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SewingDeb
09-13-2007, 11:45 AM
Identities have not been released yet.

http://www.newsenterpriseonline.com/articles/2007/09/12/news/news00.txt

BREAKING NEWS: Developments in Rineyville double murder

THE 911 CALL

KSP Dispatcher: KSP 911

Child: Last night I was afraid to call, they shot two people, my grandma and mom.

KSP Dispatcher: In what county?

Child: Rineyville, Kentucky.

KSP Dispatcher: What’s going on right now?

Child: I was afraid to call last night.

KSP Dispatcher: Did the KSP come out last night?

Child: No.

KSP Dispatcher: They didn’t?

Child: No

KSP Dispatcher: Who was shot last night?

Child: My mom and my grandma.

KSP Dispatcher: Your mom and your grandma?

Child: Yes, and one of my grandma’s dogs. The only people here are me, my sister and my brother.

KSP Dispatcher: How old are your sister and your brother?

Child: My sister is a few months old, my brother is only 4.

KSP Dispatcher: How old are you?

Child: I’m 9.

~more at link~

SewingDeb
09-13-2007, 11:46 AM
Police Respond to Double Murder

RINEYVILLE, Ky. - Police found three children inside a Hardin County home with two dead adults.

Officials discovered the bodies after one of the children called police.

Investigators said they were going to treat the deaths as a double-murder.

Officials believe the women were shot on Monday, even though they were called on Tuesday.

Police said after hearing gunfire, the children became too scared to call for help until Tuesday.


http://www.newschannel5.com/Global/story.asp?S=7061908

video at link

SewingDeb
09-13-2007, 11:47 AM
Double Murder in Rineyville

Police in Kentucky say they have no leads in the murders of a mother and grandmother.

It happened Monday night in Rineyville, that's south of Louisville. Three young children were in the home when the two women were shot. Police found the victims after the nine-year old called 911 the next morning.

~more at link~

http://www.wsaz.com/news/headlines/9748897.html

Alice253
09-13-2007, 11:55 AM
Those poor children. Can you imagine being 9 yrs. old and too terrified to make a phone call. The 9 yr. old probably knows who did this. This just makes me ill.

sherri79
09-13-2007, 12:21 PM
omg that poor child.

Mygirlsadie
09-13-2007, 12:26 PM
Wow I used to live right by Rineyville been there a million times. I am really shocked something like this would happen there. It's just a small country quiet Kentucky town. A couple years ago there was a gay man in Rineyville who was beaten to death and stuck in a suitcase where he was found by police. (hate crime)

cheko1
09-13-2007, 12:29 PM
Lord have mercy on those poor babies!!!!

May whoever did it rot in he!!.....

SewingDeb
09-13-2007, 06:37 PM
Those poor children. Can you imagine being 9 yrs. old and too terrified to make a phone call. The 9 yr. old probably knows who did this. This just makes me ill.

It makes me ill too. They have identified the victims:

Police believe 31-year-old Tracie Burke and her mother in-law, Karen Comer, were killed some time Monday.

http://www.newschannel5.com/Global/story.asp?S=7068257

SewingDeb
09-14-2007, 12:37 AM
Troopers said there was no sign of domestic violence or forced entry at the killing scene.

Court documents obtained by a Louisville television station show Burke died shortly before finalizing a rocky divorce. Her hearing was set for Friday morning.

Police have not named Brent Burke as a suspect. They said they are questioning him and that he has cooperated with the investigation so far.Investigators said Burke's first ex-husband, a soldier based in Ft. Lewis, Wash. has been cleared of suspicion in the killings.

http://www.wkyt.com/home/headlines/9769867.html

SewingDeb
09-14-2007, 12:38 AM
Court papers reveal fear of ex-husband by Rineyville murder victim

LOUISVILLE (WAVE) -- WAVE 3 has obtained the divorce papers of one of the victims murdered Monday night in Rineyville, Tracy Burke. According to the court documents, her estranged husband -- Brent Burke -- is accused of having a violent temper. Police confirm they have talked to him about the murders. WAVE 3 Investigator Lindsay English has more on this development.


~much more at this link:
http://www.wave3.com/Global/story.asp?S=7071978&nav=0RZF

SewingDeb
09-14-2007, 12:39 AM
Victim Was Seeking Divorce

Tracy Burke was living with her three children and her ex-mother-in-law, Karen Comer, in a home in Rineyville.

Burke and Comer were shot to death Monday - four days before Burke and her husband Brent's divorce case was scheduled for a hearing.

State police say they're following some good leads, which include talking with Brent Burke.


and

Karen Comer is the mother of Burke's first husband.

He has been ruled out as a suspect.

http://www.wtvq.com/midatlantic/tvq/news.apx.-content-articles-TVQ-2007-09-13-0005.html

Txmom
09-14-2007, 02:22 AM
Here we have a case where the mother leaves an abusive situation, tries to protect herself and the 3 children from the abuse, moves in with her ex-inlaws and still ends up dead. From what info we have, it looks like she did everything that we here at WS would have told her to do. Those poor babies.

