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    VA - Justin Eberhart, 38, Portsmouth, 19 Oct 2008

    http://www.dailypress.com/news/dp-lo...,2375439.story

    Fellow sleuthers, I taught Justin Matthew Eberhart in both 2nd and 4th grade here in his small hometown. His parents are friends of mine. The article above says that Justin was involved in a domestic situation with his girlfriend at about 2:40 AM this past weekend. The girlfriend apparently called friends over. One of the friends brought a gun. The article says Justin and a male were struggling and Justin was shot in the chest and was killed.

    Justin is no longer alive to tell his side of the story. Apparetly, the only ones talking to LE are the girlfriend and her friends involved. If any of you fellow seluthes are located in Virginia and can assist in seeking justice for this young man, Justin Eberhart and for his parents it would be so very much appreciated.

    Justin was a handsome boy with a beautiful smile that lit up a room. He had an olive complection and the most beautiful eyes you could imagine. I can still remember 28 years ago, going to his parents home near Atlanta to take a baby gift and holding this little fellow who had made his father and mother's life so blessed with his birth.

    His parents later move back to our hometown and I was blessed to have taught Justin during his 2nd and 4th grade years.

    My understanding is that Justin's girlfriend had already gotten into the car with her friends and was leaving when the male friend exited the car and got into a struggle with Justin which ended wth Justin being killed by the gun that the other male brought to the scene with him. This is information which has apparently been shared by LE as 'the facts of the case' as they know them now.

    My understanding is that LE is still investigating and gathering evidence in the case, but that no charges have been filed as of this date. Any help would be much appreciated.

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    angelwings, is there doubt on the part of LE over how this tragedy happened? It sounds like homicide to me.

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    Horrible situation and loss of life. I hope LE can assess this to make sure Justin's death is accidental and not a homicide. And, if determined otherwise that justice prevails. Prayers for his family...just really no words that can help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaliKid View Post
    angelwings, is there doubt on the part of LE over how this tragedy happened? It sounds like homicide to me.
    From what I understand thus far, CaliKid, at the very least, it sounds as if it would never have ended in Justin's death had the male not re-exited the car prior to leaving with Justin's girlfriend (of a year and a half), with the gun this male brought to the scene, in order to further confront Justin.
    At the very most, it sounds like homicide, in my opinion.

    I am in hopes that there are witnesses other than the ones directly involved and that they will have the courage to come forward and share what they witnessed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by concernedperson View Post
    Horrible situation and loss of life. I hope LE can assess this to make sure Justin's death is accidental and not a homicide. And, if determined otherwise that justice prevails. Prayers for his family...just really no words that can help.
    Thank you for your compassionate post, CP.

    This has touched even closer to home for me as my own son has been in a year long relationship up until recently with a female who has serious anger management issues. I raised my sons to always strive for peaceful solutions to conflicts and to never, under any circumstances lay a hand on a female. My son's now ex-girlfriend has physically attacked him on numerous occasions, every time, in front of many witnesses. He has scars up and down his arms to prove her attacks. The last episode she threw a boiling plate of pasta on his chest and burned him pretty badly in front of multiple friends.... Finally, after several face to face conversations with her begging her to seek professional help, I told her if she continued to harrass my family and me with phone calls and visits trying to get back together with my son I would call her parents and tell them about the situation. The texting and calls still continue from her with her begging my son to come back to her and telling him how much she loves him. My son told me today that he was going to have to change his cell phone number. I agreed. I guess that I have no choice now but to be as good as my word and to call her parents. These young people are 22 years old!

    It is not always the male's fault that there are "domestic situations". Domestic abuse is not always at the hands of the male. It is just what we most often hear or read or see on the news, because VERY few males share their peaceful, tolerant, passive natures publically.

    I do not know what happened in Justin's case.

    Whatever happened, unless the other's lives were physically endangered at that moment in time, I do not believe Justin deserved to have his life taken away from him in such a senseless, brutal violent act.

    The gun should have never been taken out of the vehicle unless it was a life threatening situation of self defense, in which no other option was available to immediately protect and save the life of others.

    I am so very saddened and upset by this and I pray that someone who knows something about the facts in this case will come forward and share that information with LE and that they will indeed follow through to seek proper justice in Justin's case.
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    And then there is this report calling it a homicide...

    Titled "Latest Portsmouth News" from The Examiner.com


    Police say the victim of a weekend homicide is Justin Matthew Eberhart. The 28 year-old Portsmouth man was shot following a dispute Sunday morning.It .. ...
    www.examiner.com/Subject-Portsmouth.html - 56k
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    I'm here in Portsmouth and heard about Justin on the news. The way it was reported by the media it sounded as if Justin had the gun and the other man was struggling to take it away from him when it went off. Or at least that's the way I understood it.

