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    VT - Social worker & 3 women found murdered, Washington County, 7 Aug 2015



    Officials: Mom Who Lost Custody Kills Kids' Services Worker

    BARRE, Vt. — Aug 7, 2015, 11:02 PM ET

    A woman who was upset about losing custody of her daughter used a hunting rifle to fatally shoot a child-welfare agency worker who had handled her case, authorities said.

    The shooting happened Friday outside a state office building that houses the Department for Children and Families, Gov. Peter Shumlin's office said.
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    http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/o...orker-32957001

    http://www.masslive.com/news/index.s...id_social.html
    Last edited by Harmony 2; 11-18-2017 at 07:38 AM.
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    The body lay beneath a blood-stained white sheet for more than three-and-a-half hours, drawing a crowd that speculated on the identity of the victim because, they said, the purse, scarf and shoe, which were all visible, were familiar.........

    At one point, there were perhaps 60 people — some of them children — in the parking lot behind Jerry’s Sports Tavern, next door to City Place. Some said they were anxious the woman beneath the blood-stained sheet could be a caseworker that several people spoke highly of.
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    http://rutlandherald.com/article/201...WS03/708089900
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    Hunting rifle used as murder weapon:

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    It does seem insensitive to allow the public to view the victim of this horrific crime for such a prolonged time. While a blood-stained sheet covered her, a purse and shoe were visible. I understand the priority was to process the crime scene, and in doing so, the victim, if deceased, might need to remain there in order to do the most thorough investigation. But it can't be that hard to have portable screens available to set up around the perimeter that would not impede the investigation, yet would preserve the the dignity and respect of the victim. I am not faulting the police, for their first priority is to honor the victim by bringing the perp to justice, and in the first few critical hours after the crime, they have much to do. Perhaps Victims Rights organizations could help by lobbying for and providing ways to preserve the privacy of victims of crime and their families at crime scenes in the public eye. I am grateful for the people who spoke out at this scene asking for respect for this victim who died in the line of her duty to protect children.
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    http://www.rawstory.com/2015/08/vermont-woman-uses-high-powered-rifle-to-kill-social-

    Vermont woman has been taken into custody after she allegedly used a high-powered rifle with a scope to shoot and kill a social services worker after losing custody of her 9-year-old daughter, reports the Burlington Free Press.

    According to police, Jody Herring fired two shots at “close proximity” Friday night, killing Vermont Department for Children and Families employee Lara Sobel as she left her office.

    Authorities say witnesses tackled Herring after the shooting, holding her until police arrived.

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    Relative: 3 slain in Berlin related to DCF suspect

    http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/s...home/31332927/

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    Three women found dead in a rural Vermont home Saturday morning is related to another case in which a woman is suspected of gunning down a state social worker the day before, officials said. The bodies of the victims, who have not been identified, were discovered at about 8 a.m. in Berlin, a small town of nearly 3,000 people, but investigators do not yet know when they were killed, Kevin Blanchard, a patrolman with the Berlin Police Department, told NBC News.

    At least two of the three women suffered gunshot wounds, the Vermont State Police said in a statement.

    Investigators have determined that the three victims are relatives of Jody Herring, who was arrested Friday in connection with the fatal shooting of Lara Sobel, a social worker with the Vermont Department for Children and Families, according to state police.
    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/...worker-n406506

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    And this is my worse fear as a social worker... getting gunned down for doing my job.


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    Pictured: Social worker who was 'killed by woman who lost custody of her daughter'

    Lara Sobel was fatally shot on Friday outside a state office building that houses the Department for Children and Families, authorities said

    Police said the mother, Jody Herring, used a 'high caliber' rifle

    She was detained by people in and around the building after the shooting

    Sobel, who has worked for DCF for more than 14 years, had been involved in a case that saw Herring's daughter taken into state custody, officials said

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...#ixzz3iHEcxnIC

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    An update: the three women killed in Berlin were indeed relatives of the shooter.

    http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/s...home/31332927/

    Is it as unusual as it seems that the shooter and victims in this case are all women?


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    More women work in social services in my experience.


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    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/08/09...l-shooting-in/

    The Vermont woman charged in the killing of a social worker is also “the alleged perpetrator” of the deaths of three relatives whose bodies were found Saturday, Gov. Peter Shumlin said.
    BBM

    This is what seems likely, that the relatives were killed by Herring and already dead when Herring killed Sobel.

    At the link, there's a picture of Sobel smiling in her jail cell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tssiemer View Post
    More women work in social services in my experience.


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    The three female relatives of Herring found dead in a home weren't social services workers, but apparently they had been involved in the custody dispute.

    It is very unusual for the perp and victims of a mass shooting to all be female.

    http://www.necn.com/news/new-england...321099451.html

    Shumlin said Jody Herring is thought to have gone to the home on Airport Road first, fatally shooting her three family members, before heading to Barre to kill Sobel.
    I remember reading in another article that Sobel called one of the victims Saturday morning and threatened her because she had reported JH to DCF.

    ETA link and quote:

    http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/s...home/31332927/

    "My mother got a call in the morning, maybe 7:30 or 8 o'clock, saying it was Jody Herring, saying 'You guys need to stop calling DCF unless you guys are going to have it coming to you,'" Tiffany Herring said.
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    If a relative of the social worked called CPS on this family she should not have been assigned that as a case. Conflict of interest. But I don't know how small that town is.


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    That social worker probably saved the 9 yr olds life. Her mother has killed 4 people already. Who knows what she might have done to her daughter when raising her.
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