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Sam Houston (State University) Student Killed in Murder-Suicide
KBTX ^ | December 4, 2006 | Meredith Stancik

Posted on 12/04/2006 8:06:55 PM PST by COEXERJ145

Rachel Pendray, a sophomore pre-nursing major from Houston, was shot to death at the Brook Place Apartments in Huntsville at 11:30 p.m. Sunday, according to Huntsville police.

The 20 year old was killed by Jake Taylor, 24, a Houston resident who police say Pendray had known since high school.

"I'm sure if she was frightened of him, she would have called us," Sgt. Gary Howze with the Huntsville Police Department said. "He's been there before, she invited him into her apartment, and into her bedroom."

Later that night, her roommates heard gunshots and called police.

Police arrived at the Brook Place Apartments minutes after Pendray's roommates called 911. They found the door locked and when no one answered they forced their way in.

Pendray had been shot multiple times. Taylor sustained a self inflicted fatal wound.

"I don't know if he just snapped or what just happened," Howze said.

(Excerpt) Read more at kbtx.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: murdersuicide; shsu
Normally I don’t post local news but this is the university I’m currently attending.
1 posted on 12/04/2006 8:07:02 PM PST by COEXERJ145
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To: COEXERJ145

Let me guess. She probably was going to break up with him and he went nuts.


2 posted on 12/04/2006 8:10:10 PM PST by CMS (IF YOU DON'T STAND BEHIND OUR TROOPS, THEN PLEASE STAND IN FRONT OF THEM)
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To: COEXERJ145

Poor young lady, may she rest in peace. Prayers for that disturbed young man.


3 posted on 12/04/2006 8:11:26 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Cheney X -- Destroying the Liberal Democrat Traitors By Any Means Necessary -- Ya Dig ? Sho 'Nuff.)
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To: CMS
Actually, no. This is an update to the story.

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New information about Jake Taylor, the 24-year-old Houston resident who took his own life after killing a Sam Houston student, has come to light.

Taylor's mom, Linda Gonzales, said her son had a history of depression, and was ironically saved by his victim in the past.

"She saved my son's life," Gonzales said. "In November he tried to commit suicide. She's the one who called police and got them to come over here."

Less than a month ago, Jake Taylor had overdosed on sleeping pills. Rachel Pendray was there to help.

"I sent her a Christmas card last night and told her what a special gift she had given me by calling the police and saving my son," Gonzales said.

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4 posted on 12/04/2006 8:11:37 PM PST by COEXERJ145 (Just one day without polls would be nice.)
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To: CMS

Was he taking Prozac or Zoloff?


5 posted on 12/04/2006 8:17:43 PM PST by rovenstinez
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To: COEXERJ145

Interesting fact about Sam Houston State. In the early 1900's it was known as Sam Houston Institute of Teaching. The powers that be reportedly decided to change the name of the school after some freshmen started wearing sweatshirts emblazened with the schools initials around campus.


6 posted on 12/04/2006 8:18:27 PM PST by MovementConservative (Getting back to principled conservatism.)
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To: MovementConservative

I shouldn't be laughing in this kind of thread but that's funny.


7 posted on 12/04/2006 8:19:27 PM PST by COEXERJ145 (Just one day without polls would be nice.)
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To: COEXERJ145
The murder victim.


8 posted on 12/04/2006 8:26:07 PM PST by 10mm
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To: MovementConservative

Not only is this a bad place to post that, but it's not true.


9 posted on 12/04/2006 8:28:58 PM PST by TWfromTEXAS (We are at war - Man up or Shut up.)
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To: MovementConservative
BTW the names have been:

Sam Houston Normal Institute
Sam Houston State Teachers College
Sam Houston State College
Sam Houston State University

10 posted on 12/04/2006 8:31:12 PM PST by TWfromTEXAS (We are at war - Man up or Shut up.)
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To: COEXERJ145

This does call to mind the old saying, "No good deed goes unpunished."

May she rest in peace, and may God reward her for her heroic efforts to save this young man.


11 posted on 12/04/2006 8:42:36 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: COEXERJ145

Oh, I didn't know you are in Huntsville. Thanks for posting this - the story is mystifying and heart-breaking.

It has been on local TV news (Houston) all day. The victim was a beautiful girl - cheerleader in HS and at SHSU. Her roommates didn't hear anything before the gunshots - no fighting or angry words.

He wasn't her boyfriend, just a friend. And evidently, she didn't really consider him that, exactly. Her poor father was on the news, being asked about funeral plans and he was just in shock, just spent.

When he finally spoke, he was sighing and said "well, the weekend, I guess - she has so many, many friends and we want them all to be able to come." That was so poignant, thinking of her friends and their schedules.

