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    MI - David, 81, & Vivian Bouwman, 80, murdered, Kentwood, 4 Jan 2013

    http://www.woodtv.com/dpp/news/local...killing-010713

    "David and Vivian Bouwman, who had been married for 50 years, were found in their home on Stowevalley Drive SE on Saturday after police discovered their burned-out Cadillac in the 3800 block of Madison in Wyoming. He was 81 and she was 80. "

    who on earth would want to hurt a sweet elderly couple?

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    How tragic and senseless. Such a lovely couple.

    LE said a bucket has been found that is most likely evidence and that at least one other person beside the monster who murdered this dear couple knows about it.


    http://www.woodtv.com/dpp/news/local...igation-010913


    The community is holding a memorial for the Bouwman's with candelight vigil.

    RIP dear Bouwman's.

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    Omgoodness, how tragically sad!

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    http://www.wzzm13.com/news/article/2...entwood-couple

    "More than 200 people were in attendance for a candlelight vigil in Pinewood Park Tuesday, to honor a Kentwood couple, murdered inside their home over the weekend."

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    Bouwman neighbors relieved after arrest

    Javonte Higgins picked up in Chicago

    http://www.woodtv.com/dpp/news/local...d-after-arrest

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    http://http://http://www.woodtv.com/...an-case-011813

    Suspect had been injured in a police chase in December.

    Higgins was arrested on outstanding felony warrants from Wyoming related to a home invasion and pickup theft in December. In that incident, he led police on a chase, crashed the stolen vehicle, and suffered serious injuries that required hospitalization.

    He left the hospital before being officially placed under arrest.
    WAIT! What?!?! Eluded arrest in a previous crime by leaving the hospital after being injured in a POLICE CHASE?? O.M.G. What a tragedy that he was free at this time to commit these murders.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaycee View Post
    Bouwman neighbors relieved after arrest

    Javonte Higgins picked up in Chicago

    http://www.woodtv.com/dpp/news/local...d-after-arrest
    While the arrest may give some answers to this heinous crime, it does not bring relief to me. I am guessing this poor couple was targeted while out doing errands, and the criminal(s) followed them home to then perpetrate a home invasion to steal valuables and the car. This has happened frequently to folks in my area. The violence in this type of crime varies, but the threat is always there. What happened to this couple could be an example of how tragically it can escalate. Personally, I am feeling very vulnerable to this type of crime, and I am resolving to be more vigilant to my surroundings as I approach my street and driveway as I return home.
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    From April 2014:

    http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapi...nced_to_m.html

    Javonte Higgins was sentenced Thursday, April 3, in Kent County Circuit Court to life in prison without parole on two counts of felony murder, plus 15 to 22 years for felony use of a firearm and home invasion...

    In March, 12 members of a Kent County Circuit Court jury heard from more than 40 witnesses over the course a week.

    They sided with Chief Assistant Kent County Prosecutor Christopher Becker, who used witness and cell phone evidence to prove that Higgins broke into the couple’s home and then killed them with point-blank gunshots to the head.



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