Taximom
09-14-2007, 02:41 AM
Karen Comer is the mother of Tracey's first husband, who doesn't appear to be a suspect.
How horrible this is.

Karen Comer's myspace:
http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=157122567

Tracey's private myspace:
http://www.myspace.com/nursetracyburke

Aw, it makes me sad looking at just what's on the private page. Also there's a pic of her and the kids. Bless them all.

Taximom
09-14-2007, 02:44 AM
Brent's myspace:
http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=147506933

"I hate money hungry women."

Male
29 years old
Ft. Campbell, Kentucky
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Last Login: 9/11/2007
Mood: blank http://x.myspace.com/images/blog/moods/iBrads/blank.gif


JERK!!!

Taximom
09-14-2007, 03:12 AM
News articles:
http://www.wave3.com/Global/story.asp?S=7072769
Web page of murder victim's ex found with angry messages
Sep 13, 2007 08:00 PM EDT
Tracy Burke had requested a restraining order against her then husband, Brent Burke, saying he had an anger control problem. Further into the court documents, Tracy states while Brent was deployed in Egypt, he was sent home with of an alleged mental issue after threatening to kill a lieutenant.
Investigators say, Brent is not a suspect, and he that he is cooperating.
"He's very open and very cooperative right now. About everything," said Trp. Pavey.
After the divorce decree was signed, Brent was ordered to pay $750 a month in child support immediately. And in 90 days would have to pay $1,000 to Tracy to recoup some of their debt. That payment would have been due this October. We were able to find Brent Burke's MySpace page. On it a title that states, "I hate money hungry women."
Trp. Pavey says, "We knew about the MySpace page, they looked at it. Somebody else had told them (detectives) about it. They are looking at everything."
Pavey goes on to say," We've got a couple of detectives at Fort Campbell right now. Fort Campbell authorities and Mr. Burke are cooperating fully with us." (more at link)

http://www.whas11.com/topstories/stories/091307whasmjdTopRineyvilleShootingsLatest.cd91b007 .html

Mygirlsadie
09-14-2007, 05:21 AM
Wow I wonder what rank he is in the Army? To have to pay $1000 a month is alot for a enlisted soldier. Not that his children are not worth every last penny i'm just saying... I noticed both of her X husbands were in the Army & she was staying at her first X husbands mothers house...Could it be she was trying to get back with her first husband and it made her new X hubby just snap?...Oh what a confusing mess!! Poor kids.. My heart goes out to them little ones.

kittykat1
09-14-2007, 07:12 AM
Brent's myspace:
http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=147506933

JERK!!!

He lists his interests as: My kids Eion and Raegan
I know there are three children and one of them is probably from Tracy's first marriage. How nice of him to be interested in two of his wife's children instead of three.

sherri79
09-14-2007, 07:21 AM
Here we have a case where the mother leaves an abusive situation, tries to protect herself and the 3 children from the abuse, moves in with her ex-inlaws and still ends up dead. From what info we have, it looks like she did everything that we here at WS would have told her to do. Those poor babies.
except i would have told her to leave the very first time she saw a clue about his temper. once you are with him a long time it gets worse. once you have kids with him it gets worse. once you marry him it gets worse. it is very rare that a man kills a woman who dated him for 3 months and they break up. it is often we read about a man who kills his ex. i would have still told her to leave all this time later. i honestly think a man that will kill you for leaving him will kill you if you stay just slower. after growing up in a house with some of the worst abuse you can imagine and after reading these forums i figure you guys can imagine alot.. leaving is still the best advice i can offer.

sherri79
09-14-2007, 07:24 AM
He lists his interests as: My kids Eion and Raegan
I know there are three children and one of them is probably from Tracy's first marriage. How nice of him to be interested in two of his wife's children instead of three.
if he is the killer he is a liar. he was interested in his self only. to kill the mother of the kids with the kids in the house because of his anger and pain shows me he is only able to care about himself. btw i liked the use of sarcasm with the "how nice of him". anger tends to bring out my sarcastic side and its nice to see i am not alone. :blowkiss:

Taximom
09-14-2007, 07:26 AM
He lists his interests as: My kids Eion and Raegan
I know there are three children and one of them is probably from Tracy's first marriage. How nice of him to be interested in two of his wife's children instead of three.

Yes, the 9 yr old is her child with her 1st husband. He's probably lucky to be alive.

