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Sad end to Gina's troubled life



Published: Thu, July 3, 2014 @ 12:01 a.m.

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William D. Lewis | The Vindicator.Jacqueline Bacher, Gina Burger's biological mother

  Ricki Williams Charged in Gina Burgers Death

Ricki D. Williams IV, 18 of Youngstown, arrested in connection with Gina Burger’s death, was given a $750,000 bond on multiple felony charges today.
Williams faces felony charges of aggravated murder, two counts of kidnapping, intimidation, tampering with evidence, two counts of abduction, possession of criminal tools, abuse of corpse, and one misdemeanor charge of criminal trespass

Ricki D. Williams IV, 18 of Youngstown, arrested in connection with Gina Burger’s death, was given a $750,000 bond on multiple felony charges today. Williams faces felony charges of aggravated murder, two counts of kidnapping, intimidation, tampering with evidence, two counts of abduction, possession of criminal tools, abuse of corpse, and one misdemeanor charge of criminal trespass

RELATED: Prosecutor: Williams 'would have killed the first person he saw'

By ROBERT CONNELLY

rconnelly@vindy.com

AUSTINTOWN

On Saturday, Jackie Bacher thought about the past 24 hours and chain-smoked — nervously answering a reporter’s questions about her daughter, Gina Burger.

The 16-year-old had been identified the previous night, found dead in a Mercer County landfill.

“My baby went through a lot in her 16 years and now she gets to rest,” Jackie said.

She never expounded on what those 16 years included, and no one could have imagined.

Gina’s 23-year-old half-sister Ashley DiRenzo, born to Jackie after a relationship with a Youngstown man, chimed in.

“I don’t know why this happened. She was only 16, and she had such a bad life,” Ashley said. “... That’s my baby sister.”

A trail of police reports and court documents helps to explain how rough life was for Gina.

She was born into a Florida household repeatedly investigated for drugs, domestic violence and neglect.

By 3, she was adopted with her brother, but separated from her other two siblings — who were adopted by another family. Gina’s adoptive parents divorced about a year later, and the family moved to Texas.

The four siblings kept up correspondence by phone and letters for about five years after they were separated, but that eventually stopped.

As Gina grew older and social media became available, she was able to reconnect with one of those lost siblings, Ashley.

After problems arose in Gina’s home life in Texas, her adoptive mother, Michele Bennett, sought a way to help her. A visit to see Ashley was decided, for just a few weeks.

Bennett says she did not know their birth mother, Jackie Bacher, was in the same apartment as Ashley.

What followed was a six-month ordeal that separated Gina from her legal mother, Bennett, who demanded that Austintown police track her daughter down.

Police reports tell two tales of Gina:

One mother said Gina was crying on the phone wanting to come home; the other saying she was fine and wanted to stay in Austintown.

On June 23, she was killed by a single stab wound to the chest. Ricki D. Williams IV, 18, of Youngstown is charged with aggravated murder in her death.

Her mangled body was removed from a Mercer County, Pa., landfill.

As Ashley said: “We can’t even have an open casket to see her body at all.”

THE MOTHERS

Jackie Bacher repeatedly portrayed herself to local TV and newspapers as Gina’s mother.

But she is not — at least not legally.

Legal mom Michele Bennett lives in Texas. She called Gina’s death “her fault” and said there had been a lot of “should have, could have, would haves” in the last week.

She let Gina visit Ashley beginning Dec. 24, 2013, for a few weeks. The teenage Gina had been acting up, missing school and filed a complaint of abuse about the Bennetts.

Because she had found Jackie Bacher and Ashley via social media, Michele hoped that a visit would help.

Bacher lost her daughter, but Bennett fiercely defends against the idea that Bacher is the real mom.

“You lose your children and then, 15 years later, you decide you want to be a mother again? It just doesn’t work that way,” Bennett said this week.

THE SEPARATION

When Gina was born June 8, 1998, to Kevin and Jackie Bacher in Florida, she was the fourth child in that Florida household. She was the second born to the Bachers, who also parented two children from a previous relationship Jackie had with a Youngstown man. One of those two other children is Ashley.

