On Oct. 1, 1997 at age 16, Luke Woodham shot and killed two students, and injuring seven others at Pearl Highschool
Killed were Christina Menefee 16, his former girlfriend, and a classmate, Lydia Dew 17.
The shooting spree
in Pearl, a community
of about 20,000 just east of Jackson, Mississipi
, was the first in a series of school-related attacks across the nation.
Woodham was the member of a satanic
group called "The Kroth
" with six friends, five of whom were charged with conspiracy
in this shooting spree.
Before opening fire on his classmates
he stabbed and beat his mother to death in their home.
Woodham was found guilty
of three murders and seven counts of aggravated assault
. He was sentenced to three life sentences and an additional 20 years for each assault
As a result of Woodham's shootings, the Mississippi legislature
has passed a law making committing a murder on a school campus
punishable by death.