TGIRecovered
09-14-2007, 08:29 AM
News articles:
http://www.wave3.com/Global/story.asp?S=7072769
Web page of murder victim's ex found with angry messages
Sep 13, 2007 08:00 PM EDT
Tracy Burke had requested a restraining order against her then husband, Brent Burke, saying he had an anger control problem. Further into the court documents, Tracy states while Brent was deployed in Egypt, he was sent home with of an alleged mental issue after threatening to kill a lieutenant.
Investigators say, Brent is not a suspect, and he that he is cooperating.
"He's very open and very cooperative right now. About everything," said Trp. Pavey.
After the divorce decree was signed, Brent was ordered to pay $750 a month in child support immediately. And in 90 days would have to pay $1,000 to Tracy to recoup some of their debt. That payment would have been due this October. We were able to find Brent Burke's MySpace page. On it a title that states, "I hate money hungry women."
Trp. Pavey says, "We knew about the MySpace page, they looked at it. Somebody else had told them (detectives) about it. They are looking at everything."
Pavey goes on to say," We've got a couple of detectives at Fort Campbell right now. Fort Campbell authorities and Mr. Burke are cooperating fully with us." (more at link)

http://www.whas11.com/topstories/stories/091307whasmjdTopRineyvilleShootingsLatest.cd91b007 .html

I think that if a person who is in the military is found to be a danger to others and is threatening to kill people, they need to take steps to protect his family and the public rather than just transfer or discharge him.

It sounds like this guy was a ticking time bomb. Tracie did all she could to protect her family.

Dear God, thank you for saving the children and for your continued protection over them.

Susan

nanandjim
09-14-2007, 09:01 AM
Wow I wonder what rank he is in the Army? To have to pay $1000 a month is alot for a enlisted soldier. Not that his children are not worth every last penny i'm just saying... I noticed both of her X husbands were in the Army & she was staying at her first X husbands mothers house...Could it be she was trying to get back with her first husband and it made her new X hubby just snap?...Oh what a confusing mess!! Poor kids.. My heart goes out to them little ones.
In KY it is $250 per child for child support. That is VERY reasonable. The article said that the extra $250 was to help cover the debt that the couple had. This guy was getting off easy. However, apparently, not easy enough. I suspect he is the shooter.

Mygirlsadie
09-14-2007, 09:05 AM
So she was also making him pay for a child that wasnt his? Believe me I hope they stick it to this SOB if he is the shooter which I also think he is.
I wonder now what the children will go through? The oldest obviously will have to live with his/her dad..the younger two lost their mom and their dad will be in prison (most likely). Freakin father of the year right here!





In KY it is $250 per child for child support. That is VERY reasonable. The article said that the extra $250 was to help cover the debt that the couple had. This guy was getting off easy. However, apparently, not easy enough. I suspect he is the shooter.

Taximom
09-14-2007, 09:07 AM
I don't understand how it can be a set amount for child support. Back when support was ordered for my daughter, it was based on the salaries we made. He didn't work much and only had to pay a very small amount per week. Totally off-topic, I know, but I was just surprised to read that, nan!

nanandjim
09-14-2007, 09:09 AM
So she was also making him pay for a child that wasnt his?...
The murder victim couldn't "make" him pay for anything. If he legally adopted the child, he would be financially responsible for him. Otherwise, I would think that the child would be the financial responsibility of the biological father.

Mygirlsadie
09-14-2007, 09:19 AM
Hmm that is true. I know my husband pays child support for his daughter and it is based on his income and it usually goes up every 3 years & everytime my husband gets promoted (pay raise) he has to inform the child support division. I don't know what rank this ladies soon to be X husband was but alot of enlisted soldiers don't even bring home 1ks a month after taxes.







I don't understand how it can be a set amount for child support. Back when support was ordered for my daughter, it was based on the salaries we made. He didn't work much and only had to pay a very small amount per week. Totally off-topic, I know, but I was just surprised to read that, nan!

Amraann
09-14-2007, 09:26 AM
He lists his interests as: My kids Eion and Raegan
I know there are three children and one of them is probably from Tracy's first marriage. How nice of him to be interested in two of his wife's children instead of three.

Isn't the youngest a infant? Maybe he did not have time to add her yet?

sherri79
09-14-2007, 09:51 AM
I don't understand how it can be a set amount for child support. Back when support was ordered for my daughter, it was based on the salaries we made. He didn't work much and only had to pay a very small amount per week. Totally off-topic, I know, but I was just surprised to read that, nan!
maybe the 250 is the least you can pay. i would think if dad made alot of money they would expect him to pay more but if he works at mcdonalds maybe 250 is all they ask. the rest of the guys get something inbetween?

Taximom
09-14-2007, 10:00 AM
I'm not doubting nan's post, just surprised by the set amount, that's all. Man, my ex got off easy! Is $250/per child the going rate nowadays? Better think twice before you do something to cause a divorce in KY if you have kids.

From her myspace link, it looks like she might have been a nurse. I would think she might make more than he did, depending on what type of job she had.

What a scumbag to think this was a way out. I'm so thankful he didn't harm the children though. Well, I mean physically anyway. They'll have a lot to deal with the rest of their lives.

SewingDeb
09-14-2007, 10:18 AM
Some articles say he is an MP. Do they make more than enlisted men?

Taximom
09-14-2007, 10:30 AM
His myspace lists "military police" as his occupation too.

That and he's interested in criminal justice and likes the TV show "Prison Break".