Documents obtained by The Vindicator show that within months of Gina’s birth, Florida officials investigated the Bachers for claims the children were left alone hungry and thirsty. Also, the Bachers were accused of openly using drugs in the household.

“The second [report] alleged the parents smoked crack cocaine in front of the children,” one official wrote.

By 1999, the Florida Department of Children and Families was unable to locate the family amid reports the Bachers had moved back to Ohio.

For a short time, that curtailed the Florida officials’ case. But then the family returned to Florida and became the focus of new charges in 2000. The charges accused the Bachers of dealing drugs, and that the four children had witnessed domestic violence.

That year, the Hollywood Police Department arrested Jackie, charging her with driving violations and possession of cocaine.

Eventually, the Florida Department of Children and Families took custody of the four children. Gina and a brother went to one foster home, while Ashley and another brother went into a separate home.

Michele Burger, Kevin Bacher’s stepsister, was approached by a family member who wanted to keep the family together. So Michele and her husband at that time, Mark Burger, began the process of adopting Gina and her brother to move them to their Virginia home.

In 2001, a judge in the 17th Judicial Court in Broward County, Fla., terminated the rights of the Bachers and the Youngstown man as parents to the four children.

While the Burgers would eventually divorce and Michele would marry Dennis Bennett and move to Texas, she always had custody of Gina.

Jackie Bacher would continue to mount a criminal rap sheet in Florida that included, by 2005, dealing in stolen property, fraudulent use of a credit card, petit theft and unlawful use of an identity.

In 2007, Kevin Bacher died of a drug overdose.

When asked by The Vindicator to discuss those Florida years, Jackie Bacher said, “No, I don’t want that in the paper at all.”

THE DISTRAUGHT MOM

Initially, Jackie Bacher had talked about how Gina had recently moved to Austintown from Texas due to a sexual assault.

Michele Bennett disputes the claim, saying there have never been charges or arrests. A court records search doesn’t show any such case. The sexual-assault claim was one of a line of episodes by the then-15-year-old Gina over the course of four to five months, Bennett said. Bennett looked to Gina’s half-sister Ashley as an option to reach out to the girl.

Tuesday night, Jackie Bacher said Gina arrived here for only a visit — not a new living situation.

Bennett said she had tried to retrieve her daughter this spring, and had called Austintown police to check on her welfare a few times. Austintown police provided a copy of one of those reports, from Dec. 31, 2013 — about a week into Gina’s visit.

Police were unable to find Gina, Jackie or Ashley because they were at a residence in the Pembrook Apartments area, just on the other side of Burkey Road from their Compass West apartment. The report said once police tracked them back to Compass West, Gina was fine. She told police she did not want to go home.

Bennett said communication began to erode over the months and she had even sent her own sister to Youngstown to find Gina, with no luck.

Ashley and Bacher said Gina had grown close to Jayden DiRenzo, Ashley’s 2-year-old son, during her visit.

THE LAST WEEK

By Bacher’s and police accounts, Gina went to her neighbor, now identified as a woman on the third floor, to get some tea bags. Outside, it was pouring rain. Inside the complex, she wore only socks and no shoes for the quick visit.

After being gone for two hours, Bacher alerted authorities. She was convinced, given the rain and Gina’s lack of shoes, that she had not left the complex.

Ashley said Wednesday that Bacher knocked on the neighbor’s door twice before calling police. Ashley said she spoke to that neighbor, who was later identified in a police report as witnessing Gina die and also being threatened with her own death.

The neighbor told Ashley: “The second time [Bacher] knocked on the door, Gina was dead.”

The half-sister said the neighbor recounted Gina’s words before she was stabbed. “She kept saying, ‘Let me go home. I won’t say nothing.’”

Ashley continued, sobbing: “My baby girl.”

While waiting for authorities to arrive the night of June 23 for the initial missing person report, Bacher saw Ricki D. Williams IV struggling to carry a child’s playpen from the complex to a car trunk. Williams even offered to sell the playpen to her.

