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Family members charged in beating of pregnant teen

I read about this travesty in Dallas yesterday and it made me sick. I had to get up and go for a walk after reading this.  If you haven’t heard, 5 people have been arrested in the beating of a then 14 year old pregnant girl. She’s now 16.


They beat her in order to abort her unborn child. The young lady was sexually assaulted by an older relative in 2012. The beating/assault/murder took place in 2013. The victim stayed quiet about the incident until another woman who witnessed the assault took her to the police station last month.

A 14-year-old girl who was impregnated by a relative was beaten by four other family members to induce an abortion, Dallas police say.

After the eight-month pregnant girl delivered, the family tried to cover up the crime by burning the stillborn baby on a charcoal grill at a Pleasant Grove home, police say.

Cedric Jones, 27; Sharon Jones, 45; Cecila McDonald, 25; and Lonnell McDonald, 27, were arrested Tuesday on charges of engaging in organized criminal activity. They were being held in the Dallas County jail, with bail set at $150,000 each.

The relationships among the suspects and the victim were not clear late Tuesday.

The hours-long attack allegedly occurred in 2013, but the girl stayed quiet until another woman, who said she witnessed part of the assault, took her to a police station May 22.

Apparently the 4 people who beat the victim were her cousins.  When they found out she was pregnant they feared that CPS would remove their own children from the home. One of the assailants had four children and the other children were the siblings of the victim.

One of the cousins gave the victim birth control pills, Plan B pills and cinnamon tablets to induce an abortion. When that didn’t work another cousin would sit on the victim and bounce up and down on her abdomen. He also kicked her. I can’t help but shake my damn head after I read this. What the hell were they thinking?  It’s like “to hell with what their young pregnant cousin was going through” with this beating. All they thought about was “what happens if Child Protective Services takes their children away?”

Two hours after the beating the baby was stillborn. And it doesn’t end there. In order to cover up this murder the victim’s cousins tried to burn the baby’s body in a charcoal grill. They eventually disposed of the stillborn burnt child in an unknown location.

You know I have been blogging since 2006 (took a break for a couple of years). I have blogged about some crazy ass crimes in all these years. And yes I have used the phrase thugs to describe some of these criminals. What else to you call them? But these folks in Dallas are beyond words to me. Do you call them thugs or animals or what?  I guess you can call them vicious monsters. What they did to this young lady was downright evil. And to add insult to all of this bail has been set at a paltry $150,000 for each asshole who participated in this assault/murder. This is too damn low. In my eyes bail should be at least $1,000,000 for each one.

I hope justice is served to Cedric Jones, Sharon Jones, Cecila McDonald, Lonnell McDonald and Robert Cayald. Life in prison without parole would be the perfect sentence for each one of them.

I’m hoping the young victim is getting some type of help or counseling. What she went through is horrifying.

Young folks brawl on the metro

Most folks in the D.C. metro area have heard by now about the brawl on the metro last Friday evening involving up to 70 teens and young adults. The incident began at the Gallery Place Metro where dozens of young folks were fighting. The brawl continued on the subway platform at L’Enfant Plaza Station, terrifying other riders and causing a stampede.

So far three people have been arrested and four were injured. I’m surprised only 3 people were arrested. Two of the arrested were sixteen year olds.

Amid Metro brawl, family’s night out turns into ‘pandemonium’

By Valerie Strauss and Phillip Lucas
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, August 9, 2010; A01

It was bad enough when Kimberly Hay’s family, riding the Metro to the Kennedy Center on Friday night to watch “Mary Poppins,” saw three youths assault a terrified young rider reading “To Kill a Mockingbird” by aiming an aerosol can at his face and spraying.

But the brawl they witnessed on the way home several hours later, which involved at least 70 youths fighting each other in a frenzy, left Hay’s nieces “freaked out” and the 43-year-old wary of riding the Metro in off-peak hours.

“It was pandemonium,” said Hay, who had traveled to the District from Charles County with her husband, sister-in-law, 25-year-old niece with special needs and two grandnieces, 11 and 14.

“We were pushing our kids out of the way, trying to plaster ourselves against the wall so nobody would hurt us. There were five fights right in front of us. . . . Metro is very accessible but not safe all the time. I don’t know if I would ride it again in non-rush hours.”

