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Family Dollar Murders: Suspect Was Fired This Spring

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The man accused of killing two Family Dollar employees last week was terminated from the company this past spring, and was reportedly passed over for a manager’s job there.

Lavere Bryant of Dearborn, Michigan was arraigned on Wednesday in the fatal shootings of Brenna Machus and Joseph Orlando, both 20 years old. Bryant was captured on surveillance video the night of the murders as he walked into the store, though he still claims innocence. As of now, a motive hasn’t been released, but as of now authorities are certain they got the right man.

“We got a slew of good tips that led to this arrest,” Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad said.

Bryant is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of felony murder as well as armed robbery, unlawful imprisonment, felon In possession of a firearm and felony firearm charges. Machus, who went missing the night Orlando was found, was later found shot to death in a wooded area two miles from the store.

The suspect is also accused of not registering as a sex offender. As he walked into court on Wednesday, he proclaimed his innocence.

“I did not murder anybody,” he said.

Family Dollar spokesperson Bryn Winburn released a statement on behalf of the company, saying:

“We are saddened by the loss of Joseph and Brenna and our hearts go out to their families and friends. We have a strong, tight-knit team in Detroit, and our focus is on taking care of them right now as we all work to understand what happened.”

Family Dollar Murders: Suspect Was Fired This Spring
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  • Kathy

    Last week and this is the first we are hearing of it? Could it be that it’s a black on white murder, not a white on black. Hummmmmm!!!!

    • Gee

      kathy I hope a black man kill you soon!!

      • turn it around

        I wish your mom would have done the world a favor and coat hangered you worhless ass out of her womb

      • http://yahoo.com jack

        Gee what an jerk off

      • Starrider

        Gee, chances are a black man will kill YOU soon. Sry man.

  • Karen

    Family Dollar doesn’t do much to protect their employees. I know from experience. Two employees at that store are carrying pocket knives to protect themselves will end up being terminated for carrying weapons in the store. It’s against store policy. Lavere Bryant shouldn’t have been hired in the first place. He was a convicted felon before the murders.

    • karon

      I worked for Family Dollar for over 18 years, at the same store Lavere worked at. We have need security in those stores for a long time, bust FD will not pay for it. I made $10.30 an hour, always have good yearly reviews,loyal, the whole bag of wax, and they let me go in March 2013, and said they were going to use my pay for security. I left just before Lavere got canned. I would also like to know how he got hired, years ago they were fussy about who they hired, guess it changed. A mininum wage is not worth your life.

      • karon

        They have put a security guard in the Dearborn, Mi store for ONE month, tell me, what good is that, and what happens when he’s gone??? This company only want’s you to make money for them, but they won’t give you the right things to work with

        • stephan mackeenzie

          The two twenty year old victims were too young to have a concealed carry permit for a pistol. I wonder if the store would allow them access to a shotgun? The camera caught the perp, but that did not stop the murders. I see that the company is in deep weeds for the safety of their employees.
          I like the Dollar stores, especially Dollar Tree, it’s making good money on the stock market. I’d like to see more employee self defense options. MAC Group, LLC; we are providing legal insurance and training for incidents like these.

          • Karen

            No, they wouldn’t be allowed to carry or have any type of weapon on store property. That is Family Dollar store policy. If you are caught doing so, then you will be terminated. There wasn’t any working cameras when I was robbed at the store and there still aren’t two years later.

  • Loni

    people is straight crazy….. Family Dollar.

    Come on….it wasn’t like he was making 6 figures

    was it worth taking someone’s life, because you got fired.

    Man…..you could have went to Dollar tree if it was that serious.

  • jimmy Joe

    And a Florida jury will find him innocent!

    • Daryl

      You better read it again. Not FL, MI.

    • http://webpronews Mary thompson

      well the way to hit florida is through the economy. it all come back around

  • Benjamin Dover

    Obama, Holder, Jay-Z, Sharpton, Jackson and Trayvon;s parents will all testify that this racist heinous murderer :Stood his Ground:. They will plea that this racist black psychopath be found not guilty because he looks some what like Sharpton.

