Tuesday, May 27, 2014

One Brother Killed Another.

The story of Cain and Able is perhaps one of the most famous and tragic stories in the Bible. Cain murdured his brother able simply because he was jealous of him, committing the first known case of fratricide, and depraved indifference that is no less shocking today. While it is not known exactly how Cain murdered his brother. The means that he used to do so really doesn't matter. What matters is the fact that he followed through on his evil intent, and murdered his own flesh and blood.

Genesis 4:8
And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.

 A community came together for a candle light vigil Monday night to remember teenage brothers killed in an apparent murder-suicide.

Family says  Steven Odeus, 14, shot and killed his brother Stanley Blanc, 16, then turned the gun on himself. According to relatives, the boys were fighting over clothing.

Officials said the shooting occurred just after 11 p.m. near on NE 71st Street and 2nd Avenue in Little Haiti.

“It started off as a small petty argument over clothes that escalated into a fight,” said Marc Blanc, the victims’ brother.

“Stanley wanted to wear Steven’s clothes, Steven didn’t want him to,” said Kedner Louis, a family friend.

The argument, according to Blanc, began inside the family’s apartment. He said family members separated the two, but the fight flared-up again outside.

“Right before my eyes my brother just shot my other brother,” said 18-year-old Mark Blanc who says he witnessed the shooting. “I heard my second brother die because he shot himself,” said Blanc.

After Odeus shot his brother, Blanc said he ran across the apartment complex and took his own life in the parking lot.

Dozens of family members, friends and neighbors prayed for the boys at a vigil Monday, they set up two memorials with teddy bears and balloons at the spots where the two teenage brothers died.

“I feel like a part of me is missing.. they were like little brothers to me,” said Tyquane Williams, a friend of both boys. “I love Y’all, you will always be in my heart and I will never forget y’all.”

Stanley’s girlfriend said he was attending an alternative school in Miami and loved to play football. Family said Steven was scheduled to graduate from junior high in a promotional ceremony at Horace Mann Middle School next month.

“In my mind, I think he didn’t really mean to” said Blanc. “That’s blood, nobody wants to kill their own brother. At the same time I got mixed feelings about a lot of stuff right now.”

Blanc said he feels grief and guilt, saying he wishes he could have done more to save his brothers.

“I’ve been crying a lot,” said Blanc. “I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and I want people to know, love your kids, love one another, don’t sweat the small stuff.”

Blanc said he does not know how his 14-year-old brother got a hold of a gun........

Guns give a deadly sense of power to those who possess them. For many they become an extension of aggression rather that a tool for protection. A fix all, an end all, a be all, and a cure all for all of life's little annoyances. But even when used in self defense guns don't always make everything better. There is always a price to pay.



  1. I have no words. Who could speak on such a thing? Where did the gun come from? Did Steven have an underlying psychological problem?

  2. Good morning! Good to hear from you! Unfortunately I don't have those details. But I wonder where their parents were.

  3. Good Morning---I'm not certain whether the parents are culpable--after all, these young men were 14 and 16. I know that they are considered to be "children", but I don't believe that their parents would have to "monitor" them the way they would do if they were toddlers or sub-teens. It sounds like it happened quickly. However, all of that changes if the parents had a loaded gun in the house--I still think that Steven had a psych problem--if that's true, the parents would need to be held accountable if they knew his condition and kept a gun in the house.

  4. I don't doubt that he had a psychological problem. But it's odd to me that no one knows what role their parents played. If any.