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    More Mass Shootings. This time Washington State

    What in the world is going on? Is this "Kill more people to make your statement time?"

    My condolences to all of you in the LE profession who have to deal with all this evil in the world today. It's Sickening.

    Local News | Five children slain in Graham-area home | Seattle Times Newspaper

    Five children slain in Graham-area home


    GRAHAM, Pierce County A 34-year-old man apparently shot and killed his five children in a mobile-home park in the Graham area of Pierce County, then drove to Auburn and killed himself, the Pierce County Sheriff's Office said Saturday.

    By Seattle Times staff

    TED S. WARREN / AP A home is ringed with police tape Saturday at trailer park near Graham, Wash., where the bodies of five children were discovered dead in their home Saturday afternoon.

    GRAHAM, Pierce County Throughout the day Sunday, people have been driving by, sometimes dropping off flowers, at the Graham-area home where five children were apparently fatally shot by their father Saturday.

    According to The Associated Press, police are saying the father killed the children and himself after learning his wife was leaving him.

    The Pierce County Sheriff's Office plans a news conference this afternoon to discuss the case.

    Police said Saturday that the 34-year-old man shot his children in their home in a mobile-home park in the Graham area of Pierce County. He then drove to Auburn and killed himself.

    Jodi Mercer didn't know the family, but drove down from Tacoma to the mobile-home park with her 9-year-old son Zack."We wanted to leave some animals and a card to let them know thousands of people are praying for them. You didn't have to know them to be sad."

    Sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer on Saturday called the crime scene the worst he has seen in his nine years with the sheriff's office. "One could only hope they were all asleep when this happened," Troyer said of the children.

    The children, ages 7 through 16, were found dead late Saturday afternoon after a relative saw one of the victims through a window at their home in the Deer Run mobile-home park. The 7-year-old was a boy and the girls were 16, 13, 11 and 14 or 15, Troyer said.

    The father's body had been found earlier Saturday in a still-running car near the Muckleshoot Casino in Auburn. He had apparently killed himself with a rifle, but left no note in the car, Auburn Police Sgt. Scott Near said.

    Troyer said investigators believe the children were killed by their father and Troyer described the killings as a domestic-violence case.

    There's nothing that leads us to believe it wasn't gunshot wounds and it wasn't the father, Troyer said.

    Said Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor:"This was not a tragedy. It was a rotten murder. Five innocent kids lost their lives."

    Penny Flanasburg and Tammy Dettwiler, both of Tacoma, who identified themselves as aunts of the children's mother, arrived at the mobile-home park Saturday night. They identified the father as James Harrison and the mother as Angela Harrison, and said the couple had been together since Angela was 13.

    The children were Maxine, Samantha, Jamie, Heather and James Harrison, they said.

    They said Angela works at Wal-Mart and James was a diesel mechanic.

    Angela Harrison was with the sheriff's department chaplain Saturday evening, but then went to stay with a family member.

    Troyer and neighbors said the couple argued loudly late Friday night or early Saturday morning, and the mother left by herself.

    Troyer said four of the children were found in bedrooms and one in a bathroom of a home in the 20400 block of 135th Avenue Court East. He said the sheriff's office would be in touch with

    Orting School District officials and counselors would be made available to classmates of the children on Monday. He said they attended various schools.

    Ron Vorak and his wife Kelly live across the street from the Harrison home, and on Saturday Ron saw Angela Harrison's brother-in-law across the street pounding on doors and looking in windows.

    Ron Vorak said Sunday he went over to check on the situation Saturday as the brother-in-law, who is married to Angela Harrison's sister, tried to get an answer inside. He said the brother-in-law peeked through a back window, where the shade was pulled up about a half-inch. The brother-in-law saw a body on a bed, and Vorak called 911.

    The Pierce County deputy who arrived at the home, looked through the windows, too, then kicked in the door, Vorak said.

    Vorak said he had heard family arguments, and heard James Harrison holler many times for them (the children) to get their butts home.

    Carolyn and Raymond Bader, who used to live across from the home where the children were found, said they often heard the father screaming and yelling at the children.

    The Baders said they called the sheriff's department and Child Protective Services several times with concerns about the family.

    "We did all we could to help these kids," Raymond Bader said tonight. "We tried to protect these kids. We did what we could."