    • nat

      you crackkkers are delusional. hopefully you’re brutally murdered by someone that looks just like you- if you knew how to read, you’d know that most victims of violence experience it at the hands of someone that looks like them. but you crazy crakkers like to blame everybody else but yourselves for bullsh!!t. you are the biggest liars, thieves, murderers, rapists and evil hateful dogs that ever existed. you steal everything, take credit for everything good and responsibility for nothing bad except – everyone the world over knows that you cause destruction, chaos and despair everywhere you go. nothing you touch is better off because you touched it. you are all doomed to the everlasting pit of fire for your wicked and evil ways.

      • Beth

        nat go back to school kiddo or the getto where you belong!!!!!!

        • http://webpronews Mary thompson

          ghetto would be the jewish people area, go back to europe with your dirty selves

      • dogbite

        areyou talking to yourself in the mirror again

      • A. S. Hole-Finder

        This really confirms you aren’t playing with a full deck.

      • Daryl

        Get a life sicko!

      • turn it around

        nat- wow your name fits you, you’re just like a little gnat, buzzing around trying to annoy ppl.
        STFU you 10 year old jew boy

        • Be Kind

          @turn it around – What’s with the “jew boy” comment?? You’re just as bad as nat.

      • jerry

        They call him NAT cause he hangs around a dogs pecker!!

      • http://yahoo.com jack

        A nat is just a little bug that you have to swat away or smash

      • Starrider

        Unfortunatly nat, chances are YOU will be brutally murdered by someone who looks like YOU. Bad news bro.

        • http://webpronews Mary thompson

          no probably by someone like you who will lie and claim self defense and the end will come for you in th same way

  • nat

    i’m glad the “victims” were white. just like the stupid white girl jayna in bethesda, md that overstepped her bounds and was dealt with – these b!tch ass crakkkers were dealt with. i never cry over the deaths of white people. ever. all you racist dogs can die.

    • J R

      Hey nat publish your whereabouts tough guy.

    • Beth

      What in the hell is wrong with you?????? Are you really that crazy about the color of a person’s skin, or are you just trying to get a reaction??? Either way you are an immature kid, and a nut job!!!!

      • I’m With You

        Cudo’s for you Beth. Couldn’t have said it better myself.

    • dogbite

      go cry on someone else’s elbow krackor

    • A. S. Hole-Finder

      U are one stupid asshole!!!

    • Daryl

      Sounds like you’re pretty racist yourself! It’ partly because of haters like you that we have such a fucked up society.

    • Gee

      I feel ya man!!! lets take em out one by one!!

    • turn it around

      lets flip that a second,
      Im glad all the victims were black just like the stupid black girl in MD …the bitch ass niJJers were dealt with. I never cry over the deaths of black ppl. EVER. all you racist dogs can die

      • http://webpronews Mary thompson

        That’s everyday life for the white man . Hatred you are disappearing from this world.

    • jerry

      NAT you would have to wrap cotton around your brain to make it fit in a NATS ass! just saying

    • http://YahooWebProNews Christianna

      NAT, I for one am glad that God loves you however He hates your words and actions.

    • http://yahoo.com jack

      Talk about calling the kettle “BLACK”

    • Starrider

      So, who is the racist here? Hmm…

    • Starrider

      nat, YOU are a racist, welcome to the real world.

  • J.C.

    Too bad he didn’t kill himself to save the state from paying for his upkeep and execution.

    • Daryl

      JC, there’s no death penalty in MI.

      • Starrider

        And here is part of the problem. These killers, white, black, or otherwise, have no fear or compassion. Some of them can’t be rehabbed like the libs insist. They can’t be reached, and I’m tired of the headlines and paying for their continued existence. They need to be made afraid of the consequences of their actions. Execution on case by case basis and automatic death penalty if victim is elderly or child, period. Rope is cheap and can be used over and over and over…

    • savannah

      AMEN!!! RIGHT THE WAY,OR POSSIBLE LAW PASSES? THE FAMILY OF THE VICTIMS,HUNT THE SUSPECT LIKE THE BUNNY,DEER,ETC.I WOULD FEEL A BIT BETTER IF IT WERE TO BECOME THE STANDARD WAY TO HOUSE KILLERS! NOT EVEN A DRINK OF WATER….WE BUY IT FOR THE ))@%$ Fucks! YA….. THAT GOVT. IS A FU*$%%# JOKE . So take care to all…

  • http://yahoo Big_E

    The suspect could have been obama 25 years ago

    • mohamed

      murder for 1 dollar. Termination is no good and it goes both ways. Those who play with fire will be burned by fire.