:silenced: :silenced:

SeriouslySearching
09-14-2007, 10:34 AM
While child support is based on dual salaries, they have to set a minimum for everyone across the board. If they need to get a second job to fulfill this in order to pay for their children...well...I guess they shouldn't have had children until they were able to support them the rest of their lives.

I agree when they are showing definite signs of uncontrolled violence in the military...they need to take a serious look at releasing them back into society. This has been a problem even with people coming out of the military after serving full terms and with honorable discharges. We create killing machines...then want to put the lid back onto the bottle, so to speak.

This case is very troubling on so many levels. She was trying to protect herself and her children, but should she have gone to a location where he could not have found them instead of putting her exmil at risk? This question comes up in a lot of situations and it is the reason we have safe houses around the country.

Bless those poor children who have to grow up without their mother or their grandmother. It is just so awful to think about how hard it is going to be for the oldest to overcome such a tragedy.

FLMom
09-14-2007, 10:34 AM
http://ag.ky.gov/childsupport/support.htm

How to calculate KY child support.

SewingDeb
09-14-2007, 10:35 AM
It appears that KY uses a child support calculator based on both parent's salaries, like many other states.

http://www.alllaw.com/calculators/Childsupport/Kentucky/

SewingDeb
09-14-2007, 10:36 AM
http://ag.ky.gov/childsupport/support.htm

How to calculate KY child support.

You beat me to it...lol.

Taximom
09-14-2007, 10:40 AM
Well, sadly, somebody else is going to be paying for those children's needs now if the father killed their mom.

FLMom
09-14-2007, 10:49 AM
You beat me to it...lol.

Great minds think alike. :blushing:

Unfortunately, I've been down the CS road with an ex.

I looked online at the Hardin County online records search and found nothing listed for anyone involved. Could be that because of the children the records are not available to be seen online.

Mygirlsadie
09-14-2007, 01:12 PM
NO they don't. And I looked him up on AKO and he is an E-5.






Some articles say he is an MP. Do they make more than enlisted men?

SewingDeb
09-14-2007, 01:22 PM
Great minds think alike. :blushing:

Unfortunately, I've been down the CS road with an ex.

I looked online at the Hardin County online records search and found nothing listed for anyone involved. Could be that because of the children the records are not available to be seen online.

I've been down that road, too.

Thanks for looking, FLMom. It probably is kept secret since children are involved.

SewingDeb
09-14-2007, 01:23 PM
NO they don't. And I looked him up on AKO and he is an E-5.

Thanks MGS. Would he be given a housing allowance that he would lose with not having custody of the children? That would hurt him financially as well.

Mygirlsadie
09-14-2007, 01:32 PM
If they were not divorced yet then he would have to provide the whole amount of BAH (housing allowance) to the wife. When the divorce became final he would lose it yes. He would either have to move into the barracks or he could rent off post & get a single soldiers amount of housing allowance given to him (which isnt much) and most of the time his company commander or 1st sgt would have to give him permission to live off post anyway. Me personally I don't see how a E5 would have to pay 1ks in childsupport. An E5 don't make much more then that monthly. Not to mention if the wife was a nurse she was making triple what he made.





Thanks MGS. Would he be given a housing allowance that he would lose with not having custody of the children? That would hurt him financially as well.

SewingDeb
09-14-2007, 01:38 PM
I wonder if he had any other income that was factored into the equation...or perhaps the reporter's source for the information was not good.

MREG2
09-14-2007, 04:02 PM
Great minds think alike. :blushing:

Unfortunately, I've been down the CS road with an ex.

I looked online at the Hardin County online records search and found nothing listed for anyone involved. Could be that because of the children the records are not available to be seen online.

If I heard right the mom and kids just moved to Rineyville 3 weeks ago. She still had the Tennessee license plate.

Mygirlsadie
09-14-2007, 05:05 PM
Or maybe she had a really good lawyer..Whatever the case if the slimeball did this to her and her x mother in law then I hope he has to pay with his life...that 1000 a month won't look so bad after all. I know I shouldnt judge but it burns me up when someone takes a mommy away from her babies.




I wonder if he had any other income that was factored into the equation...or perhaps the reporter's source for the information was not good.

kygal
09-14-2007, 05:44 PM
Great minds think alike. :blushing:

Unfortunately, I've been down the CS road with an ex.

I looked online at the Hardin County online records search and found nothing listed for anyone involved. Could be that because of the children the records are not available to be seen online.


I'd say that since the report said they weren't finalized, then they wouldn't be online yet. Tracy's myspace said someplace in TN. Perhaps that is where the file is? Not sure just thinking. Also, most KY websites are VERY slow about posting things online....

Kymistry35
09-14-2007, 06:50 PM
This is OT but I wouls be thrilled to get that much. In NC the man only pays $50 a month unless he makes well above minimum wage.

SewingDeb
09-15-2007, 03:46 PM
This is OT but I wouls be thrilled to get that much. In NC the man only pays $50 a month unless he makes well above minimum wage.

I'm in NC and I had never heard that.

