Thread: How creepy is this?
11/11/2008 1:52pm, #1
- Join Date
- Sep 2004
- Bel Air, Maryland
How creepy is this?
Has anyone out there had this happened to them?
One of my current students sent me a link to the following article about a past student (in bold letters and red) that I taught about 6-7 years ago:
Brooklyn Marine sergeant & wife tortured, slain in Calif.; 4 of his men are arrested
BY CORKY SIEMASZKO
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Updated Thursday, November 6th 2008, 12:30 PM
Brooklyn Marine Sgt. Jan Pawel Pietrzak and his wife, Quiana, seen in August wedding photo, were found tortured and slain Oct. 15 in their home near San Diego.
A Brooklyn-raised Marine sergeant and his new bride were tortured and killed execution-style in their California home - allegedly by four other Marines under his command.
Sgt. Jan Pawel Pietrzak, who was raised in Bensonhurst, and his wife, Quiana, were found bound and gagged in the ransacked house, each shot in the head.
Pietrzak was the suspects' sergeant at Camp Pendleton, Quiana's mother said Wednesday.
"They're monsters," Faye Jenkins told the Daily News. "They're monsters."
Pietrzak's mother, Henryka Pietrzak-Varga, said she had prepared herself "for the possibility that my son could die in Iraq."
"But to die like this, in their own home?" she told The News. "They were good kids. They didn't deserve to die like this."
Investigators said the motive for murder was "financial gain." Neither mother believes that.
"When I found out what they did to them, it was like they killed me, too," Pietrzak-Varga said.
A spokesman for the Riverside County district attorney's office would not comment on reports that Pietrzak was killed by his own men.
Detectives also did not divulge what the accused Marines were looking for, but the suspects were tied to the crime by items found in their homes and on the military base.
Born in Poland, Pietrzak was 10 when he moved to the U.S. and enlisted after the 9/11 attacks. He was named Jan Pawel, which means John Paul, after the Polish pontiff.
A mechanic who worked on helicopters, Pietrzak, 24, met his wife three years ago at a party for Marines being deployed to Iraq.
Quiana Jenkins-Pietrzak, 26, who worked for the county's Black Infant Care Center, was reluctant to date a Marine. But Pietrzak wooed her, and they were married in August.
"They were in love," her mother-in-law said. "It didn't matter to them that they had different skin colors."
The bride wore her favorite white Converse sneakers, and she was still in the process of writing thank-you cards when she was killed.
"She was our only child and my best friend," Faye Jenkins said. "He was like my son. He was so proud to be a Marine. But when he was off the base, he was my son."
The Pietrzaks were not rich and purchased their five-bedroom home in May through a foreclosure, said Waldemar Piasecki, a New York-based Polish journalist and family friend. He used his reenlistment bonus to replace the hardwood floor and carpet.
"They were hardworking young people," Piasecki said.
On Oct. 15, deputies were dispatched to the Pietrzak home in Winchester, an exurb of San Diego, when the Marine did not show up for work.
When they arrived, the deputies found the Pietrzaks in the living room and evidence
that the robbers had tried to cover their tracks by torching the house.
Charged with murder and other crimes are Pvt. Emrys John, 18, of Maryland; Lance Cpl. Tyrone Miller, 20, of North Carolina; Pvt. Kevin Darnell Cox, 20, of Tennessee, and Pvt. Kesuan Sykes, 21, of California.
Lawyers for the men could not be reached for comment.
Pietrzak's mother said she can't understand how Marines could have committed such a crime.
"Don't the Marines screen out people like this?" she said. "Didn't they know they had murderers under their roof?"
Kinda makes your skin crawl, huh?
Last edited by chalkieusa; 11/11/2008 2:07pm at .
11/11/2008 1:58pm, #2
Was Jan Pawel Pietrzak the former student? What a tragedy. I wonder what the motive could have possibly been?
11/11/2008 2:06pm, #3
- Join Date
- Sep 2004
- Bel Air, Maryland
No, one of the murders was!!!!
11/11/2008 2:07pm, #4
What a tragedy. This kind of this has reverberations everywhere.
That sucks to be associated with it. It's actually one of my big fears about teaching MA. Condolences to the family and to you.
11/11/2008 2:13pm, #5
what has become of my beloved Marine corps!! That is just sad on so many levels.16 years till retirement.
11/11/2008 2:24pm, #6
It sounds like the victims had something hiden and the attackers where tourturing them to find out where it was.
11/11/2008 2:37pm, #7
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- Mar 2008
- Cincy, Ohio
or just weren't a fan of interracial marriage and trying to make a point? honestly I doubt a sergeant in the marine corps has really any money or anything like that to hide. could have also been they just didn't like taking orders from him. It could have been about 8 million things and it would still be a tragedy
11/11/2008 8:56pm, #8
Stupid question: Why is this on YMAS and how is it funny?
11/11/2008 9:00pm, #9
Well, I don't think there's a more appropiate forum for generalness.
At first I thought this was trolling beacause the OP lives in "Bel Air". just saying.
11/11/2008 9:11pm, #10Originally Posted by Siniq
I had a similar, though not as tragic, situation involving a former student about twenty years ago. It's a bad feeling.