The heartsick mother of a Milton man who slaughtered two of his four sisters and tried to kill a third has “no explanation” for the massacre, but Kerby Revelus’ tangles with the law show storm clouds were gathering for years.
“She has no explanation for what has happened,” attorney Ernst Guerrier said yesterday on behalf of his lifelong friend Regina Revelus, 42, whose daughter Samantha “Princesse” Revelus, 17, was stabbed to death and daughter Bianca Revelus, 5, decapitated by her son Saturday.
It was not the first time police were called to break up domestic violence in the home at 7 Belvoir Road.
On Sept. 9, 2004, police arrested Kerby, then a senior at Milton High School, after he admitted to them he’d punched his sister Jessica Revelus in the face during a squabble over money.
Jessica, today a 21-year-old mother living in Hyde Park, told officers “she was not in fear of her brother,” according to their report. A charge of domestic assault and battery was dismissed because she refused to cooperate.
Jessica told the Herald yesterday, “I was never afraid of him. I called the police because he thought he was so big and bad.”
She said her slain sister Samantha “would get into arguments” with Kerby over “little stuff,” but never expressed to her she was in fear. She said her father, Vonze Revelus, and her brother were not speaking.
However, Milton Police Chief Richard G. Wells Jr. told the Herald investigators believe Samantha was Kerby’s “initial target” because – after the unemployed ex-con allegedly hit a neighbor Friday – she’d “protested to her parents that she was concerned about the violence.”
Wells said he met with the Reveluses yesterday to offer support, but is giving them time to heal.
“I can’t even imagine their heartbreak in all of this – to lose two of them at the hands of the eldest, it’s just unconscionable,” Wells said.
Sarafina Revelus, 9, who apparently witnessed her sisters’ murders, was stabbed in the stomach and limbs, but saved by police who shot Kerby dead in the tracks of his rampage. Sarafina, who detectives have already questioned, underwent surgery yesterday and is expected to survive.
Less than a month before he socked Jessica, police pulled Kerby out of a fistfight on Belvoir Road in which they said he punched Craig Reddick in the face and body slammed him onto the hood of a Honda Accord. Kerby told police he was defending himself.
In June 2006, Kerby pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm and was sentenced to one year in a house of correction. He was caught on a security camera attempting to buy booze from a Randolph liquor store while packing a loaded .380-caliber semiautomatic in his pants.
When Randolph police asked why, Kerby replied it was “a long story.”
He returned to jail last March for violating probation after he was arrested, but not prosecuted, for being a passenger in a car in Mattapan with a loaded handgun. He was released Aug. 7.
Jessica said Kerby seemed unrecognizable to his family after his second jail stint.
A longtime neighbor of the Reveluses, speaking on condition of anonymity, noticed the change too, calling Kerby “a very disturbed man” who self-medicated with alcohol.
“I don’t know if he ever got help,” the neighbor said. “Whatever came out of his mouth made no sense to me. He was in his own little world.”
The name of this ministry is so grand that it makes the ministry itself seem very important and subject to huge expectation. So far so good. The ministry dispatched delegations across the world to see how various operational systems are working in different countries.
One important issue that Kenyans want this ministry to improve is the type of police housing code. In the city if they want to make Nairobi compete with the rest of the first world it should first improve police housing structures, denounce police house sharing and provide police with housing allowances.
It is meaningless to make public structures look good with modern roads when some schools in Nairobi are built with mud without modern sanitary facilities. We can only turn Nairobi into be modern city if government stops regulating the usage of electricity; at one time electricity is shut down and one time it is working. Productive industries will never work in circumstances like this to reach maximum production. Let us look beyond our noses and ensure the city has a sufficient supply of electricity ready to satisfy local needs.
We can also be proud of Nairobi when there is adequate supply of water for domestic and industrial use. A city without enough water is like being prepared to be dirty all the time. Metropolitan ministry should be focused on little twenty five cents issues that have damaged the name of Nairobi and implement it before focusing on expanding the city.
