Murder suspect: 'I'm not a monster'

Murder suspect: 'I'm not a monster'

There are 44 comments on the San Gabriel Valley Tribune story from Jan 27, 2008, titled Murder suspect: 'I'm not a monster'. In it, San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports that:

Murder suspect David Brian Smith said Saturday that he was scared when his friend, Collin Lee McGlaughlin, allegedly shot a teenage boy and girl to death in an abandoned military bunker in remote Helendale ...

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Fresno, CA

#1 Jan 27, 2008
Smith is a monster.Who cares if daddy is in law enforcement.What a piece of work these murderers are.And the 16 year old should be charged with being an accessory after the fact.I hope thes two guys receive the death penalty.
Parent Jonez

Long Beach, CA

#2 Jan 27, 2008
Choices......Where were the parents when the victims were in the early morning having a party in a bunker?

“Kiss it!”

Since: Jan 08

Inland Empire

#3 Jan 27, 2008
Parent Jonez wrote:
Choices......Where were the parents when the victims were in the early morning having a party in a bunker?
The victims probably lied to their parents about where they were going and what they'd be doing. Remember when you were a teenager?


#4 Jan 27, 2008
A "Good Kid" does not take a weapon and present it as a threat. He may not have been the shooter but should pay heavy for his place in this crime that resulted in the death of two young adults and shattered thier family and friends heartsforever.
HighDesert mom


#5 Jan 27, 2008
Amen to LeeAnn! And he made a terrible choice in friends. He probably knew better but he blew it. He needs to be punished accordingly. The 16 year old should also be charged as an accessory.
Northview Alumni

Redlands, CA

#6 Jan 27, 2008
I went to high school with David. We graduated from the same class and I had known him since freshmen year. No I wasn't best friends with him or anything, but we had a lot of classes together and I was close with his girlfriend. Yeah he made a bad choice, he should have tried to stop his friend. The David I knew...would have. But maybe he thought his life was in danger and that the gunmen may have turned on him. Yes he should pay, but be careful before you judge him completely, because you don't know him. People never look at both sides of the story, I personally understand how it is to lose a friend from violence, so I know the pain that friends and families are experiencing. But you have to remember to look at both sides.
HighDesert mom


#7 Jan 27, 2008
I am sorry but "good kids" don't show up to parties with a gun! To me it seems like at some point he went from being a kid full of promise to one that liked the darker side of life. Even David admitted that he knew Collin could "go off" and that Collin was "crazy." Why was he hanging out with someone like that? It is hard to believe that the kid the paper describes as a mild mannered Eagle Scout/track star could have been involved in something like this but the fact remains he was and he needs to be punished accordingly.

It makes you wonder how many choices his parents gave him growing up. I don't know this family at all but sometimes kids who are forced to over achieve to make mom and dad proud while they are growing up end up making some of the worst mistakes later in life. These kids grow up never making any choices because mom and dad have always told them what to do. So when they are on their own they make some really bad choices. Still I don't blame the parents. David made the choice to be there that night with a "crazy friend" and guns.
Las Palmas Alumni

United States

#8 Jan 27, 2008
I am with Northview Alumni. I went to middle school with David and like N.A., I was not buddies with him or anything, but I had a few classes with him and he was a very friendly person. He did not, nor does he seem like the person to kill innocent people. Yes he did make a bad choice, a very bad one, but you have to think why was there a party in an abandoned bunker in the first place? And David and Colin went to camp out and go shooting, not show up to a party with guns. I do believe David should face punishment because he was involved and did something terrible, but like N.A. said "be careful before you judge him completely, because you don't know him."

Fresno, CA

#9 Jan 28, 2008
Sorry,but a person has to take responsibility for thier choices.He may ahve been a nice guy at one time.He now is a murdurer,plain and simple.He had a gun in his hand and could have made the choice to kill his buddy to prevent him from killing these two innocent people.He made the choice to stand by and do nothing to his whacked out frined.He should get the death penalty.I have no sympathy for the murdureres.My sympathy's are with the family's of the murdered victims.
HighDesert mom


#10 Jan 28, 2008
Okay, so maybe he was scared and in fear for his life during the murders but why didn't he go to the police asap? The police had to find HIM. Come on, the guy is a monster. Thank God nothing else happened (at least that we've heard of) before they were arrested. And the 16 year old should be behind bars too!

Los Angeles, CA

#11 Jan 28, 2008
has anyone considered that the psycyho (collin) may have inserted himself so closely into the other boy's lives that fear was a definite factor. i refuse to judge based solely on news reports.

