As Ari and Art Yepremyan still grieve and still try to come to grips with all of the questions as to why this fine young man is now dead the L. A. Times picked up Mike’s murder on page one of the paper that came out today.
The front page of the L. A. Times Article appearing today May 6, 2010 says in part; “It was the text message of their lives. In typical teenage fashion, Mike Yepremyan sent his girlfriend a text insulting one of her friends. No one realized it would leave two families and a circle of friends devastated”.
Mike Yepremyan, the only son of Ani Atajyan and Art Yepremyan, sent a text message on November 18, 2009 that ended his life in a tragedy that family and friends have yet to began to deal with…
The L. A. Times article goes on to say; “It was the kind of text message many teenagers might send. Mike Yepremyan, 19, wanted to see his girlfriend, but she was hanging out with another girl. So he sent her a pouty text with a nasty comment about her companion.
When Mike wasn’t in class at Pierce College or working as a dispatcher for a private ambulance company, he could usually be found with his closest buddies. At Los Angeles Baptist, the private high school in the San Fernando Valley where they met, they were known as the Middle Eastern kids.”
Mike’s best friends that he always hung out with was Ohan Barsamian an Armenian. Ali Hosseini a Persian, the article says they were like brothers.
In the L. A. Times recount of that day and who Mike Yepremyan was this sentence stood out to me and brought tears flowing, “For Valentine’s Day one year, Mike borrowed money from his father to buy a long-stemmed rose for each of the 150 young ladies in their high school.
The day of the murder family and friends say that Mike fighting with his girlfriend, Denielle Wegrzyn, was a rarity. “Mike worshiped her, always admiring her long blond hair. And she was learning Armenian for him. After two years of dating, she’d picked up numbers and common expressions”.
Those messages and the events that unfolded that night are described in court records and in testimony from a preliminary hearing. Ohan, Denielle and others offered further details in interviews for the The L. A. Times front page article.
”… Mike didn’t like Kat. He thought she dressed too provocatively, and he worried she might be a bad influence on his girlfriend, his friends said… …The girls were parked at a gas station in Kat’s pearl-white Infiniti when Mike’s response lit up Denielle’s iPhone, tucked in the cup holder:
“Every time u hang out with that bitch u guys get hookah. Is there something cool bout her n hookah that u enjoy so much?”
In interviews and in courtroom testimony, Denielle described what happened next:
Kat peered at the phone’s screen.
“Oh, I’m a bitch, huh?” she snapped.
…”My brother is gonna beat him up,” she said, according to Denielle’s testimony.
Kat picked up her own phone and dialed her sibling, Hovik Dzhuryan, switching to Armenian when he picked up. The words were incomprehensible to Denielle, until the end of the call. “Oot mek oot,” Kat said, according to Denielle. “818.” Denielle knew how to count in Armenian. Kat was reciting Mike’s phone number.”
Per the L. A. Times article an “alarmed, Denielle asked to be dropped off at her car, parked at Kat’s house in Van Nuys. Once home, she sent Mike a text. However, Mike’s response frightened her per Robert Faturechi L. A. Times reporter.
“…When his two friends returned they said Mike looked pale. He said Kat’s brother had called and said he wanted to fight..
The three piled into Mike’s car a Nissan Altima …They talked about how to handle the mess Mike had created. The calls to Mike’s phone continued, but the voice on the other end no longer belonged to Kat’s brother. It was deeper and more confrontational….
…Mike insisted on the Valley, where the boys already were. He picked the Sears parking lot in North Hollywood. It was well-lighted, wide open…. …The group was relieved. Half an hour had passed, and the other side had not shown. Then about 8:30 p.m., a black BMW with no front license plate pulled in.
Two young men stepped out. The driver, the shorter of the two, wore an orange hoodie. His hair was trimmed close, the same length as his beard. The passenger was taller and had a leather jacket wrapped around a wide frame.
The strangers grilled Mike. Why had he called Kat the name he did? Why had he disrespected her? Mike tried to explain.