    I really wish some of the neighbors had been witness to let LE know what really did happen.

    I'm so sorry for Justin, his family and his friends. If you let me know just what it is that you want to try and do maybe I can help. I'm not such a good leader but a great follower.

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    Quote Originally Posted by angelwngs View Post
    Titled "Latest Portsmouth News" from The Examiner.com


    Police say the victim of a weekend homicide is Justin Matthew Eberhart. The 28 year-old Portsmouth man was shot following a dispute Sunday morning.It .. ...
    www.examiner.com/Subject-Portsmouth.html - 56k
    That link didn't work for me (or maybe I don't know what I'm doing). I tried copying and pasting it into the browser but I got Portsmouth NH.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lizzybeth View Post
    That link didn't work for me (or maybe I don't know what I'm doing). I tried copying and pasting it into the browser but I got Portsmouth NH.
    No, Lizzy. It's not you doing anything wrong. It isn't a link. It was a quote off the main google search page which lead to to the news source mentioned. You'd have to google it yourself to get to it.

    What I have been doing is googling Justin Matthew Eberhart Portsmouth to get all new links to come up, if you want to keep up with anything new that is reported.
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    Oh

    I just went to google and made a "google alert" so any new info that comes out in the news, a link will be sent to my email


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    If you don't mind me asking, what schools did Justin go to? I've lived in Portsmouth most of my life and have a nephew about Justin's age.

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    No Lizzy, Justin went to school in Georgia. He joined military and moved to Virginia after highschool. He was married and has a beautiful little girl. He was divorced and had apparently been seeing this girl involved for over a year and a half.

    If you see or hear any of the names of the others involved in Justin's death would you please post their names so we can check them out here?
    My understanding is that the guy who shot him was taken into custody but was released. It may have been that he was just take in for questioning and released instead. You know how rumors fly and media has not mentioned any other names to my knowledge.

    Thank you so much for your help!
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    Are we allowed to post full names of people that we have just "heard" about? I think it's okay if it's in the media but I'm not sure. If I "hear" anything I'll PM you but if it's printed or aired on the news I'll post it.

    I just sent a couple of msgs. to some of the posters that are on Meghan Landowski's thread. Just some of the ones that live here in Portsmouth.

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    Great Lizzy! I just got off the phone with Justin's dad. He gave me the names of those involved. I agree, unless they have been published in media, we all need to investigate using private message rather than public forum to name names of those directly involved.

    Justin's father said that he is extremely upset and fears that the investigation is absolutely not going well. He feels that, had Justin had no one to speak out on his behalf, that there would have been nothing at all done to seek justice in Justin's case. The family is in Georgia and the people involved are in Virginia and until after the funeral the family can do little to help in the investigation in Virginia.

    They have hired a lawyer and I suggested that they hire a Good private investigator. Right now they are just trying to get their son's body home and give him a proper burial.

    It is so very tragic, they have been unable to properly grieve for the loss of their son due to the inaction of investigators in the case. Instead, so many of their hours of each day have been spent on the phone trying to further the investigation. They are deeply concerned and dedicated to seeking justice for Justin's death.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lizzybeth View Post
    I'm here in Portsmouth and heard about Justin on the news. The way it was reported by the media it sounded as if Justin had the gun and the other man was struggling to take it away from him when it went off. Or at least that's the way I understood it.

    I really wish some of the neighbors had been witness to let LE know what really did happen.

    I'm so sorry for Justin, his family and his friends. If you let me know just what it is that you want to try and do maybe I can help. I'm not such a good leader but a great follower.
    This is the problem immediately at hand, Lizzy! There are conflicting reports in the media. This is what is so very frutrating to Justin's parents and what has rendered them unable to properly grieve the loss of their son. They are in Georgia. The media fueling these conflicting reports is in Virginia. Until after Justin's funeral the family can only man their phones to help further the investigation to seek truth and justice for Justin rather than be there physically assisting in Virginia.

    My understanding is that the male who arrived brought the gun. Justin's girlfriend was already in the car preparing to leave when the male exited the car with the gun and it was then that Justin was shot in the chest and died.

    If this is correct, WHY did these young adults not choose to just DRIVE AWAY, rather than to further confront Justin and did so with a deadly weapon which literally ended a conflict permanently. The result Justin's life was permanently extinguished!

    My understanding is that LE had NEVER been called to settle any previous conflict involving Justin.... Why end a dispute with a gun when there are other peaceful alternatives at their disposal???

    I am heartsick.... over the death of this young man and over the pain and anguish his parents, family and friends are going through!
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