Duarte, CA

#12 Jan 28, 2008
At 19 years old I would hope you have enough keen sense you realize something bad is about to happen and try to defuse the situation. David obviously chose not to, and now he has to pay the consequences. As for the 16 year old..I personally don't think he was involved enough to pay the price of his life behind bars, or perhaps the death penalty. How was he to know, David and Collin were taking these two into the bunker to kill them?? He was in the Jeep the whole time..
Scared Senseless

Temecula, CA

#13 Jan 28, 2008
Try and Difuse the situation???? I don't know you, but it sounds like to me that you've never been faced with a life or death situation. Once you have, you'll realize that self preservation is a human instinct that kicks in when you are in that horrifying of a situation. David not reporting it, was definitly wrong. But then again we're basing this off of news reports. We don't know whether the killer threatened David's life, his family/friends if he did not keep his silence. If anything this kid is guilty of attempted robbery and being scared senseless.
covina dad

West Covina, CA

#14 Jan 28, 2008
This is a terrible tragedy for all involved. Two kids are now dead, three young lives have been wasted, and families torn apart. David was a good kid but something went horribly wrong. He lost his scholarship and his schooling, and thought that he could find his way in the Marines but unfortunetly got mixed up with something or someone more powerful than him that led him astray. He made bad choices and will now have to pay for them for the rest of his life.

Duarte, CA

#15 Jan 29, 2008
"self preservation is a human instinct that kicks in"

News alert..David was not the intended target - he was/is the suspect. He had no reason to be "scared" for his life...he was pointing a gun at TWO innocent kids, right along with Collin. He chose not to sit in the Jeep and went along with this murder just as much as Collin did. You have to be unstable and have killer tendencies to even point a LOADED gun at someone. PERIOD.

David once again, should have killed the "KILLER" Collin, and saved this two, if he had any morale in him at all.

I do know in a life or death situation I would try to save, not MURDER. But thanks for your useless input.
sad for all

Modesto, CA

#16 Jan 29, 2008
Any person involved with something as tragic as this needs to be held responsible for their part in it. What is sad to me is that David was a part of this. I was a teacher at Northview and knew him and his family. His family is a moral, upstanding, good family. They raised all the kids well. So what happened? What happened that night? What happened up to that point? I would imagine that David never really thought something like that was going to go down. Maybe he went there seeking the thrill of robbery, which is bad enough, but murder? Probably not. And like someone else has written, as far as David not reporting it, fear is a crippler. Who knows what he was thinking or what threat he was under. I am trusting that the truth will be discovered in court and that punishments will be just. It is tragic that 2 have died and 3 other lives are ruined. I am sad for the families of the dead and for David's family. This is not what any of them deserve.

Duarte, CA

#17 Jan 29, 2008
It is sad..and it was known that Collin was an avid drug user...I know from personal experiences that you don't hang out with "druggies" unless you are using as well. Everyone knows that being under the influence of any drug can make someone act out in ways they would never sober. You're right though, hopefully court seeks justice and everyone involved is held responsible one way or another.

Los Angeles, CA

#18 Jan 29, 2008
drug user? I missed that one

Duarte, CA

#19 Jan 29, 2008
Yeah, and he blatantly spoke of this use on his Myspace page before it was taken down. (I seen it). He stated his love for one...

Tustin, CA

#20 Jan 29, 2008
My heart goes out to the parents of the victims. In a situation like this there are so many lifes that are changed forever. The accused have families that will be victimized by the wrong choices their children have made. My son at 19 years old was sentenced to 42 yrs. to life, he never pulled a trigger but he was present when someone else did. The hardest thing I had to do was to sit in court next the Mother or the young man that had been shot, saying you're sorry just doesn't seem good enough. Parents are blamed when "good kids" go bad. As a parent I always tried to teach my Son right from wrong, sent him to good schools and kept him away from bad influence. Ultimately he made his choices and chose to associate with people that were into gangs and my worst nightmare became real. My Son had never been in trouble before that incident, he had never been to jail. This nonsense is not going to stop until somehow we can find a way to help this kids before it gets out of hand.

I know I could never began to understand the pain of a parent who looses a child, especially in such a violent and senseless way, but I do understand the pain of loosing a child to Prison for life. In the end parents are also victims who see their dreams for their children brake into a billion pieces that are impossible to put back together. Sometimes I think that at least when a child dies you some how have closure, when a child is in prison for life, you too as a parent somehow serve that life sentence.

My prayers are with the families. Both families the victim's and the accused families have a long way to go. I have also lost a nephew to gang violence and the loss and the pain and the anger remains. I have been on both sides of the coin, and neither one of them is easy.

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