More details—and jokes … and admonishments—about the connections between the furry community and Fullerton's recent murder victims and murder suspects have surfaced in social and mainstream media.
But first, the even latest: The Orange County Register reports the Fullerton Police Department was contacted about a Facebook conversation where suspect Frank Sato Felix wrote he "might be assisting someone in murder" four days before the triple slayings.
The Orange County District Attorney's office on Tuesday charged 25-year-old Sun Valley resident Felix and Joshua Charles Acosta, 21, of Ft. Irwin, with three felony counts of special circumstances murder in the early Saturday deaths of Jennifer Goodwill Yost, 39, her 34-year-old husband Christopher Yost and their friend Arthur William "Billy" Boucher, 28, in the Yosts' Fullerton home.
Acosta, the suspected gunman and an Army private first class, is also charged with sentencing enhancements for the personal discharge of a firearm causing death.
Their arraignment was postponed Tuesday afternoon to Oct. 28. Both are currently being held without bail, and convictions could send them to state prison for life without the possibility of parole, according to the OCDA.
The OCDA's arraignment statement makes no mention of Katlynn "Katie" Goodwill Yost, the daughter of Jennifer and stepdaughter of Christopher. KTLA/Channel 5 reported that police have confirmed Katlynn is the 17-year-old who was booked into Orange County Juvenile Hall on suspicion of murder and conspiracy. But the deadline to keep her locked up was up Tuesday evening if no charges were filed against her.
While stating that no additional information is being released at this time concerning charges, the OCDA does say the Fullerton Police Department investigation continues and that anyone with additional information should contact Supervising District Attorney Investigator Kory Degraffenreid at 714.347.8492.
Anonymous tips may be left with Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855.847.6227 (855-TIP-OCCS), via occrimestoppers.org or by texting to 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S) from a cell phone. (All text messages should begin with the letters "OCCS".)
Amy Rutherford of Tustin has started a GoFundMe page with a goal of raising $55,000 for the surviving 6- and 9-year-old daughters of Chris and Jennifer Yost.
"I am a family member of the Yost Family and even typing these words out now still doesn't make it real," Rutherford writes.
"The unimaginable has happened to two little innocent girls who are now left without parents to raise them. Our hearts are completely broken and we will miss them every single day that passes. We will remember the good times we had and remind these two beautiful girls of how much they were loved by their parents. The girls are 6 and 8 and will need all the help they can get in this extremely tragic event."
With a $100 pledge, Nicodemus Rat writes: "I am so sorry for your loss. As a parent and a furry, I was appalled to hear about this. There is no way to make such things right but I hope my donation provides some minor help."
On her DeviantArt page, "The Jaded Raven" Jenn Yost describes herself as "proud," "outspoken" and "fun loving."
"My priorities [lie] with my family and a few of my close friends that I consider family. I've worked hard to get where I am and I try not to let things bring me down."
Melinda Giles tells the Daily Mail that she became friends with Jennifer Yost after meeting her and Katlynn last year at a gathering of furries, who are people who identify with and in some cases dress up in animal costumes. Folks who are friends and lovers of furries are also part of the community. (Learn more about them in my recent story on a furries' documentary, "Fursonas Takes On the Secretive World of Furries—and the Movement's Furrious Fuhrer.")
On one online forum it is claimed that Jennifer Yost introduced her daughter Katlynn to Felix at a furry gathering. Giles says in the Daily Mail piece that she saw Felix and Acosta at furry events and had met Felix at the Yost family home.
Giles added that Jennifer Yost told her several weeks ago that she had forbidden Felix, an adult, from seeing her daughter, a minor.
"To protect her daughter, Chris and Jenn were like, 'We don't want you to be friends with our daughter anymore,'" Giles reportedly told the Daily Mail.
"It is really sad because they didn't deserve that," Giles continued. "Those little girls didn't deserve to wake up to dead parents."
The 9-year-old girl is the one who made the 9-1-1 call reporting her parents had been killed, police have said.
Christopher Parque-Johnson, a 23-year-old Garden Grove artist, performer and videographer for the SoCal Furs, led a group of furries to the Yost home Sunday night, when roses were laid, cards were left and candles were lit to honor Jennifer Yost, he told the Register.
Parque-Johnson referred to Jenn Yost as a mother figure to the SoCal Furs, and he confirmed that Katlynn, Felix and Acosta were part of the furries community. Katlynn wore a gray fox costume and went by the name "Daydreamer." Felix was "Entey" or "Entey Felix."
“All of them were always nice to everybody,” said Parque-Johnson, who is known in the furry community as Bandit, a raccoon inspired by the movie Over the Hedge. And yet, he did not associate the men who are now murder suspects with Katlynn. “We’ve never seen them huddled together. We didn’t know them as friends of each other.”
The murders and Katlynn's initial status as a missing person had the furry forums buzzing as members pleaded to others to provide police any information that can.
There we also jokes (as shown here) and, sadly, many devolved into jabs, examinations and possible medical explanations for Katie Yost's looks.
Since the arrests, many of these same furry forums have instituted the online version of radio silence, given the current situation's reflection on the community.
The victim's mother had said he was spending the night at the Yost home, but there are other reports that claim that's where he was living at the time of the killings.
A high school senior, Katlynn is a member of the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC).
She recently got a job at Knott's Berry Farm, according to her Twitter page.
A post on MyDeathSpace.com wonders why the Fullerton Police Department did not include her latest photo, with cropped hair on Twitter, on the poster that was distributed when she was considered a missing person.
Felix goes by "Enteyex-367" on his DeviantArt page.
"I am the lone survivor of an experiment code named 'black poison,'" he writes above a photo of someone in a gas mask, "and I live with the memory that I lost 6 of my best friends trying to get away, but I fight on."
His current residence?
"Oblivion, 13th portal."
You can't miss it.
We reported here earlier that Felix and Katlynn posted separately on social media of being bullied.
Some of his tweets hint at loneliness.
Army Pfc. Acosta is a wheeled-vehicle mechanic who has been assigned to the Fort Irwin National Training Center in Southern California's Mojave Desert, since last October, according to the Pentagon.
Acosta entered the service in March 2015 and previously was assigned to Fort Lee, Virginia, and Fort Jackson, South Carolina.
He's written of being a nihilist.
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