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Saturday 03/28/09. Newark, NJ. This past Saturday Trinity Temple youth organization (Pathfinder) had serious evangelical drills at the Church that brought a good number of people in attendance to witness what their youth were doing. In addition to church members there was outreach to the community to come and see drills and drum beating coupled with marching with a commanding voice.
Their mission is to be unified as one in readiness to serve God through the Church which also includes community service, camping to show solidarity, marching drills with drum rhythms, Bible study and groom those with leadership and individual skills to be the next church leaders.
This exercise gives the youth enough exposure to gain enough personality and easily expose and use their talents when young before being assigned leadership in the church. Pathfinder has high profile discipline which is also another mission. They usually meet on Sundays for practice.
The Pathfinder Pledge
By the grace of God,
I will be pure, kind, and true,
I will keep the pathfinder law,
I will be a servant of God and a friend to man.
The speaker of the day was Christina Miles on “Courage to Stand”. With high discipline she spoke about sex on 1 Cor.6:18 which reads “Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body”. She said “We are here and some people are saying that sex is important here we are doing without sex and are we not healthy? Here we are! We are asking the Church to give us morals and values so that we learn and be a good example tomorrow because we are tomorrow’s leaders of the Church like Ushers, Deacons, Elders and others”.
This occasion was attended by other pathfinder officials within and outside the State. Most Seventh Day Adventist churches are unable to finance this youth project due to limited resources and lack of sponsorship. Pathfinder youth were in uniform gear showing high discipline in the church.
Hello! I’m currently in London, invited by the Kuala Lumpur Foundation to Criminalise War, to participate in a Forum for Palestine sponsored by the Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The event is taking place at the Marriott Grosvenor Hotel on March 31, 2009. This one-day Forum will feature the Malaysian Foreign Minister Dato Serri Rais Yatim giving the opening address and former Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Mahathir presenting the keynote address. I will speak for about 20 minutes on the Genocide in Palestine and, of course, what happened to me in international waters while on a boat carrying medical supplies, attempting to reach the beseiged people of Gaza.
Of course, it is right here in London that George Galloway’s triumph must be marked of reaching Gaza by land in a convoy of vehicles. Even in triumph, M.P. Galloway acknowledged that they still had to ask Israel’s permission for some of the vehicles to enter Gaza. Nonetheless, what Galloway did was absolutely phenomenal and those of us who tried to reach Gaza by sea, through the territorial waters of the Gaza remained committed to that goal. However, we must deal with the issue of impunity. Right now, we see that justice is blind–meaning that those most in need of justice are the ones to whom the system of justice constructed in our country and internationally, is blind. We must change that.
For those of you who are, or who have friends who are in London, please pass this message along. It would be great if we could have a better-than-expected turnout of our Power to the People friends who are “across the pond.”
I am in the process of putting a message together on the current economic morass into which Obama’s economic team, following Bush’s, is leading us. In short, what Washington, D.C. is doing is devoid of all sense, unless the objective is to aid and abet those who want to rob the taxpayer. During our Power to the People campaign, we put forward some principles that would ensure that the economy of the United States was one that worked for the people. In the time since then, I’ve met some wonderful “people’s economists” who point the way with practical policy recommendations that are being ignored. Heck, even David Walker, the US former Comptroller, is still being ignored. It’s not rocket science–although those in charge would want you to believe it is. And the it’s not being done because those in charge don’t want us to be the arbiters of our economic destiny. More on that later. In the meantime, enjoy this Bendib cartoon:
Dear Fellow Kenyans, friends and well wishers,
The Muungano SDA Church building planning committee and congregation cordially invite you to attend and support a funds drive in aid of our church on Saturday April 4th, 2009 at 6:00 p.m.
VENUE:THE JERSEY CITY EDUCATION ASSOCIATION BUILDING.
LOCATION: 1600 JFK BOULEVARD ON THE CORNER OF SEAVIEW & JFK BLVD RIGHT OPPOSITE FROM WALGREENS.