It was the second reported big fight involving young Metro riders in the nation’s capital this summer, and some elected officials called Sunday for better security and new approaches to deal with the problem.

The melee highlights the difficulties authorities have in dealing with teen violence and how it can encroach on a Metro system that routinely carries commuters, families, tourists and late-night revelers.

In June a youth was beaten over his shoes.

Violence among young people during the summer is a longstanding problem in the District, and it is the reason there is a curfew that requires city residents 17 and younger to be off the streets by midnight.

In early June, a fight that started on a Red Line train left a 16-year-old boy beaten unconscious by a group of people who had attacked him over his Air Jordan shoes, the boy’s mother said. Union Station was closed for about 30 minutes after a Transit Police officer responded and was backed up by more than a dozen other officers.

I only take the metro during the weekday to go to work and then go home from work.  Even then you have to worry about some of the young folks who board the train during the school year.  They can be very loud, obnoxious and down right vulgar. The young girls can be worse than the young boys.  I blogged about this back in 2007 and from reading yesterday’s article their behavior hasn’t changed one bit.

It was bad enough when Kimberly Hay’s family, riding the Metro to the Kennedy Center on Friday night to watch “Mary Poppins,” saw three youths assault a terrified young rider reading “To Kill a Mockingbird” by aiming an aerosol can at his face and spraying.

This_right_here. Spraying something in someone’s face? How trifling can you get? I swear it seems like some of these young folks don’t have any type of home training at all.  These kids (thugs, hooligans, whatever you wanna call them) are being raised on the streets by wolves!!

It would be nice if we can see more metro transit police on the trains.  But seeing how some of the young folks act they might fight the police.

Marriage counselor murdered by husband

I was reading an article at when another article caught my eye. A marriage counselor was murdered by her husband.  I’m thinking wow. But then as I continued to read, something about this article amazed me.  The deceased, Tonya Hunter had met her husband Maurice Lyons in an anger management class she was teaching last summer and they were married in December 2009.

A few days later, Hunter was found in her garage, stabbed to death. Her little boy, who had been abandoned on a street corner, led police to her body. And her husband, whom she had met in an anger-management class she taught, was arrested.

The husband, Maurice Lyons, was taken into custody Monday and is being held on pending charges of aggravated murder and domestic violence. The couple, who married in December, had met when Lyons was a student in one of Hunter’s classes last year, Wairegi said. Lyons was released from prison last winter after serving three years for burglary and theft.

Maurice Lyons had been released from prison in February 2009 after serving 3 years for burglary.   Lyons is a repeat felon with a criminal record dating back to the late 1980’s.

Court records don’t list an attorney for Lyons, who also served prison time for a string of crimes in Missouri and Illinois between 1989 and 1998, including a 10-year term handed down for a carjacking in Bloomington, Ill.

Now I don’t like to blame the victim but why oh why did Ms. Hunter rush into a marriage with this guy?  According to her former secretary she was so in love with this guy.  Was she desperate to get married? A marriage counselor rushing into a marriage with a repeat felon with anger issues.  She had to have known about his background yet she still married him.  Did she think that he would change? According the article in the couple was fighting after their wedding.

Darlene James, Hunter’s former secretary, attended the couple’s December wedding. James said Lyons was a student in a class Hunter taught last summer at Bryant & Stratton College.

“He was always sending her poems,” James said. “He would bring her lunch at the office. He was just trying to win her over.”

James questioned Hunter about why she would marry him so soon after meeting, particularly since he had a criminal record.

“She’s a marriage and family counselor,” James said. “It didn’t make sense that she didn’t give it time to develop. But she was in love. I have never seen her so happy.”

Others who worked in the Southgate Office Building where Hunter based her business said she and Lyons seemed a strange match.

“They were complete opposite personalities,” said Rob Weakely, who worked in the office next to Hunter’s.

The couple started fighting right after the wedding, James said, with Hunter sometimes calling in to cancel appointments after a fight. Lyons also complained if Hunter scheduled evening appointments, James said.

Hunter called Cleveland Police in late March to report that Lyons punched her in the back of the head in their driveway after an argument. After telling Lyons she filed the complaint, he told her, “If I go to back to jail, I will kill you,” according to court documents.

