Monday, March 28, 2005

"You Live Next Door to a Killer?"

The biggest news to hit SU campus in the past couple of years, outside of our basketball national championship from a couple of years ago, was the recent homicide of a 23-year old girl, allegedly committed by a 22-year part time SU student and cheerleader, Brian Shaw. As the report goes, last Wednesday night, Brian went up to this girl's place, who happened to be his baby's momma's crib, got into an altercation so severe that the girl, Chiarra Seals, wound up unconscious, and then, wrapped the girl's body in a blanket in front of two little children, carried her off to his place, stuffed the body in a suitcase, and then, proceded to carry the suitcase and drop it off in someone's random backyard two blocks away. After someone reported the girl missing, police eventually followed a lead that led them directly to the body of the girl, and connected Brian to the crime. That night, Brian was taken into custody by the Syracuse Police.

When news began filtering out that Brian was connected to a murder, everyone who knew him couldn't believe it. Brian? A murderer? He's just too chill for that nonsense. He wouldn't even kill spiders because he believed that "any little life was too precious to snuff out." The idea that Brian, one of the most brolic-looking people you'll ever meet, with muscles up the wazoo, would beat someone to death, and then carry a body around to dump it in someone's back yard, was simply too hard to fathom. This was a guy that gave Justine and I a completely random ride to campus one time during the middle of a blizzard and kept us from waiting for a bus that would never come. He was maaadd cool. It just couldn't be him, we thought. But then, we received news that Brian confessed his crime to the SPD. Aww shit, we thought...

And then, "OHH SHIIT," I thought...

...Brian is my next door neighbor.

He brought that girl's body to the house next door to mine. He stuffed the girl in a suitcase inside of a garage I share with his house. And he then proceded to dump the body in the backyard of a house that was a few doors down from a place where a lot of my friends live two blocks away. This whole incident has completely hit close to home. Literally. On Thursday afternoon, my house was surrounded by detectives, yellow tape, and forensics specialists. News crews from all over the Central New York area paid a visit. It was such a surreal scene. Somehow, in all the mayhem, I was interviewed by one of the news networks about Brian.

Things are becoming gangsta out here in Cuse...two weeks ago, there was a dead body of a 16-year old boy found in a park about three blocks away from my house. Robberies are more and more common around here, too...

But never would anyone expect that something like this would hit so close to home. It's so surreal...

Check out my little television debut: "SU Cheerleader Charged with Murder" (3/24/05)"

3 Comments:

Blogger Jose said...

u shoulda seen my face when i heard that shit too. it was amazing. my jaw stayed dropped for a minute. just a lesson: if he can kill someone, just about anyone can too ...

6:21 PM  
Blogger Freebird said...

Someone in my BF's neighborhood shot his wife, and kids a couple of years back. It was a little creepy. Too close for comfort.

I checked out your debut. Just as I suspected, a cutie alright :-)

9:47 AM  
Blogger Veronica said...

Wow, that's pretty crazy.

When I read the title I'd figured something happened in your neighborhood. I wouldn't have guessed it was literally, RIGHT next door.

5:50 PM  

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