DOUBLE HOMICIDE ON EYE STREET

Saturday, May 18, 2013

 

Displaced houseguests outside the

Displaced houseguests huddle under blankets outside the house at 2457 Eye Street, with APD Community Service Office David Greaney manning the perimeter. KLH | Eye

Kevin L. Hoover

Eye Editor

EYE STREET – Two people, a male and a female, were killed in a house on Eye Street early this morning.

People staying at the house said that a suspect, another houseguest, shot the two with a revolver. Police have no one in custody, but are pursuing a “person of interest,” according to APD Lt. Ryan Peterson. [UPDATE: A suspect has been arrested.]

Victims have not been identified. The houseguests said the female was an 18-year-old high school student.

Peterson said the female was pronounced dead at the scene. The male died shortly thereafter at Mad River Community Hospital. names have not yet been released.

Arcata Police have the house cordoned off and are processing the scene. Another team is pursuing leads and tracking down witnesses.

What the houseguests say

This morning, nearly a dozen individuals milled about outside, some lying and sitting about in the street eating donuts and tending to pets. Several said that they had been staying at the house. “People crash here,” said one of the guests. Some said they had been staying at the house for two days.

About 2 a.m., the houseguests said, three to five shots rang out and the guests discovered the victims in the living room. They applied pressure to the victims’ bleeding wounds while 911 was called.

Police arrived, the guests were told to leave the home, and were interviewed by officers outside. They left all their possessions inside.

The suspect was described by the houseguests as an African-American man in his twenties who went by the name of “C Nasty.” He was dressed in gray sweat pants, with a “wife beater” sleeveless t-shirt and an Oakland Raiders cap.

He has a tattoo of a tree on his upper arm, and what was described as an “all-seeing eye.” All in all, said witnesses, the man had a “thuggish look.”

The houseguests characterized the man as unpleasant and sexually aggressive towards the women staying at the house. “He was drunk all the time,” said one. “He hit on every girl here.”

“He tried to feel up on me,” said a young woman sitting in the street holding a cat. “He was into terrible music.” The guests described the music as abrasive, with the term “thirsty-ass hoes” repeatedly used.

“He was really fucked up,” said a man. “He talked about Garberville, about the Bloods accepting him. Gang and drug talk.” The suspect was armed with some sort of baton, in addition to the firearm.

“We think he was trying to get with the girl,” said a man who had been in the house when the homicides occurred. The consensus scenario was that the suspect had solicited sex from the female, and that the male victim had tried to defend her.

The male victim apparently went by the name “Sunshine.” The female victim’s name is not yet disclosed.

The female victim  just turned 18 years old, the guests said. they described her a “sweet and nice,” and still in high school. “She was a bubbly young lady, full of life,” one guest said.

Investigation underway

Police Chief Tom Chapman is out of town, and Peterson is acting chief in his absence.

Peterson said even more people were staying at the house, and that they are being tracked down.

Evidence technicians are currently processing the house.

Updates when available…

 

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141 Responses to “DOUBLE HOMICIDE ON EYE STREET”

  1. I think the Arcata Eye, and Kevin Hoover, should apologize for that picture! I mean when one first reads the headline, the picture itself is disconcerting…I live on Eye ST. The first thing I saw this morning online…this picture, I thought I was seeing a dead person covered in a blanket at first, on my street. I think Mr. Hoover owes that person a GIGANTIC APOLOGY! And needs to remove that photo!

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  2. Nancy Stephenson

    Ok, ok. I'm not horrible. The situation is obviously dicey and I was concerned about the dog…especially pugs. The person IS out of it, probably for understandable reasons, but that's not teasing.

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  3. Nancy Stephenson

    And I'm very sorry for your loss, Diana. It's awful…

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  4. Deb Rice

    Oh my goodness, I bet you are all freaking out. Keep safe! Hope is the little guy doing? Hope every one is doing good. Love to you all.

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  5. Becky Hamilton

    It was a witness, not the bodies of the deceased.

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  6. Andrea Zvaleko

    For all you know, that person is under there crying with grief.

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  7. Jamie E. Kohl

    OMG, I read some of the comments and got ill, wth is wrong with people?!

    I'm so sad right now.

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  8. Reba Melfa

    All of this news hits me in such a profound way. We the living have to duty to ourselves to be loving to love one another because it is an impermanent gift this precious human life.

    Never do you think, I am going to know someone that will be murdered, and never do you think that it will happen here in Arcata. Be gentle with your anger your fear and your sorrow- all of it will pass.

    I am certain that HE would want us to be loving and kind, to celebrate and dance, to reflect and give- that love and light that he emanated.

    Sunshine was a bright light, always made me (and anyone he encountered) smile and feel happiness in his presence. What a huge loss to this earthly plane. The loss of the other as well. To her family and Sunshine's family – I wish for you to know peace.