The media has been bombarding us with articles about how difficult it is for black women to find a good man.  And you have some folks telling black women to settle for less.  Is this what Tonya Hunter did?  This marriage killed her.

According to police, Hunter’s 4-year-old son Timothy was dropped off alone on a street corner about 10 p.m. Sunday and eventually led them to his mother’s body. The child remains in the custody of the Department of Children and Family Services but could be given to family members today.

I really feel sorry for Tonya Hunter’s son.  Did he witness his mother’s murder?  My prayers go out to Ms. Hunter’s family.

Suspect found in mother-daughter murders

Prince Georges County police have found the man responsible for the murders of Ebony and Delores DeWitt and Karen and Karissa Lofton. The bodies of the DeWitts were found in January 2009 in a burning car and the bodies of the Loftons were found in March 2009.

Inmate may be suspect in Largo area mother-daughter slayings last year

By Matt Zapotosky
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, July 20, 2010; B01

Prince George’s County police detectives said they think they have a man in custody who is responsible for the slayings of two mother-daughter pairs in the Largo area last year, said sources familiar with the investigation.

The man is a stranger to the victims, and the sources said there was no obvious motive for the killings, making them think that he is a serial killer. Detectives are investigating whether the man might be tied to other unsolved slayings in the area.

The man has not been charged in the mother-daughter killings, the sources said. Authorities are making sure they have a good case and need not hurry because the man is in prison on other charges, they said. The sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is continuing, declined to name the suspect.

Police are saying that the suspect could be a serial criminal.  He might also be responsible for the murder of a woman in Bowie, MD and crimes in other states.

In Prince George’s, a chilling portrait of a skillful serial killer

By Matt Zapotosky
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, July 21, 2010; A01

The man responsible for the slayings of two mothers and their daughters in the Largo area last year is a crafty serial killer who pored through books about forensic science to learn how to clean up his crime scenes and intentionally changed his killing methods to confuse detectives, law enforcement sources close to the investigation said.

He holds two master’s degrees and was so good that he duped an FBI profiler into concluding that the killings were unrelated, the sources said. And long after he is brought to trial, Prince George’s Police Chief Roberto L. Hylton predicted, he will be remembered as “one of America’s most infamous killers.”

For now, at least, he is behind bars on unrelated charges.

“This case before you, I think, is going to be a case study for many law enforcement agencies in the future,” Hylton said Tuesday, delivering his first public remarks about the suspect. “This was an individual that was very well read, a studious person, that studied the policing system, knew the policing system, knew about his craft.”

The man, who is 27 and is being held on federal weapons and sex charges, has not been charged with the Largo killings. Hylton and other police officials declined to name him because he has not been charged. But Hylton said he expects the man to be indicted within the month in connection with the killings of Delores Dewitt, 42, and her 20-year-old daughter, Ebony. Their bodies were found March 16, 2009, in a burning car in Largo that had been stolen that day.

Hylton said the devastation may extend well beyond that. Detectives also think the man is responsible for the slayings of Karen Lofton, 45, and her 16-year-old daughter, Karissa, who were found shot in their locked home Jan. 26, 2009. And detectives are investigating whether he might be responsible for a 2008 killing in which a Bowie woman was shot before her home was set ablaze. He also is being investigated in connection with other crimes in the Washington area and as far away as Texas and Florida, Hylton and law enforcement sources said.

“He’s a serial killer,” Hylton said.

Prince Georges County Police Chief Roberto Hylton has stated that there is plenty of evidence against the suspect who grew up in the same neighborhood as the DeWitts and Loftons.  He is also described as highly educated with 2 degrees and held a job with a delivery company. The suspect is currently behind bars on federal charges.

I blogged about these murders last year.  I first heard about a break in the cases on the news Monday morning.  I was wondering what was going on with these two cases and hoping that it wouldn’t turn into a cold case.

Are you better off paying by cash in a restaurant?

Something to think about after reading that eight people plead guilty to a credit card skimming scheme in the Washington, D.C. area. The criminals involved netted more than $700,000 from restaurant customers credit cards.