  • http://yahoo linda

    Where is your outrage, Mr. Sharpton? Obama?…no ‘gun control’ rants and speeches ad nauseum? I didn’t think so.

    • Daryl

      I’m with you Linda! Where’s all the outrage now?

    • Gee

      fck you Linda!!

    • http://webpronews Mary thompson

      Not it off, you can be so rude to people who are not fromyour country

  • http://webpronews abdur raheem muhammad

    you know, as read these comments, it seems to me that their is alot of dislike and a lack of trust toward each other, nat you really need to go and talk to a professional dude, because you need some serious help.

  • joe

    Well well well, yet more white people killed by yet another low down dirty rotten piece of crap black shithead. And yet Sharpdon the jackass racist, Jackson the lier, Obama the biggest useless theiving asshole on the planet, and Holder, Obama’s chief racist all remain silent with outrage. What do they all have in common, they are racist that want a racewar.

    Thank god zimmerman took one out and got away with it.

    • Gee

      Joe you’re the definition of a p****!! I can guarantee you would never say that to a black man face…as a matter of fact I would bet you all the money I got that the next black man you see on the streets you wouldnt say that to him and watch you get ya butt whipped!! P*****!!! you’re nothing but a computer tough guy.

    • Dan

      Come on now, What about the low class crackers killing kids in schools or shooting up movie theaters or Amish people….freaking killers….whites & blacks. U want the cracker who shot all those kids to get away? Your hatred has u blinded.

    • janie

      Wah wah wah, build a bridge and get over it!

      • http://webpronews Mary thompson

        Well I hope a mass murder visits you.

        • Dan

          Same to you my dear….

          • Dan

            oh yea if it is a mass murder…its probably one of us…WHITE!!!

        • Dan

          SRY MARY…Not intended towards You intended to Janie.

    • scodms

      This has nothing to do with race at all. For anyone that pulls in the race card regardless of what side they are taking is totally irrelevant to the topic of the tragedy. It is a complete travesty that two young people lost their lives because of someones inability to control rage.

    • Ken Wetalk

      Thank ‘God’? LOL!!

    • http://webpronenews teetee

      Before you can comment on the issue at hand, learn to spell!
      Second of all, I thought all you people of yesterday was slowly but surely fading out(if you get my drift.) Thirdly, you need to look around, because I am sure you have some “black babies”
      somewhere in your family. If you do not I gaurantee it will happen. Let go of wanting to be superior, because you have no powers, only Jehovah God and I am not a Jehovah Witness.

    • unknown

      Yea and thank god OJ took two of them out and got away with….come man get real…both side are screwed up….blacks & whites…..

    • E. Faulkner

      YOU ARE JUST A SAD, SAD PIECE OF WORK. WHAT HAS THE ZIMMERER CASE GOT TO DO WITH WITH CASE? NOTHING! BOTH SITUATIONS ARE UNFORTUNATE. YOU REALLY NEED GOD IN YOUR LIFE. AND HE (GOD) WILL SHOW YOU IN THE END HOW YOU ARE AND WERE WRONG IN WHAT YOU SAID ABOUT ALL THESE PEOPLE. I HOPE -SOMEONE- PRAYS FOR YOU. IT WON’T BE ME, THOUGH.

    • http://webpronews Mary thompson

      Oh, don’t think zimmerman got away in due time everything comes full circle. Horay for black america. We are here to stay. You alll like to mass murder your own people. You are getting ride of your own selves. Stop blaming others for your actions.

  • Gee

    Do these murderers ever think that they will be spending the rest of their lives sleeping with men and no more women and vagina smh and if they have kids they will never get to spend time with them again all over a senseless murder.

  • Ole

    Yesterdays news….dollar general among the top ten WORST places to work.

    Todays news….Two dead family dollar employees killed by former employee who went “postal”

    I recommend you shop at the DOLLAR TREE, where eveything is a dollar

    • kay

      I worked at the Dollar Tree… doubt it’s any better of an experience. Had to deal with crazy customers and an a-hole manager. I never missed a day and always showed up in appropriate attire and yet a male who had less seniority, failed to show up to work once, and got sent home another time for wearing jeans got more hours than me. And when he didn’t show up I stayed the extra time to help them out, and after I got off my parents went in to shop there. My manager was complaining to the assistant manager in front of customers no less about me and that he wasn’t going to pay me for the extra time I worked. My parents actually encouraged me to quit the job after that. Dollar Tree corporate didn’t care.