Here's the NC calculator:
http://www.alllaw.com/calculators/childsupport/north_carolina/

nanandjim
09-15-2007, 03:59 PM
I don't understand how it can be a set amount for child support. Back when support was ordered for my daughter, it was based on the salaries we made. He didn't work much and only had to pay a very small amount per week. Totally off-topic, I know, but I was just surprised to read that, nan!
Hey Taximom - We are moving to KY very soon. Our realtor, who is a divorced father with two children, told us that no matter the salary the court orders $250 per child, max. I'm just assuming that he knows as he went through a divorce himself. Perhaps, things have changed.

My husband didn't get off so lucky. He divorced in Alabama and paid an arm and a leg in child support and alimony and property and debt settlement. That state is very much in favor of the woman. My husband has never complained, mind you. He feels that it is his responsibility to support his children all the way through college. So, I never say anything to him. That's between his ex-wife and him. Of course, her husband always is involved. Thank goodness, his youngest boy is a junior in college. Tick tock... :)

nanandjim
09-15-2007, 04:21 PM
I'm in NC and I had never heard that.

Here's the NC calculator:
http://www.alllaw.com/calculators/childsupport/north_carolina/
NC CS payments are low, IMO. I plugged in my husband's data; and, according to their calculations, he would have paid almost half of what he actually paid.

Bobbisangel
09-15-2007, 08:19 PM
I would imagine that Tracy moved in with her mother-in-law believing that Brent wouldn't come after her there. She probably never dreamed that he would murder her ex-mother-in-law.

In reading the ex-mother-in-laws MySpace it sounds like she was well loved by her children. I gather that Michael is the ex-husband and the father of the oldest child who is 9. And that Brent is the father of the younger boy who is 4 yrs and the little girl who is 3 yrs. I think the dispatcher wrote 3 months instead of 3 years for the little girl. You can see in the picture of them with Tracy that the little girl is around 3 yrs. Vanessa must be the ex-mother-in-laws daughter that works at a hospital. Her children seem to love her a lot. Sounds like she just made a visit to Fort Lewis in Olympia WA.

I wonder if the mother-in-law tried to protect Tracy when Brent went after her. I don't have a doubt that he is the killer. Who else would have a motive for wanting her dead? I'm sure we will hear of an arrest soon. He is cooperating but some killers do cooperate thinking they can bs their way through and get away with murder. He shouldn't be hard to track and to prove where he was when the murder took place.

My heart goes out to those little kids. They are all old enough to know what happened or that something horrible happened. There they were in the house with their dead mom and grandma all of those hours. Bless that little 9 yr old for finally having the courage to call 911 and tell what happened.

I believe that Tracy did everything that she could to keep herself and her children safe. Some of these creeps will follow you to the ends of the earth for revenge. I hope this guy rots in prison. I just hope the two little kids have someone to raise them that will love them and give them a good life. What a sad situation.

STEADFAST
09-15-2007, 08:22 PM
NO they don't. And I looked him up on AKO and he is an E-5.

Basic military pay is public record and the same for everyone who has the same rank and the same number of years in service. An E-5 with, say, 3 to 10 years of service would make between $2073.00 and $2571.00 per month.

He would also get a housing allowance based on the fact that he has dependants and the average rents in the Fort Campbell, KY area. An E-5 with dependants at Fort Campbell gets $758.00 per month.

So, he gets paid somewhere between $2831.00 and $3329.00 per month (if I did the math right.)

SewingDeb
09-15-2007, 10:40 PM
NC CS payments are low, IMO. I plugged in my husband's data; and, according to their calculations, he would have paid almost half of what he actually paid.

In my case, my ex was off the charts for calculations and I got a lot more than $250.00 per child. Guess I was lucky.

SewingDeb
09-15-2007, 10:46 PM
Basic military pay is public record and the same for everyone who has the same rank and the same number of years in service. An E-5 with, say, 3 to 10 years of service would make between $2073.00 and $2571.00 per month.

He would also get a housing allowance based on the fact that he has dependants and the average rents in the Fort Campbell, KY area. An E-5 with dependants at Fort Campbell gets $758.00 per month.

So, he gets paid somewhere between $2831.00 and $3329.00 per month (if I did the math right.)

That doesn't sound too bad.

Earlier today I read that Military Police are 0-10 on the scale...since it shows pay starting at 20 years for 0-10, E5 is probably right for the number of years he has probably served.

Military pay scale for Army in case anyone wants to check:
http://www.military.com/military/benefits/0,15465,military_pay_charts,00.html

Taximom
09-16-2007, 01:24 AM
Bobbisangel, I thought "Kurt Comer" was her 1st husband/ex. (It's been a while since I looked at all the sights, but that's what I thought anyway!) He was a truck driver and also lived at Karen's home. I wonder if Burke thought that he would be home and he could have killed him too?

Taximom
09-16-2007, 01:25 AM
Seems like WE all know who did it.....