Eight plead guilty in credit card-skimming scheme
More than $700,000 in fraudulent charges made

by Andrea Noble
Staff Writer

Eight people involved in a credit card-skimming scheme which netted more than $700,000 from customers of area restaurants pleaded guilty Monday to charges including bank fraud, access device fraud and aggravated identity theft, according to the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Joseph Artemus Bush III, 28, of Fort Washington; Aaron D. Gilbert, 25, of Bowie; and Erick V. Burton, 38, of District Heights pleaded guilty to paying servers at Washington, D.C. restaurants to steal the credit card numbers of customers between November 2007 and March 2009, according to documents from the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. The credit card numbers were re-encoded onto existing cards and used by Bush, Gilbert and Burton to purchase merchandise at area retail stores ranging from a Gucci in Chevy Chase to a Wal-Mart in Alexandria, Va.

The scheme resulted in thousands of transactions with an estimated loss of $736,393 that affected more than 50 financial institutions, said Dana J. Boente, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Three of the guilty parties plead guilty to paying restaurant servers twenty dollars per skimmed card. The restaurants involved include Clyde’s Restaurant, 701 Restaurant and M&S Grill in Washington, D.C.

In an affidavit filed in April by investigating Secret Service Agent Philip Soto, a server at Carrabbas Italian Restaurant in Bowie and hotel staff at Gaylord Hotel in National Harbor were also implicated in the scheme. United States Department of Justice spokesman Peter Carr said those employees were not charged in the scheme.

I know that carrying around a boat load of cash isn’t the safest thing the do, but is that restaurant worker you’re handing your credit card to trustworthy?  Do restaurant customers need to stand over the servers as they swipe your credit card? I’m sure the majority of restaurant employees are honest but a certain few can taint all.

What about the folks involved in this crime?  Was it worth it?  They put themselves in a sad and pathetic situation.  But this is the life they wanted to live and they will all pay the price.

Check out the entire article here.

Special Police Officer murdered by white supremacist

As most folks know by now eighty eight year old James Wenneker von Brunn, a well known white supremacist, murdered 39 year old Stephen T. Johns, a special police officer at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday.

Holocaust Museum Shooting

James Von Brunn has a long history of hate offline and on the internet. His hate was geared specifically towards Jews and African Americans.

Stephen Johns, seeing an elderly man approaching the museum, was kind enough to open the door for von Brunn but lost his life in the process. Von Brunn pulled out a rifle and shot Stephen Johns in the chest. He later died at George Washington University Hospital. After von Brunn shot Mr. Johns two officers immediately returned gunfire shooting von Brunn in the face.

At a Monument of Sorrow, A Burst of Deadly Violence
Guard Killed, Suspect Injured Amid Scene Of Fear, Chaos

By Michael E. Ruane, Paul Duggan and Clarence Williams
Washington Post Staff Writers
Thursday, June 11, 2009

At 12:40 p.m. yesterday a man stepped through the doors of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. He took two paces, lowered his rifle at a security guard and, before anyone could react, opened fire in a popular national landmark.

The guard, who did not have time to draw his gun, fell bleeding and fatally wounded to the polished floor. Other guards fired back, cutting down the assailant. Terrified patrons, many of them children, dived for safety. And what moments before had been a bright weekday in June became a tableau of violence.

As described by bystanders and authorities, the attack inside the famed Holocaust museum turned the crowded building and Washington’s nearby tourist-thronged Mall into a scene of fear and chaos, with black-clad SWAT teams, hovering helicopters and racing emergency vehicles. Stunned witnesses described a fusillade of gunfire — five shots or more — the blood-streaked floor and the screams of frightened visitors inside the museum and on the street.

“It’s like a scene from a movie,” said Edward Bhopa, 54.

“A horror movie,” added his son Andy, 28.

The suspect, identified by law enforcement sources as James W. von Brunn, 88, of Annapolis, was said to be a longtime, “hard-core” supremacist whose Internet writings contain extensive, poisonous ravings against Jews and African Americans.

The slain guard, Stephen T. Johns, 39, of Temple Hills, worked for the Wackenhut security company and had been employed at the museum for six years, the museum said.

Officials at George Washington University Hospital, where von Brunn, Johns and an unidentified victim with less serious injuries were taken, said Johns suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and died there. Von Brunn was shot in the face, and the bullet exited his neck, according to a high-ranking police source. He underwent surgery and was in critical condition last night.

The Washington Post has several articles about von Brunn:

A Suspect’s Long History of Hate and Signs of Strain

Was He Capable of This? Yes.