It was later revealed in a court document that when Bacher saw Williams struggling with the playpen, Gina’s body was inside.

According to the court document, Bacher told police she thought it was odd when she saw it in the trash receptacle behind her building the next morning that Williams had offered to sell the playpen to her.

THE FINAL BATTLE

While Jackie Bacher had told The Vindicator that she and Ashley were working with officials to claim Gina’s body and cremate her remains, Michele Bennett initiated legal action to assert her role as legal custodian.

That led to Kinnick Funeral Home becoming embroiled in a tussle between both sides. By Wednesday, Bennett had made arrangements for the body to be interred at a family burial site.

“I don’t believe Jackie knows that I have custody of the body,” Bennett said, adding she had begun the sad process of writing her daughter’s obituary.


Comments

1pineapple1(13 comments)posted 3 weeks, 5 days ago

What a shame this is! The birth mother barely knew this child and yet she has the nerve to be interviewed proclaiming to be this child's mother. The minute I saw the news interview I could tell something was not right with this so-called mother. She had a cigarette in her hand at all times (can't refrain from smoking for 15 minutes) and looked like she was looking for sympathy. She didn't want the media to know of all her crimes and the reason she lost her children in the first place. She has no right to give her name to this child. Her parental rights were terminated, and justly so. Crack smoking, drug dealing, identity stealing, domestic violence...and probably gets free rent in Compass West. My tax dollars should go to fund the funeral and NOT the birth mothers free apartment! and on a side note: if the accused killer would have killed the first person he saw, why didn't he kill the woman whose apartment he was in??? the one who helped him conceal the body

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276Ytown(1212 comments)posted 3 weeks, 5 days ago

What does any of this have to do with Gina's murder? Nothing. What purpose does this serve to publish this information? Notice there's not a kind word about the victim? Her past, her relatives past, her upbringing, her current situation or even her association with whoever she knew cannot justify the fact that she was MURDERED at the hands of pure evil. We cannot even begin to understand the mind of someone who sets out to kill someone. It is hard to grasp that a human being can have such thoughts,

Watch and see how the news will portray the murderer as a nice guy.

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3JS(584 comments)posted 3 weeks, 5 days ago

"The half-sister said the neighbor recounted Gina’s words before she was stabbed. “She kept saying, ‘Let me go home. I won’t say nothing.’”

Gina was killed by Ricki D. Williams IV to cover a crime.

After leaving her adoptive mother's house in Texas Gina landed in a house of horrors at Austintown West. Authorities had removed her from her birth mother for good reason. The atmosphere at Austintown West was not wholesome. Now her life has come to a sad ending.

The Vindy has done a fine job of assembling the facts and digesting the information. We get to see that there is a cause and effect from lifestyles.

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4tired2(12 comments)posted 3 weeks, 5 days ago

Exactly JS...Although no one deserves to be murdered by such a disgusting thug, the full story puts the pieces together. Awful crimes can happen to anyone, but far too often lifestyles of the person or family have created the perfect environment for this type of outcome. The purpose reporting this serves is that being part of this type of lifestyle is dangerous. Even if you are an innocent person, living or hanging out with relatives or friends who lead a risky lifestyle can get you killed.

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5markc919(24 comments)posted 3 weeks, 5 days ago

Many of these type of stories are hard to follow. There are so often so many siblings with different last names (siblings, half siblings), birth parents, step parents, adoptive parents, foster parents and other non-traditional living arrangements (I.e. The half-sister's step mother's boyfriend's foster son's birth mother's live-in boyfriend's son from a previous relationship). The vindicator should print a program up to make it easier to follow.

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6motherjones(26 comments)posted 3 weeks, 5 days ago

I can hear the defense attorney now....Ricky came from a broken home....didn't have a chance in life....spare me. He needs to rot under the jail!! Did you see him on the news smiling?

