Fratricide Law and Legal Definition

Fratricide is the murder or killing of one's own brother or sister or an individual (as a countryman) having a relationship like that of a brother or sister. The term is derived from the Latin word frater, meaning "brother" and cide meaning to kill. According to the Bible and the Qur'an, fratricide was the first type of murder committed in human history.

The following is an example of a caselaw on Fratricide:

"Fratricide is a more heinous crime than the killing of one with whom there is no tie of kindred." [Buie v. Parker, 63 N.C. 131, 137 (N.C. 1869)]