Tragedy strikes again in Jeanine Sanchez Harms case

The family of Jeanine Sanchez Harms, who has been missing from California since 2001, has had to deal with yet another terrible event culminating from her disappearance. She was last seen in the company of Maurice Xavier Nasmeh, an architect who in December 2004 was charged with murdering her. Unfortunately, the crime lab bungled the investigation and screwed up some vital evidence testing. Nasmeh sat around in jail, in limbo, for two and a half years before the judge ruled his Constitutional right to a speedy trial had been violated. They had to let him go. The prosecution swore they had the right guy and would re-file charges once they got all their ducks lined up properly. So Nasmeh, and Jeanine’s family, waited and waited and waited some more.

Well, Jeanine’s brother, Wayne Sanchez, got tired of waiting and went after Nasmeh himself on Saturday. He confronted him, first in a restaurant, then left to get a gun. He came back, and Nasmeh went into a coffee shop to get away from him, but Wayne came after him and shot him to death in the parking lot. He turned the gun on himself. It’s not clear whether this was a chance meeting or whether Wayne was stalking the guy or what.

So now two men are dead, two families are in terrible grief (again), a woman is still missing, and we are probably never going to know what really happened and whether Nasmeh was the killer or not. I don’t know anything about Nasmeh’s family, but Wayne left behind his parents, two daughters and a grandchild. His actions accomplished nothing and in fact made the situation infinitely worse.

What else is there to say?

Bay Area NBC
San Jose Mercury News (with a slideshow of thirty pics, including Wayne, Jeanine and Nasmeh)
San Jose Mercury News (editorial)
The San Francisco Chronicle

2 thoughts on “Tragedy strikes again in Jeanine Sanchez Harms case

  1. Kat January 17, 2011 / 9:41 pm

    People can only take so much. Obviously, brother reached his limit. I almost applaud what he did, simply because so many other MP families have wanted to, but now….I don’t think it will help the case. She is still gone. I hope, for everyone’s sake, that that guy really was the one to do it. Might put a bow on the box, but it’s an empty gift. I don’t know how that family will cope now. Maybe the extra attention to the case will bring some tips.

  2. Chris blackwood December 1, 2013 / 2:08 pm

    Tragic death sad story feel so sorry has the. Family has the, Body ever found but I think he done gulity as anything hope body does get found well done for the brother for standing up but he should of shot him

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