      • denise

        I too work at Dollar Tree and deal with the same issues.

  • No More Bull

    :)

  • Nathan

    As a current African-American Family Dollar team member, first and foremost, my heart, my thoughts and my prayers goes out to both of the victim families, their friends and the entire staff at the Dearborn, MI store.

    As usual, we as third party onlookers have yet again, steered away from the main reason. Two humans, not just 2 white people, but two, young “innocent” people were brutally murder. And allegedly, by an African-American male. Would it have been better if he had killed a person of his race?

    Well, on July 14, 2013, there was another Family Dollar Assistant Store Manager robbed and murdered at his store in Tampa, Florida. He was African-American….killed by another African-American. Why hasn’t this second murder gained the same national attention? My thoughts and prayers also goes out to his family, friends and the staff at his store.

    Majority of the comments that I’ve read concerning these murders, has made me realize that we still have a long way to go. All of Us!

    • Brad

      Nathan,

      What would make me feel better is if, every time there was a Caucasian on African-American murder, Sharpton and Jackson didn’t appeal to the community that it was a “hate crime” inspired solely by the color of the victim’s skin….

      Yet, every time an African-American murders a Caucasian….nobody in the Caucasian community can (dare) suggest the murdered was “racist” or that the inspiration was a “hate crime”.

      It’s a ridiculous notion, Nathan.

      • Reggie

        No one ever justifies the killing of a white person by saying “White people kill each other too” Ever.

      • http://YAHOO.COM BRIAN

        WELL SAID, BRAD. JESSE JACKSON AND AL SHARPTON EXACERBATE THE PROBLEMS IN SOCIETY CONCERNING RACE BY PIMPING THEMSELVES FOR THEIR OWN GAIN BY INFLAMING THE PASSIONS AND EMOTIONS OF AFRICAN AMERICANS WHENEVER THEY SEE AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO SO. OTHER THAN RACE BAITING LIKE THEY DO, WHAT PURPOSE DO EITHER OF THEM SERVE TO BETTER THE LIVES OF THOSE THEY CLAIM TO REPRESENT? SIMPLY PUT, THEY DON’T! STILL LIKE SHEEP BEING LED TO SLAUGHTER AFRICAN AMERICANS FOLLOW THEIR LEAD. PROBLEM IS, THAT 99% OF THE TIME, THOSE DOING THE SLAUGHTERING OF AFRICAN AMERICANS ARE AFRICAN AMERICANS. NOT SEXY ENOUGH FOR THE CIVIL RIGHTS ICONS TO COMMENT ON BECAUSE THEY CAN’T GAIN ANYTHING FROM THE OUTCOME. JESSE AND AL ARE WITHOUT A DOUBT MORE PART OF THE PROBLEM THAN PART OF THE SOLUTION. THEY THRIVE ON CHAOS, AND PREFER IT TO CALM.

        • Starrider

          Couldn’t have said it better. Where are these parasites, Jackson and Sharpton. They will never speak out about a black on white crime because there is no gain for them. Pathetic.

          • http://webpronews Mary thompson

            There are no parasites, they are people who are willing to help fight a cause. if you have this much to say on line then get up off your duff and raise your voice. Don’t criticize get out and march and open up your month be loud.

        • http://webpronews Mary thompson

          You should handle your problems by getting out there and speaking out loud, let your voice be heard.

    • ktmruts

      Thank you for mentioning that, I fully agree with your statement. Everybody is racist, it shouldn’t matter what color others are. I believe in Jesus and if this world could ever grasp what the bible talks about and what their fate is when all is said and done then maybe they would humble themselves. Grow-up everyone, YOUR NOT THE ONLY PEOPLE ON THIS PLANET.

    • doug

      I totally agree with you.

    • http://webpronews Mary thompson

      Yes we do. People are gun and killing crazy.

  • Mike

    So he is a felon AND a Registered Sex Offender and ex con and he is mad he was passed up for a manager’s job? He should be happy he even got hired and was allowed to work for the time he did. This is pitiful. Also, why kill the innocent people working in the store? They didn’t hire or fire him……..they need to put this asshat UNDER the freaking jail. #Bastard

    What does Al Sharpton or Jessee Jackson have to do with this? People need to stop throwing bullcrap out just to make up a reason to make disparaging comments and fuel further racism and hatred and injecting race where it doesn’t need to be. Racism in EITHER direction is wrong, ignorant, and futile as it solves NOTHING. It great that most intelligent people have evolved past the bullS___t but still sad that so many and still stuck wallowing in their hatred, chasing their own asses. WAKE UP!

