If you see something suspicious

An aquaintance of  Tai Morgan, 27, went to her home on Tuesday and found her dead of a gunshot wound.

Tai Morgan, was the mother of two children, but they were visiting with their grandmother and were not home when their mother was shot. Neighbors say their father did not live at the home, but did visit there.

According to police, there was no sign of forced entry at the home. Neighbors have said that Morgan was worried about something and that she had asked the neighbors to keep an eye on her, and to make a report to police if they saw anything suspicious.

Police are searching for Kelsey Ruth, 32, in relation to the shooting. He was reportedly an ex-boyfriend of Morgan. He is described as a dark skinned black male with his hair in cornrows. His car was discovered at his mother's home, but Ruth wasn't there. 

 http://www.11alive.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=80946

 http://www.11alive.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=80914

http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/shared-blogs/ajc/copbriefs/entries/2006.06.13.75298.html

Tai Morgan was evidently concerned enough to alert neighbors to keep watch on her, yet there is no mention of her applying for a protection order. And that is often the way many people will do it. Whether it is a lack of faith in the protection order or a belief that applying for them will make the situation worse, sometimes they just don't.

Whether a person does file for an order or not, if in suspicion that you may be in danger of violence, a safety plan is in order. Seek out a local shelter, go to a hotel or motel, or take refuge somewhere that you don't think the dangerous person will think of. Staying put and hoping for the best is often not the wisest choice of action.

I was struck by the description neighbors had of the two children. The children have been said to be a little girl age 9 and a little boy age 7. "They are very happy, you know,” said Renelle Cain. “Energetic. Always smiling. Always playing, you know. When they hear this, I know it's going to break their hearts. I know it is. This is just so sad." Neighbors described the two as the delight of the neighborhood. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Secrets From Within has also blogged about this tragedy and has an update. Kelsey Ruth has turned himself in. For more info on the case click here.

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4 Comments

  1. Soobs said,

    June 15, 2006 at 3:15 pm

    After reading all these reports, I don’t have much faith in protective orders.

  2. June 15, 2006 at 3:21 pm

    They are tool. Alone, no they won’t do much as they say to “stop a bullet”. But they can help weed out the ones who are determined to do harm from those who are determined to harrass. That is why the safety plan is stressed so much. Finding a safe place to stay can be very important in the cases where they are determined to do harm.

  3. June 17, 2006 at 5:33 am

    They (TRO’s and their permanent version) are not much of a tool!

    Almost all of those who get locked up by violating a restraining order would not have attempted murder, and those who either act prior to one being issued,
    or act, after and almost because one is issued, can not be stopped except by overwhelming force or seclusion in a safe place.

    Only the most irrational of murderous TRO subjects will fail in reaching their target prior to the sheriff showing up, unless the proposed victim is lucky, vigilant, protected, in a truly safe place or more or a combination of many of these. It is shocking how vulnerable we are in our day-to-day lives if we have one person who will give up their life to get their hands on our body, on our heart and on our very existence, particularly if we are unaware of the venom in such a person.

    I had a client who was invited to visit her estranged husband, but was chary enough to recognize the day of that invite was one year exactly from the date of their separation. We both believe she would have been killed, though we elected not to find out. She did not need my advice but called me just the same as we had become friends.

    You must be lucky, but wisdom and common sense count too. She had not enough of that for her abusive marriage almost lasted three decades. But she did have enough to know who the mate wanted to hurt: HER and then himself!

    A safe place is often the only chance you have against a murderous former mate, 99+% of the time that mate being of the masculine persuasion.

    Respect a safe place and retreat to it before trouble if you have been convincingly threatened (and with a protective order one presumes such is the case), but merely tactically employ the TRO or the permanent restraining order, after the fact but it is not a bullet and knife and… proof shield protecting you, not at all.

  4. June 17, 2006 at 6:31 am

    LOL, you must not have been reading here very long. Whenever possible, I try to point out that if you go for a TRO, that you should also work up a safety plan.
    Going to a shelter, moving, staying with someone who is not known to the husband. Sometimes even a job change and school change is necessary.
    Someone in regular contact with you at least daily.
    Attending a support group for domestic violence.
    Have a cell phone on you at all times, so that you can make contact with 911 immediately. Even if the phone is turned off, you can use it to contact 911.
    There are more ideas in the links on the left.


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