Families Still Asking "Why" After Murder, Assault Spree

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Police and family members continue to search for answers after two women were killed, and another woman was almost beaten to death in Guilford County.

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Menice Smith is accused of killing 36-year-old Jamie Goode and 46-year-old Michaela Brewington. He also attacked 52-year-old Deborah Huffines with a crowbar.

He later killed himself, after a car chase with officers and the question on everyone's mind is "Why?".

Did Menice Smith snap?

Why was he not stopped?

Did anyone see this coming?

Police are still trying to determine what might have caused this string of violent crimes and are trying to track Menice Smith's timeline on Monday.

Police cannot speculate as to what was on Smith's mind and say they might not ever know what triggered this.

Psychologist Dr. David Gutterman says it is unlikely for a seemingly normal person just to snap.

He says there is usually some kind of indicators or warning signs of violent behavior and that a traumatic event - big or small - could set off that specific person.

"Generally speaking, I would say people do not just snap. There are warning signs and I think people, financial stress, mental health, all of those things play into a factor. I think people want to have domestic violence over into an anger management area, and it really is more about power and control than it is about anger management," explained Shay Hager, Director of Victim Services, Family Services of the Piedmont.

Shay Hager works with domestic violence victims at the Family Services of the Piedmont.

She says there are always warning signs, whether it's through control, disrespecting personal space, excessive texting or calling.

She says it's important to look at the person in a relationship for who they are... not who you want them to be.

"One of the things that we see often is that people, once you care about this person, you are constantly chasing that good that you saw and part of the power and control is the good isn't really real. So you're constantly going after the good, oh he just made a mistake when he shoved me, or he just made a mistake when he yelled at me and punched the wall. I know he's really a good guy so yes, it is very difficult to break," explained Hager.

Family Services of the Piedmont has a 24/7 Crisis Line and can help women or men in any type of domestic violence situations.

"We want them to know wherever they are in their relationships, whether they are looking to exit or they're planning to exit, that we can give them the information to do that safely," said Hager.

She added, "We can help you safety plan, we can help you work through all of your options."

READ:How to Get Help, Family Services of the Piedmont


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