Many would say that nothing in this world comes close to the love between a mother and a son. There’s just something special about that bond from birth which solidifies the relationship, but that’s not always the case.
One single mother called Kimberly however, could never have expected what would happen that day, when her son and his two friends were hanging out at home. Last time she checked, they were playing games on the Xbox…
A Good Life
Kimberly lived on the East Coast for most of her life. Having attended Telstar Regional High School, and graduating in 1988, Kimberly soon moved to Massachusetts, settling in Boston, living a fulfilling and happy life. Sure it wasn’t perfect, but things were okay for her. Even if her biological clock was ticking.
When Kimberly reached the age of 34, she decided that it was time for her to become a mother. She knew that her window of opportunity was rapidly closing, and having met a man she liked, Kimberly soon gave birth to a beautiful baby boy who she named Lukas. Things didn’t work out with Kimberly’s partner, but at the same time there were no hard feelings…
Having lived in Boston with Lukas during his formative years, Kimberly decided she wanted a lifestyle change, and when Lukas was a small boy, she made the long journey to Maine, starting a new career as a cosmetologist. She was great at her job and was described as being a smart, outgoing person, who was also an excellent beautician and great with people.
Life was good, the new job was paying well, and Kimberly was full of hope, even if she was a single mother and life was sometimes hard to juggle. She coped well with raising Lukas and making good money in her career, but Lukas had some anger issues, and they seemed to only get worse with time…
Even though she was keeping it all together, Kimberly was still human. Sometimes, after a hard day’s work, she found herself understandably ratty and short-tempered. Lukas only made matters worse and soon Kimberly was at her wits end with the boy. Vicious screaming arguments ensued and became more and more frequent. Before long, Kimberly realized that her son’s issues were too hard for her to deal with on her own.
There’s no question about it, Kimberly was liked by literally everyone she came into contact with. When she embarked on her new career in beauty, she met with the President of the Aveda Institute in Maine, Anthony Coco. He spoke about Kimberly, and what it was like to meet her, “She was a little more than halfway through the program. She was doing what she wanted to do,” he said. “I originally met with her in the summer. She was looking to make a career change. She was living in Boston and wanted to move to Maine.” Anthony, along with everyone else over at Aveda loved Kimberly, and spoke highly of her…
Kimberly was not only popular, she was a looker too, and that gave her the chance to step onto the catwalk herself and strut her stuff. As Anthony explained, “We just had a fashion show two weeks ago. We call it a ‘Trashion Show.’ It is an annual thing we do to create awareness of Earth Day. She was one of the models and looked gorgeous and had a great dress, and her hair and makeup was really fabulous. She was really happy.”
On the weekend of April 21, Lukas was hanging out at home with a couple of his buddies, William and Thomas. They were doing what most teens of their age do, mostly swiping on their smartphones and playing video games on the Xbox. It was a weekend much like any other, or so it seemed…
To this day, no one really knows why Lukas did what he did that weekend. What we do know for certain, is that his two friends, William, 15, and Thomas, 13, were very much on-board with Lukas’ plot, and the three boys almost seemed to be brimming with excitement as they discussed the best way to carry out their plan.
The boys casually spoke about killing Lukas’ mother, and discussed ways to end her life. At first, the teens planned to crush sleeping pills in Kimberly’s wine glass, but when they failed to dissolve properly, the kids knew they needed to move to plan B. However, plan B was a lot cruder, more difficult, and a lot more bloody…
When the sleeping pill plan failed, the three friends decided they were going to either stab or strangle Kimberly. Lukas, at the tender age of 15, clearly had little understanding of how to carry out a murder and not get caught. Nevertheless, Lukas attempted to cover his tracks, as he donned a face mask and gloves, and grabbed a large knife from the kitchen.
In Her Bed
Kimberly had had a hard week at work, and she was taking an afternoon nap in her bedroom, trying to catch up on missed sleep. When at least two of the boys entered the room, they had only one thing on their mind, something that Kimberly couldn’t have expected from her son even in her wildest dreams; or as it happened to pass, her nightmares…
As if they were experienced hitmen, when the boys entered the room where Kimberly was sleeping they simultaneously attacked her, strangling her neck, while her own son Lukas stabbed her with the knife in the neck. The petition relating to the case read, “Thomas Severance, William Smith and Lukas Mironovas discussed causing Kimberly’s death by other means: stabbing and strangling her,” adding, ” (The) boys went into Kimberly’s bedroom, where she was sleeping. Both Lukas Mironovas and William Smith strangled Kimberly Mironovas. Lukas Mironovas also stabbed Kimberly in the neck.”
Following the murder, and their rapid arrest, the boys were taken to court. All three were represented by different attorneys, having been held at the Long Creek Youth Development Center in South Portland for the time being. A brief hearing was carried out at the Capital Judicial Center, where it was agreed that the boys could continue to be held at the juvenile center to undergo competency evaluations…
According to William’s lawyer, Walter McKee, the competency evaluation is key, saying that his client was deeply affected by what happened. Attorney Kevin Sullivan who is representing the youngest of the three boys, Thomas, said, “My client is completely distraught over what happened and at this point he needs to work through it. He’s 13 years old, and someone died in the home where he was.”
Gayle, who lives a few houses down from where the murder took place, said she knew the family personally. She told reporters that she had even taken William and a friend to the railway station to pick up Lukas, as a favor to Kimberly, “They were talking about video games and stuff like that. Nothing particular stuck out in mind. He just looked like a normal 15-year-old,” she said. “The last thing [Lukas Mironovas] said to me was, ‘Thank you so much for the ride.’ I mean what kind of kid who has manners like that does such a thing?” she puzzled.
It’s at this point that this story takes a little turn, and possibly a turn for the worst. Court records show that William’s father had sought emergency custody of him in 2005, after child welfare services learned that his mother had injected heroin and overdosed in front of him, although she didn’t suffer long term effects. This raised difficult questions as to why William may have done what he did on that fateful day.
Some believe that the boys who murdered Kimberly in cold blood should rot in prison. However, there are other people who think these boys just have serious anger issues that need to be dealt with, and are otherwise just normal teenagers. William’s attorney said, “I have been representing young juveniles for many years. I think what is striking when you meet them is their appearance.” McKee added that William, “is a little kid. He’s got braces. Long hair in the front, and sort of short in the back. He looks like any other kid.”
Due to technicalities with laws in Maine, a judge needs to hold a hearing to ascertain whether the suspects are to be tried within the juvenile system, or whether they will be tried as adults. If the case remains in the Juvenile courts, all the boys will be released when they reach 21. If their cases reach adult courts, they would all face a mandatory sentence of at least 25 years.
Coco, Kimberly’s boss, added that the tragic loss of Kimberly has had an effect on him personally, as well as on his dedicated team of staff. Coco said about the day that Kimberly walked down the catwalk, “You could just see a glow about her after she had her hair and makeup done,” Coco said. “She got to be a supermodel.” He also spoke about the very first time he met Kimberly, speaking while holding back tears, Coco said, “She had the heart and talent for this work. I know she would have been really successful.”