The beginning of last week had me wondering about the motivation behind a double homicide / suicide that rocked Boulder and the smaller tile and flooring community of which I am a part. Late Monday morning last week, a disgruntled employee of Boulder Stove and Flooring came to work with a 9 mm pistol and shot 12 rounds into the husband and wife couple that owned the store before delivering one shot to his own head.
The saddest part of it for me is the senseless loss of a loving mother and father to their 12 year old daughter. As a father of 2 girls near that age it hit home pretty hard. Sending your kids off to school with the idea that tonight you will return just like you have for every previous day of the kids life.
I have been a customer of that shop for over a decade, first with the prior owners, and for the last 3 years or so with the couple that was murdered. The family atmosphere of the shop and the great service from the small group of employees was one of the main reasons I would shop and send clients there. They also have a great show room with some of the best selection in town, I hope the few remaining people there can continue to provide great service to the community in the time to come. Sean and Staci will be greatly missed, by me, and many more.
The end of the week hit even closer to home. First I get a call from Natasha and Sierra’s School that they are still waiting to get picked up. Sarah (Ex-Wife and mother to Natasha and Sierra) was due to bring them up, and the School tried her cell but could not get through. I tried a few times and finally got through, she said she was still on the way to the school, it was then about 30 minutes after she was due. About the time I’m expecting them to arrive here, I get a call from the Boulder County Sheriffs office…Which can often take your breath away in itself. My first question was, Are the girls OK?…once that was confirmed he told me about Sarah’s alcohol induced accident.
Sarah was heading off to spend a night in jail…And I was heading to pick up the girls from the sheriffs office. I ran into Tori just as she was getting home, so she got to come too. The officers that were looking after the girls while we drove down bought the girls some dinner at the nearby Subway. We got down there about a hour after the call and began to get some of the details.
Tori and I were both starving by the time we got them back towards Boulder and stopped at the Girls Favorite Chinese restaurant for some dinner and snacks. It was great to see that they had not been hurt, and we all started the process of working through this event. Later, It was great to have the girls safe and sound here at home, while the real implications of Sarah’s behavior hopefully began to sink into her incarcerated mind. How could she do this? Is she that careless stupid and selfish….apparently so.
On Saturday Sierra began some of her own healing with an entry into her Journal, at first she wanted me to write it into her journal because as she said “you can write faster”…..She ended up dictating it to Tori who typed it up for her….who I said “can type way faster than I can write” which is so true!
Today I started some of the phone calls to Social Services to get more information and be involved in how things proceed from here. I will be able to follow some of this online as this information is in the “public record”
This is all that I can find so far.
Jail Booking in the Last 24 hrs (Boulder County Sheriffs Office)
MEYER-STEVENS,SARAH CARTER Booking #: 1004349 Booking Date: 05/21/2010 21:40 Location: BJ BOK
DOB: 06/13/1964 Race: W Sex: F
Case No: 6C100699 Arresting Agency: COLORADO STATE PATROL
Charge Information: 42-4-1301(1)(A) DUI Arrest Date: 05/21/2010
Charge Information: 42-4-1402 CARELESS DRIVING Arrest Date: 05/21/2010
Charge Information: 42-4-1409(3) FAILED TO PRESENT EV Arrest Date: 05/21/2010
Charge Information: 18-6-401(7)(A)(V) CHILD ABUSE-KNOW/REC Arrest Date: 05/21/2010
Wish me and the girls luck in working through all of this!