Family of man suspected in 6-year-old's killing threatened
BREMERTON, Wash. -- The family of rape and murder suspect Gabe Gaeta reportedly is receiving threats against them. Gaeta is accused in the rape and murder of 6-year-old Jenise Wright near her Bremerton home earlier this month.
Gaeta came into court Thursday cloaked with a jacket. The Kitsap County corrections officers allowed him to conceal his face. But we already know he's the standout high school wrestler and neighbor of Jenise.
Experts at Western State Hospital are to do a psychological exam of Gaeta to determine if he's mentally capable of standing trial. They may ask what he meant when he posted on an internet chat site 'ask.FM', "I look like (I) just strangled an entire Vietnamese village with my bare hands without any regret," in response to "What do you look like when you wake up in the morning?"
And "What's the latest thing that made you smile?" Gaeta said, "A child crying." These posts were more than a year ago, but may give insight into how a shy champion wrestler might be involved in a such brutal crime.
"A horrific act," said Wright family friend Todd Best. "Taking the life of a 6 year old girl who had a lot of life ahead of her."
Best wanted to be in court for Jenise's parents, James and Denise Wright. "Just want to be here to support the family in this tough time. They experienced a tragedy and they need all the support they can get."
Gaeta's family was here, too. His father and sister were in court and didn't wish to speak. But family friend Gregory Reiland was here to support them at a time when they're being treated harshly.
"The family has been accused, they've been getting threats," Reiland said. "It's horrible what happened, the situation is horrible. It's horrible for the family."
Gaeta will remain in the jail until next Wednesday when he'll be sent to the state hospital for evaluation and then return here with the results due in open court Sept. 12.