Two Dead After Apparent Murder-Suicide

Two lives are lost in an apparent murder-suicide in Jackson County. At approximately 11:47 p.m. Friday, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office received a call in reference to a Domestic Violence dispute at 314 Highway 73 South Marianna. Read more
starr family

Houston, TX

#21 Dec 17, 2009
Crystal was a vibrant young lady who only recently touched our hearts once again. She only wanted to be a better Mother than she had .... her love was for her newfound family, her brother, and mostly her children (ages 7 and 3). Pray that her brother will be able to take her kids to care for --- that's his and our wish! We r lost once again without her but we will see her again!
starr family

Houston, TX

#22 Dec 17, 2009
So so sad wrote:
She was on the docket? Was she abusing him? Can the grandmother keep the kids so they have some stability?
Write me at
Metro586@aol.com
No she was NOT the abuser. She loved her family and all she ever wanted was to be the Mother that she never had. She will be missed.
starr family

Houston, TX

#23 Dec 17, 2009
Please keep in mind that her children might someday see the comments u all write. Crystal loved her lost "STARR" family, her children the most, and her brother (her friend).
her brouther

Brentwood, TN

#24 Dec 17, 2009
redneck wrote:
AGAIN I rest my case. I do fell sorry for your sister and husband as well as the kids.
If all the guns were taken away as they should had been maybe this would had not happen
there should had been a order of protection served on her to stay away from her husband and kids. If it was a man there sure would had been
( redneck you have no case you dont know what you are talking about.she was there for the kids that night she had to put them to bed.AND AGAIN MIKE HID THE GUNS! And there is know one that could take crystal away from her kid's.If anything mike is the one that did what he did. there is NO reason for what he did at all.He lost all of my respect. How could he hurt the kid's like he did. that's a sorry man in my book.And for them people that dont like what i say here look me up we can talk!!!!!!!
Not so sure

Ponce De Leon, FL

#25 Dec 17, 2009
redneck wrote:
MR. A hole this is not a class room.
you need to be more concern with idiots getting there hands on guns then spelling.
I do have guns,and know how to use them.
unlike you mr, A hole, you probably shoot your eyes out with your BB gun when you were 10,
If there was problems in that house before, there guns should had been taken away PERIOD.
You think that having their guns taken away would have solved everything? You reckon we should all have our knives taken away, too? People can kill with knives, you know.
Jasper66

Blountstown, FL

#26 Dec 17, 2009
Not so sure wrote:
<quoted text>You think that having their guns taken away would have solved everything? You reckon we should all have our knives taken away, too? People can kill with knives, you know.
Yes, you can kill with knives. However, It is not as easy.
It is too easy to just pick up a gun and bang bang bang
espcially when the other person has no gun
Least with a knive they have to get close. A person can run, get something to block it with
So so sad

Marshall, MI

#27 Dec 18, 2009
If she was not the abuser, why was SHE arrested? This sounds like an abused desperate guy that could not allow his children to be raised by their abusive mother. This may have been a misguided attempt to save the children from a life of hell. I pray someone mentally stable gets custody of the children and this may preclude any genetically related individuals.
redneck

Blountstown, FL

#28 Dec 18, 2009
do feel for the kids. guess they do not want to live in the home there, I read were the people who took the kids in is having trouble with room,
may be you ought to try trading that house for another one with the samd size or something.
Her brother

Brea, CA

#29 Dec 19, 2009
So so sad wrote:
If she was not the abuser, why was SHE arrested? This sounds like an abused desperate guy that could not allow his children to be raised by their abusive mother. This may have been a misguided attempt to save the children from a life of hell. I pray someone mentally stable gets custody of the children and this may preclude any genetically related individuals.
They both where arrested!! Not just her!! My sister was not abusive. Crystal did everything with the kids. Mike worked. That's all! Sounds like you know her so you know that the kid made all A's in school. You should not talk about things you don't know. It dose not matter what someone dose to there spouse there was NO reason for murder. Know matter how YOU look at it.
redneck