Fermi
09-16-2007, 04:11 AM
I apologize if this is already common knowledge here, I just found some of these quotes odd...especially why in the world would this little 9-year-old tell other children that he was the one who killed his mother and grandmother???:(

http://www.whas11.com/topstories/stories/091207whasmjdTopMoreRineyville.c9b0dcae.html

A 9-year old boy called police Tuesday, saying his mother and grandmother were dead. Police say the killings happened Monday night on Waterfowl Loop in Rineyville.

“Evidently he told some other kids that he is the person that murdered those two women,” said Trooper Steve Pavey, describing an incident at John Hardin High School. The rumors spread like wildfire – students text-messaging, parents upset.

“And the kid basically just said ‘I was shooting my mouth off,’” said Pavey, who adds that the rumor was a distraction for detectives. Meanwhile, police say they hope autopsies performed in Louisville will help determine when Tracy Burke, 31, and Karen Comer, 53, were shot.

I also spoke with the daughter of Comer, who says she was her best friend, a kind woman who let her former daughter-in-law and her three kids move into her home about a month and a half ago, because she was getting a divorce from her second husband, who is stationed at Ft. Campbell.

Comer’s daughter says things had gotten ugly in that divorce, and Karen Comer had refused to testify against Tracy Burke in that divorce. :waitasec:

http://www.whas11.com/topstories/stories/091307whasmjdTopTracyBurkeNewInfo.ced7408e.html

The picture her divorce filing paints of her husband is of a soldier who was about to lose it. According to the papers, Brent Burke told neighbors he was considering killing himself, and stated he could kill everybody and it wouldn't bother him in the least.

As a final note, one article I read stated that Tracie listed 4 reasons in the divorce papers: "irreconcilable differences, cruel and inhumane treatment, adultery and that her husband was guilty of inappropriate conduct." These are serious charges/accusations for a soldier. He could be court-martialed or dishonorably discharged from the military if T.B. voiced these allegations (adultery: UCMJ Article 134) to his commander (and if they were proved true). B.B. may have been feeling the heat from more than one side...his backside where his wallet resides and his topside where his beret resides....

Bobbisangel
09-16-2007, 05:33 AM
Bobbisangel, I thought "Kurt Comer" was her 1st husband/ex. (It's been a while since I looked at all the sights, but that's what I thought anyway!) He was a truck driver and also lived at Karen's home. I wonder if Burke thought that he would be home and he could have killed him too?



Both Brent and Kurt are in the service.....

Police have not named Brent Burke as a suspect. They said they are questioning him and that he has cooperated with the investigation so far.Investigators said Burke's first ex-husband, a soldier based in Ft. Lewis, Wash. has been cleared of suspicion in the killings.

Taximom
09-16-2007, 11:16 AM
A news article mentioned "Kurt". Maybe that's Karen's husband?

sherri79
09-16-2007, 02:16 PM
I apologize if this is already common knowledge here, I just found some of these quotes odd...especially why in the world would this little 9-year-old tell other children that he was the one who killed his mother and grandmother???:(

http://www.whas11.com/topstories/stories/091207whasmjdTopMoreRineyville.c9b0dcae.html

A 9-year old boy called police Tuesday, saying his mother and grandmother were dead. Police say the killings happened Monday night on Waterfowl Loop in Rineyville.

“Evidently he told some other kids that he is the person that murdered those two women,” said Trooper Steve Pavey, describing an incident at John Hardin High School. The rumors spread like wildfire – students text-messaging, parents upset.

“And the kid basically just said ‘I was shooting my mouth off,’” said Pavey, who adds that the rumor was a distraction for detectives. Meanwhile, police say they hope autopsies performed in Louisville will help determine when Tracy Burke, 31, and Karen Comer, 53, were shot.

I also spoke with the daughter of Comer, who says she was her best friend, a kind woman who let her former daughter-in-law and her three kids move into her home about a month and a half ago, because she was getting a divorce from her second husband, who is stationed at Ft. Campbell.

Comer’s daughter says things had gotten ugly in that divorce, and Karen Comer had refused to testify against Tracy Burke in that divorce. :waitasec:

http://www.whas11.com/topstories/stories/091307whasmjdTopTracyBurkeNewInfo.ced7408e.html

The picture her divorce filing paints of her husband is of a soldier who was about to lose it. According to the papers, Brent Burke told neighbors he was considering killing himself, and stated he could kill everybody and it wouldn't bother him in the least.

As a final note, one article I read stated that Tracie listed 4 reasons in the divorce papers: "irreconcilable differences, cruel and inhumane treatment, adultery and that her husband was guilty of inappropriate conduct." These are serious charges/accusations for a soldier. He could be court-martialed or dishonorably discharged from the military if T.B. voiced these allegations (adultery: UCMJ Article 134) to his commander (and if they were proved true). B.B. may have been feeling the heat from more than one side...his backside where his wallet resides and his topside where his beret resides.... as for the 9 yr old if he did the shooting i'm sure he would have left plenty of evidence. the police seem to feel he is not suspect so i'll stick with their theory in this case. it is really strange that he would say he did it i agree. if what mom said in the divorce paper are true then this child lived in a abusive home for years. then a 9yr old is going through his second divorce and that would be emotionally stressful on any child. then he is home and at least hears his mother and grandmother killed if he did not see it. he does not try to save them or stop the killer. then due to fear the child spends the night with the bodies in the home. children of divorce often feel guilt like it is their fault. children who see abuse even if it is only verbal come away with scars. add to this the trauma of the murder and maybe the child is suffering mental problem right now. guilt over not saving them could lead him to want to take the blame. we know he is just a little kid and there was nothing he could do but how often do kids think that way? with the trauma this child has been through nothing he says would shock me.

