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Holiday Man Arrested in Connection to Father's Death

Baron Von Duke Vercruysse was charged with first degree murder in connection to the death of his father, who was found in a burned house.

A 23-year-old Holiday man stands accused of killing his father.

Pasco County Sheriff’s deputies opened an investigation after authorities responded to a house fire at 5617 Mosaic Drive, Holiday, on New Year's Eve and discovered a man’s body inside the home, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

A medical examiner’s preliminary autopsy led authorities to identify the body as that of Rene' Dominique Vercruysse, 52.

“Detectives developed probable cause based on their investigation and the
medical examiner's findings,” Sheriff’s Office spokesman Doug Tobin stated in a press release. "The medical examiner's preliminary autopsy confirmed the victim died due to homicidal violence. “

Authorities began searching for Baron Von Duke Vercruysse, the deceased’s son, Tuesday and found him in the Holiday Lake Estates subdivision, where they arrested him.

Detectives believe a dispute arose between Baron Von Duke and his father “and sometime before the fire on New Year's Eve Baron killed his father,” Tobin said.

The manner of death is still under investigation.

Baron Von Duke Vercruysse was being booked in to the Land O’ Lakes Jail Tuesday night on a charge of first degree murder.   

michael mirra January 02, 2013 at 01:21 PM
A person that can kill his own Father, or Mother is not fit to live in society. That kind of a person has no value of life & would see no problem to snuffing out any life. I'm glad he was taken off the streets in Holiday, which is where I live. It makes my life a bit safer with an animal like him gone.
amber January 02, 2013 at 04:50 PM
You don't know the story or what happened. I'm not justifying murder but you don't need to call him a monster. You don't know the situation.
Michelle Fretz January 02, 2013 at 09:38 PM
Anyone who kills someone else is a MONSTER
the facts January 04, 2013 at 02:40 AM
look stupid people u have no idea wtf happened that kid is the furthest thing from a monster hes a great person who wouldnt hurt a fly its shitty that someghing finally bad happened due to that abusive enviroment that hes been in for years so get the facts straight before yall talk shit because no 1 cares about your cynical opinions and i live in holiday 2 and knew him personally
the facts January 04, 2013 at 02:48 AM
hes not a monster. no one knows wat really happened yet. i know he was abused and was a nice kid who got beat. what kind of parent puts there hands on there own child. i dont think it was intentional but is very sad that it ended this way.
the facts January 04, 2013 at 02:58 AM
look he is a good kid o k his dad beat him if u dont know him and the real facts shut your stuip mouths ok if u dont like it to bad u have no business call him a monster udont know him u r a monster stuid
NONO January 04, 2013 at 08:28 PM
Ill tell you what, I knew Baron also and i cant honestly believe he did this.. Wow. He Seem to me like a nice humble kid. Im in shock and im just wondering what was going threw his head when he did this. My he is not a monster at all and my thoughts and prayers for him and his son... May god be with you my friend.
michael mirra January 05, 2013 at 02:30 AM
So many people seem to feel that it is not in keeping with this kid's makeup to do this. Who knows what went down unless they were there. Everyone deserves a trial. Maybe something will come out that makes it all less monstrous. It's not for us to judge. One post here seems to indicate that the kid has a son. That is also a tragedy for this kid's young son, as he will not have a father growing up. It is a bad thing all around. Let's not rush to judgment. None of us were there. Remember, judge not unless you are without sin. And judge not, lest you be judged.
Michelle Fretz January 05, 2013 at 03:52 AM
Just a thought here....if anyone knows of a child being abused, they are responsible for reporting those actions to the proper authorities...that is the only morally correct way to handle any type of known abuse that was witnessed or personally known...this also goes for adults who are in abusive situations...everyone please remember this the NEXT time you have knowledge of abuse....It just may save a life
Michelle Fretz January 05, 2013 at 05:01 AM
@ Michael...your 2 recent posts are like night and day... Just sayin
a good friend kb January 05, 2013 at 07:10 AM
thank you all who have taken the time to aknowledge the fact that much more could have happened and lead to this horrific incident. my heart goes out to the relatives who have to deal with this tragety, such as barons brother. i know how hard this is for my boyfriend who one of his bestfriends and myself because we truely care about him and fully intend to be present at every trial. everyone who knows baron like we do should be at his trials as well so he knows there are ppl who know this was a altercation gone wrong. he loved his dad and i truely believe it was an act of self defense followed by fear which lead to a terrifying conclusion. i just hope and pray everyone gets closure and that his father rests in piece.
Babs Ann January 05, 2013 at 07:27 AM
He is a monster and he will be treated as one in prison for the rest of his life. No situation except self defense justifies murder especially your own family.
Babs Ann January 05, 2013 at 07:30 AM
Stupid people ? You can defend him all you want but he is a murderer. An abusive home life ? Did he have two legs ? Is he over 12 yrs old ? Then he could have walked out of the abusive home .
