Monday, October 19, 2009

Senseless Homicide Occures On Sunday

Eileen Pruitt, a good soul with a love for animals and others, was beaten to death over a cigarette on Sunday, October 18th. She had been walking her dogs when Ryan Bonnett approached her to bum a cigarette. When refused his request, and in face of her dog barking, Bonnett attacked; brutally beating Eileen, stomping her to within the actual breath of life.

Taken by ambulance to Renown Hospital, she underwent surgery that was unsuccessful in saving her life.

The sole caregiver to her father Ray, Eileen was a good woman. She had a unique sense of humor and generous heart. She demanded that Ray remain at home, in her care, rather than put in a managed care home. Since her sudden demise, Ray has disappeared; or, at least, is not answering his door or phone. A search is underway by the Sheriff to find him, and the community is rallying to see he has the care he needs. We only hope he has escaped this insanity, taking refuge in a friends home, his own home, his place of worship, or an other place of comfort.

The whole community remains in shock over the senselessness of Eileen's sudden death. Several have called for prosecution to the full extent of the law; for Murder in the First or Second Degree; rather than any lesser charge of Manslaughter, or simple Assault. It has been learned that Eileen did suffer a serious neck injury recently. This may have contributed, but the trauma inflicted by Bonnet on Sunday caused her death. Otherwise, it would have occurred in its own natural time; not at his hand.

Beyond this, there may be insider political intrigues brewing. Bonnett is said to be the boyfriend of current Story County Commissioner Bob Kershaw's daughter. The attack occurred in front of Kershaw's Rainbow Bend home, one of two he maintains in Lockwood. Both are said to be used by young men and women for parties. While Kershaw may claim to have nothing to do with this tragic situation, it seems questionable that a drinking party was happening at or around his home; that included considerable alcohol intake by Bonnett; without Kershaw being present; or, at the least, designating someone competent to be in charge of the situation. If only...

It did take two others present to pull Bonnett off brutally stomping Eileen. Bonnett is said to have partaken at a veterans-only food bank in Reno about six weeks ago. To do so, he would have needed to prove service in America's Armed Forces. He is said to have there claimed service in the US Army's elite Special Forces. If so, he had training in lethal hand-to-hand tactics. If proven true, there leaves no doubt that Bonnet faces a future that will be his greatest challenge and perhaps his end.

Meanwhile, no announcement regarding Memorial Service or burial have been forthcoming from Eileen's family. Bonnett remains in Storey County Jail without bail under an Open Murder charge.

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