Bobbisangel
09-17-2007, 02:00 AM
A news article mentioned "Kurt". Maybe that's Karen's husband?


Maybe I'm wrong but in the mother-in-laws MySpace a Michael was posting to his mom and Vanessa to mom also. In the first post of Michael it shows a soldier in the darkness with tanks in the background. I'll have to check and see who Kurt is. You've gotten me curious..lol.

I mentioned Kurt when I answered your post. Lord only knows where I got that!!! The 1st husband is Michael. I just rechecked Karen Comers MySpace. I can't find a mention of a Kurt anywhere. Must be my old age kicking in to have said Kurt! Karen Comer looks like such a sweet person. It would be so nice if her son could take and raise all three of the kids if he is a good guy. It's sad when children are placed with different people and don't get to grow up together.

Kim777
09-17-2007, 02:28 PM
I apologize if this is already common knowledge here, I just found some of these quotes odd...especially why in the world would this little 9-year-old tell other children that he was the one who killed his mother and grandmother???:(

http://www.whas11.com/topstories/stories/091207whasmjdTopMoreRineyville.c9b0dcae.html

A 9-year old boy called police Tuesday, saying his mother and grandmother were dead. Police say the killings happened Monday night on Waterfowl Loop in Rineyville.

“Evidently he told some other kids that he is the person that murdered those two women,” said Trooper Steve Pavey, describing an incident at John Hardin High School. The rumors spread like wildfire – students text-messaging, parents upset.

“And the kid basically just said ‘I was shooting my mouth off,’” said Pavey, who adds that the rumor was a distraction for detectives. Meanwhile, police say they hope autopsies performed in Louisville will help determine when Tracy Burke, 31, and Karen Comer, 53, were shot.

I also spoke with the daughter of Comer, who says she was her best friend, a kind woman who let her former daughter-in-law and her three kids move into her home about a month and a half ago, because she was getting a divorce from her second husband, who is stationed at Ft. Campbell.

Comer’s daughter says things had gotten ugly in that divorce, and Karen Comer had refused to testify against Tracy Burke in that divorce. :waitasec:

http://www.whas11.com/topstories/stories/091307whasmjdTopTracyBurkeNewInfo.ced7408e.html

The picture her divorce filing paints of her husband is of a soldier who was about to lose it. According to the papers, Brent Burke told neighbors he was considering killing himself, and stated he could kill everybody and it wouldn't bother him in the least.

As a final note, one article I read stated that Tracie listed 4 reasons in the divorce papers: "irreconcilable differences, cruel and inhumane treatment, adultery and that her husband was guilty of inappropriate conduct." These are serious charges/accusations for a soldier. He could be court-martialed or dishonorably discharged from the military if T.B. voiced these allegations (adultery: UCMJ Article 134) to his commander (and if they were proved true). B.B. may have been feeling the heat from more than one side...his backside where his wallet resides and his topside where his beret resides....

I think that article has the information wrong. The quote below is from the first article posted here. It says that a teenage boy told people at the high school that he did it. I don't think it was ever the nine year old. I think that article is poorly written or something. This article seems more correct to me as the nine year old isn't a teenager and wouldn't be telling people at the high school.

RADCLIFF ó Police said a teen started a rumor Tuesday that he was the killer of two Rineyville women who were shot sometime Monday night. The rumor spread through John Hardin High School, but police confirmed Wednesday that the boy’s claim merely was a hoax and there are no safety concerns at John Hardin High School.

John Hardin High School Principal Alvin Garrison said the rumor circulated through the high school Tuesday. On Wednesday, Garrison said attendance was running about normal. He also noted that the boy who initiated the claim is not a student at John Hardin High School.

http://www.newsenterpriseonline.com/articles/2007/09/12/news/news00.txt

sherri79
09-17-2007, 02:32 PM
I think that article has the information wrong. The quote below is from the first article posted here. It says that a teenage boy told people at the high school that he did it. I don't think it was ever the nine year old. I think that article is poorly written or something. This article seems more correct to me as the nine year old isn't a teenager and wouldn't be telling people at the high school.

RADCLIFF ó Police said a teen started a rumor Tuesday that he was the killer of two Rineyville women who were shot sometime Monday night. The rumor spread through John Hardin High School, but police confirmed Wednesday that the boy’s claim merely was a hoax and there are no safety concerns at John Hardin High School.