Blountstown, FL

#30 Dec 19, 2009
I agree with her brother, now in florida if both have any type of brusis; they both have to be arrest. He may had been hitting her, and she defended herself and hit back.
Then it was he said she said.
anyway domestic vilonce laws needs to be improved.
the first thing in any case of abuse it to take the childern out of the house and put them in safe places.
get your head out of

Cedar Rapids, IA

#31 Dec 21, 2009
most often it is the victim of abuse who gets arrested first. especially in podunk towns with cops who'd rather arrest the person who isn't throwing punches, or who beat their own wives and think it's justified. happens all the time. the truth came out who was out of control - the person who did the shooting. anyone making excuses for that guy is about as thick and useful as a lump of rubber. it's a shame that the justice system didn't figure out who the abuser was before it was too late. that lady's only mistake was keeping her and her kids in the same house as that sorry excuse for a man.
Alexs aunt from GA

Suwanee, GA

#32 Dec 24, 2009
Her brother wrote:
Alot should have been done! All the gun's in the house was taken out of the house. But he hid two gun's. And as I read all this that has been written here about all this hurts me and my family. For as she was my sister and my best friend. My life is not the same. Her kids will not be the same. And if they try to look up there mom's name they will see all that has been wrote down. So if you would think about what you write before you say the wrong things. Thank you to all! And to all her friends! She love you all!!!!
Response[QUOTE who="Alex's Aunt"] This is a tradegy for both families. I am Alex' aunt on his birth mothers side of the family. I haven't seen Alex in 8 years and love and miss him very much. Mike took him away from us when he was little and wouldn't allow any contact for whatever reason. I am so sorry that no one could intervene and help this family with whatever was going on. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.[/QUOTE]
hmmm

United States

#33 Dec 26, 2009
redneck wrote:
AGAIN I rest my case. I do fell sorry for your sister and husband as well as the kids.
If all the guns were taken away as they should had been maybe this would had not happen
there should had been a order of protection served on her to stay away from her husband and kids. If it was a man there sure would had been
Can you not read what was wrote above you? The guns they knew about were removed. And just to let you know, and order of protection is a piece of paper that does not stop anyone who decides to ignore it, including the man! And why are blaming her? Why should she have been the one to leave? You have no idea what was really going on and what really happened that caused her to end up in jail or what caused this terrible situation the kids and rest of the family are having to deal with. Why don't you have some respect like her brother has asked you to!!
Alexs Aunt from GA

Gainesville, GA

#34 Jan 2, 2010
xxcherry_chickxx wrote:
they had 3 children, 15, 7, and 2.
Alex-age 15 still has a mother and family in Georgia that miss and love him very much. I don't know who you think you are and what your ulterior motive is but for you to withold all of this information from us is wrong. Legally, you have no rights to him and need to give him back to his mother. Mike took him away from us when he was little and wouldn't allow any contact with our family for whatever reason. Obviously, Alex was not better off with Mike and Crystal considering what has just happened. Don't get me wrong, it is a tradegy and nothing like this should have ever happened and I am sorry that it did but, Alex needs to be with his mom. He has been through enough. Need to talk? Email me at debbienicholson35@yahoo.com
hello

Panama City, FL

#35 Jan 3, 2010
Just curious, Alexs aunt, but the mother has rights and could have petitioned the court. A father does not have such rights to KEEP a mother away. I am not attacking, but my husband just went thru a similar situation where his ex said "he kept me from her" but it was SHE he would not make efforts. Actually she lied...she was never kept from the child, she said she was, but she let 4 yrs go by before she decided to cry "foul." Judge didn't buy it. Quite frankly, the mother has not reason at this point to NOT attempt custody, unless there is something in her past.
Alexs Aunt from GA

