He Couldn’t Take It

On Sunday Sharon Carter, 31, and her boyfriend Stephen Mark Picart attended the Sunday services at the church where her father was the pastor. After the services they drove away in her SUV, with her two children from a previous relationship in the back seat. Sharon Carter was reportedly driving.

Police believe that an argument developed while they were driving. And they believe that Picart pointed a gun at her head and fired. With no driver, the SUV out of control hit two parked vehicles before coming to a stop.  Police say Picart then fled the scene of the crime. Sharon Carter died at the scene.  

Sharon Carter’s sons are aged 4 yrs. and 14 yrs. First they saw their mother shot- then they were in the accident that came as a result of the shooting. The two children were physically unharmed and were placed into protective custody. Relatives saw the children at the police station and an uncle has told media the 4 yr. old had been crying and was showing how his mother was shot. The uncle said the 14 yr old boy wasn’t talking much. But he did tell his uncle 

‘Uncle, I cannot help that nightmare from playing back in my mind.’ ”

There was also another child involved in the crime- Sharon Carter was pregnant and relatives say it was Picart’s child.

Picard turned himself in to police on Monday and he has been charged with two counts of murder. One count for Sharon Carter and one count for the child she was carrying.

Relatives have told media that Sharon Carter was planning to leave Picard. Ms. Carter’s father told the media

“She was just through with him, I guess, and he couldn’t take it”

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When I writing this I kept thinking, what right did he have to do this? What made him think he had the right to take the life of the woman who was carrying his child? What right did he have to take away a mother of children, a daughter, a sister, a human being. To leave two children with those kind of memories of their mother? To endanger those two children that way?

He must have accepted that the relationship was over. And like a child who is tired of or frustrated with a toy, he chose to destroy her rather than to let her go. And in the process he caused pain not only to her, but to everyone connected to her. He may have thought he couldn’t stand the ending of the relationship, but what he will be going through now will be mucfh harder. He may not have realized it, but will soon learn that he not only caused pain to her and her family- he also caused pain to his own family. After he fled the scene, his location was not known for about a day. I read one report that said his family helped to talk him into turning himself in. That had to have been difficult and painful for them. And their pain like the family of Ms. Carter’s pain has just begun and will be with them a long time. If he is convicted of these murders, they will eventually adjust. But the loss of a mother or a child is something you never really get over.



  1. AlwaysInFlyoverCountry said,

    September 30, 2007 at 1:14 am

    ‘Uncle, I cannot help that nightmare from playing back in my mind.’

    I was a man grown when I witnessed a murder. I was not related to either the victim or the murderer. And I could not help the nightmare playing back in my mind either.

    When the dreams of death and destruction started keeping me from sleep I finally got help. And oh dear G-d the years I wasted until things got to that point.


    Al ias Always In Flyover Country

  2. beasley said,

    October 1, 2007 at 1:24 am

    SMH… You people are just writing and don’t have a clue as to what really went down between Sharon Carter. First, they were not in church TOGETHER. Her father is the pastor of the church she attended and Stephen Picart had attended the service this day (and her father was counseling him to leave Sharon alone). He followed her home and jumped in the back seat of her car. They were arguing, because she had decided she was finished with the guy and he didn’t want to let her go (she was dating my brother)… She was on her way over to our house for Sunday dinner. This guy jumped into the back seat of her car, they were arguing and he shot her, when she continued to confirm that she was through with him. He was a coward. The 14 year old child (who was in the front seat) grabbed the steering wheel and it crashed into the parked cars. Sharon was a very vibrant and lovely young woman, she had been threatened by this idiot several times before but did not take it seriously, because he had threatened to harm her before. Not to mention, that he had threatened my brother with text messages. I feel so sorry for Sharon, that she died in this manner. And, that her kids now have to suffer through the memories of what happened, all because she did not take this guy’s previous threats seriously. From what I understand, this guy is trying to say he is innocent because of insanity. Yet, he was able to threaten this young lady and my brother weeks/months before… He just finally had the balls to pull off what he had been previously speaking. If he gets away with this double homicide, it won’t be good… I pray for this gentleman, he lost it for one moment and made a choice that will not affect the lives of many. My prayers go out to Sharon’s family, Stephen’s family and every other person in an abusive situation – that a decision will be made to get out, before someone is killed or seriously hurt. And, those are the facts…..