“When you translate it, it’s a lot worse,” he said. “I didn’t mean it like that.”
The exchange seemed to be coming to a peaceful conclusion then the driver of the car …”slugged Mike in the face…. …The taller stranger intercepted him with what appeared to be a sweeping punch aimed at the back of Mike’s head. His fist was clenched inside his jacket sleeve. When he made contact, there was a boom and a shower of sparks, witnesses said.
Mike collapsed, killed by a gunshot wound to the head… …Authorities later found a single 9-millimeter shell casing beside a pool of blood on the asphalt…
…A nurse at Mission Community Hospital called Mike’s parents at 2:30 in the morning. She wanted Art Yepremyan and Ani Atajyan to come to the hospital. She wouldn’t say why. …
…Ani called Mike’s cellphone. Then she tried Ohan’s. A police officer answered. “You have to go to the hospital,” he said.
That’s when they knew….
…Authorities say the driver of the BMW was Vahagn Jurian, 22, of Van Nuys, described in courtroom testimony as Kat’s cousin. Jurian is believed to have fled to Armenia, which does not have an extradition treaty with the U.S. The district attorney’s office has charged him with being an accessory after the fact to the killing.
Kat, now 21, was arrested and charged with murder and conspiracy to commit assault. …Prosecutors did not charge her brother, however, citing a lack of evidence.
The day of the arraignment for Kat the L. A. Times article states; “…The courtroom was packed, the atmosphere tense. Friends and relatives of Mike filled one half of the room; Kat’s family and friends crowded the other side. A line of bailiffs stood between them.
….At the close of the hearing, Superior Court Judge Karen Nudell dismissed the murder charge against Kat, but ordered her to stand trial on the conspiracy count. …When the judge dismissed the murder charge, Mike’s mother wailed…
Sitting in his office being interviewed by Robert Faturechi L. a. Times writer Art Yepremyan …”pointed out a plaque Mike had given him, commemorating a star for which the teenager had paid to name after his father. Art says he steps out of his Granada Hills home some nights and looks up in the star’s direction.”
This is a four page article that begins on the front page of the L. A. Times, have tissues ready, it takes up four pages in the online edition of the paper which came out today. This article is so well written I think it will be picked up internationally and perhaps even be a segment on one of the shows at one of the main stream media special editions. Rose speaks.com is attempting to contact John J. Nazarian of Desperate Exes.com for his take on this well written article.19 year old murdered, 9-millimeter, 9-millimeter shell casing, Ali Hosseini, Ani Atajyan Yepremyan, Ari and Art Yepremyan, Ari Yepremyan, Armenia, Art Yepremyan, Black BMW, BMW, conspiracy to commit assault, Denielle Wegrzyn, Denielle's iPhone, Desperateexes.com, extradition treaty with the U.S, Granada Hills, High Profile Trials, hookah, Hovik Dzhuryan, I'm a bitch, Infiniti, iPhone, iphone text causes murder, John J. Nazarian, John J. Nazarian P. I., Judge Karen Nudell, Kat the Bitch, Kat Vardanian, Kat's pearl-white Infiniti, Khatun “Kat” Vardanian, L. A. Times, L. A. Times reporter, Los Angeles Baptist, Middle Eastern kids, Mike Yepremyan, Mike Yepremyan’s Murder, Mission Community Hospital, Nissan Altima, no extradition treaty with the U.S, North Hollywood, November 18 2009, nurse, nurse Mission Community Hospital, Ohan Barsamian, only son murdered, Oot mek oot, pearl-white Infiniti, phone text, Pierce College, Robert Faturechi, Robert Faturechi L. A. Times reporter, San Fernando Valley, Sears North Hollywood, Sears parking lot, Sears parking lot in North Hollywood, Superior Court Judge Karen Nudell, teen murdered over text message, text bitch leads to Murder, text message, text message lead to murder, text of bitch, Vahagn Jurian, Valley Sears North Hollywood, Van Nuys, Van Nuys California, Van Nuys Criminal Court, Van Nuys Superior court