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Heather Trujillo (sister) and Lamar Roberts (boyfriend) charged.

Two teenagers have been charged with killing one of the pairs’ own 7-year-old sister using alleged Mortal Kombat imitation moves. The 16 and 17 year old teens were babysitting the child while the girl’s mother was at work when the incident happened.

The two teens reportedly hit, kicked, and body-slammed 7-year-old Zoe Garcia, causing “a broken wrist, more than 20 bruises, swelling of the brain, and bleeding in her neck muscles and under her spine”, the affidavits have said. Prosecutors are claiming the teens were imitating “wrestling moves” found in the Mortal Kombat video game.

The 17 year old Roberts claimed he was downstairs at the time, drunk and playing video games, but witnesses told authorities otherwise. One witness stated that according to Roberts, Zoe pleaded with them to stop wrestling with her, but he did not stop. When asked why he refused to stop, Roberts answered “I don’t know; I was drunk.”

There is no defense for this kind of crime. The pure malice you need in order to kill a 7 year old girl that brutally does not come, nor is there any evidence it comes from, video games. The fact video games are being dragged into this horrendous debacle is indicative of the current state of affairs and only reinforces the publics misconceived perception regarding the impact of videogame violence.

If the two teens are convicted, they face up to 48 years in prison.

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98 COMMENTS

  1. Todays youth is so destroyed. How could you possibly thing its okay to do that to a 7 year old?? Makes me so angry, I agree that they should both rot in hell.

    • I agree with you,Drunk and games don’t justify what happened to that 7 year old little girl. They should have been on death roe for that. And her sister of all things it’s pretty heartless to do such a thing. I think they should NEVER be aloud to see the light of day again.

  2. i’m a very jaded person and this makes me very sad… I have a sister 10 years younger than me, I played Mortal Kombat religiously, I too would wrestle my sister. BUT… I knew my limits. This really almost makes me cry. Video Games may put ideas in peoples heads, but so do all public media. It is the parents responsibility to teach their kids right from wrong.

  3. I can’t stand idiots that think video games are even remotely to blame for this sort of thing.

    Sure, I’ll accept that violent videogames may desensitize you to violent behavior, but being desensitized to it doesnt make you more likely to commit it. It makes you less likely to give a **** when you see it happen.

    ‘tards.

  4. That’s just stupid to blame a video game for something like this. The people who do these things are already so stupid without the video games that they would do still do it…

  5. Alright lemme get this straight. These two animals killed a 7yr old with “MK moves” which clearly resemble more the WWF than MK but whatever and they are blaming videogames too.
    Sad I agree.

    Now my question is: Is that black guy the white girl’s boyfriend?! What a waste, what-a-waste.
    Straight out from King Kong I tell ya. Straight out.

  6. Why aren’t they blaming the WWE? Or Martial Arts organizations? Or the local liquor store? Or makers of alcoholic drinks? Or the parents for allowing these idiots to have access to alchohol? …

  7. With out a doubt, people tend to imitate what they see; and in particular what they admire. Sure, kids who watch Power Rangers act out martial arts moves and fight with one another. At times these play battles can end with someone getting hurt. More often the case, when someone gets hurt that is when the play stops. The kids do not continue to beat the injured party into submission and then death.

    When kids watch Barney there may be an increase in sharing and cooperative behavior. Just as some of that play time may end in fights of jealousy when one child no longer desires to share the toy he or she has.

    In neither case do we blame Power Rangers or Barney for the results of play, be it that they end good or bad. But we cannot deny that in this confluence of events that there is an influence by the entertainment in question. But the influence by the entertainment is not the direct cause, nor has it been shown to be a significant cause in the end results of the event.

    More than likely what we see in situations that this article relates is that the individuals who have committed the antisocial behaviors have a history of such behavior directly influenced by their family and environment in total. Removing video games is more than likely not going to change the end result of said person’s life. Furthermore, there have been patterns of such anti-social behavior all throughout history indicative not of the popular culture at the time, but of neglect and abuse, primarily in childhood.

