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Man decapitates 5-year-old sister in front of officer

Posted by on Mar. 31, 2009 at 4:08 PM
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Story Highlights

  • Kerby Revelus had an arrest history involving domestic violence, police say
  • They say he killed sisters, 5 and 17, but police saved another sibling, age 9
  • Police chief: "It's hard to imagine that kind of tragedy, that kind of horror" 

    (CNN) -- By the time the police officer kicked the door in, it was too late. Kerby Revelus was holding his 5-year-old sister, Bianca, and while the officer watched, he dragged a kitchen knife across her throat with such fury that he decapitated her.

    Police outside the Milton, Massachusetts, home where a 23-year-old killed two of his sisters Saturday.

    Police outside the Milton, Massachusetts, home where a 23-year-old killed two of his sisters Saturday.

    "It's hard to imagine kind of horror," said Milton, Massachusetts, Police Chief Richard G. Wells Jr.

    Mere seconds passed before other officers arrived and rushed into the home in the tony Boston suburb of 25,000.

    Police had received a 911 call from another Revelus sibling, 17-year-old Samantha. Suffering from several deep cuts in her upper body, she was losing strength.

    "It was clear that she knew she was mortally wounded," Wells said. Video Watch police chief discuss decapitation »

    Samantha managed to explain that her 23-year-old brother had attacked his sisters with a knife, police said. When she was no long able to keep talking, the injured teen handed her 9-year-old sister, Seraphina Revelus, the phone.

    All the while, the kids' grandmother was doing laundry in the basement, apparently unaware of the savagery upstairs, police said. Mother Regina Revelus was at work, and father Vronze Revelus was not at home.

    As officers surrounded the home and rushed into every room, Kerby ran into a bedroom where Samantha was on the ground, dead. Seraphina was on the floor near her sister's body, according to Wells.

    Kerby Revelus then began attacking Seraphina with the knife, Wells said, prompting police open fire and kill him.

    On Tuesday, the two slain siblings and their attacker were buried together.

    It was not the first time police have visited the home answering a domestic violence call, Wells said.

    In September 2004, Kerby was arrested for punching one of his sisters in the face as they fought about money, the chief said. The Boston Herald identified the sibling as Jessica Revelus, who was not in the home during Saturday's attack.

    Jessica Revelus told officers at the time that "she was not in fear of her brother," according to a police report from the incident, the Boston Herald reported. A charge of domestic assault and battery was dismissed because she refused to cooperate, Wells said.

    Kerby was then in his last year at Milton High School.

    But Kerby was in trouble a year later, in 2005, when he was charged with carrying a firearm without a license after he attempted to purchase alcohol at a Randolph, Massachusetts, liquor store. He was given a six-month sentence and was released in September 2008.

    CNN reached Jessica Revelus by phone Tuesday. She seemed distraught and said she had not been able to sleep. Her brother's rampage came, she said, "out of the blue."

    When asked whether he had a temper or had given any indication that he might want to hurt his sisters, she said, "I don't know. I am not good right now. I am not good."

    On Monday, Jessica Revelus told the Boston Herald that "I was never afraid of him. I called the police because he thought he was so big and bad."

    Jessica Revelus told the newspaper that her sister Samantha "would get into arguments" with Kerby over "little stuff" and that Kerby and her father were not speaking.

    Police are unclear about what set the brother off Saturday, and Wells said he's being careful not to speculate.

    Vronze and Regina Revelus said through a family spokesman that they had "no explanation" for their son's savagery, according to the Boston Herald.

    "How much can you put on the shoulders of one family?" Wells asked.

    Wells praised the first officer on the scene Saturday.

    "I don't have words to articulate how this officer maintained his ability to do his job, " he said. "To go in and witness that first thing, just as he opens the door and stay on his radio through the whole thing ..."

    He added that the horror of the day rippled through the force. "You can bet that our officers went home after this, and they hugged their wives and their children that much tighter. I hope that for this family and for my officers, that there can be a way to get through.

    "We are going to try to make them whole as soon as possible, even though the events of this past weekend will stay with them forever."




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    by on Mar. 31, 2009 at 4:08 PM
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    by on Mar. 31, 2009 at 4:17 PM

    This is such a sad story. May those girls rest in peace. 

    by Member on Mar. 31, 2009 at 4:28 PM

    This story makes me so very sad.  The family is in my thoughts and prayers.  Bless those poor girls...

    by Bronze Member on Mar. 31, 2009 at 5:44 PM

    How sad. There are such disfunctional families out there. :(

    by on Mar. 31, 2009 at 7:09 PM

    Sick, sick, sick!!!

    by Bronze Member on Apr. 1, 2009 at 3:32 PM

    Buried together??????????  I hope those girls can rest in peace in the here-after with that fiend in such close proximity. They should've run him through a trash compacter and threw him in a working volcano

    by Bronze Member on Apr. 1, 2009 at 3:48 PM
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    This is so very sad.   Especially when you think that if just once when they called the police before if they had followed through on the charges this may not have happened.

    This is why domestic violence education is so important. 


    by on Apr. 1, 2009 at 3:52 PM

    So very sad. 


    by on Apr. 1, 2009 at 4:25 PM

    This is terrible.  Imagine the horror of that little girl and the horror of the officer who witnessed it.  The officer will probably need therapy--I know I would if I saw that.

    It actually makes me feel better to know this guy is dead.  I think our criminal justice system is WAY too soft on criminals.  He probably would've ended up in a comfortable insane asylum with a TV and a puppy.  He's not worth keeping alive.

    by Bronze Member on Apr. 1, 2009 at 11:11 PM

    Quoting fullofhope325:

    This is such a sad story. May those girls rest in peace. 

    by on Apr. 2, 2009 at 12:28 AM

    What is this world coming to?!

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