Woman Tries to Run Down Mourners at Ex-Boyfriend's Burial May 8, 2021 12:28:38 GMT -5
Post by Graveyardbride on May 8, 2021 12:28:38 GMT -5
Woman Tries to Run Down Mourners at Ex-Boyfriend’s Burial
On Saturday, May 1, Blair Whitten (above left), 28, of Barnesville, Minnesota, drove to Riverside Cemetery in Fargo, North Dakota, where her former boyfriend, 24-year-old Colin MacDonald (right), was being interred. Angry because MacDonald’s relatives had told her she wouldn’t be welcome, she proceeded to drive to the location where the services were taking place and attempted to run down mourners.
Witnesses waved down a police cruiser at the cemetery and reported an SUV was driving over grave sites and “trying to run people over.” Blaine MacDonald, the deceased’s father, identified Blair Whitten as the driver and told the officer she was not welcome.
“All of a sudden, I heard someone screaming and yelling,” Joan McIntyre, Colin MacDonald’s mother, added. “So, I came out of the tent to find a car taking off at about 50-miles-an-hour and people screaming, ‘She just ran me over!’”
A second family member confirmed he had approached Whitten when he saw her speeding through the graveyard with the intention of asking her to leave, but she accelerated toward him, forcing him to jump out of her way. He explained the woman wasn’t welcome because of various nasty comments she posted on social media following her former boyfriend’s death. Colin MacDonald died in his sleep April 24 following complications from minor surgery, however, Whitten claimed she had killed him. In one post on a site announcing details of the service, she wrote: “DEAD PEDOPHILE 666 thank the powers that be thank ME.” The family member also alleged Whitten had been threatening Colin as well as his friends and relatives for the past five years.
When police detained Whitten on the north side of the cemetery, she said she had been sitting in her vehicle when people she believed intended to do her harm approached. She drove away, she admitted, but was careful not to hit anyone or anything.
“Multiple complainants reported Whitten was driving her vehicle inside the cemetery with extreme indifference for human life which created substantial risk of serious bodily injury to persons in the cemetery,” a Fargo police spokeswoman told KVRR TV. Whitten was subsequently arrested on a charge of reckless endangerment and booked into the Cass County Jail. On Monday, May 3, she pled not guilty.
“She knew she wasn’t welcome and what she did instead of leaving peacefully was try to run somebody over and run somebody else over, which was me,” Gericka Charbonneau, the deceased’s current girlfriend, remarked following the incident. “There were elderly, there were children, there were people here who weren’t even here for Colin’s funeral. They were here for their own people and they didn’t know what was going on. I was afraid for my life.”
Sources: Ewan Palmer, Newsweek, May 7, 2021; Stephen Sorace, Fox News, May 6, 2021; Valley News Live, KVRR; and Echovita.