Suspects And Victim In Fullerton Triple Murder Were Furries
The victim of a triple homicide in Fullerton, her daughter, and the two men accused in the murders were all members of the local furry community. Fellow anthropomorph enthusiast Christopher Parque-Johnson, 23, told the OC Register that one of the victims, Jennifer Goodwill Yost, was a like a mother to many members of SoCal Furs, a local furry group. Furries are people who enjoy the idea of animals with human qualities, such as those found in cartoons. Some dress up in full, elaborate costumes known as fur suits, while others simply come up with characters and print them on badges. Furries are sometimes miscast having a sexual interest in the practice, but Parque-Johnson said that that kind of behavior is not allowed in the local community.
On Saturday morning, Goodwill Yost was found dead along with her husband, Christopher Yost, and their friend, William Boucher. Police responded to their home in the 400 block of Gilbert Street after one of the couple's two young daughters called police and told them her parents were dead. The two girls, ages 6 and 9, were not harmed. Police later arrested two adult men—Joshua Acosta, 21, and Frank Felix, 25—as well as a 17-year-old girl. Because law enforcement cannot release the name of minors accused of crimes, the teen's identity has not been revealed. Therefore, it has not been officially confirmed that the arrested teen is Katlynn Goodwill Yost, Jennifer's daughter and Christopher's stepdaughter. Katlynn was said to be missing on Saturday morning, but authorities later said she had been located and was safe.
Parque-Johnson said that he knew Jennifer, Katlynn, Acosta and Felix, and that they were "always nice to everybody." He said that he was friends with Jennifer and remembered Acosta and Felix as always being helpful at events. However, he did not know they were acquainted with one another, as he had never seen them together.
Melinda Giles, another friend of the family and a fellow furry, told the Associated Press that a few weeks ago, Katlynn's parents had forbid her from seeing Felix.
"To protect her daughter, Chris and Jenn were like, 'We don't want you to be friends with our daughter anymore.' It is really sad because they didn't deserve that. Those little girls didn't deserve to wake up to dead parents," she said.
Boucher's mother, who was present at the vigil, told reporters that her son was a friend of the Yosts who occasionally stayed at the house while getting his finances in order. He had a 5-year-old son of his own. She also mentioned that she had heard about some sort of conflict between Katlynn and her parents over a male friend. Police have yet to confirm a motive, however.
Katlynn's social media accounts are full of pictures of her at furry events and posts about her characters.
Christopher Yost's cousin, Stacy Businger, told LAist that Christopher and Jennifer Goodwill Yost had been together for about 11 years.
"They were very very kind people. Welcomed everyone into their home like they were family. My cousin never hated a soul," Businger said.
She says that right now, the family is seeking continued prayers and donations via GoFundMe for the two little girls that have been left behind. She has also created a Facebook page where people who knew the family can leave stories and photos to remember them. There will also be a benefit show for the victims at the World Famous Doll Hut in Anaheim on October 30.