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article imageFour Marines Charged With Execution Murder Of Their Own Sergeant And His New Wife

By Nikki Weingartner     Nov 7, 2008 in Crime
A United States Marine and his new wife were bound, gagged and executed in their California home. However, allegations that the killers were some of his own men have surfaced and four marines have been arrested and charged with murder and other crimes.
Marine Sergeant, Jan Pawl Pietrzak, 24 had recently married Quiana Jenkins-Pietrzak, 26 after meeting at a party and a three-year courtship. The couple was in love and both understanding in what it meant to overcome diversity as Pietrzak was a native of Poland and Quiana, an African-American woman.
As explained in the New York Daily News, Quiana was still writing Thank You cards when she was murdered. The couple was found killed execution style in their California home on October 15 after Pietrzak failed to show up for duty.
Quiana's mother told the Daily News earlier this week that the suspects in custody were under the command of Pietrzak, saying "They're monsters." Pietrzak's mom, Henryka Pietrzak-Varga had prepared for her son, who was a helicopter mechanic, to die in some place like Iraq but not "like this."
Both victim's moms disagree with what investigators have labeled as the motive for the murders: financial gain. The couple had purchased a 5-bedroom home just four months earlier through the luck of another's foreclosure, according to a family friend. That home was ransacked and torched on the day of the murders.
The Riverside County District Attorney's office has not commented on the reports of the link between the four United States Marines who are currently charged and held with the murders and the Marine that died execution style, alongside his new wife. However, the Daily News did report that
Detectives also did not divulge what the accused Marines were looking for, but the suspects were tied to the crime by items found in their homes and on the military base.
In another report by ABC, two of the suspects were said to be under the Sergeant's command.
The young woman was also said to have been sexually assaulted, according to court papers and none of the suspects admitted to the sexual assault, although one did admit to cutting off her clothing.
Quiana worked for the Black Infant Care Center and was an only child.
The names of the four United States Marines charged in the murders are:
Charged with murder and other crimes are Pvt. Emrys John, 18, of Maryland; Lance Cpl. Tyrone Miller, 20, of North Carolina; Pvt. Kevin Darnell Cox, 20, of Tennessee, and Pvt. Kesuan Sykes, 21, of California.
They have all four plead "not guilty" to the murders and are currently held without bail. Three of the suspects lived on Camp Pendelton and one, off base.
In a military news article, it was reported that Miller admitted to investigators that he forced his way into the home with a shotgun and that they had gone there to "rob" them, a statement confirmed by two of the other three. The one currently believed to have executed the couple was Emrys John, the 18-year-old Private from Maryland.
Prosecutors are still deciding whether or not to seek the death penalty.
What a sad day for those who are suppose to support one another in the elite group of FEW men and women. Semper-Fi, or translated into "always faithful," will never mean the same for those who had trusted their compadres.
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