Slain Museum Guard’s Kindness Repaid With Bullet

Museum Suspect’s Writings Had Not Triggered a Probe

RIP Baby Emanuel

I first heard about this case on the radio early this morning at work.  So of course I had to google it. I nearly blew a fuse after reading about the death of 3 month old Emanuel Wesley Murray.

Early Tuesday morning twenty one year old Richard Anthony McTear, Jr. beat his seventeen year old ex-girlfriend, Jasmine Bedwell, threw Emanuel on the concrete floor of her apartment, kidnapped Emanuel and threw him out of the driver’s side window onto the shoulder of southbound Interstate 275 in Tampa, FL.  Richard McTear has been charged with first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse, kidnapping, felony battery and burglary with battery. He needs to burn in hell too. How in the hell can you throw an innocent baby out the window?

The mother of a 3-month-old thrown from a car onto the side of Interstate 275 early Tuesday morning had been frightened for months of the man charged today with murdering the boy.

Jasmine Bedwell, 17, started dating Richard Anthony McTear Jr. about 10 months ago, when she was pregnant with the child of another man, a man in prison.

From the beginning, McTear did not warm up to the boy, said the infant’s great aunt Roberta Thomas. Bedwell told Thomas she was frightened of McTear and feared for her boy’s safety.

“She was always scared of him,” Thomas said. “He didn’t care for the child.”

Last month, Bedwell sought an injunction against McTear for domestic violence. She didn’t appear in court Monday, and the case was dropped. Thomas was trying to help Bedwell navigate that legal system to keep her and her son Emanuel Wesley Murray safe, she said.

But before any of that happened, Bedwell’s fears came true.

Early Tuesday, Hillsborough County sheriff’s deputies say, McTear battered Bedwell and threw Emanuel on concrete, kidnapped the infant and threw him out of the driver’s side window onto the shoulder of southbound Interstate 275, just south of Fowler Avenue.

Thousand of people drove by the crime scene that snarled the morning commute.

McTear was charged with first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse, kidnapping, felony battery and burglary with battery. It was the second time this week that an infant was killed. Sunday night, deputies say a Lakeland man killed his wife, two of his sons, aged 8 and almost 5 months, before turning the rifle on himself. A 13-year-old son managed to escape to a neighbor’s house.

Horrific Find

Sometime early Tuesday morning, Bedwell, who had been out, returned to her apartment with her baby, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

There, she found McTear. He had broken in, said HCSO spokeswoman Debbie Carter.

According to a report:

When Bedwell closed the door, McTear began to beat her with his fists. He choked her, leaving abrasions on her neck. He bit her on the right arm and shoulder.

Then he threatened her and the baby. “I’m gonna kill the both of ya’ll,” he said.

Emanuel was in a car seat. McTear picked it up and threw it across the apartment.

He picked it up and threw it again. Emanuel fell out, onto the concrete floor.

Bedwell then ran out of the apartment, leaving her baby behind, to call for help. Deputies received a call from her shortly after 3 a.m.

When she left, McTear grabbed the child, put him in his Chevrolet Impala and drove off, eventually heading southbound on I275, where he tossed the baby out of the driver’s side window onto the shoulder.

Apparently McTear has a rap sheet a mile long. And according to the Hillsborough Circuit Judge Walter Heinrich:

the case might involve the death penalty.

He’s right, the case should involve the death penalty. This monster should be thrown off the tallest building you can find. Let him get a taste of this own medicine.

Heinrich recounted McTear’s criminal history, which police said includes dozens of arrests, several of which accuse McTear of domestic violence.

McTear’s criminal history includes dozens of arrests, several of which involved domestic violence, Tampa police spokeswoman Andrea Davis said. His first arrest on domestic violence charges came when he was 14, Davis said. Details on that case are unavailable because he was a juvenile.

In 2007, McTear avoided prosecution on felony criminal domestic battery by strangulation charges when the victim waived prosecution. That case didn’t involve Bedwell. In that incident, police said, he beat his girlfriend up, stole her car with their 3-year-old child in the back seat, gave the child back and burned the car.

McTear should have been in jail a long time ago.

I hate to criticize the mother cause she’s going through hell right now but what is it with young women like Jasmine Bedwell who continue to hook up with men like McTear? Her home life growing up wasn’t the greatest but is she only attracted to thugs?

