LA - Marie Smothers, 87, shot to death by 8yo boy, Slaughter, 22 Aug 2013

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  1. Kimberlyd125

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  3. Kimberlyd125

    Kimberlyd125 Softball is for everyone. Fast pitch is for athlet

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    This is about 5 miles from me so it's hitting close to home.

    Slaughter is a small town in East Feliciana parish.
    Just to give you an idea, the population was 988 in 2011.

    Right on the East Baton Rouge parish line.
     
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    Kimberlyd125 Softball is for everyone. Fast pitch is for athlet

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    What a sad story. I wonder, was he playing with the weapon? Why was the weapon within his reach??? So many questions.
     
  8. Kimberlyd125

    Kimberlyd125 Softball is for everyone. Fast pitch is for athlet

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    Yes. Many many questions.
    Hoping to hear more tomorrow.
    What a tragedy.
     
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    Kimberlyd125 Softball is for everyone. Fast pitch is for athlet

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    FrayedKnot Former Member

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    Why did that little boy even have ACCESS to the damn gun?!?!?! These things don't have to happen. Grrrrrrr
     
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    CHERIE.T Former Member

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    Wow, this I so sad. I'm singing the same song as some of you....
    why was the child able to find or get the gun?
    Why was it within reach? Imo
     
  12. Kimberlyd125

    Kimberlyd125 Softball is for everyone. Fast pitch is for athlet

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    Hopefully we will get some answers soon.
     
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    Hejlena Former Member

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    This is very sad.
     
  14. Kimberlyd125

    Kimberlyd125 Softball is for everyone. Fast pitch is for athlet

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    I have no words right now.
    :(

    http://www.wafb.com/Global/story.asp?S=23242078


    East Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office officials say they believe an 8-year-old intentionally pulled the trigger and killed an elderly woman Thursday evening right after playing 'Grand Theft Auto IV'.

    According to family members of the victim, her name was Marie Smothers. Smothers was 90 years old

    Authorities say that Louisiana law prohibits them from charging the child with a crime because of his age.

    The law states: "Those who have not reached the age of 10 years are exempt from criminal responsibility. However, nothing in this article shall affect the jurisdiction of juvenile courts as established by the constitution and statutes of this state."
     
  15. Kimberlyd125

    Kimberlyd125 Softball is for everyone. Fast pitch is for athlet

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    Seems she was shot in the back of the head while she was watching TV.

    Where did he get that gun????
     
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    Kimberlyd125 Softball is for everyone. Fast pitch is for athlet

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    noZme Active Member

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    A 90 year old grandmother is primary care-giver for an 8 year old!?!

    Where the hell were mom, dad, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, child protection services, yadayadayada? This is seriously messed up.

    90, really?!?
     
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    Kimberlyd125 Softball is for everyone. Fast pitch is for athlet

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    We don't know yet. Still waiting for information to come out.

    So far, not much has been released.
     
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    Kimberlyd125 Softball is for everyone. Fast pitch is for athlet

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    Wording has changed a bit. Now it says she was his current caregiver....

    Smothers, 90, was the child's current caregiver.

    http://www.wbrz.com/news/8-year-old-shot-grandmother-after-playing-video-game


    Not that it makes much of a difference. Maybe it was a temporary thing. I'm not sure what to think.
    Since he was released to his parents that leads me to think he wasn't taken from them and placed with the grandmother or anything.

    Such a strange case.
     
  20. ArianeEmory

    ArianeEmory I know the pieces fit

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    I'm generally the one in the thread defending video games (such as Minecraft) from all sorts of nonsense accusations, but no 8 year old should be playing Grand Theft Auto IV, which is rated M and is really intended for grown ups. It's like sitting your 8 year old down and having him watch Scarface over and over again.

     
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    there's no way to reconcile this for me

    it's the gun culture that's to blame IMO

    she would've likely survived any other attack
     

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