Family killings make national news during the holiday season

When one thinks of fatality among Americans, usually the war in Iraq comes to mind. Not many people take into account that fatalities can also happen on our own U.S. soil. This is exactly the case for this past holiday season. In Tyler, Texas Chris McCuin, a Black male, was arrested for killing and eating his girlfriend Jana Shearer. It is claimed that McCuin kidnapped his girlfriend on Jan. 5 and she was found dead Jan. 7.

Police say that the young woman died of blunt trauma to the head and then McCuin severed her body. After this act he contacted the police and told the dispatcher what he did. On arrival, the police stated that they found Shearer’s ear boiling on the stove, and a piece of her flesh on the table with a fork stuck into it. It is unclear to determine if McCuin actually ate the young woman.

Smith County Sheriff J.B. Smith stated, “We cannot prove that he did,” Smith told The Associated Press. “He was either going to, had been or led us to think that he was doing it.”

When asked why McCuin committed such a crime he replied, God told him to do it. He is being held in Smith County Jail on a $2 million dollar bond.

In Bayou LaBatre, Ala., 37-year-old Lam Luong was charged with 4 counts of murder after throwing his 4 young children from a bridge. The children were 4-months, 1-year, 2-year, and 3-year. Although the 3-year-old child was not his biological child, Luong raised it from birth. The incident happened after he and his 23-year-old wife got into an argument. To retaliate Luong threw all four of his children off the bridge. The couple was Asian and they lived in a small community of mostly Asian residences. They all lived with Luong’s mother-in-law.

In Jacksonville, N.C., United States Marine Corporal Creaser Lauren was found to have killed a pregnant woman. After the murder, he fled North Carolina and was believed to be on his way to Mexico. Lauren is a citizen of Las Vegas but has family in Mexico.

In April 2007, Lauren was accused of raping the woman, which lead to her pregnancy. After further investigation, authorities questioned this. Lauren’s wife, Christina Lauren provided the police with a letter stating that he slit her throat and then fled. The woman’s remains were found in a BBQ pit in his back yard. It is unclear if the woman gave birth before her death. Lauren was accused of raping the victim and stated to his Marine unit that if it seems he would be in trouble he would flee to Mexico.

While many problems are going on overseas with many Americans dying. One never knows what can happen down the street.