Gun not required for horrific murder

March 1st, 2012

Gun not required for horrific murder


Police: Man Fatally Stabs Sister, Decapitates 5-Year-Old On Birthday

Monday , March 30, 2009

MILTON, Massachusetts –

A man on a rampage fatally stabbed his 17-year-old sister, decapitated

his 5-year-old sister in front of a police officer and then turned

toward his 9-year-old sister with a knife in his hand before officers

shot him dead in what their chief described as “a killing field.”

There was no clear motive for the events that unfolded Saturday, the

day after the 5-year-old’s birthday, in a tiny Boston suburb that also

is home to Gov. Deval Patrick. But there was no doubt at the carnage

wrought by 23-year-old Kerby Revelus against his sisters in the two-

family home they shared with their parents and grandmother.

Five-year-old Bianca was killed as a cake for her birthday, which

investigators believe was Friday, sat on the kitchen table. Nine-year-

old Sarafina dialed emergency services and watched police shoot her

brother as her elder sister, 17-year-old Samantha, lay dead on the


Sarafina was hospitalized Sunday with defensive wounds to her hands

and stab wounds in her abdomen and one of her legs, police said.

“In policing, we see the raw human emotion every day, but to think

that a human being could afflict such an atrocious, violent act on his

own family is unbelievable,” Milton police Chief Richard G. Wells Jr.

said. “When I walked up to the first officer (on the scene), I could

see the whole story right in his face. This just told me that this was

something very bad.”

Saturday’s attack came about 24 hours after Revelus had gotten into a

fistfight with a man living next door, Wells said.

“Blows were exchanged,” he said. “I don’t know the cause of it, but

we’re confident that did happen. He had been agitated in the hours

that followed that, going into the day and last night.”

Investigators believe Revelus targeted Samantha, a senior at Milton

High School, and fatally stabbed her with a household knife while

their grandmother, who neighbors say lives on the first floor, was

doing laundry in the basement. The children’s parents, whose

identities weren’t immediately revealed, were away; their mother is a

nurse at a Boston hospital, Wells said.

Sarafina, a student at the Tucker Elementary School, just behind the

house, called police around 5 p.m. local time. An officer on patrol in

the neighborhood arrived within a minute, Wells said, and could hear

an altercation inside as he reached the second floor. The police

dispatcher operator tried to persuade Sarafina to open the door, but

when she didn’t the officer broke through.

“As the officer entered the door, (Revelus) decapitated (Bianca) in

front of him,” Wells said. “He actually walked into a killing field.

He walked into such carnage, as far as the atrocity of it, I’ve never

seen it.”

Within moments, four officers were inside and two of them shot Revelus

as he tried to get to Sarafina, Wells said. Revelus fell, still

clutching the knife.

Details about the number of shots and who killed Revelus were pending

the outcome of an autopsy Sunday.

Revelus had recently served jail time on a gun charge, Wells said, but

the details would not be released until courts opened Monday.

Neighbors said Revelus was in a car that was pulled over by police and

from which one occupant threw a gun into a sewer.

Police had been called to the family’s house in 2004 after a domestic

violence report that Revelus had punched a woman living there, Wells


A neighbor, Norm Walsh, said his daughter Kate Walsh, a New Hampshire

police officer, reported hearing two shots as she went outside to

bring in groceries from the family car. Moments later, a blood-covered

officer emerged carrying Sarafina, seeking towels to stanch her


“It’s shocking to me,” said Norm Walsh, whose son is the same age as

Revelus. “He played a lot of pickup hoop in the driveway.”

Walsh said the family members had lived in the neighborhood for more

than 20 years and were warm. They were of Haitian descent, as are many

residents in the neighborhood, where Creole is spoken alongside English.

“The family is a solid family. Both parents worked; good kids.

Completely makes no sense,” Walsh said.

Samantha’s classmates referred to her by her nickname, Princess, and

remarked at her grace, class and friendliness. She had been one of

about 20 students who had been at the high school Saturday afternoon

to rehearse for a poetry jam on Thursday. Saturday morning, Samantha

also had practiced for a school fashion show.

“She had a stage presence like you couldn’t believe,” classmate Kassi

Stein said.

Sobbing, she added: “She had just a soft voice and everyone would lean

in to hear what she was saying.”

In one of the poems Samantha was to recite, “Acquaintance,” she wrote

of the strength of women in the face of “ignorant souls.”

The poem closed, “So what lousy wind brought you here? What values you

offer? She’s a woman, a queen, a goddess. Don’t treat her like any


A two-hour grief counseling session was held at the school Sunday

afternoon and will be offered Monday to students and employees.

The officers involved in the case were placed on administrative leave

and were receiving counseling from the Boston Police Department.

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