In incredibly sad news: an 18-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the death of his 13 year-old girlfriend. Kelsey Shannon disappeared on October 14, and her body was found just three days ago.
Shannon, who was last seen after an argument with her parents regarding her social circle, had been missing for several months before her body was found in a drainage ditch, less than a mile from her home in Broomfield, CO. Alexander Paul Pacheco, Shannon's boyfriend, denied that he had any knowledge of Shannon's whereabouts, and even helped out during the search efforts, going door-to-door to try to locate Kelsey. "My fianc? has ran away wake up every day wondering if your okay I don't know where you are or if your near or far there is no withdraw as bad as this . . . she made me straight when I was bi now I cry all by myself completely alone without my spouse my one true love my gorgeous swan my graceful dove," Pacheco wrote on his MySpace page.
"Her parents disagreed with her hanging out with him," said Stephanie Kostur, a friend of the Shannon family. Pacheco and Shannon were allegedly involved in the Juggalo scene, meaning that they were fans of the band Insane Clown Posse who like to paint their faces who have reportedly been "associated with gang activity and violence across the nation and in Boulder County," according to the Boulder Daily Camera. One hopes, however, that the focus here will not be on the music these kids listened to: there are plenty of people who listen to darker music who don't end up killing their friends or loved ones. While there are plenty of legitimate criticisms to be made about Juggalo culture, it does not alone explain Pacheco's alleged behavior, but rather points to the fact that someone with violent tendencies may just be—shock!—attracted to dark, violent music.
Perhaps the focus should be shifted to Pacheco's blog posts, which display the mind of someone who is extremely emotionally troubled, referring to a 13-year-old girl as his "fiance" and noting that he'd kill himself if she never returned: "I would never think twice about doing something so hertfull and selfish . . . she would always tell me that she would kill herself if I for some reson stoped seeing her . . . If she dosent come home befor chirsmas. Im going to top myself some time after new years," Pacheco wrote.
Pacheco, who was arrested in September for underage drinking and theft, refers to himself on said MySpace page as "Tha Widowmaker, and wrote in a recent post, "We would always talk about how we were going to get mirred and grow old together. Shes my everything."