Friends of apparent murder/suicide victim reflect

PERKINS TWP. Monica Parker couldn't stop crying Sunday afternoon at the Pump Bar, as she embraced th
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010



Monica Parker couldn't stop crying Sunday afternoon at the Pump Bar, as she embraced the father of her late friend, Rachelle "Baby" Baskey, 24, who was shot by her boyfriend Friday night in an apparent murder suicide.

Baskey, 24, was shot in the head at about 10:30 p.m. Friday by Larry Barnett Jr., 25, of Sandusky, who then turned the gun on himself, according to police.

The two died at Firelands Regional Medical Center later that evening.

Rachelle's father, Paul Baskey, of Fremont, is a member of American Bikers Aimed Towards Education.

On Saturday morning, he found out about the death of his beloved daughter.

On Sunday, he mourned her loss with her friends and coworkers at the Pump along with his biker buddies.

Rachelle served drinks at the Pump for more than a year, beginning in January of 2006.

The bar was filled with sad, reflecting faces Sunday, spreading the word to other bar-goers about Friday night's tragedy.

Some wondered why this had to happen and what they could've done to prevent it.

Pump Owner Becki Stock said "Baby" was a popular girl at the Pump who was loved by everyone.

"She was a hard worker, very caring and loving," Stock said. "She would've done anything for you."

Stock said Rachelle's sociable personality changed in March when she started dating Barnett, who she described as "controlling."

Rachelle lived in Fremont before moving into a Muirwood Village apartment in May to be closer to Barnett, Stock said.

"He was not interested in having her work here anymore," Stock said. "She was having trouble getting here. She asked for a week off to get herself together... She never came back."

Rachelle quit working at the Pump about three weeks ago, but may have worked briefly at Margaritaville in Sandusky before a fire closed it, Stock said.

"When I hired her she wanted to make a better life for her son (Yusef). Once she met this guy, she became a whole different person. It went from the baby to this guy."

Larry Morgan, who is close friends with Rachelle's father, said Rachelle was the best daughter a guy could have.

"She took care of her dad and me," he said. "She's like a daughter to me. She was a warm-hearted, good girl."

Morgan said despite the tragedy, Rachelle's father wasn't vengeful about his daughter's death.

"It's kind of weird cause he's not bitter," he said. "It's a whole lot of 'what ifs,' not knowing who to blame. He feels bad for the guy's family cause he knows they're going through the same stuff we're going through."

Paul Baskey declined to comment.

Rachelle Baskey's friends at the Pump and Barnett's former neighbors said he worked at Delphi and was not unemployed to their knowledge.

Barnett's former next-door neighbors, Nino and Bettyna Turner, said he seemed like a typical 25-year-old young man.

They didn't know Barnett well, but never had any problems with him other than being too loud with guests late at night. The couple read about Barnett in Sunday's Register, but didn't realize it was the same guy who lived next door to them.

Bettyna Turner said she once invited Barnett to go to church with them.

"It's a shame he never got a chance to go," Bettyna Turner said Sunday night. It's too bad nobody could talk to him cause Jesus loves everybody. We'll be praying for his family."

Barnett was arrested in April for allegedly beating up a man in the parking lot of a local bar.

The man was friends with Rachelle and commented to Barnett that he wasn't as big as Rachelle said he was, according to reports. Barnett beat the man unconscious outside the bar, continually punching him in the face.

He was charged with felonious assault.

Attempts to reach family of Barnett were unsuccessful on Sunday.