*No one will ever really know why this unofficial murder-suicide was committed. But rumor has it, Dorothy Dutiel and May Kieu, sophomores at Independence High School in Glendale Arizona, were lovers (and this was known by everyone at their school, yet apparently hidden from Kieu’s family members) and had known each other since 5th grade, but started dating in the 8th grade.
As of now, even though the murder weapon was found beside the body of Dorothy Dutiel (pictured above right), authorities say they are not calling it a murder-suicide.
Reports say that it was Dutiel who fired the fatal shot on Kieu because she was about to break up with her. After killing her girlfriend, Dutiel turned the gun on herself.
American Airlines pilot Henry Del Rey, who was on scene at Independence High School, where the bodies were found around 8 a.m., wrote on his Facebook page, “The girls who were killed were dating. One didn’t wanna be with the other and when she tried breaking it off the other girl shot her and shot herself.”
Seems pretty cut and dry, right?
Sometimes the signs are just too hard to recognize. Who would have guessed this tweet sent by Dutiel a few hours before the shooting, was a final one, as opposed to one that was temporary.
It simply said, “Good bye :(“.
And a December 12 tweet had her joking on her Twitter page that she was “Living with a pregnant woman that you’re now a slave to.”
A gun and a suicide note were found near their bodies, under a covered patio by the cafeteria, police said in the statement.
“Although the investigation is not complete, investigators working the case say evidence found at the scene leads them to believe that one female took the life of the other female before taking her own life,” police said.
“Information gathered by detectives reveal the two girls were very close friends, appearing to also be in a relationship,” police added.
What makes this story especially sad, is the growing number of young people, girls and boys alike, who are killing themselves because they don’t yet have the emotional maturity to understand the mental and physical process of life, living and loving.
It’s not easy to acclimate to the social awkwardness stage. And many of them attach themselves to anyone who shows them attention; or understanding (be it a girl to a girl, a boy to a boy) and they mistake that for love.
I do believe its time parents, teachers, mentors sit down and really talk to these young people…and more importantly, listen to them.
As of this writing, over a period of 4 days, it has raised $16, 813 towards a $20,000 goal.