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Recipients of Bill Gates Scholarship Accused of Murder

Two Tacoma teens, both recipients of Washington State Achievers scholarships from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, stand accused of murder and first-degree burglary in two seperate attacks. Tahoma High School students Daniel Harris, 18, and Cyril Walrond, 17, in addition to Jarrelle Marshall, 16, are said to have commited two heinous crimes about an hour apart, bludgening two men in the head and robbing them.

Prosecutors say on April 20 at Les Davis Pier, Waldron attacked Carl Schmidt from behind, striking him hard on his head with a sheet rock hammer. Marshall acted as a lookout, while Harris went through Schmidt’s car and stole several items.

Prosecutors say an hour later, the three targeted Dien Huynh when the 55-year-old walked outside his home. Walrond ran him down and repeatedly struck him in the head with a hammer.

The teens stole cash and credit cards.

A relative found Huynh about five hours later on the front porch. He died two nights later at Tacoma General Hospital.

The documents say the teens said they committed the crimes “because they wanted money.”

It’s a shame when things like this happen, but it’s almost inevitable when you are dealing with inner city youths. If you try to locate promising kids living in bad conditions, you are bound to accidentally mistake a homicidal maniac with good grades for an underpriveleged but nomal kid with good grades. Perhaps there needs to be a question on the scholarship questionairre, “Have you ever or would you ever smash a man’s head with a hammer in order to steal his wallet and completely ruin your future?”

Holmgren said Harris and Walrond, both seniors, had earned Washington State Achievers scholarships. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation offers the program to eligible students at 16 Achievers High Schools; the scholarships average about $5,000 each year for four years.

[Tacoma schools spokeswoman Patti] Holmgren said all three teens played football and ran track. She said Walrond planned to attend the University of Washington and was recently elected African American Pageant Prince for the student body’s annual festivities.

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