*****UPDATE: January 9, 2015: After much deliberation, I’ve decided to post this piece from Wednesday back online (after having removed it yesterday). I am doing so with the qualifications I felt compelled to write yesterday regarding the quite touchy subject matter in light of recent developments regarding this horrific story. I have removed photographs and names of the two young girls.
What in the world is the deal with this bizarre chain of events that occurred in a small Florida town called White Springs on Monday?
Fact 1: Two sisters, -deleted-, 15, and -deleted, 11, evidently conspired to murder their 16-year-old brother, Damien Kornegay, which they did, quite well, thank you.
Fact 2: The State of Florida has not decided whether to charge one, or both, of the sisters as adults. Until then, they are officially unnamed.
Fact 3: The parents of the 4 children (beside the sisters and the victim, a 3-year-old resided at the home), were away for the night and were to return at 5 am on Tuesday morning. As a result, police arrested them. Keith Kornegay, 37, and Misty Korengay, 33, were charged with “child neglect causing great bodily harm” and are accused of failing to properly supervise their children. Maybe it has to do with that gun they allegedly locked up which even the 11-year-old daughter had no trouble retrieving for her older sister (if accounts are correct) so she could continue the sibling assassination.
When police officers questioned the 15-year-old -deleted-, (before the boy’s murder was known), she “applied makeup and would not maintain eye contact and appeared emotionless.
But soon she started crying and told the officers that her brother had beaten her, thrown her into her bedroom, and locked the door. She told officers that when he went to sleep her younger sister unlocked the door.
The teen said she then shot her brother, according to the report.”
Amazingly, -deleted- persuaded her 11-year-old to take part in the murder of their sibling. How could this happen? Accounts and narratives are quite fresh and perhaps the story will evolve as time passes. For now, this is what we have.
Was the older brother criminally abusive or was he just roughhousing his younger sisters, which I imagine is not a totally unheard of sibling dynamic. According to -deleted- accounts, the murder was instigated by something he did this one time and there was no mention of a long-standing pattern of such behavior on his part.
It’s quite easy and opportune for -deleted- to dredge up such accusations especially after a period of time during which she apparently did not seem very forthcoming during her police questioning (but which did not prevent her from putting her face on). Her behavior before the arrest seems callous for a girl her age who has just killed a family member. This was clearly a premeditated murder.
Was this a righteous self-defense killing or a spurious reaction to normal sibling bullying?
From the looks of -deleted-, she strikes me as a burgeoning Social Justice Warrior. She has that look. Those types are cut from the same mold.
I suppose from this perspective, murdering a 16-year-old boy for being a 16-year-old boy certainly qualifies as “social justice.”
According to Jeff Siegmeister, 3rd Circuit state attorney in Florida, “I may be forced to actually charge them as adults to hold them in juvenile detention until I can work something out. I don’t know all of the facts yet.”
It will be interesting to see where this killing takes us.
Was -deleted- story a contrived and inflated reaction to normal brotherly bullying or was her, or her sister’s, life in immediate danger? Was it something that could have “waited” until the parents returned?
Or did she take a twisted sense of palliative “justice” into her own hands?