    Carolyn Bader said a friend had called her with the news of the deaths.

    "I couldn't believe he'd actually done it. Do I think he was capable of it? Sure," she said, referring to the father. "It just shocks me. I'm totally shocked. What could five children do that was so bad? I can't imagine what would go through someone's head to make them do something like this."

    Dale Lund, another neighbor in the mobile-home park, said the boy who was killed played at times with his grandson and the two shared the same school-bus stop. The boys attended elementary school together, Lund said.

    The slain children played in their own yard most of the time, he said.

    "They pretty much kept to themselves over there" Lund said of the family.

    Lund's wife, Sheree Lund, said,"We're tore up. We're just tore up. Why the kids, you know?"

    Lund said the father was considered by neighbors to be "plenty mean" and he "kept a real tight rein on the kids."

    Mary Ripplinger, another neighbor, said her children played with the boy who died. "They played tag. They played ball," she said.

    Since learning of the killings, Ripplinger said, her five children, ages 6 to 19, keep asking: "How could he do this? How could he do this?"

    "I didn't know what to tell them," Ripplinger said, breaking into tears. "It's not fair. It's not right at all."

    In front of the home Sunday morning, is an Easter basket with blue and pink bunnies.

    Bouquets of flowers have been placed there, as has a spiral notebook and pen, so visitors can leave messages. "God please give this family peace where there is no peace. Strength where there is no strength."

    Someone else wrote,"God bless the five little ones. God bring peace to mom."

    Pastor said the killings represented the worst single-incident slayings in unincorporated Pierce County's history.

    The incident is among the worst Western Washington mass slayings.


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    WTF????
    Pleasing nobody, one person at a time.

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    Unbelievable........
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    May the victims rest in peace.

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    Heart goes out to the mother and the Officers who had to work the crime scene, it is heartbreaking and hard to stay detached when the victims are so young. Hope that father is rotting in hell.

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    How horrible...
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    I got a sick feeling in my stomach just from reading the article. Condolences to the family of the young victims.
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    Since this sort of thing usually doesn't happen until the wife tries to move out, I think there really needs to be some sort of police program to provide protection during the move-out.

    There also needs to be something akin to a witness protection program for the whole family, if the wife wants to take advantage of it. It doesn't have to be as expensive as the Federal program, mostly involving relocation, covert name changes, and transfer of accounts to other account numbers through a special account set up to prevent the bank and CC companies from reporting the new account numbers back to the husband.

    At the VERY least, there needs to be something akin to Civil Standby publicised so that people know that they can take advantage of the protection during the dangerous confrontation and relocation process.

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    14 massacred in Binghamton this past Friday

    Folks, I can't really say much...I was blocks away when the shots were heard from the courthouse I am assigned to. Its gonna be a rough few months or longer...everyone says,"This sleepy, dying town....shit...something like THAT will never happen here" well....it did. I am consumed by frustration...anger...sadness. ...I just don't know what else to say. RIP to the victims. The soldiers I had drill with this weekend and I, went to the scene and removed our American flag patches and laid them on the mountain of flowers. These were people who legally wanted to better their lives..a piece of America...to have left their war torn, hunger stricken possibly tyrannical governments behind. To start over as future citizens and work their way to a better life than what they had...just to be cut down by this idiot. Please, if you haven't already...please say a prayer for the families of these victims.
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    Yeah, I read about that one, too. People trying to better their lives and some nutcase comes in and shoots them down in cold blood. Unreal.


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    This shit is getting completely out of control all these mass shootings are going to play hell with gun rights. Next thing officers will not be able to carry off duty, just in case.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolven View Post
    How horrible...
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    It is sick that this kind of thing seams to be occurring with more frequency. And it seams to be children who have been suffering the brunt of it. With the economy going to pot and people loosing their jobs there is so much stress out there. Sadly those factors lead to people not being able to afford to get help with their stress and depression leading to a feeling of no way out but death and the feeling that they don't want their family to have to have to go through it.

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    This was a domestic violence homicide.

    If I hear one more person blame the economy my head is going to 'splode.

    This guy's wife decided to stay with her boyfriend when confronted by dad and the 16 year old daughter about her cheating.

    Dad went off the deep end, and whacked his kids to "show her."
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    Evil needs no real reason to occur , only brave hearts prepared to out endure it.
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