Gainesville, GA

#36 Jan 3, 2010
hello wrote:
Just curious, Alexs aunt, but the mother has rights and could have petitioned the court. A father does not have such rights to KEEP a mother away. I am not attacking, but my husband just went thru a similar situation where his ex said "he kept me from her" but it was SHE he would not make efforts. Actually she lied...she was never kept from the child, she said she was, but she let 4 yrs go by before she decided to cry "foul." Judge didn't buy it. Quite frankly, the mother has not reason at this point to NOT attempt custody, unless there is something in her past.
It is a long story, the bottom line is that his birth mother had a drug problem at the time and was in a car accident and should not have lived through it but by the grace of God she did. I guess Mike and Crystal did what they thought was best for Alex. It was hard for his mother to try to visit him in Florida since she has no driving permit, no car and also we live in Georgia. The times that Alex's grandmother took his mother to Florida to see him after about 15 minutes they would cut the visit off or cause a scene and end the visit. She tried to keep in contact with Alex by phone but they wouldn't let her talk to him. No one bothered to let us know what had happened to Mike and Crystal until a week later. His mother does have custody papers for Alex and actually traveled to Florida this morning to get her son but by the time they got there Mike's sister had taken off with him. Three police officers went with her and his grandmother to the motel to get Alex but where told they checked out this morning. His mother is devastated. I know Alex needs his mother now more than ever and I hope and pray that we can find him.
How do u no

Utica, MI

#39 Jan 6, 2010
starr family wrote:
<quoted text>
No she was NOT the abuser. She loved her family and all she ever wanted was to be the Mother that she never had. She will be missed.
How do you know she was not the abuser.You were not their on a daily basis in the home. and live 1000 miles away...
Lets Be Honest

Utica, MI

#40 Jan 6, 2010
Alexs Aunt from GA wrote:
<quoted text> It is a long story, the bottom line is that his birth mother had a drug problem at the time and was in a car accident and should not have lived through it but by the grace of God she did. I guess Mike and Crystal did what they thought was best for Alex. It was hard for his mother to try to visit him in Florida since she has no driving permit, no car and also we live in Georgia. The times that Alex's grandmother took his mother to Florida to see him after about 15 minutes they would cut the visit off or cause a scene and end the visit. She tried to keep in contact with Alex by phone but they wouldn't let her talk to him. No one bothered to let us know what had happened to Mike and Crystal until a week later. His mother does have custody papers for Alex and actually traveled to Florida this morning to get her son but by the time they got there Mike's sister had taken off with him. Three police officers went with her and his grandmother to the motel to get Alex but where told they checked out this morning. His mother is devastated. I know Alex needs his mother now more than ever and I hope and pray that we can find him.
So to make a long story short the bottom line is that after 2 years
of court hearings Mike was awarded full custody by the Georgia court system and allowed to move Alex out of state to Florida.
Thank God,Alex will be 18 years old in 3 years and be able to make his own decisions on were & with whom he live with.......
Alexs Aunt from GA

Atlanta, GA

#41 Jan 6, 2010
Lets Be Honest wrote:
<quoted text>
So to make a long story short the bottom line is that after 2 years
of court hearings Mike was awarded full custody by the Georgia court system and allowed to move Alex out of state to Florida.
Thank God,Alex will be 18 years old in 3 years and be able to make his own decisions on were & with whom he live with.......
Yes, but let's face it, every decision he will make throughout his life from now on will be affected by the tradegy this child has been through. All we (his family in Ga) care about is what's best for Alex. We just want him to know he is wanted and loved by us.
concerned

Utica, MI

#42 Jan 6, 2010
starr family wrote:
<quoted text>
Crystal was a vibrant girl & only asked to be a better Mother than the one she had so her first & most concern was her children ages 7 and 3. She will b missed. Can send any note r monies to help with expenses to her address. Pray that her brother her friend will b able to take the kids. Thanks.
Why would anyone use this tragedy to imply that crystals mom was not a good mother.What about crystals stepson Alex.I feel sorry for the entire family....

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