    • http://yahoo.com jack

      Amen

    • Reggie

      No one ever justifies the killing of a white person by saying “White people kill each other too” Ever.

    • jay

      you damn right mike 6ft under the jail. innocent ppl….smh

  • No More Bull

    All I have to say is, Trayvon Martin down… Now, two whites down! Next time it will be three! This is only the beginning. Let’s go on and say, Lavere Bryant felt like he was scared and threatened like sweet ole innocent George Zimmerman was with Trayvon lurking in the darkness? Let’s see…. let them get a 5 African American juror panel with one white juror and make her change her mind about the possibilities of murder like juror B29 just did in the Trayvon Martin case? I say, let’s set Lavere Bryant free and innocent and not guilty like sweet ole George is. Not funny now is it that the table have been turned! Good for you Lavere Bryant! I got your back on this one! I bought my weapons right after the Trayvon Martin case, because I’m not putting up with this is California! I will even hand my weapons over to my 3 kids and say…”Hey, if someone follows you and you feel threatened, shoot their Muthafu&^*n A$$!” and make sure you say you felt threatened. That’s what it has come to… Yea, Come to my ground and see what happens..stupid A$$es…This is only the beginning.

  • turn it around

    Deport all blacks.
    “Crime down 90% nationwide!”

    • anonymous

      You douce bag are obviously misinformed, I am willing to bet your parents were subhuman life forms, 1 part spit 1 part s**t (It rhymes with spit) figure it out genius

    • http://webpronews Mary thompson

      Everyone in this country has a right to be here. If you don’t like it deport yourself. You can not blame all people for one persons actions. In that case give all the blacks payment for all the free labor that was done to uild this country. I’ m sure within six months we can progress in another place and overcome, just like we did here. So there is no free ride for any one. So you leave and go somewhere else. After all this is a free country.

    • http://webpronews Mary thompson

      We would be much better off if people like you left. This land did not belong to any of us, but the native americans (Indians),we are all in a foreign land.

    • Dan

      Deport all whites…100% peace

  • hollywoodnc

    Is this any surprise to you?

    Economy (esp. in Michigan) is in freefall, It’s NOT a Gov’t “Of the People, By the People or For the people” anymore, the country is SEVERELY divided, the majority of people in a pissy mood, rich people laughing their collective asses off as the poor and middle class are being ripped off…

    You CANNOT say that America is prosperous this day and age. In fact, it is doomed to FAIL!

  • denisedufon

    I was once a victim of an armed robbery. The man put a gun to my face and demanded money, I still think of it and thank God I’m alive. The 2 men are doing 20 yr. This may sound funny now but I was so in shock when they’d gone when I tried to call 911 I forgot the number. It is a sad world that when we go to work to make a living a pig like that man takes lives. GIVE HIM LIFE!

    • Mari

      I couldn’t agree more, Bunny… that was funny how you forgot the number! LOL! Glad you made it out of that situation unharmed, girl…

  • bunny

    More stores need to let their employees be inside a bulletproof booth and have customers put their items in a plastic turn around thing like they do at liquor stores. The public cannot be trusted. As for the racist comments, African-Americans need to research their history. The first slaves brought over were from Angola. One African tribe invaded and conquered out of greed, to steal and for the land. The Africans delivered other Africans to Europeans and Arabs, for guns, for rum to conquer and kill other Africans. It’s not a race problem. It’s is greed that turns all humans against each other.

  • rick

    WTG brutha JUSTICE FOR TREYVON

    • The Truth

      justice for treyvon really? who was the justice for the other million times n166ers violate and murder people.

      you phuucking retarded piece of zh1t.

  • The Truth

    n1663rs are a disease that needs to be eradicated from society. period. they are the biggest terrorists in the united states.

    as long as they are allowed to fly under the “you are racist if you don’t like us murdering and assaulting everyone constantly” flag and people sit on their hands on do nothing, then nothing will ever change.

  • http://Yahoo Star

    So… we really all don’t get along. For shame. The move to move forward seems to be a move to move backwards. Looks like ‘hell’ might be building some condo’s.

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