2, 1996 - Moses Lake, Washington -- Dressed up like a gunslinger
with 2 concealed pistols, 78 rounds of ammunition and a high powered
rifle. His 1st victim 14-year-old Manuel Vela died. Another class
mate fell with a bullet to his chest and then Loukaitis shot his
teacher in the back as she was writing a problem on the blackboard.
A 13-year-old girl took the 4th bullet in her arm. He took hostages,
but a teacher put an end to the irrational siege. In all, 3 people
died, and Loukaitis blamed mood swings.Loukaitis had thought it
would be "fun" to go on a killing spree. Loukaitis was convicted
of 2 counts of aggravated 1st degree murder and sentenced to 2 mandatory
life terms without parole.
Teen Killer Deploys Pearl Jam Defense -- In song, Pearl Jam's
Eddie Vedder once bluntly told fans, "This is not for you." Still,
some can't help but listen...and take heed. At least that's what
lawyers for a Seattle-area teenager now on trial for murder argue.
They say the 1992 video for Pearl Jam's "Jeremy," in part, inspired
14-year-old Barry Loukaitis to act out like the troubled youth of
to Forgive -- when Barry was sentenced to life in prison, the
judge allowed someone from each victims family to make a statement.
I wrote mine out the night before and my parents helped me with
wording it well. The next day, one father whose son was killed said
hateful things to Barry. But the mother of the other boy killed
offered forgiveness and begged Barry to seek God.