Please be advised that there will be ample parking space for all. Thank you in advance for your kind and generous hearts. May you always be blessed.
Your brother in Christ,
Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the following:
1) Paul Ondari: (201)895-6374
2) Shem Onditi:(201)532-2026
3) Jane Otieno:(551)208-0802
4) Richard Maburi: (201)936-8163
5) Zachary Moitui:(201)889-3636
6) Douglass Bonuke:(201)920-1589
7) Wycliffe Mugoya:(201)232-0101
8) Douglas Sarara:(201)780-0753
9) Joel Ongaro:(908)227-7741
The organizing Committee, Family and friends of Johnson N. Marucha and Salome N. Nyambati request the honor of your presence at their pre-wedding dinner at:
Kenya Community Church(KCC)
6625 Humboldt Avenue North
Brooklyn Center,MN 55430
DATE: April 25, 2009
Time: 1800hrs-2200hrs (6pm-10pm)
For more information contact:
Mr & Mrs Josiah Ogetonto Marucha 763.447.0294 or 763-219-1858
Mr.Daniel Tisi 952.201.8014
Nyabuto Kerongo 612-600-0388
Mr Chita Ombuna 763.222.8654
Mr John Osumo763-639-3386
Mr Henry Momanyi 952-465-1645
Mr. Meshack Nyamwaya. 612462-1933
Mr James Ombuki 763-568-5857
Mr Benard Omwenga 612-735-6308
Mr Lawrence Ikobe 763-300-1157
Mr Johnson Marucha 763-447-5122
(more contacts will be added)
See you all.
On behalf of
Chairman of the Committee
BY FR JOACHIM OMOLO OUKO, AJ
MARCH 28, 2009
Recent remark by Archbishop Raymond Burke (pictured below), the former St. Louis prelate who now leads the Vatican supreme court that President Barack Obama “could be an agent of death” if his support for abortion rights becomes a model for leaders in other countries sounds more racist than just a remark.
This June 27, 2008 file photo shows St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke speaking to the media in St. Louis. Burke, the former St. Louis prelate who now leads the Vatican supreme court, said that President Barack Obama “could be an agent of death” if his support for abortion rights becomes a model for leaders in other countries during a videotaped interview that anti-abortion activist Randall Terry showed Wednesday, March 25, 2009 in Washington. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam, file)
Though he has also said parishioners should press U.S. bishops to withhold Holy Communion from Roman Catholic politicians who back legalized abortion, the fact that majority of Democrat followers are Black Americans, and aging that they are predominantly protestant while Republicans are white and catholic, is the reason why to argue that bishop’s comments were purely racist.
Although during the 2004 election, when Burke was still in St. Louis, he sparked a rare public disagreement among U.S. bishops over the issue, saying he would deny Communion to Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, the Democratic presidential nominee and alleged by Republicans as an abortion rights supporter, the fact that Democrats are identified with blacks and protestant, while Republicans with whites and catholic, the bishop had no other alternative but to express his racial anger.
Bishop Burke is not the only catholic bishop angered; a small minority of them is as well. They took the same stand during 2004 elections that Kerry should be denied Holly Communion.
Just as Bishop Burke is making racial remarks, Obama has pledged to find ways to reduce the abortion rate, to find common ground with opponents. This is one of the four main priorities of Obama’s faith-based office, to find ways to reduce the abortion rate, an attempt at common ground according to recent media reports.
This is a fact that even New Orleans Archbishop Alfred C. Hughes has acknowledged. While begging for forgiveness in December last year for acts the church committed that were racially insensitive or did not promote racial harmony, and committed the church to action, the archbishop categorically said that racism is present in the hearts of some Catholics and institutionally in the Catholic Church which the faithful must work to purge in thought and in action, said a U.S. archbishop in a comprehensive pastoral letter.