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7walter_sobchak(1855 comments)posted 3 weeks, 5 days ago

markc919,
We are in complete agreement on this point. What we have here are people living their lives without guardrails. Civilized people realize the importance of a stable family with a loving mother and father bringing children into this world and properly rearing them, teaching them the value in a moral upbringing. But, too many parents inject harmful substances into these situations and we then see neglect and abuse. But, of course, we must remove God and any of his directives and rules from our society under some ridiculous guise of separation of church and state. Well, we are reaping what we sow. Remember this equation:
Free Will + Pure Selfishness = Pure Evil

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8bunkpatrol(63 comments)posted 3 weeks, 5 days ago

All of these armchair quarterbacks who bitch about crime and entitlement and taxes-not once do you hear them give thanks for the blessed lives they have been gifted enough to enjoy and can only sit in judgement of those who have not been so privileged.

Empathy and compassion to all of those who suffer injustices in life AND in death. It breaks my heart that all of these fingerpointers feel the need to be so superior and pontificate.

Gina was a victim. She didn't just play victim like many of you.

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9papa1(641 comments)posted 3 weeks, 5 days ago

this poor girl had no chance in life. the poor excuse of a mother should be behind bars. did anyone notice her tongue stud? the miscreant that killed her will be tried with taxpayer money, sentenced to death, and 30 or 40 years later, after we're gone, will be put down peacefully. and this is justice? hell no, this is bs. this country is soft on crime and that's why there's so much of it. I wish someone wit a concealed carry would have blown this sob away. there' too many of these scumbags around and it has to stop! wait 72 hours and then execute him. there's no doubt of his guilt. let God deal with him. and send danny lee hill to meet him.

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10piwohio(56 comments)posted 3 weeks, 5 days ago

My question is when the legal mother called APD to find Gina, and they did and filed a report, was there nothing APD could have done to remove her, send her home to Texas. I get she was 16, some will argue an adult, but are these young people mature enough to be given this title and rights at 16??

My god bless and accept Gina in heaven with open arms. May those who failed her in her life be burdened with their actions or lack there of.. To her killer: rot in hell and you should be slowly excuted as soon as the judge drops the hammer. To the lady who was present when this happened, what connection do you have to Williams, something stinks with her.

We as aduls,s parents, familys need to clean this place up. Austintown we need to take back these drug areas like this apartment building. APD, get working. You have my levy money, start putting boots on the ground and out of the cars. Trustees, Mandate security at all apartment buildings over 10 appartments. We all are invested in our hometown, Don't let Austintown travel down this road and even be in the shadow of Y-town...

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11motherjones(26 comments)posted 3 weeks, 5 days ago

I agree papa1! It is obvious he is guilty! So much evidence points to it. Every angle of this story is sad. He will get his in prison. He looks so cocky and hard in the courtroom yesterday. He is going to be fresh meat to some big bear in prison. As for her biological mother, she is going to blame herself and have to live with what happened to her daughter everyday. I really hope teenage girls learn from this story...not to be quick to trust and maybe even take self defense classes to learn how to fight back when put in situations.

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1276Ytown(1212 comments)posted 3 weeks, 5 days ago

One thing is for sure - once he gets to prison some justice will be served. Even the lowest of the low deem a child murderer as worthy of punishment and they definitely have their ways.. Let him fear for his life now.

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13jgm820(114 comments)posted 3 weeks, 5 days ago

bunk....

I give thanks every day for parents that raised us in a low/middle class loving atmosphere. We didn't have a lot of "extras" but we did have guidance/rules, love and a stable life (without drugs and crime). We were also expected to work hard and not expect anything to be given to us.

That being said, this child was failed by her birth family twice. She should have visited and been sent home with love and support. The scum who killed her should have been shot in the street as soon as he confessed.

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14dontbeafool(835 comments)posted 3 weeks, 5 days ago

good post bunk

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1576Ytown(1212 comments)posted 3 weeks, 5 days ago

As people try to make sense of why Gina was murdered focus on this fact: "His purpose was to kill someone that day; didn’t matter who it was. He just happened to come across this young girl,” said Ken Cardinal, an assistant county prosecutor" http://www.vindy.com/comments/post/?n...

