Birthday party turned into early morning fatal shooting, suicide

Birthday party turned into early morning fatal shooting, suicide
News from KLTV:


A birthday party turned fatal early Friday, with two dead and two hospitalized after multiple shootings.

The party was happening at a home in the 300 block of Wood Street in Seven Points when the first shooting happened just before 2:30 Friday morning.

The suspect then shot himself in a different location nearly two hours later after a short police chase.

A group of friends gathered at Kelsie “Shea” Maples’ home in Seven Points Thursday night to celebrate her birthday – including her former boyfriend and the father of her child, Nathan Benton.

“For some reason she wanted him to come over here to see her last night and he was coming to give her a birthday present,” said Shea’s brother, John Maples.

John Maples said Benton drove up and down Wood Street for about five minutes before he pulled into the driveway.

“Everybody started mouthing. And another girl that was here had him talked into leaving and had his truck in reverse, fixing to leave,” said John Maples. “More words got said and he slung his door open and went to shooting.”

Witnesses said Benton shot Shea Maples first in the stomach. He then shot Jerry Wayne Foster in the neck. John Maples said Jerrod Chamberlain was running away when he was shot in the back. Chamberlain was pronounced dead at…………… continues on KLTV

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It’s time to let go of adult birthday party tradition
News from Winfield Daily Courier Online:

DEAR ANNIE: My extended family has always been big on celebrating family birthdays for the adults. Celebrations used to include a meal at a restaurant, but as the families expanded, we began celebrating at relatives’ homes with appetizers followed by cake and ice cream.

The problem is, these parties always take place at the homes of grandparents or aunts and uncles. The adult nephews and their wives never offer to host. They also never offer to bring anything. We have hinted on numerous occasions that it would be nice if everyone contributed, but it falls on deaf ears. There are no financial reasons why they cannot step up.

We have tried to let it go, but at the most recent party, one of the wives stated that giving parties is just too expensive. She said they would not be organizing any more children’s parties and that “someone else” in the family can throw one for the kids.

Two weeks later, we learned that the grandparents on the wife’s side had hosted an extravagant party, and then the parents threw a “kiddo” party for the little ones and their adult parents. Only the adults from our side of the family were excluded.

We cannot tell these wives what we think, because every time we voice an opinion, they go on Facebook and accuse us of “bullying.” We don’t feel the need to give in to their demands, but we also don’t want…………… continues on Winfield Daily Courier Online

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