Staperfene, had been the first killed that night by Desiree’s ex-boyfriend, 19-year-old Brian White, reported NBC News' Kevin Tibbles on TODAY Wednesday. White had entered the home and bludgeoned her mother to death with an ax while she slept. According to police records, the ax came from the Staperfene family's garage.
White then took the ax to Desiree’s room, where she and current boyfriend 19-year-old Jacob Burns were asleep. He murdered Burns and then tortured Desiree for hours before shooting himself in the head.
Lt. Thomas Goralski of the Livonia Police Department said, “The crime scene we came upon that day was horrific.” He went on to say that Desiree should be recognized for her bravery. “She knew he had a gun and she remained calm.”
White did not have a criminal record, but he reportedly posted quotes online from the film "American Psycho" in the days leading up to the crime. In the film, the main character uses an ax to murder his victims. Goralski said, “He was clearly unhappy about the breakup but had shown no indication of violence or threats or anything of that nature at all.”
An autopsy was performed on White, which included a toxicology evaluation, but it will be weeks before the results are known.
Funerals for the victims were held Tuesday. The Staperfene family said in a statement that despite the unbelievable pain and loss, Desiree’s survival is the shining miracle they are holding on to.