There are people who out there who are pure evil. This girl's upbringing and past had NOTHING to do with the fact that she happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. This could have been you. I get the sense that people are trying to blame this young girl for her demise. You wouldn't think of blaming any of the school mass shooting victims or their families for what happened to them. Let this poor soul rest in peace.

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16Chief178(57 comments)posted 3 weeks, 5 days ago

The birth mother is just looking for an angle to cash in on Gina’s death that is the only reason she is in the picture now. God bless Gina and help save her half-sister from this mess.

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17kleener(44 comments)posted 3 weeks, 5 days ago

Trying my hardest not to sound like a Monday morning quarterback but this witness who "was made to watch," I don't get it. He wasn't a big kid. I'm sure his back was toward her as he callously took Gina's life. She couldn't have knocked him over the head or kicked him from behind. No fight or flight response kicking in? She didn't run out the door to get help while he was busy?? I don't care if I didn't know someone getting harmed. I'd do my best to stop it or die trying. This girl is a coward and should get no less than 15 years. You can do A LOT when your adrenaline kicks in. She chose not to. It's not like the knife was a gun. I can go on & on because it make me so angry but I'll stop.

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18Education_Voter(841 comments)posted 3 weeks, 5 days ago

Even after a career teaching in a high poverty district, this is the saddest story I have ever encountered.

It is true, that regardless of how often her family had let her down, they could not imagine that by going next door to borrow tea bags, she would have run into a cold blooded killer.

This apartment house should be demolished in Gina's memory. It was cheaply built decades ago anyway, and I can't imagine the condition is very good.

And this story illustrates a problem that should be solved in cases where agencies try to protect children. When being investigated, the families just run to another state or county. The case file opened should be allowed to continue over state lines.

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19AtownParent(561 comments)posted 3 weeks, 5 days ago

According to Vindy, the bio mom OD'd last night but was revived. There is so much more to this story.

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20boofers20(11 comments)posted 3 weeks, 5 days ago

To all of those who think this thug will have a hard prison life...think again.
The black male rules the roost in prison, just joining the rest of them thugs. That is why he was smiling in court, he knows nothing will happen in there, and since he was homeless, now he gets a roof over his head, 3 meals, T.V., etc all at our tax expense.
Just another damn statistic

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21prodgodq(148 comments)posted 3 weeks, 5 days ago

I try to make it a point never to judge people in cases like this. The common thread I see here is the incredible destructive power of addiction. Drugs or alcohol, it doesn't matter. It also doesn't matter what someone's social or economic status is either. Addiction affects people of all classes. It's a complex interaction between the choices that people make and the addiction itself. It's sad to say it but cases like this are all too common, all over the world. As a parent, I can't imagine what they're going though right now, whether it's the biological parents or adoptive parents.
There is now a hole in their lives that will never heal, and a pain that will never go away. Through no fault of their own, they will suffer for it for the rest of their lives.
No one should have to outlive their children. Whatever mistakes or bad choices they made, they do not deserve this kind of suffering.
I can only pray that God can give them the strength to deal with it as best they can.

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22papa1(641 comments)posted 3 weeks, 5 days ago

maybe I'm just getting old but when I hear this story and the father who murdered his beautiful son by putting him in a hot car, I get tears in my eyes. I believe America has moved further and further away from God. evil is all around us and people need to be always vigilant.

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23janeyblue3(57 comments)posted 3 weeks, 5 days ago

Waste of Narcan and the tax dollars used for Lanes and her hospital stay. How many more times will this woman do this? Give her a few days . There needs to be a three strikes and no Narcan rule for these sleezeballs.

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24steivo(276 comments)posted 3 weeks, 5 days ago

This thug had domestic violence charges in 2008 and 2010, an aggravated menacing charge in 2010, convicted of assault in 2010, another domestic violence charge n 2012, and a conviction for felonious assault in 2012 and he spent a grand total of 6 months in a correctional facility.
The 2008 charge should have resulted in a year in prison. The repeat charge in 2010 should have been another 5 years in prison. Then the conviction in 2012 should have been another 10 years in prison. Then this wouldn't have happened. because he would still be in prison.

