We've reported before on dad GEORGE MOREJON, who gunned down his 12-year-old daughter in a murder-suicide. We've also reported that the parents were "estranged" and living in different parts of the home, with a formal separation scheduled for the end of the school year. That certainly hinted at a background of abuse, though it didn't come right out and say it. However, it is a well-known fact that abusers are most likely to act out violently at the time that their partners are leaving them.
This is an "interesting" write-up to say the least. The reporter engages in the usual nonsense that accompanies these sorts of articles, which is the near obligatory interviews with the utterly clueless neighbors who never would predict such a thing would ever happen on their street.
But why would the neighbors know anything? The vast majority of human killers do not come with horns on their head or any other visible mark showing them to be future murderers in the making. So the fact that they knew nothing only means that they... knew nothing. Especially in a suburban area like Lee's Summit, the neighbors seldom know what really goes in other people's homes. But this begs the question: why do reporters waste our times quoting the clueless neighbors? What these quotes do is feed the myth that these killings come "out of the blue," with no warning and no way they could have been averted. This is utterly false.
If you read a little more carefully, you'll see an important clue buried here which is not explored. Which is that the mother had previously been granted a restraining order against the father. This DEMONSTRATES that Daddy Dearest had a prior history of violence and coercive control, and that although murder may have been an expansion of his "repertoire," violence wasn't a brand-new behavior for him.
Hat tip to "E" for finding this.
Father, daughter die in apparent murder-suicide
Reported by: Ryan Kath
Posted by: Victoria Swoboda
Last Update: 4/16 3:07 pm
Father, daughter killed in apparent murder-suicide
Two people found dead in eastern Jackson County
Investigators are calling the death of two people at a Lee’s Summit home a murder-suicide.
LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. – A mother came home Wednesday night to find her teen daughter shot to death. In the backyard, police say the father had already turned the gun on himself.
On Thursday, a quiet Lee’s Summit community struggled to understand what investigators call a murder-suicide.
On a street where it’s rare to even see a speeding ticket, long-time resident Anne Delano knew something was wrong when Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers and Jackson County Sheriff’s deputies swarmed a few houses away in the 25000 block of Milton Thompson Road, just west of Lake Lotawana.
“I was scared. At first I saw an ambulance and fire truck and thought it was maybe a health issue, but the way everyone kept coming, I knew it was something else,” said Delano.
When deputies arrived at the scene, they found 12-year-old Gabrielle Morejon dead inside the basement of the home and her 58-year-old father, George Morejon, dead inside a vehicle located behind the home.
The couple’s teenage son was found wandering in the backyard unharmed.
Investigators say the husband was in a dispute with his estranged wife and had been living in a separate area of the home. Court records show a judge granted a 6-month restraining order against Morejon in August, 2007.
Neighbors said there were no obvious signs of trouble at the home.
“I was devastated,” said Delano. “It’s always been a very quiet neighborhood. Being a mother, it just devastates me that a child is involved in the situation.”
Gabrielle, who would have turned 13 years old next week, attended school at St. John LaLande in Blue Springs.
Classes are cancelled on Friday, but grief counselors will be available as students cope with the stunning loss of a classmate.
A school Facebook page read, “Please join us in prayer for our student, parents and community. God’s love is great and will sustain us.”
The Medical Examiner’s office is assisting the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department with the investigation.