Babs Ann January 05, 2013 at 07:31 AM
I am not perfect but go find a dictionary.
michael mirra January 06, 2013 at 12:30 AM
That is because I first reacted to how anyone can kill his father, but I realize that if so many people say it is not in keeping with what they know of this person, I gave him the benifit of any doubt. I wasn't there, so I don't know what happened. Maybe his father was beating the hell out of him & he might have been defending himself & in the scuffle his father may have hit his head. The kid has a record & may have not thought clearly & stupidly burned the house down because he feared being blamed for killing his father. He might be stupid, & not very clear headed. Let God judge him. Somewhere I remember hearing >JUDGMENT IS MINE, SAYETH THE LORD!!!!
Babs Ann January 06, 2013 at 11:55 AM
Oh do you mean thanks for seeing it my way and if don't, screw you. I won't change my stance out of feeling sorry for the people who know him. HE KILLED HIS OWN FATHER, HE WAS CAPABLE OF KILLING ANYONE THEN, NOW HE WON'T HAVE THAT CHANCE. No excuses, he was old enough to leave any abuse but he chose to live there with his dad.
Babs Ann January 06, 2013 at 11:56 AM
There will be closure. He will get at least 25 yrs, probably life .
michael mirra January 06, 2013 at 07:03 PM
Not neccesarily so. Florida is very unpredictible. Years ago a high profile Real Estae Broker was killed in a situation where his wife & her boyfriend killed him & only about 3 years later, his wife was seen working at a local game room behind a change counter in Port Richey.
A Friend January 07, 2013 at 04:11 AM
The entire situation is upsetting to say the least. Barron had two brothers and a sister who were affected by this. I have know the ENTIRE family for many many years. The ins and out. The good and bad. Under no circumstances was Barron ever "abused". If anything, he was the one child who had it easier growing up. His father loved him unconditionally... Through out all of is misdoings, he was always there for his son. Bailed him out of any situation he was in. As he did for all of his kids. Unless you have been privy to this family and their interactions with each other for more then a decade, I suggest you refrain from throwing out un proven accusations.
Michelle Fretz January 09, 2013 at 02:31 AM
Now I'm totally confused! Several "Close" friends of family are saying 2 different things.... Speaking from experience, no one knows what happens when the doors are closed. So this young man was not abused, but yet there was a death, with some planning to cover up... Of course, you can't always believe what is reported.. But I can voice my own opinion... And so can everyone else.. That's what so great about being an American....
Michelle Fretz January 09, 2013 at 02:35 AM
@michael, your photo suits you:)
michael mirra January 09, 2013 at 02:54 AM
You think that because you see different sides of issues that I express. I see all aspects of issues & contemplate what might be & what might have been. There are different aspects of positive & negative in all life. Things are not Black, or White. All things are a shade of gray with different shadings of blending in what appears to be the total picture, but is nothing but an illusion that our concious mind constucts from inside ourselves. All life is a giant Rorschach test. All perceptions are subject to the perciever. I contemplate all aspects.
michael mirra January 09, 2013 at 03:13 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=747U-5FclqM Christ's stament on capital punishment & judging others.
Michelle Fretz January 09, 2013 at 02:54 PM
Some people would call this being on the fence... And as far as judging people by God's law... Looks like we both will be going to HELL.. And I hope your not a policeman... You would be letting everyone off... Cause you would over think every situation.
Michelle Fretz January 09, 2013 at 03:57 PM
@michael..... You do have good points, it's been nice kinda sparring with you:) pls don't take anything I say personal... Mean no harm
michael mirra January 09, 2013 at 06:03 PM
I didn't percieve you as adversarial. What you call sparring, I call just sharing your observations. I realize you were stating that I voice all sides. I don't see that as negative, so I didn't percieve your statment of such as a criticizm, or challange. I have my opinions, but I realize they are just opinions. It's like the old saying goes, everybody has one & each person's opinion in truth for them. It goes back to what I said about life being a giant rorschach test. Meantime, whatever the courts decide in this case will be what happens. We have a legal system, not a justice system, so whatever happens, happens. None of us will have a say in it, & none of it will ever, likely, effect our lives. It is just a topic of discussion here, but there is a man dead, small children that will lose a Father to the legal system, & a troubled young adult that will most likely be incarcerated for the rest of his life. To these people it is real. To all here, it is a topic for everyone to put there two cents in.
Michelle Fretz January 10, 2013 at 07:39 PM
Well said:)
alexis April 08, 2013 at 05:57 PM
i knew baron briefly but not very well. while i suppose it is possible he was sociopathic enough to kill his father over cleaning his room, that sounds more like media sensationalism to me. i am surprised the charge is murder one as it doesn't seem like it was premeditated. i'm sad for his father who lost his life, the rest of his family, and baron himself for what lies ahead of him.

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