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25hurrdurr(98 comments)posted 3 weeks, 5 days ago

The guy deserves his day in court just like anyone else. Why is this so hard for people to accept?

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26pineapple1(13 comments)posted 3 weeks, 4 days ago

I completely agree with tired2. When you live this type of shady life the chances of harm coming your way increase greatly. And now the "mother" has OD'd on heroin. She probably used it for the very first time to get over her grief. If this "mother" truly cared for her child she would have told her to GO BACK HOME because I lead a drug fueled life and it's not safe for you to be here. The adoptive mother is also a nut to allow Gina to "visit" knowing the family's history. I wonder if the child was enrolled in school for the time she was here. I'm thinking no, because no one looked out for this child's best interest. Everyone failed her and allowed her to enter into a dangerous situation. Rest in Peace Gina. And hopefully her murderer will suffer for many years at the hands of his prison inmates.

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27bmanresident(597 comments)posted 3 weeks, 4 days ago

There were no tea bags. The mother is covering up for her own crimes. Maybe her daughter and Williams knew each other. Lots of possibilities...

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28motherjones(26 comments)posted 3 weeks, 4 days ago

@Hurrdurr... he will get his day in court, paid for buy us.... Her attorney and ALL the court costs which will be in the 10's of thousands if not more, along with keeping him alive for 20 years or more will be paid for by you me and everyone else reading this.

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29Werecat(73 comments)posted 3 weeks, 4 days ago

Why is the victim being dragged through the mud? Her familial troubles are not news, and plastered all over the front page like this her short life becomes nothing but fodder for salacious gossip. Hasn't this kid suffered enough? If I wanted to see this kind of crap I'd subscribe to some rag like Weekly World News or the Enquirer. The Vindy is supposed to be an actual newspaper, how about writing like one?

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30steivo(276 comments)posted 3 weeks, 4 days ago

Yeah, instead of worrying about the mother, the Vindicator should be doing an investigative piece to determine why thus like this are still allowed to walk the streets instead of serving long prison sentences.

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3176Ytown(1212 comments)posted 3 weeks, 4 days ago

Anyone else notice that all of the focus is on the victims mother but not the murderer? That article is yet to be written. Let me guess... he's a nice guy who just happened to be homeless - down on his luck. All his friends think he's fun to be around, seemed like a really nice guy. Could tell good jokes, sang and played an instrument. When he was 7, participated in the annual Shop with a Cop program. Such a sweetie. Came from a loving family, can't believe that he'd do such a thing. It's all the victim's fault. He'll plead not guilty and the and a few years later his case will go to trial and he'll be acquitted. (Casey Anthony or OJ style)

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32nupanther(23 comments)posted 3 weeks, 3 days ago

Post 27

On wkbn.com they have a link to the police report. The birth mom admits that Gina knew the killer and the accomplice ( they mention her by name on wfmj.com). Birth mama also knew that Williams was banned from compass west. So why do you send a child to a known trouble-maker? You're right, definitely no tea bags. MUCH more to this story.....

Post 24- I'm NOT defending Williams in the least, but do the math. In 2008 he was 12 and 2010 he was 14. Nobody is doing hard time for domestic violence at that age. And what is domestic violence at 12? He's pretty slight of build at 18- prolly a runt at 12. I'm sure the media is doing a thorough background on him. Since we've haven't heard a peep from a relative of his, I'm sure his rotten family tree is even more scandalous than the Bachers. Prolly a lot harder to connect his dots since since his mama and sperm donor are either dead, locked up, or somewhere in a drug fueled haze. I'll bet they're waiting to get a FULL story (just like Gina) instead of little mouse droppings day by day

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33janpentz(30 comments)posted 3 weeks, 3 days ago

Ok.....have a real problem with the police procedures in this case. The custodial parent wanted her 15 year old back. That puts her on runaway status. She should have been taken into custody and housed at JJC until Texas authorities and/ or custodial parent made acceptable ( to the court) arrangements to have her returned to the custodial parent in Texas. There are many many cracks this kid fell through, but police deal with runaways all the time and they don't just say hey, how ya doin? Police procedures really need to be reviewed in this. This was a 15 year old child ( she just turned 16 on June 8th) and a simple background check of the "mother" should have been enough to take her into custody. This case just nauseates me.

