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Jordan Brown, 11, Shot And Killed Kenzie

February 25, 2009 at 12:51 pm by  

….and her unborn son.

Jordan Brown and Kenzie Houk

Jordan Brown and Kenzie Houk

New Castle, PAKenzie Houk, 26, a mother of two beautiful daughters, was excited about the impending arrival of a son. He was due in just two weeks…she was going to name him Christopher. She never got to meet little Christopher. The lives of both Kenzie and Christopher were cut short the morning of February 20. Their killer? 11-year-old Jordan Brown.

Jordan Brown is the son of Kenzie’s boyfriend, Chris Brown. The couple, Jordan, and Kenzie’s two small daughters lived in a farmhouse in the rural western Pennsylvania town of Wampum. Chris was the unborn child’s father.

At around 8:00 a.m. the morning of the 20th, Jordan wrapped his .20-gauge shotgun in a blanket, walked into the room where Kenzie lay sleeping, pointed the gun at the back of her head and fired…execution style. He then returned the gun to it’s rack on his bedroom wall and headed out of the house to catch the bus to school with Kenzie’s oldest daughter.

Kenzie’s death was discovered around 9:30 a.m. after her youngest daughter alerted workers clearing firewood at the property. After the older children had left for school, the 4-year-old woke up and headed downstairs for breakfast. Shortly after 9:00 she entered her mother’s room and found her dead.

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At autopsy, wadding (the tubing used to contain pellets in a shotgun shell) was removed from Kenzie’s body, and it matched the shotgun taken from the boy’s bedroom. The fetus died from lack of oxygen.

Jordan was picked up at school by state troopers shortly after the discovery of the body. When questioned about the events of the morning, Jordan first told investigators that a black truck had been parked at the back of the property, and he assumed it was someone there to feed the cattle on the 55-acre farm. He raised a few eyebrows when he later gave a totally different description of the vehicle.

Authorities believe the killing was premeditated. They say Jordan came down the stairs with two guns, but returned upstairs after Kenzie’s 7-year-old daughter saw him. He then hid the gun in a blanket, came back downstairs, and shot Kenzie. In addition to finding the boy’s .20-gauge shotgun, police found a blue blanket with a hole in it, and burn marks around the hole’s edges.

Kenzie’s oldest daughter later told investigators she saw Jordan drop something on the ground from his pocket before they got on the bus. Police said they found a spent shotgun shell in the same spot.

Nobody really knows why Jordan shot Kenzie and he hasn’t confessed. Her family believes it’s because Jordan was jealous of the attention his father paid to Kenzie and her daughters. There was going to be a new baby in the house too. Kenzie’s family told police the child threatened her in the weeks leading up to her death.

Because Pennsylvania law allows prosecutors to charge children as young as 10 with criminal homicide, Jordan Brown is being charged as an adult in the murders. Today, Jordan left the county jail and is on his way to a juvenile facility.  Chris Brown believes his son is innocent.

Kenzie Houk was buried on Tuesday, with little Christopher in a casket at her feet.

Raven Blackehart has this one posted in our forums.

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