Bedwell had been a child of abuse, said Jeff Rainey, chief operating officer of Hillsborough Kids Inc., the umbrella agency that oversees the county’s child services providers. He said Bedwell came into his system “through abuse and neglect by her caretaker.”

She has several prior arrests for battery, including a June 2008 arrests in Pasco County. She was a juvenile, and details on those arrests weren’t immediately available.

She has been with Hillsborough Kids for about three years and is receiving independent living service, which helps teenagers transition out of foster care and into adulthood. Now, she will be offered grief and crisis counseling, Rainey said.

She was doing well through the program, Rainey said.

Jasmine started dating McTear 10 months ago while she was pregnant with Emanuel.  The father of her child is in prison right now.

The child’s father, also named Emanuel Wesley Murray, is in a Florida prison. His release date is slated for July 5, 2011. He is serving a three-year sentence for being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of an illegal weapon, Plessinger said.

Murray would not be eligible for a furlough to attend his child’s funeral because his custody level is too high, but he could ask for local law enforcement to take him, Plessinger said.

Check out these articles to read more about this case:

Mom of baby found dead on I-275 feared suspect, her mom says

Authorities:  Suspect in baby’s slaying threatened harm before

Offenders like McTear can sliip through system

RIP Emanuel.

Murder-suicide in Frederick County, Maryland

Earlier this month I blogged about the number of mass murders going on lately.  Well last Saturday the bodies of a mother, father and three children were found in their home in Middletown, Maryland which is located in Frederick County, Maryland.



According to the Frederick County police the father, Christopher A. Wood murdered his wife and three children and then killed himself.


It came out today that Mr. Wood was struggling with mental illness and was $450,000 in debt.

According to the police:

At a news conference this afternoon, authorities released a raft of new details about the slayings, describing a scene more ghastly than what had been known since the bodies were discovered Saturday morning.

According to investigators, Francie Billotti-Wood, 33, and the couple’s 5-year-old son, Chandler, were each shot twice in the head. Chandler’s younger brother, 4-year-old Gavin, was shot three times; daughter Fiona, 2, was shot once.

After they were shot, the children’s throats were slashed nearly to the point of decapitation, officials said.

Wood left six separate notes — one to each of his children, one to his wife, one to his parents and sister, and one that described his daily frustrations and the family’s financial trouble.

This is so sad.  After shooting his children he slashes their throats.  Damn that’s cold and heartless.

Wood, a youth soccer coach, was paid $97,000 as a sales accountant for CSX Corp. His wife, who taught liturgy to children at their church, stopped working several years ago to be a stay-at-home mother.

Several experts said slayings of entire families by fathers and husbands are often associated with economic hardship. Some men get to the point where it becomes impossible to tell family members that they’re going to lose the house or that the kids can’t go to college, said Richard J. Gelles, dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice and an expert on family violence.

“If you have built your identity around that you’re the breadwinner, you’re the backbone, and that becomes unglued, it undermines your sense of self,” Gelles said.

My prayers go out to the Wood family.

You can read the following articles for additional information:

Staggered by Family’s Destruction

In Notes Left in Family’s Killings, Md. Man Details Debts, Depression

Slain mother had blogged that husband under stress

The Frederick NewsPost has complete coverage of this murder-suicide:

Tragedy in Middletown

New details in slain Middletown family case

Agencies teach warning signs, causes of domestic violence (A must read)

Murder-suicide in Michigan

Last week a male student fatally shot a female classmate and then killed himself. The murder-suicide took place at Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn, Michigan. More info is coming out about twenty eight year old Anthony Powell who murdered twenty year old Asia McGowan.  Asia was an aspiring actress and dancer.   You can check out her YouTube page.



Check out the YouTube video.

2 students dead in Mich. apparent murder-suicide


DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — A student fatally shot a female classmate before turning the gun on himself Friday in an apparent murder-suicide that prompted a lockdown at a community college west of Detroit, police said.

The bodies of Asia McGowan, 20, of Ecorse, and Anthony Powell, 28, of Detroit, were discovered inside a classroom at a Henry Ford Community College building after police responded to an emergency call of an assault and shortly afterward reports of a shot being fired on campus, said Dearborn Deputy Police Chief Gregg Brighton.