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34steivo(276 comments)posted 3 weeks, 3 days ago

exactly, In 2008 he should have served 1 year in the penintentary. When he got out, he would be 13. Then in 2012, for the repeat offense, he should have served 5 years in the penintentary. When he got out, he would be 19 and that young girl would still be alive because he would not have been out unto 2017.

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35DACOUNTRYBOY(197 comments)posted 3 weeks, 3 days ago

Here is the point! Jackie Bacher was comfortable being around Ricki D. Williams IV. He was trusted to the point that she wasn't concerned when he carried her daughter in the makeshift body bag right in front of her the day she disappeared. She seen that it was heavy when her struggled with it. The bottom line is that Gina should not have been in that apartment. Who would want the likes of Jackie Bacher and Ricki D. Williams IV living in their apartment? Gina was not street smart to know what was in store for her. Authorities remove children from families so no harm comes to them for good reason. Gina can't be brought back from the grave but the facts leading up to her death can be used to protect other children in harms way.

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36southsidedave(4777 comments)posted 3 weeks, 3 days ago

There will always be those who want to find the worst in a story such as this. Nonetheless, a young woman has lost her life at the hands of another, and none of us deserves to die like that, especially a child.

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37YtownJustice(4 comments)posted 3 weeks, 3 days ago

They say he was going to kill someone, anyone that day. WRONG.... that little skinny punk was looking for someone who wouldn't put up a fight so he picked on a little girl. A guy would have probably kicked his little punk ass all over the place. Don't make him out to be some psycho or tough guy... he was a little puny punk who killed a girl for no other reason then he would have gotten his ass kicked by anyone else. Hopefully he'll make someone a nice girlfriend in prison...

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38whoa21(16 comments)posted 3 weeks, 2 days ago

I know the background and family of this kid. Two in the immediate family circle have been killed and had killed someone else 2 other brothers are in penal system. I am saddened by this occurrence because this young lady didn't have to die like this. Also, the Mom and daughter knew she could not have left the complex and what in the world would he be carrying to the dumpster that was at least 5 ft long and over 100 pounds. This story reeks of inconsistency and more people are going to be or should be charged,

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39JS(584 comments)posted 3 weeks, 2 days ago

The drug/crime infestation at Compass West is deeply rooted. The place needs a thorough overhaul from management on down.

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402muchtax(307 comments)posted 3 weeks, 2 days ago

Anyone getting welfare or free housing should be routinely tested for drugs! Kicked out or cutoff I'd testing positive! This lady sits around doing drugs, doesn't have to work so has plenty of time to have kids n do drugs! Thanks democrats!

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41Lovie0520(9 comments)posted 3 weeks, 1 day ago

Egg donor sent Gina to get drugs. That is why she knew him because she had gone for the egg donor before. Donor knew Ricki too. she probably owed him money and sent Gina to pay the debt ( you get my meaning) and get more drugs. Donor knew she was dead when she called and reported missing. Donor responsible for death as the killer. She gave the the lamb to the wolf. Trying to clean her ttracts.

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42DACOUNTRYBOY(197 comments)posted 3 weeks, 1 day ago

papa1:

"the poor excuse of a mother should be behind bars. did anyone notice her tongue stud? "

Now what need would Jackie Bacher have of a tongue stud? Were her arms checked for needle marks? Surely one would have to be a heavy drug user to allow their tongue to be pierced.

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43steivo(276 comments)posted 3 weeks, 1 day ago

Instead of focusing on the mother, we need to focus on the thug that killed this girl. These type of people need to be weeded out of the population and into the prison system well before they reach 18 years old. By that time they are killing people.

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44JS(584 comments)posted 3 weeks, 1 day ago

When drugs come before family it is because the devil owns your soul. The tongue stud is but the devil's icing on the rotten cake.

There is no need at this point to focus on Ricki D. Williams IV until he comes to trial. Being jailed he can't do much harm. Jackie Bacher on the other hand can continue to do her thing.