  3. October 1, 2007 at 2:17 am

    Beasley, thank you for the additional information. I am glad that he did not have a chance to get at your brother.
    All the accused try various trial stategies and I know it is hard right now, but you need to trust in the system. When it gets to court all the evidence and witnesses will be heard and that is what will determine the outcome- not the defense strategy. So trust in the system, and let the prosecution know of anyone who may have seen or heard anything that might be helpful- such as those text messages.
    My sympathies to your brother and you, as well as to Sharon’s family.

  4. AlwaysInFlyoverCountry said,

    October 2, 2007 at 1:09 am

    Do you know if there is a fund for the family’s expenses, beasley?


    Al ias Always In Flyover Country

  5. jck said,

    October 10, 2007 at 10:25 am

    Well I don’t think there is a fund but if you would like to help donate something to the children I can see if the father wants to let anyone. The kids will be with him & its up to him.

    Thanx for inquiring.

  6. October 10, 2007 at 7:33 pm

    If the family does set up a fund, please feel free to leave the contact info here.

  7. Dawn Garcia said,

    October 12, 2007 at 3:03 am

    This is not right. NO ONE deserves this. WHY cant they just let go.

  8. pr0perlyFr3sh said,

    October 30, 2007 at 11:53 am

    The guy who murdered sharon…his kids were at her funeral… with their mother.

    I still can’t believe she is dead, & I can’t believe she died that way. I feel extremely helpless for the children.

    The younger 1 (5 years old) always has outburst about his mother being dead. “My mommy is dead now”, “she got shot in the head”, among other phrases. Hopefully a therapist will do him some good .

    Pray for the family & friends as well as the children. Pray for everyone affected by this. Thank you

  9. Idetrorce said,

    December 15, 2007 at 3:10 pm

    very interesting, but I don’t agree with you

  10. kath said,

    August 18, 2008 at 5:29 am

    well mybe something else happen i heard multpi story of this event and only god can jugde so don’t judge please

  11. Stephen old church friend said,

    August 21, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    i have known steven for 10 plus years. i would have never thought he would have done something like this. he was always a well liked and had a big heart. he was always giving of himself and very generous to others in need. a hard working man who helped support his family. i dont know what happened to him on that horrible ride home but from what i know of him i have to belive he lost his mind temporarily and made a very horrible mistake. i pray that god touches his heart and heals his mind. my prayors go out to everyone involved and all the family memebers. To Stephen, only God knows whats in your heart. Pray to him for forgivness and know that you are not alone. God said he’ll never leave you or forsake you.

  12. simply Shay said,

    September 22, 2009 at 4:11 am

    Its been nearly 3 long years and it doesn’t hurt any less what he did! As a woman of God I struggle daily with trying to forgive what that sick indivual did, yet I can’t find the stength. See Sharon was my best friend we were the closer than that we were more like sister’s (as a matter of fact I was on of few 2 see her hours before her untimely death. )
    Allow some of the people who will come to this website will never trully know who or what Sharon was she was much more than just some little black girl that died in Watts in her SUV. Her life was so much more valuable than that.
    Sharon is and was my best friend the person I could depend on to just be there! The person that’s gonna give it 2 you straighr absolutely no sugar coding. Sharon is someone that you were blessed to call friend and I miss the hell out of her. As do her mother, brother, sister, and boys we all miss you B.M.

  13. shawnte said,

    July 31, 2010 at 5:49 am

    As the years past, the broken heart continues to weep….Its a constant reminder in the back of our minds and each anniversary of her death gets harder and harder. Sharon was my cousin and as so many others, I Loved her dearly. There’s no words to explain this pain and scars so deep, where we are still unable to forgive. Regardless of the man this individual was thought to be this was the actions of a selfish monster. This man not only killed my cousin but his own child. So how could one uplift a person who carried out such actions. As the family, we are entitled to our feelings and if she would have committed such an act onto him, would you have spoke of all her good qualities or would your heart be bleeding as our hearts are, three years after he took our angel……..

  14. Ms.Kim said,

    November 12, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    Well its been 3yrs since that sunday in september and theres not a day that goes by where i dont think about sharon and stephen, i didnt know sharon that well but i knew that she was a good person because my son love her and loved her, and i as a mother who is so protective of my boys felt good to know that he was comfortable and felt love as he always did when he was around sharon and her boys. Stephen is my son father and i have known him since i was ten yrs old and what he did is something that i never could imagine him doing! Its not in my heart to hate him because i dont, i know the old stephen and the old stephen was good and loving towards me and our son, but because of his actions i will always hate the fact that he took the life of a very beautiful human being that had alot of life to live out here with her two children and her family who loves her so much. My prayers and thoughts will always be sharons family!

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