    Now there are some very rare cases where chemical instability or brain damage brought on by physical trauma have resulted in anti-social behavioral changes in a well established, well developed individual; but those cases are far from the norm and are beyond the scope of the issue at hand.

    The sad situation is that the family life these children come from is more statistically significant than any video games or other forms of entertainment in the death of this little girl. There is no doubt the ultimate responsibility for this tragedy lies at the feet of the two responsible for landing the blows. And this responsibility increases with age of course. But yet the sad fact is that while the responsibility is ultimately with the two murders, a good deal rests with their parents.

  8. It’s kind of sad and ironic at the same time : there’s a randomly displayed logo at the top of this page.

    The one I see at the moment is Scoprion from MK shouting “Get Over Here!”…

  9. Video games do not kill people.
    However, drunk idiot teenagers with no regards for the life of a child apparently do.
    Bringing a video game into this is apparently a lame attempt at defense, but it’s a f***ing 7 year old child.
    You lose idiots.

  10. [“There is no defense for this kind of crime. The pure malice you need in order to kill a 7 year old girl that brutally does not come, nor is there any evidence it comes from, video games. The fact video games are being dragged into this horrendous debacle is indicative of the current state of affairs and only reinforces the publics misconceived perception regarding the impact of videogame violence.”]

    Amen! If this is proven in court, I’m not sure if 48 years is long enough.

  11. I Blame Bush, Pong, Atari, Soft Drinks, Ritalin, EA, IRS, and whom ever else… What this shows is an echo from all corner of humanity lack of accountability

    Cheers!

    Me: No COD sir, yes that is correct NextDay Air Fedex; Recipient? Yes that is Correct Hell!

  12. I really need to question the objectivity of all those that claim that video games have nothing do with this. It may be true, this particular game might not have wrestling moves, but youre kidding yourself if kids dont try to emulate what they see in games.

  13. Some of these posts are just unbelievable. This is just a case of irresponsibility and the videogame has nothing to do with this. The parents went out, the older sister invited over her boyfriend to help babysit, the two got drunk, the boyfriend attacked the little sister, the older sister was to drunk to realize what was going on.

    To the adults, I will admit that videogames and violent television can have effects on people, especially children. That still has nothing to do with the fact that these were two drunk teenagers. I’m 17 and even I can get this.

    I play games. What kid doesn’t. MK isn’t really this death simulator people seem to think it is. It’s always been this cartoony game that was over-the-top and crazy, like a Looney Toons cartoon but with excess blood. It really doesn’t teach you to fight.

  14. The media cannot and should not be blamed for this. People were killing and children were fighting long before the “media” as we know it came to be. For thousands of years humans have been killing each other so to blame video games, movies or the media in general is irresponsible and immature of all men. The blame falls squarely upon the shoulders of those involved. The charged for committing the act and the parents for not recognizing the problems early in their lives. Mitchell, your arrogance astounds me. Even while throwing the “it is ultimately their own fault” buy out you still are irresponsibly throwing the fault at the “media” because it is something you can bash without confrontation. It is “Big Brother” that is popular to blame because it keeps us from looking at ourselves and admitting that we are to blame for our own actions. Your emotional reaction to games and my emotional reactions to games are not the games fault but our immaturity in controlling our emotions on something as ridiculous as a video game. But we can blame it on media because then we can ignore our own immaturity. We all need to grow up and take responsibility for our actions in all things. Influence doesn’t force anyone to act in anyway. Barney doesn’t promote good will and cheer any more than MacGyver created geniuses. Our nature is our nature and nothing can or will alter that outside of chemical imbalances or supernatural experiences. Let’s place the blame on who is to blame and not be fooled by anything else.

  15. Blame pants. I bet he was wearing pants. In fact most killers either wear pants while they kill or wore pants at some time before they murder.

    Some people like to blame video games but have no evidence that Saddam or Hitler ever played video games. But we have lots of evidence they wore pants.

  16. Video games do not kill people.
    However, drunk idiot teenagers with no regards for the life of a child apparently do.
    Bringing a video game into this is apparently a lame attempt at defense, but it’s a f***ing 7 year old child.
    You lose idiots.