As officers entered the MacKenzie Fine Arts Center, they heard another gunshot, Brighton said.

Powell apparently used a shotgun to kill McGowan and himself, police said.

They took at least one class together — a theater course that had met earlier in the day, Brighton said. Police did not believe anyone else was in the room at the time of the shooting.

According to Powell’s parents, Anthony had mental issues but they didn’t think he would hurt anyone.  Oh really!!  According to the Detroit News Anthony Powell had posted YouTube videos raging against black women and folks who believe in evolution.

Powell’s videos feature him sitting in his bedroom talking, and sometimes shouting, directly into a camera.

In one Powell video, titled “Black Women Don’t Deserve Respect,” Powell denounces black women as sexually promiscuous and says they “murder 1,500 babies a day” as a result of abortions. In another profanity-laced video, Powell attacks those who believe in evolution.

It’s sad that Asia lost her life to this crazy lunatic.  After watching the YouTube video what black woman or woman of any other race would have wanted to be near him in the first place?  Sometimes black folks tend to ignore mental health issues.  We think it’s something that’s taboo to talk about and you just deal with it or read a bible verse.  But sometimes there are folks who need professional help.

Check out the following links to read more info about this case.

Mother met her daughter’s killer before campus attack

Shots of campus end big dreams

Dearborn murder-suicide suspect had hate videos on YouTube

Police seek details in murder-suicide at Dearborn campus

YouTube user’s e-mails on Powell sent to Detroit police

Sunday school teacher arrested for murder

A Sunday school teacher, Melissa Huckaby, has been arrested and charged with the kidnapping and murder of eight year old Sandra Cantu from Tracy, California.


Twenty eight year old Melissa Huckaby, the granddaughter of a pastor is the mother of a playmate of Sandra’s.  What in the hell caused her to murder a little girl?  Some folks are shocked that a mom has been arrested for Sandra’s murder.  These are dangerous times out here and you have to be very careful about who your children are with.

Sunday school teacher arrested in death of 8-year-old girl

Melissa Huckaby, 28, the granddaughter of a pastor, is suspected of killing her daughter’s playmate, Sandra Cantu of Tracy, Calif., whose body was found stuffed in a suitcase.

By Ruben Vives and Rong-Gong Lin II

A Sunday school teacher was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and killing her daughter’s 8-year-old playmate, Sandra Cantu of Tracy, Calif., after admitting to police that she owned the suitcase in which Sandra’s body was found, authorities said Saturday.

Melissa Chantel Huckaby, 28, the granddaughter of a pastor, was taken into custody late Friday night, about five hours after she drove herself to a police station for questioning, said Sgt. Tony Sheneman of the Tracy Police Department.

“I couldn’t begin to even theorize what her motive is,” Sheneman said at a news conference that was streamed live on the Internet. “The outcome alone is beyond explanation.”

Sandra’s mother, Maria Chavez, 41, was grief-stricken and in shock, said Angie Chavez, Sandra’s aunt.

“How could another mother do this to another child?” she said Maria Chavez had asked her.

A break in the investigation into Sandra’s death came after Huckaby gave an interview Friday to the Tracy Press, telling the newspaper that she had owned a large, black, rolling suitcase that she said was stolen March 27, the same day Sandra disappeared.

Huckaby’s description of her suitcase resembled the one that contained Sandra’s body, the newspaper reported.

Last Monday, farmworkers discovered the suitcase at a dairy farm irrigation pond about 2 1/2 miles north of the girl’s home. Inside, investigators found the dead child dressed in the same clothes she was last seen wearing — a pink “Hello Kitty” T-shirt, black leggings and “Hannah Montana” flip-flops.

Huckaby’s interview with the local newspaper was inconsistent with what she had told investigators earlier, police said Saturday.

After reading the published report, investigators asked Huckaby to come to the police station for more questioning Friday night.

“She revealed enough information to us that we had probable cause to arrest her,” Sheneman said Saturday. “She admitted yesterday and to the Tracy Press that the suitcase was hers.”

Huckaby told the Tracy Press that she had packed the suitcase with supplies to spruce up her church classroom. But she said she forgot it, leaving it outside on her driveway at the Orchard Estates Mobile Home Park where she lived.

You can check out the Tracy Press article here.

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