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Many Patch readers knew victim Barbara Latiolais and accused killers Cody Nicosia and Christian Birdsall as this horrendous crime tears at the fabric of the community.


The truth is still sinking in: two young men with friends and family in Castro Valley stand accused of the murdering and burning a woman they knew in the sanctity of her own home.

Since Friday, when , as suspects in the strangling of Barbara Latiolais, 58, Patch readers have voiced shock and horror over the circumstances of the crime and the characters of the suspects.

Here's a sampling of comments.

Leah E:

"Just goes to show you never really know people and what they are capable of. Why didn't they ask themselves is $1,600 and some guns worth going to jail forever? They were that intent on getting the goods that they would . . . kill a person? Some thieves would give up and try again some other time when no one is around. That's what is so disturbing about this. They decided to take their chances and now look at them . . . Very saddening for all involved."

Dan Arnhem:

"This crime is almost unbelieveable . . . can you imagine the thinking process involved in these two creeps . . . kill someone, someone you know, set the house on fire, then steal the car, and drive it to school."


"What if this were your son? . . . This is a terrible thing - a horrible thing. Please know I'm not condoning or excusing anything or anyone, and I am also grieving and praying for Ms. Latiolais, Mr. Rice and the entire family, friends and community. It's just really really sad."


"I am completely shocked. Birdsall and I were best friends. And he was such a great guy and wouldn't do any thing to harm anyone. I never would have thought he would do something like this unless on drugs or unless someone was holding a gun to his head."

Allison McCart:

"I see . . . comments about how good these boys were and how they were sweet and all that. But if you were a relative of the victim would you feel the same? Because of the senseless act of violence that these two committed me and my son will never have the chance to know this loving woman who is my fiance's great aunt. . . . Look at if from the victims families point of view."


"Barbara was my aunt, the youngest of five children of my grandparents. She was a wonderful and kind soul who loved music and life. To die so violently at the hands of two twisted and deviant children is made all the more painful when hearing the apologias for them in the community. When I hear the pleas for understanding that these were 'two good boys' I begin to get how something like this can happen. Enabling and apologizing for spoiled killers in your community won't bring my auntie back. May God forgive you because I can't."

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Lauren Felix December 03, 2012 at 08:10 PM
I honestly don't care how much of a "loving" person he was; was he loving when he took my grandmother's life? No. It upsets me seeing people stick up for these monsters. I'd like to know how you would feel if two boys your age killed the person who mattered most to you, and not only that but memories and pictures were destroyed as well. They deserve a lot more than what's coming to them.
Amanda Miller December 04, 2012 at 03:47 PM
PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION ! WE DO NOT WANT THESE MONSTERS EVER GETTING OUT OF PRISON, THEY ARE BOTH MURDERERS AND THEY BOTH DESERVE TO SPEND THE REST OF THEIR LIVES BEHIND BARS! http://www.change.org/petitions/cody-nicosia-and-christian-birdsall-spend-the-rest-of-their-lives-in-prison-without-the-possibility-of-parole
Lindsey Felix December 05, 2012 at 04:09 AM
Sign for my grandma bob!!!!! http://www.change.org/petitions/cody-nicosia-and-christian-birdsall-spend-the-rest-of-their-lives-in-prison-without-the-possibility-of-parole PLEASE HELP US GET 200+!!!
KP January 02, 2013 at 02:40 AM
Pretty ignorant statement. Do more research before you go around blaming all parents for their children's crimes.
Shauna Ortiz January 09, 2013 at 05:34 PM
CARIN, we all know Swazmine know’s what he/she is talking about pertaining to how this family conducts themselves. I personally lived next to this TRASH for 2 years and may not condone putting up personal business on the internet, I will 150% attest to this all being true and contributing to the demon Chris and his disgusting, sick, mortifying actions and disregard for human life. We all know how the window incident took place, etc. Instead of defending this creep and his incompetent family, (including you I assume?) maybe you should focus on being a positive influence in this fu**ed up world. You think making excuses for these pigs and justifying Birdung’s actions gives you credibility? Try bad Karma. I thank some higher power almost every day that it wasn’t one of my little boys that her devil children attacked like this because there would be a whole lot more folks in jail right now. And the Birdsall KLAN should thank some higher power that it wasn’t my apartment he stepped into and tried to pull that sh** cause their beloved boy would no longer be with us. Anyhow, to Barbara’s family; I am very sorry for your loss. Take solace in knowing these losers will have a whole lot of nice things happen to them in prison. :) And Amanda, you are awesome! In conclusion, to CARIN and whomever, don’t expect me to waste away my days checking CV Patch for a response. If there is a problem, you know where to find me.


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