    Uh Yeah? Bet they grew into drunken idiot teenagers with no regards for life after watching 1000’s of hour of media glorifying that kind of behavior. Geez. Just because you like that garbage doesn’t make it good.

  17. —The media cannot and should not be blamed for this. People were killing and children were fighting long before the “media” as we know it came to be. For thousands of years humans have been killing each other so to blame video games, movies or the media in general is irresponsible and immature of all men.

    Again. The people in history more likely to be violent were most likely exposed to violence. We aren’t saying its ONLY Video Games but the exposure to constant violence desensitizes and lowers a threshold. In the future when video games are as real as the Holodeck from Star Trek will it still not influence people because it’s not physically real? Please!

  18. Those “BAD SEEDS” took an innocent life! The excuse they have given already has people disagreeing with each other. What if you are on the Jury when they go to trial? It only takes one juror, to disagree with the others, for those “BAD SEEDS” to not get the DEATH PENALTY!Do you think their excuse will save them from their own deaths?

  19. There’s a lot more to this story than we’ve heard. I’d like to know how many people were in the house and why no one intervened.
    There was a 6 year old girl killed by a 12 yo boy in Florida not so long ago. He was using her as a crash dummy practicing wrestling moves. I think these 2 half-wits were probably doing the same.

    Truth be known, this girl’s negligent parents really needed a babysitter for the 16 yo, not the 7.

  20. I have been playing all kinds of video games that invole everything from bayoneting Germans at arms length simulated combat to running over lunching Miami citizens with a poorly rendered Boss Mustang.

    Haven’t pulled it off in real life however. But then again I always had a parent around. More specifically I alsways had my real dad around.

    Single parent households will end this society. No question.

  21. This is such crap, why blame the parties responsible when you can blame a video game? Because, it is a good scape goat for idiots to take the public eye off of their own degradations! These kinds of accusations make me sick and these 2 wack-jobs should face more than 48 yrs. They should face 73 yrs to life, seeing as the average female lifespan is 80 yrs, they should be in prison all the years of their lives that this girl doesn’t get to enjoy!

  22. everyone put it this way.

    Some people are influenced by video games and some people are not. so is video games to blame> No and yes.

    some people were not ment to play video games those people are the ones that’s being influenced.. while the other people are not, they should play video games.

    same goes with movies. not everyone is ment to watch some certain movies… and songs included.

    i can assure. “Horror” movies in the past have influenced me to murder in my head. but i never did it in person. so that means i should of stayed away from the movies either way. cause even if i didn’t murder people in reality, i still fantasized of a horror movie come true in my head.

    it still jacks you up though (well jack some people up even if they didn’t do that in real life)

    you can blame video games and sometimes you can’t cause it’s true it does affect SOME people and it doesn’t for SOME.

    Teletubies have Influenced Some People to smoke more weed. meaning SOME people enjoyed weed while watching teletubies.. if they didn’t watch teletubies they would of smoked less weed or so. but who knows something else might influenced you to do something different thats bad or influence you to do the same thing but in a different situation..
    there fore

    no matter what happens it already happened…. we can’t changed that, only the future, so therefore we can’t stop all murders, but stop as many as we can… face it, it’s true, not all murders can be stopped, i mean some do it in secret and never get caught… and some keep running and killing and eventually get caught later.. while others still have died..!!!! and it doesn’t have to be murders. it could be sex, rape, molestation, incest..etc. no matter what people still do it, whether influence by something. Either way we will get influence by something one way or another, whether it’s bad or not.

    another truth is that some people do get influence by their idols…

    SOME Marilyn Manson fans did get influence to dress and look like him… and SOme don’t..
    For those who do… if Marilyn Manson didn’t dress the way he does in music videos, concerts, ..etc. People wouldn’t dress like him period… unless another singer that becomes their idol did dress like that, they might do that too….

    and this goes for people, some people dont get influence by material things (games, movies, clothing/models, movies, songs..etc) some get influence by famous murders (real murders) or friends that do bad things or do good things. they don’t have to be famous things to get influence by.. so yeah i agree. games are not to blame for every people.. just to some people who get easily influenced..