I believe there is a vigil Wednesday night, either there in Huntsville or here, maybe at Spring Woods HS, which she attended. Very sad story.


12 posted on 12/04/2006 8:43:24 PM PST by Rte66
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To: MovementConservative

Where did you dig-up that "Interesting Fact?"


13 posted on 12/04/2006 8:44:55 PM PST by trumandogz (Rudy G 2008: The "G" Stands For Gun Grabbing & Gay Lovin.)
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To: MovementConservative

Where did you dig-up that "Interesting Fact?"


14 posted on 12/04/2006 8:44:55 PM PST by trumandogz (Rudy G 2008: The "G" Stands For Gun Grabbing & Gay Lovin.)
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To: Rte66

Actually I'm in College Station but SHSU is where I'm doing my Masters.


15 posted on 12/04/2006 8:44:56 PM PST by COEXERJ145 (Just one day without polls would be nice.)
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To: TWfromTEXAS

That's what the official record says. Of course they would try and cover up that snafu for the annuls of history. Those of us who are in the education profession know better though.


16 posted on 12/04/2006 8:50:26 PM PST by MovementConservative (Getting back to principled conservatism.)
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To: COEXERJ145

From all reports, she was as lovely inside as out.....along with 4.0 gpa in pre-nursing. Hard to understand why the boy had to take her with him. (This is her father in pic)
17 posted on 12/04/2006 9:05:42 PM PST by daybreakcoming
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To: MovementConservative

Next thing you will make up is Dan Rather is a alumni. Booyah.


18 posted on 12/04/2006 9:27:17 PM PST by Orange1998
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To: TWfromTEXAS

Around here it's just "Sam."


19 posted on 12/04/2006 10:05:21 PM PST by Rte66
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To: COEXERJ145

Wearing a rut in Hwy 30, are ya?


20 posted on 12/04/2006 10:08:14 PM PST by Rte66
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To: MovementConservative

Stealing my bad joke.


21 posted on 12/04/2006 10:08:54 PM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran ("Remember the Alamo, Goliad and WACO, It is Time for a new San Jacinto")
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To: Rte66
Not this semester. This time my classes were online. Four more days and I'm done for the semester. :-)
22 posted on 12/04/2006 10:10:04 PM PST by COEXERJ145 (Just one day without polls would be nice.)
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To: MovementConservative
That's what the official record says.

That pure B.S.!!!!!

Show me where the "official record" says that!
23 posted on 12/05/2006 7:50:59 AM PST by TexanByBirth
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To: MovementConservative
It went from Sam Houston Normal Institute to Sam Houston State Teachers College in 1923. Somehow I do not believe that people who wanted to be teachers in the early 1900's would wear anything like that on a shirt.

I would like to see where you got this.

24 posted on 12/05/2006 8:29:46 AM PST by TWfromTEXAS (We are at war - Man up or Shut up.)
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To: COEXERJ145

Good for you! Have a happy Christmas break!


25 posted on 12/05/2006 9:54:19 AM PST by Rte66
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To: COEXERJ145

God bless her and her family. How are the Zetas holding up?


26 posted on 12/05/2006 9:58:28 AM PST by peggybac (Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing)
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To: peggybac
How are the Zetas holding up?

They are actually doing well. Yesterday was a day of shock to them. Most remained secluded in the sorority house through most of the day to avoid the media on campus.

The sad part was last night was suppose to be the Zetas end of semester Christmas Party. The girls decided to go ahead and have a meal together. A co-worker is a Zeta alum and went to the dinner. She said the girls held up well.

I can tell you and the rest of the Freepers out there that this has had a sobering effect on campus, particularly among the females. College kids can be a pretty ambivalent bunch. We have had kids killed in accidents and there never has been much of a reaction. But this tragic event, has deeply effected the student body and left people in shock. Everyone was talking about it yesterday and today.
27 posted on 12/05/2006 12:31:56 PM PST by TexanByBirth
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To: TexanByBirth

Thanks for the reply. God bless them and everyone on campus. I remember when I was in college, the Kappa Sig house caught fire and we all went down to see what was going on - 5 of the brothers died. I remember so clearly telling many of my sorority sisters the next morning what had happened. It effected the whole campus. The new freshman arrived for their first day on campus that day and felt the pain and sorrow of the small college.


28 posted on 12/05/2006 1:09:58 PM PST by peggybac (Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing)
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To: TWfromTEXAS

That guy that is posting the Sam Houston Institute of Teaching needs to read the facts or go back to school himself. No school would ever put a verb into their name. A funny joke but not true.


29 posted on 12/07/2006 7:31:14 AM PST by et10402
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