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  9. Humboldt peeps, take note. Hard thugs don't run around solo… unless they're cast out of their home cirlcles. Either way be cautious and aware. The situation could still very much be dangerous.

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  10. Nancy, I hope you realize this comment is still posted on the Eye's website for all to see. Your apology was appropriate, but the right thing to do would be to delete that thread. Your apology is worthless while your hurtful words are still up to be seen. And you are kidding yourself if you think you aren't teasing, how cruel and insensitive to insinuate that the person on the sidewalks dog needs to be rescued and given a new home. How cruel. Have some decency delete this thread!

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  11. Anonymous

    Kevin Hoover is an asshole…. we all should know that by know what with him spray painting houses and being a peeping tom.. that is just an aside. Whoever is in charge of that house needs to move out of there and quit dicking around with douche bags. Why Sunshine was even there in the first place is a bit mind boggling to me. He was of a much higher caliber of person to be hanging out with sex crazed gangstas! We need to rise up as a community and kick their asses back to LA and Chi town where these developmentally challenged F***S came from. Its times like these where I fully support the death penalty. No trial, no excuses, no explanation, simply a bullet and send the bill for the munitions to his family.

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  12. Never mind, I guess you didn't apologize, you're just sorry it happened. Horrible person.

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  13. Rheannon Okey

    Oh, hey folks! I wasn't trying to be mean or judgemental here – just being thoughtful acutally. It just seemed strange that some poor person was lying on a blanket outside of a house where two people were just murdered. On the asphalt even, not even some soft grass. The image just struck me as surreal.

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  14. This person is a victim of violence and your first thought is to take away their companion? Disgusted.
    I feel like I should be sorry for bombing your page… but I'm not. I hope others do too as long as you leave this up.

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  15. He evidently was a great friend to these souls and is in mourning.

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  16. I highly doubt that doggie needs your help.

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  17. If the dog needs a good home, I will take it.

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  18. That doggie doesn't need any help!!

    #68813
  19. [...] BRAE – Arcata Police have arrested Bodhi Tree, 28, in connection with the double homicide which occurred on Eye Street this [...]

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  20. This is a heartbreaking event. Please pray for the two young people who lost their lives last night and their family and friends. My they find peace and comfort from our outpouring of love.

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  21. Kelly Drops

    This picture should be removed
    From this article.
    From a person who previously lived in that awful house, but more importantly a dear friend and family to one of the lives lost in the homicide..I was horrified that this was the first article I saw on what happened and thought that was my deceased friend under the blanket. I think this picture is entirely inappropriate for the article and I was sickened upon first seeing it.

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  22. i couldnt agree with you more… nobody should see that… thats a private issue and it should not be publicized on behalf on the deceased. f ed up

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  23. [...] DOUBLE HOMICIDE ON EYE STREET (Update 2)  (Kevin Hoover/Arcata Eye) [...]

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  24. Hilarious article. "All in all, said the witnesses, the suspect had a thuggish look." haha what self-respecting journalist uses that quote. And the photo is priceless, some thirsty-ass ho tryin to get some sleep on the sidewalk.

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  25. Max Cherubini

    this "journalist" is perfect troll bait.

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  26. Satoshi kondo you are a dumbass douchebag insensitive scumbag!My name is EdRunnenBear I would love to pound some sensitivity into your shit talking mouth!Want to meet up dumbass

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  27. Max Cherubini

    These unfortunate incidences happen across the state, nation, and world on a regular basus. It is very unfortunate that such tragedy had to strike right around the corner of where I called home for many years. That having been said, it is also unfortunate that Mr. Hoover did not have the decency to cover this story with a semblance of journalistic integrity. I've been following the author's work since I was a youth in SoHum when he spoke on KMUD radio at least once a week and happened to pick up the occasional copy of the Arcata Eye throughout my years at HSU. Arrogance and a self-indulgent laissez faire style have their place in reporting, of course. This is no such instance. Mr. Hoover is doing the victims of such a heinous crime no justice with such tripe. Good day.

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  28. Max Cherubini

    These unfortunate incidences happen across the state, nation, and world on a regular basis. It is very unfortunate that such tragedy had to strike right around the corner of where I called home for many years. That having been said, it is also unfortunate that Mr. Hoover did not have the decency to cover this story with a semblance of journalistic integrity. I've been following the author's work since I was a youth in SoHum when he spoke on KMUD radio at least once a week and happened to pick up the occasional copy of the Arcata Eye throughout my years at HSU. Arrogance and a self-indulgent laissez faire style have their place in reporting, of course. This is no such instance. Mr. Hoover is doing the victims of such a heinous crime no justice with such tripe. Good day.

