It happens to nice people

Herbert Levi Sharpe Jr., 51, had a "nice" family. They are being described as "a close family, good, hard working, Christian. Not the type of family you would normally expect to end up on the front page of a paper.

A 911 call made from the address on Sat. around 5 am from a female in distress and hysterical. Soon afterward, calls came in from neighbors who reported hearing screams.  Herbert Sharpe made it out of the home, he collapsed on a neighbor's steps. He was able to talk with police, but was later pronounced dead at the hospital. Another victim was found in their yard. In the home, police found signs of a struggle. Sharpe's 25 year old daughter Angel Janel Jackson, was also found fatally wounded. Sharpe's 48-year-old wife, Blondene Sharpe, and their 19-year-old son, Bryant Sharpe were found injured. They were in stable condition last night. All four members suffered from multiple stab wounds.

A nephew of Blondene Sharpe, Jason Andrew James, 20, turned himself in to the police station Sat. night. According to an investigator, James also came from a nice family. James was described as a nice kid. A cousin of the family, has told that he wasn't working and had been staying with the family, but had been told yesterday that he was going to have to leave.

 http://www.timesdispatch.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=RTD%2FMGArticle%2FRTD_BasicArticle&c=MGArticle&cid=1137834946603&path=!news&s=1045855934842

This one is going to be tough for everyone involved. The loss of a father and a daughter. Not just brutally murdered, but murdered by a family member. Someone they had evidently been trying to help. The wife and son will be trying to cope, not only with their injuries, but will also have to cope with the loss of their husband/father and their daughter/sister. And they will also be coping with the shock that these atrocities were committed by someone they cared for. And looming over that will be the trial, of that person.

Other family members, will also be trying to come to tems with it. One set of parents will be trying to come to terms with their brother-in-law's and neice's brutal murder, and still trying to come to terms with the fact that it was their child who committed the murder. Other relative's will also be coming to terms with the facts. Often in this type of situation, the families will split, due to the pressure.

The neighbors here seem to be fairly close. Many of them woke to the screams, or some to the presence of police and news crews. As one neighbor described it:

Terence Green, who lives a half-dozen houses away, said he didn't realize what had happened until he walked out about 7 a.m. to retrieve his newspaper and found a TV news crew parked in his driveway. "The weird thing is, we didn't hear anything," he said.

"You get your newspaper to read the news, not to be part of it."

From the way the article described it there was quite a bit of "blood evidence" left in the neighborhood. The knowlege of the crimes that took place in their neighborhood would be shocking enough. But they also have to contend with the memories of their streets stained with the results.

It can, and does happen to nice people. It can and does reach out into the community, and it can and does have long lasting results.

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