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Carlene Pierre A Victim of Domestic Violence and Our Weak Laws

October 3, 2012

On Thursday morning, September 28, 2012 Carlene Pierre probably kissed her three daughters goodbye before she left for her job at the Quality Inn hotel on Canada Avenue in Orlando, Florida.  Her co-worker  28-year old Vanessa Gonzales-Orellanes had also perhaps kissed and said goodbye to her children or spouse before leaving for work.  Shortly before 8:00am both women were working behind the registration desk in the hotel lobby when Carlene’s ex-boyfriend Michelet Polynice Carlene appeared and without warning shot both of the women in the head and chest.  Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

Polynice’s violent morning was not over yet.  His rampage would inflict more pain on another female.  Polynice left the bloody reception area where two women lay dying, walked to his Toyota Camry and drove the short distance to the Westgate Resort on Turkey Lane where he shot with intent to kill Carlene’s friend housekeeper, Jean Guerline.  Guerline survived the attack and is recovering from her life threatening injuries.  After following the trail of devastation he left in his path, law enforcement officers headed to the last known address for Polynice where they spotted him in his vehicle.  Upon realizing the police had located him, Polynice is said to have put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger.  After shooting himself he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a tree.  The impact caused the car to burst into flames, Polynice was trapped inside.

This tragic story is not an unusual one.  Statistics show that 1 of every 4 women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime.  Carlene Pierre like many women did not realize the violence temperament of the man she was dating until it was too late, she was pregnant and in love.  When she decided she had enough and that her life was in danger, she did all the right things.  She went to the police and reported the incidence of physical abuse, stalking and threats.  She filed an injunction for him to stay away and she detailed in a 25 page request for protection that she was fearful of her life.  She said “He told me the only way he was going to leave me alone was to kill me, I am fearful of my life”.

I say the system failed Carlene, legal analyst say it did not, this question has been debated repeatedly ad no debate or position will bring back to life the women or men killed by their domestic partners.  The journey to protect women from domestic violence has been a long one.  Like many other laws in the male dominated society that once was America, crimes like rape and domestic violence were long in coming and short in action.  We must work to change the system.  It is difficult to stop hateful and evil men like Polynice, men who are weak and need to control and dominate another human being.  Such minds have no respect for a piece of paper that tells them to stay away. They are determined to inflict the final pain and have the last control.   We must however pay attention to their behavior for often tragedies such this Carlene’s and the other victims are the climax of earlier acts of violence on women.  Polynice had many run-ins with the law and had been charged with aggravated assault and domestic violence in the past.  After this tragedy Polynice’s father said the his son had threatened to kill him over some money earlier in the year and that he believed if his son had been locked up for crimes in the past the women he killed would still be alive.

There will not be another morning when Carlene will kiss her daughters ages 8, 6, and 2 goodbyes.  They will not again feel the comfort of their mother’s hugs or kisses.    She will not be there to tuck them in at night or tell them bedtime stories, or hear what happened at school, she will not be with them on Mother’s Day, their birth or their wedding days.  Carlene’s youngest daughter was fathered by the Polynice, what a legacy this man has left baby girl?

On Saturday evening friends and family gathered in Poinciana, Florida for a memorial vigil for Carlene and the other shooting victims.  Jean Guerline was last reported to be recovering from her wounds at a local hospital.  Funeral services for Carlene Pierre and Vanessa Gonzales-Orellanes are not known at the posting of this blog.

If you are a victim or know someone that is a victim of domestic violence, please contact law enforcement in your community or call the domestic violence at Safe Horizons at 1-800-621-HOPE 4613 or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-SAFE (7233).