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UPDATE: Neighbors React To Student Burned On Grill

By Pamela Jean     Mar 26, 2007 in Crime
Neighbors in Texas have been shocked at the news that 27-year-old Timothy Wayne Shepherd burned his girlfriend to ash on his bar-b-q grill.
Many are coming forward with their own reports of what they witnessed beginning on March 16th....
As a follow up to a story posted here: Slain Student Burned On Grill
Tynesha Stewart, a 19-year-old Texas A&M University student had been last seen on March 15th, and was reported missing on March 19th.
Residents of the apartment complex on a tree lined street in Houston, first noticed an acrid smell coming from the grill on the balcony of Shepard's unit on March 16th. For at least two days they report witnessing black smoke, leaping flames and a horrific odor in the air.
"The smell was awful," said Evans, who also became alarmed after seeing a blaze shoot out from the grills. "I was wondering: What is he burning? Not cooking, but burning. There is a difference."
Another neighbor, 18-year-old James Hebert, would on occasion cook out with Shepard. As the smoke and smell continued, James called Shepard, asking him what he was preparing and why he hadn't been invited. Shepard told him he was cooking for an upcoming wedding party.
Authorities said Shepherd has confessed to strangling and dismembering Stewart, a college freshman who was home on spring break, because he was angry that she had started a new relationship.
At times the flames were shooting so high, they were reaching the roof, and firefighters were called to the building. When questioned, however, Shepard convinced them that everything was under control and they left.
It is still unclear as to how he was able to raise the temperature to such levels as to burn Ms. Stewart's body to total ash. Human remains generally require extremely high temperatures to destroy.
"This certainly turned out to be one of the most heinous crimes I've ever seen in my 38 years (in law enforcement)," Thomas, the sheriff, said Saturday.
"I just don't know what to think about it," said Louis Evans, whose balcony faces Shepherd's in the quiet tree-lined enclave in northern Houston. "I thought he was a nice normal person. I guess you never know what your neighbors are doing."
I just can't imagine how anyone could become so mentally ill that they could murder a woman they had professed to love, cut her up in little pieces and then burn her to ash for 2 days on their grill......
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