Saturday, January 21, 2006

Call to Police Fails to Protect

NBC 4 - News - Former Boyfriend Charged With Murder In Teacher's Death A stabbing death over a break-up. Stabbing. Not shooting. Do we need knife control?

Then in what appears to be a murder/suicide attempt, he covered himself in flamable liquid and set himself on fire.
The 23-year-old victim, Mary Kate Dasaro, was killed shortly after calling police to say her former boyfriend was at her front door, trying to break in, according to LAPD Detective Mike DePasquale.

Officers sent to the home in the 7500 block of Cowan Avenue, about a mile from Loyola Marymount University where her father is a faculty member, found the kindergarten teacher dead shortly after 10 a.m.

Investigators believe Nelson was angry over the couple's recent breakup after five years of dating, DePasquale said. Authorities told NBC4 Dasaro had a restraining order against Nelson.

"Apparently, she wouldn't let him into the house, so he broke into the house and he armed himself with a knife we believe he got from the house," the detective said. "He attacked the victim and stabbed her to death."
A gun may not have saved Mary Kate Dasaro, but it is clear that the LAPD was powerless to save her. Calling 911 and hoping for the best is not a strategy I am willing to bet my life on.

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