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Brother Kills Brother Over Video Game Dispute

LANSDOWNE, Pa. - July 16, 2007 - These are dark and painful times for the family who lives at a North Maple street home in Lansdowne.

It's where a 13-year-old allegedly stabbed his 16-year-old brother to death on Sunday.
According to the criminal complaint, 13-year-old Jahmir Ricks ran outside shouting "I stabbed my brother" as police arrived at the scene. Their mother reportedly ran out screaming the same thing. Margaret Rebstock was passing by as the tragedy unfolded.

The 13-year-old allegedly stabbed his older brother twice with a steak knife. The blade pierced 16-year-old Anwan Ricks in the heart and lung. He did not survive. Police believe the stabbing occurred during a dispute over a video game that became physical.

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Bloodmask3575d ago

My prayers and sentiments go out to the family. No mother wants to bury her child.

Definately very sad.

BlackIceJoe3574d ago

I can't believe you would get a disagree over this. This is a sad thing. I can't imagine the feeling the family is feeling right now knowing there Son is dead and knowing there other Son could face Life in prison. I wish the family my deepest condolences.

PS360PCROCKS3574d ago

Your disagrees truly show their are some very immature people on this site...anyone who can condone someone dying in vain is someone I would rather not be associated with...so hey do us a favor disagreers, why don't you come post who you are so we can ignore you? Or will you not because your a worthless human being hiding behind your mouse?

MyNutsYourChin3574d ago

Seriously, whoever disagreed has some severe compassion issues. This is tragic and should not be treated like a joke. It's very difficult and perhaps impossible for most to understand what either child was going through.

It is not our place to judge or speculate on what went on, who's to blame, what the punishment should be, or make absurd and heartless comments about the situation. Events like this are a serious reminder to us all that life is precious and fragile. My heart and my love goes out to the family of this unfortunate and sorrow filled event.

Lyberator3574d ago (Edited 3574d ago )

Some people on this site just can't get over their ignorant fanboy rants long enough to read what other people write.
My condolences go to the family as well. It's terrible to hear about something like this happening.

MADGameR3574d ago

We all play violent video games. Prayers won't work at all if you don't have faith in the holy creator!

TrenchaunT3574d ago (Edited 3574d ago )

What in the WORLD are you talking about, MADGameR?

I have to say, Bloodmask, that you're very right to pledge prayers. I don't mean to offend anyone that isn't religious, but my point only is that in such a baffling situation prayer is the best thing we can do. We see in this the horror of what a human being is capable of. We can't really point fingers at anyone but the kid. Maybe that kid isn't a monster--maybe it was just such bitter rage, maybe insanity, but now, regardless, he's guilty and going to pay for it the rest of his life--both with prison and with bitter guilt.

We can do so much to prevent such crimes, with education, counseling, etc., but in the end the unstoppable enemy is the tendency toward hatred in the human heart.

This really is "tragic" in the Greek sense. The kid is both guilty and flawed. And there's a bitter, painful irony that the mother, although she would want the culprit who killed her son punished, that means her own son must bear the punishment. There isn't some third party she can blame and despise forever--her resentment will always be offset by motherly love. She'll have to endure a torture perhaps worse than if both her children had been murdered by someone else. May God ease her suffering.

The Swordsman3574d ago (Edited 3574d ago )

No parent should have to bury their children, but yet it happens all the time. My own maternal grandmother has buried three of her children(one of whom was eight when he died). Terrible. And as as the poster above me said, we cannot stop hatred, no matter how much we try.

Hayabusa 1173574d ago

How do you know Bloodmask doesn't believe in God, or has any other faith?

This is indeed terrible. My sympathy - and prayers - goes out to the parents.

ALI G3574d ago (Edited 3574d ago )

@1.5.MADGameR :if you woundering who took ur seconed bubble it is me, becuse you are such a prick and immature even in this type of situation

ben hates you3574d ago

i think this site would benefit with the ability to see who disagrees

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ANoobsJourney3574d ago

I would also like to send my condolences to the family of this terrible tragedy. Is there ever going to be a time when this world ends all of the violence?

Umbrella Corp3574d ago

i want to know who the heartless monsters are that are disagreeing,can you the pain of loosing a brother or son and finding out your ther child or sibling killed.do you know that pain?if your disagreeing you heartless [email protected] prayers go out to the family.

supnub53574d ago

his brother should be in pshycho center, because killing from whose turn it was is just plain dumb.