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September 21, 2008

Young Killer Galareka Harrison – Smiles As Conviction Is Handed Down

Galareka Harrison, a 19 year old student at the University of Arizona, smiled as she was convicted of murdering her roommate. Mia Henderson was a fellow Navajo tribal member from Northern Arizona who Harrison has been convicted of stabbing in the back several times. Harrison’s lawyer tried to paint her as a scared, naïve native girl who was unwanted as Mai’s roommate. To combat this, Harrison stole Mia’s identity for which accounts for the three forgery charges that she was also convicted for.

Galareka Harrison gave a wan smile and put on a black coat before she was taken into custody. The girl could get life in prison but could be eligible for parole in 25 years. The prosecutor has not sought the death penalty.

Harrison murdered Mia after accusations over her stolen student ID charge card, Social Security card, checks and $500 from a bank account were made. The Prosecutor Rick Unklesbay presented the case as one with overwhelming premeditation. He believes that Harrison carefully planned out the September 5,2007 murder for a couple of days. He described Harrison as a master manipulator who continuously lied to the police.

Harrison claims that she stabbed Henderson in self defense outside of a school library. John O’Brien, Harrison’s public defender said that Harrison was scared about being prosecuted for the theft and accusations that Mia made against her. However, another University of Arizona student testified that Harrison had bought an 8 inch knife back with her from a Labor Day weekend trip home. On the trip back to school Harrison spoke of a friend who was thinking about suicide. Harrison also asked if police would be able to detect fingerprints through gloves and said that she thought Mia was stealing from her.
She also forged a suicide note and tried to make Mia’s murder look like a self inflicted death.

The murder of Mia Henderson is a terrible display of coldness. The look on Harrison’s face when the guilty verdict was handed down shows a very disturbed woman. She has not remorse for killing her roommate or fear of what is going to happen to her now that she has been convicted of a murder. This shows how cold hearted she must be.

It would be an absolute injustice to see Harrison get out of prison in 25 years. She robbed Mia Henderson and her family of a lifetime and she should pay for it with the rest of her life spent behind bars. The fact that the prosecutor has not gone for the death penalty at this point is a little surprising but life in prison without the possibility of parole would be the next appropriate thing. Rehabilitation someone as cold and calculating as this young woman is not possible. She should not be allowed to be out on the streets again at any point. The world is not a safe place when someone without any affect is loose. A hearing to decide the type of sentence Harrison will get with happen on November25th.

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8 Comment(s)

  1. hater of this bitch | Sep 25, 2008 | Reply

    hope she rotts in there!

  2. terri yellowrobe | Dec 5, 2008 | Reply

    I think that if someone takes a life, then they should give theirs. What’s wrong with her. Jealously, hate, and evil killed Mia.

  3. Another Native | Feb 25, 2010 | Reply

    Herrison makes the rest of us female natives look bad. Although most of this seems that it was all based on jelousy. Instead of parole after 25 years it should have been death…she was old enough to go and stab a poor innocent girl, then she can take the full responsibilty of what she had done…killing someone for stealing isn’t the answer. killing someone for KILLING should be the answer…so I don’t see why she gets parole. She should have got life without parole…it was her STUPID mistake for what she had done now let her pay for it…Giving her parole would be like giving her a slap on the hand…makes others think its okay to go out and kill…NOT GOOD…Hope others learn from this…But not all natives are STUPID like this…just one person has to go and make these younger females look bad…THANKS!!!! But we are all not like that…For the Handersons sorry for your loss…

  4. Native | Aug 16, 2010 | Reply

    this girl should be alive at all today!!!
    They should have took her life when she took Mia life…

  5. clueless | Aug 22, 2010 | Reply

    I’ve known harrison thur school, and never seen her in this way. she was smart, funny and outgoing. But now, I’m clueless on what to say nor think. My blessing goes out to hendersons family and friends.

  6. JudgeNotLestYeBeJudged | Jun 27, 2011 | Reply

    I met and got to know Reka after all this and SHE IS NOT who you all are making her out to be. I don’t know what was going through her mind at the time but if you met her you would know she’s a sweet scared little girl and for all those who are saying she should die, I can’t wait for you to stand at the gates of heaven and I would LoVe to see your expression when they turn you away!
    The bible clearly states “Judge not lest ye be judged” so instead of judging maybe you should keep your mouth shut and understand we all make bad decisions when we’re young and scared!

  7. native girl | Oct 11, 2011 | Reply

    Yeah we all make bad decisions. But, most people don’t murder. She deserved the death penalty and is a monster.

  8. ramero curley | Nov 15, 2011 | Reply

    My name is Ramero Carlisle Curley and im writing in response to this article about a young woman named Galareka Harrison. First of all I grew up in chinle pretty much my whole life. I met Galareka there in elementary school for three years we were in the same class til we moved on to junior high then high school and eventually graduating in 2007 with Galareka. First of all I have something to say to the writer of this article fuck you, because if you really wanted to write a story about someone u should know their life because the woman i knew and grew up with my whole younger life pretty much is no monster, you dumb prick, she was smart, talented, beautiful, and if a fly was in the air she wouldnt even swat if there was a chance of hurting you. That was the real Galareka, now im not saying she didnt do it all im saying who are we to judge? youre not God. And to the person who says she deserves the death penalty are you serious?what did she do to you?so youre telling me that if that was your son or daughter up there you would feel the same way, and if so whos really the monster?my name is Ramero Curley and i knew the real Galareka Harrison maybe you should think about that before you pass such a terrible judgement on a child of God shame on you.

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