John Hardin High School Principal Alvin Garrison said the rumor circulated through the high school Tuesday. On Wednesday, Garrison said attendance was running about normal. He also noted that the boy who initiated the claim is not a student at John Hardin High School.

http://www.newsenterpriseonline.com/articles/2007/09/12/news/news00.txt thank you that makes more sense.

MelInTN
10-15-2007, 01:20 PM
http://newschannel5.com/Global/story.asp?S=7214669

Fort Campbell Soldier Arrested In Slayings

Police Respond to Double Murder (http://newschannel5.com/Global/story.asp?S=7061908)

RINEYVILLE, Ky. (AP) - State police said they have charged a Fort Campbell soldier in a double murder in central Kentucky.
Kentucky State Police Trooper Steve Pavey said police charged 29-year-old Brent Burke with killing his ex-wife, 31-year-old Tracy Burke and her former mother-in-law, 53-year-old Karen Comer.

MelInTN
10-15-2007, 01:22 PM
http://theleafchronicle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071015/NEWS01/71015007


Fort Campbell MP arrested in slaying of 2 women
Associated Press

RINEYVILLE, Ky. — A Fort Campbell soldier was arrested today and charged with killing his ex-wife and another women last month. Kentucky State Police arrested Brent Burke, 29, in the deaths of his ex-wife, Tracy D. Burke, 31, and her mother-in-law from a previous marriage, Karen D. Comer, 53, Trooper Steve Pavey said.

MagicRose99
10-15-2007, 05:35 PM
What a piece of crap... at least they have this monster off the street. To not even care if 2 of his own kids were in the house at the time he killed their mother... I have a feeling if those kids had shown their faces at any time, they too would be dead. He even killed the dog...

UdbCrzy2
03-24-2011, 10:51 PM
On the stand was the husband of Tracy Burke's former mother-in-law, Karen Comer. Curt Comer drives a semi and had been trying for hours to reach the house. Finally, Comer said Burke's young son Matthew picked up the phone in Rineyville.

"I finally got Matthew to answer the phone around quarter to twelve or twelve," Comer testified. "He told me what happened. I told him to call the police and that I would be there in about two hours."

Burke's children have testified that Brent Burke was the man in their home the night their mother was killed.

The three previous murder trials have ended in mistrials.

http://www.wave3.com/story/14309803/husband-of-victim-testifies-at-double-murder-trial

reen
03-28-2011, 02:08 PM
Wow, THREE mistrials?? I don't think I've ever heard of that happening! I hope they don't mess this one up, those poor kids are having to re-live this over and over.

Does anyone know how the chiildren are now, who they're living with?

Kat
06-29-2011, 11:35 PM
http://www.wfie.com/story/15001059/brent-burkes-charges-dropped

Posted by Kelsey Wheatcroft

Murder charges dropped against former KY Army Specialist



After nearly four years and four mistrials, murder charges against a former Fort Campbell Army specialist have been dropped.

LadyL
06-29-2011, 11:57 PM
FOUR mistrials???!!!!

my god, what a waste

and now does he get custody of his kids? and won't they be afraid of him?????

this is unbelievably ridiculous

ETA: looks like it was two mistrials & two hung juries ... not that it makes a difference in the outcome

reen
06-30-2011, 05:15 PM
Un-freakin-believable!! Now the family has to file a wrongful death civil suit to get any justice at all? That is insane!

Kat
07-10-2011, 11:06 PM
http://www.wlky.com/r/28500977/detail.html

Army Charges Brent Burke With Murder



Soldier Charged Less Than 2 Weeks After Release



POSTED: 7:59 am EDT July 10, 2011
UPDATED: 8:55 am EDT July 10, 2011



The U.S. Army said Saturday it had brought premeditated-murder charges against Burke in the 2007 shooting deaths of his estranged wife, Tracey Burke, and her former mother in law, Karen Comer.


The Army placed Burke in pre-trial civilian confinement. He will face an Article 32 investigation, which determines whether there is enough evidence for him to face a court martial or other disciplinary action.


ETA: if he gets convicted and sent to Leavenworth he's going to wish one of those trial in the civilian sector had gotten him first. JMHO

Cyan
08-03-2011, 11:28 PM
Wow, THREE mistrials?? I don't think I've ever heard of that happening! I hope they don't mess this one up, those poor kids are having to re-live this over and over.

Does anyone know how the chiildren are now, who they're living with?

They're with some of their mother's relatives, if I remember correctly.

I knew Brent Burke. We went to different high schools, but had extra-curricular activities together and had some mutual friends. I always thought he was strange and a little persistent back then. This has bothered me greatly throughout the years.

As for the mistrials.. If I remember correctly it was due mostly to the kids' statements. The Quincy Herald Whig (http://www.whig.com) has featured numerous articles on the subject as he was from that area.

Cyan
08-09-2011, 05:14 PM
Sgt. Brent Burke, an Ursa, Ill., native, will face a fifth trial, but this time, it will happen in military court. .... http://www.whig.com/story/news/Burke-Court-Martial-081011