The city of Irvine, located in Orange County, California, is roughly 50 percent white and 1.8 percent black.
This past weekend, a black man was “allegedly hunting for a white man named Jared” the night of what would turn out to be a murder spree, ending when brutally killed two other white people.
His name is Darren Partch. Her name is Wendi Miller. [Accused killer of ex-hockey pro and advocate may have been on jealous rampage, NY Post, 4-29-19]:
The suspect behind the grisly slayings of a former hockey pro and a criminal justice advocate in California may have been on a jealous rampage targeting romantic rivals, according to a new report.
Jamon Rayon Buggs, 44, faces murder charges in the deaths of Darren Partch, 38, and Wendi Miller, 48, who were found April 22 by Partch’s roommate at a Newport Beach condo.
No motive has been released by police — but the homicides occurred the same weekend Buggs scoured the neighborhood for a man who had a history with a woman Buggs previously dated, news station KABC reported.
Buggs, a personal trainer, was allegedly hunting for a white man named Jared when he showed up at another apartment in Irvine.
But Esther Lau, who was inside at the time, said Buggs fled after firing a bullet and seeing her Asian boyfriend inside.
“He looked through this peephole here and just saw that the two guys playing games did not match the guy that he was looking for,” Lau told KABC.
Detectives later told Lau that Buggs and the man he allegedly was looking for dated the same woman.
“He came looking specifically for that person, saw that it wasn’t him and then left,” Lau told the station.
He was later arrested in connection with a series of attempted burglaries at the apartment complex.
Buggs was already in custody when charges were filed against him for the Easter Sunday homicides.
Miller and Partch were last seen together early Saturday at a bar in Laguna Beach. Friends said Miller, who lives nearby, offered to give Partch a ride home before they were shot to death at his apartment. The relationship between the slain pair is unclear.
Partch played minor-league hockey for several teams, including the San Diego Gulls, and Miller was the CEO of Wings for Justice, a nonprofit advocacy group focused on the family court system.
The Orange County District Attorney’s Office said Buggs and Partch were acquaintances. There is no evidence, however, that Miller had any interaction with the suspect prior to the homicide, the Orange County Register reported.
Buggs’ first appearance in court is scheduled for Monday.
Darren Partch was a white man. Wendi Miller was a white woman. They were brutally murdered by a black man (Jamon Rayon Buggs, who was “allegedly hunting for a white man named Jared.”
One can only wonder the true motive behind the slaying of Partch and Miller, the true racial motivation behind the black-on-white murder in 1.8 percent black Irvine, California.
Rest in peace, Darren and Wendi.