In the document, “‘Made in the Image and Likeness of God’: A Pastoral Letter on Racial Harmony,” released Dec. 15, 2008, the pastoral which was also made available in its entirety in the Dec. 16 issue of the Clarion Herald (www.clarionherald.org), the archbishop said: “I want to express an apology for the way in which I or other members of the church have acted or failed to act,” he said. “I want to acknowledge the past in truth, seek forgiveness and recommit myself and our church in New Orleans to realizing the gospel message in our relations with one another.”
Releasing it on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the issuance by New Orleans Archbishop Joseph Rummel of the landmark and controversial pastoral, “The Morality of Racial Segregation, Hughes was quoted to have said: “In this 1956 ground-breaking message,” Archbishop Hughes said of his predecessor, “he announced that racial segregation was to be gradually dismantled in all Catholic schools in the Archdiocese. He stated unequivocally: â€˜Racial segregation as such is morally wrong and sinful because it is a denial of the unity-solidarity of the human race as conceived by God in the creation of Adam and Eve.’”
“Racism can be both personal and institutional,” he stressed. “Hence, it involves not only individual prejudice but also the use of religious, social, political, economic or historical power to keep one race privileged,” the archbishop expressed.
The Vatican had also fired a warning shot over the bows of Barack Obama in response to the President-elect’s intention to lift the US ban on embryonic stem cell research.
Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan of Mexico, who acts as the Vatican health minister, did not only say that stem cells taken from human embryos and involving the destruction of the embryos is immoral, but also “serve no purpose”.
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Ben was the son of the late Paul Mwangi Githu and the late Alice Nduta Paul.
Ben was a loving husband to Mary Spring-Mwangi (San Diego, CA) and loving father to Kozette Mwangi, 8 & Mary-Spring’s daughter Kylie, 17. Brother to Wanjihia (Kenya), the late Oss, Jimmie (Philadelphia), Njau (Philadelphia), Rosemary (Congo), Kimemia (Kenya), Wanyoike (Kenya), Muchai Githu (Chee)-Kenya, Maggie (San Diego), Waitherero (Kenya), Nyambura (Kenya), Bosco (Iraq), Beatrice (Kenya), and Scola (San Diego).
A loving uncle to Kioni Wa Waithaka, David Kahugu, Philip Kinyanjui, Sylviah Kimani ‘pajeroh’, Nicole NikÃ¯Ã¯ Ndutah ‘Pajeroh’, Georgina Muchai, Ida Kui Njenga ‘pajeroh’, Mishy ‘pajeroh’ Ndutah, Mwangi Gythu, Albert Wanjihia, Alexander Wanjihia, Bob Mugo, Paul Mugo, Shiku Gatimi, Martin Njau, Jemimah Kui Kioni and Fred Kioni.
Ben was loved and respected by many. Friends described him as a guy who was always happy, full of life and a people person. Ben opened his home to many, helpfully reached out to all and loved all. He’ll forever remain in ours hearts and our thoughts.Ben was a star that shone here on earth and even now we feel him shining down on us from heaven.
Ben worked as a maintenance foreman, a supervisory position at the MTS in San Diego. He encountered his death at work in the early morning of March 24th, 2009 when a colleague opened fire shooting Ben and a different co-worker. Ben who worked the graveyard shift at the MTS died at the scene. Ben also owned a private Smog business called Mwangi Smog Test in Spring Valley, where his sole employee, Diego described him as “a good guy, a good father.”
In San Diego, family and friends are meeting at Ben’s home in Lemon Grove trying to come to grips with this terrible tragedy. We are requesting all our Kenyan friends all over to keep us in prayers and support us as we celebrate Ben’s life and put him to rest.
Well wishers may please donate through the following account:
BANK OF AMERICA
ACCT No: 0576846231
ROUTING No: 121000358
NAME Of Account: Friends of Benjamin N Mwangi
The following parties can be contacted with further inquiries:
Scola N. Mwangi: 619/402-5534
May the Lord almighty rest Ben’s soul in peace.
Rest in Peace Son,
Rest in Peace Husband,
Rest in Peace Dad,
Rest in Peace Brother,
Rest in Peace Cousin,
Rest in Peace Uncle,
Rest in Peace Friend.