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  29. melissa, are you serious?

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  30. Kevin Hoover

    Your≠you're.

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  31. Max Cherubini

    looks like you made a friend hahahahahahha: "Satoshi kondo you are a dumbass douchebag insensitive scumbag!My name is EdRunnenBear I would love to pound some sensitivity into your shit talking mouth!Want to meet up dumbass"

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  32. Yo EdRunnenBear, don't make me get C Nasty on your ass. 707 bitch

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  33. Sunshine day dream!!! walking in the tall trees,blowing where the wind blows,blooming like a red rose,!!!r.I.p to our warrior of light!

    #68873
  34. The drunk night actually drank sunshine cute and when sunshine become c nastys thirsty hoe his mustache tickled c nastys cawk and c nasty went pop pop I should have drank pop

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  35. Sara Potter

    D:

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  36. I wish I could see you again, my friend. You were doing the right thing as you always would. You're such a bright soul and you will remain in my heart until we meet again. Sunshine, aka Al.. I love you dear friend, from the moment I met you. You inspire me to be a better person and to look in the world with a whole new view. I love you. RIP

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  37. Yo satoshi.Nothing hysterical about these poor kids being murdered by a gangster thug scumbag.If 707 bitch is your gang you should run your immature shit talking little boy ass to the 510.As for me I don't talk shit.If you want to laugh about my friends getting murdered to my face I'll gladly introduce you to nasty!Name time & place!As for you all in general.Can you please please show a little respect for the dead & grieving!?!!

    #68881
  38. Rosa Guerrero

    Christiana Schwartz RIP when I heard these news I cried its impossible for me to believe you are really gone I still remember having Geo Science together and how we would always talk about the most random things and you could always make me laugh :' )

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  39. thts really fucked up man…not cool at all

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  40. thts really fucked up man…not cool at all

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  41. haha I'm making enemies left and right. Obviously what happened was tragic and the perpetrator's actions completely unwarranted if what the witnesses say are true. I'm just knocking the "journalists" who covered the story and have a sense of black humor. I've lived in Arcata and apparently have been inside this house before.

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  42. Phil d bowl .You are a wise man.I am so angry about this right now.Having hard time dealing.I expect police to be insensitive stupid trained to be that way putting witnesses on street but comments are so bad & hurtful thanx for some insight still in shock!!!!

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  43. Matthew Bishop

    representing your military well, asshole

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  44. Phil D Bowl, peace my friend. The people who made the terrible comments are the same kind of people, probably from the same neighborhood as C Nasty. They are horrible people and when horrible people open their mouths, horrible things come out. It is just who they are. They love their lack of understanding. They love their hate, and nothing can rescue them. They commit murder with their mouths, no differently than this thug murdered Sunshine with his gun. They are the same. May their karma come quickly.

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  45. This is bad tasteless insensitive journalism to sat the least!Fact is friend & family members are all reading it & stupid comments about it to try & get some answers!This is far from a laughing matter!People reading these comments are hurt angry & in shock!Yes article inappropriate but comments so much worse!Again please show respect for dead & grieving & realize these kids parents grandparents friends family etc…are reading all this garbage.My very heavy sad heart goes out to all of you!

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  46. Kevin Hoover

    Ed, how would one report this news without including information that may disturb the relatives?

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  47. Kevin I'm not no knocking your dialogue. It was actually a little bold of you to throw out such outrageous quotes that should probably only been heard by these buffoonish police.It's the picture dummy.That's the story you let be randomly interpreted which is lame & irresponsible journalism. Why where the police being so cruel & insensitive to the tenants & witnesses & why would you so irresponsibly let them be perceived as indegent homeless?!??

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  48. Kevin Hoover

    Ed, we may not have any common ground here. The quotes were simply the main points that the houseguests wanted to make to me. It is their unfettered testimony.

    Regarding the photo, I didn't place the individuals there or influence their positioning. They chose to wait in the street to get their stuff back once the police were done inside. I do see how a quick view could suggest bodies, but the cutline clearly states that they are houseguests waiting outside.

    One of the things I can't worry about is the reckless conclusions people may extrapolate from a superficial examination of the information at hand. If we in the news business did that, we'd never report anything because someone always gets it wrong.

    I don't know that the people there are indigent or homeless. I described them only as houseguests.

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  49. They & the other one who gave you the statement where witnesses to a murder scene.Isn't it reckless to the investigation to have witnesses making statements like that to the press? Shouldn't they be given a safe haven at least a cruiser from the press??I apologize to the readers for my agro outburst earlier but your partly responsible .A picture tells a thousand words.Why didn't you question police about their insensitive sloppy behavior.

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  50. The thirsty ass how's sleeping in the streets comment put me over the edge.

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