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4576Ytown(1212 comments)posted 3 weeks, 1 day ago

As Youngstown is focusing on the mother of the victim, the rest of the world is reporting on the accused murderer and the shocking facts related to the act he carried out.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/artic...

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46JS(584 comments)posted 3 weeks ago

Jackie Bacher not only allowed the atmosphere that killed her daughter but embraced it.

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47nupanther(23 comments)posted 3 weeks ago

76 ytown

That article was just like the initial reports here, prior to Bachers background

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4876Ytown(1212 comments)posted 3 weeks ago

This article shows the picture of Williams smiling or smirking as he's led away from the courtroom. I don't see anything to smile about and it wasn't reported by the local news.

He said he would have killed the first person he saw.. He must be thinking about what he carved in the wall: “kill fo fun” or how he paraded past the victim's mother with the body in a playpen bag and how he asked her if she wanted to "buy a baby thing" on his way to dump her in the trash.

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49steivo(276 comments)posted 3 weeks ago

There is very little or nothing being reported about why this thug has only spent 6 months in prison despite several prior convictions. That is the real story here, not the mother.

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50Notorious_Pig(93 comments)posted 2 weeks, 6 days ago

I feel ZERO sympathy for the family because just days after this air-sucker, Williams, was arrested, this lady OD'd on heroin. From what I have read, it was an attempted suicide. Either way, she went and knowingly engaged in the same drug and illegal activities that killed her daughter. This prick Williams just didn't go stab a random girl because she went to ask for teabags. If Gina knew he was a monster, do you think she would've went and asked for teabags to make tea?? No. She saw something, did something, and witnessed something that Williams felt was something she couldn't live to tell. But to take this girl's timeline of her rough life and act like that had EVERYTHING to do with her death is awful. Did some of it "contribute" to her death? Maybe. But I fault the parent (or adult in this case) for not leading a positive example for this girl and allowing her, at 16, to run rampant anywhere, anytime, anyplace!!!

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5176Ytown(1212 comments)posted 2 weeks, 6 days ago

The blame is still being placed on the birth mother, not the murderer.

If Gina had not gone out to get teabags would this story have been about someone else? According to Williams it would have been. His “kill fo fun” mission had nothing to do with her. He wanted to kill the first. person he saw.

Unless we know what Gina's home life in Texas with her adopted family was like we really can't say that her upbringing was the cause of her demise. In December, she came to visit her sister in Ohio. Did she have communication with her birth mother prior to that? She was apparently adopted at age 3 according to this article.

The article also says Bacher knocked on the neighbor’s door twice before calling police. The neighbor told Ashley: “The second time [Bacher] knocked on the door, Gina was dead.” How chilling.

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52JS(584 comments)posted 2 weeks, 6 days ago

This was no random act. Ricki D. Williams IV had a purpose in killing Gina. She was silenced to cover a crime.

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53Not_Gilligans_Ginger(126 comments)posted 2 weeks, 2 days ago

JS, I agree, this was no random crime. The media eventually GAVE an address for Williams on Lansdowne Blvd. There are a couple things I'd like to know... Whose house was he hiding in on Lakeview on the lower west side? Does the woman who was forced to help with the body have a criminal record? Anywhere? I really think Punk Williams was probably a drug runner. He'd probably drop the heroin off at the young woman's apartment who was forced to help him. Perhaps when Gina saw him when she was told to go get "tea bags," Punk thought she might get him busted because Gina probably knew he wasn't permitted in the complex. So, he stabbed her to keep her quiet.
To answer a question above, no Gina wasn't enrolled in school so she missed 3/4 of a year. Bacher said she was going to start school in the fall. So, Bacher needs to be arrested for that and for harboring a teenage "runaway" since Gina wouldn't go back home. Also, the young child belonging to Bacher's other daughter who lived in the apartment needs to be put in foster care. If she wasn't doing drugs herself, then she knew her bio mother was doing them with a child in the home. What a crappy, crappy bunch of folks... the poor girl never had a chance.

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