    (remember if you get caught in a position where you kill in your head but not in real life, you should be cautious, cause that does cause SOME people to do murders and when they weren’t expose to the thing that caused their influence, they problem said the same thing I wouldn’t kill no one and/or nothing influence me to do that.. and what do you know it did influence..)and anyways i don’t think you’d enjoy killing in your head as well, that does cause depression for some people like me..!!!!!!!!!!! but now i’m a changed man.. :) amen. :)

  23. ok this crap lets find blame so, let’s use games no you can not blame video games for peoples action’s the person did what the did cause they are just plan insane. its a game or alcohol or even drugs fault the fault was those two teens enough said they should snetenced to maximun time allowed by law in my eyes. that was a senseless act of pure hate and evil I do not have no sympathy for either of them two. and I futher more do not care who disagrees and or who agrees this my opinion and it remains that way.

  24. there minds were F****D up they were idiots they killed a 7 year old in cold blood how can you blame video games F*****G IDIOTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. Ya know there are not many words for such extreme stupidity.
    Could you Believe the hate of the sister who could honestly do this. You have to HATE W/OUT an ounce of love in your heart, to do that to your own sister or brother. You have to be on some MAJOR DRUGS or just plain WACKED OUT.
    There is no amount of justice/jail time for a sick broad like this. She should just be judged today and never pass before god other than be condemed to hell. The boyfriend should just go along the same as the sister. They need to be put away for life its all just SICK!!!!

  26. All I Have To Say Is SICK!
    They Cant Blame It On Video Games They Are Old Enough To Know The Difference Between A Game And Real Life!
    They Are Both Twisted How Any One Could Do Any Thing Like That To A Little Girl Is A Mystery To Me!
    And Her Own Sister That Just Makes It Worse
    They Should Have To Go Through Everything That The Little Girl Went Through!
    SICK!!!!!

  27. The fact is that recent generations of kids are becoming more violent both physically and emotionally to each other. How much these video games really affect the outcome is very debateable. What is really sad is how many posters actually took time here to defend their video game habit. When you have your own kids some day and are actually an adult you will realize what a huge waste of time these games are. Challenging and entertaining yes but truly a waste of your time.

    Perhaps people should try being nice to each other instead of might makes right!

  28. I cannot believe any sick person would kill their own sister! That was cold-blooded! Heartless! And…just wrong!Drunk or not, that would be like killing a puppy! (I LOVE dogs, have 3 myself!) Jail?! Those idiots should be killed! I never believed in the death penalty unless it involved on of the following things: 1.) Animal abbuse/murder 2.) Killing some poor child who never did anything! I have, in all my life (which would be thirteen years) ever heard of something so brutal! One time, a man killed a father, in FRONT of his 4-year-old girl! And then, KILLED THE GIRL!!! Gosh, these are things that Death Eaters wouldn’t even do! This is insane! I HATE them!!!!!

  29. I cannot believe any sick person would kill their own sister! That was cold-blooded! Heartless! And…just wrong!Drunk or not, that would be like killing a puppy! (I LOVE dogs, have 3 myself!) Jail?! Those idiots should be killed! I never believed in the death penalty unless it involved on of the following things: 1.) Animal abbuse/murder 2.) Killing some poor child who never did anything! I have, in all my life (which would be thirteen years) ever heard of something so brutal! One time, a man killed a father, in FRONT of his 4-year-old girl! And then, KILLED THE GIRL!!! Gosh, these are things that Death Eaters wouldn’t even do! This is insane! I HATE them!!!!! They should be put right down to death!!!

  30. They’re BOTH FUCKING STUPID! The mom should’ve known the two teenagers first (Also the mother’s stupid) 2! YOU SHOULD NOT DRINK AND PLAY VIDEO GAMES WHEN THE KID DOES NOTHING, IT’S CALLED BABY SITTING, YOU WATCH THE KID GOD FUCKIN’ DAMN IT!

  31. THEY ARE BOTH DUMBFUCKS THEY SHOULD SPEND LIFE TILL THEY FUCKING DIE… I MEAN WAT IF SOMEONE DID THAT TO THEM WOULD THEY LIKE IT???

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