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Friends mourn slain teenager

Posted March 22, 2009
Updated March 23, 2009

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— Friends and family members are mourning the loss of a 16-year-old girl found dead this weekend near the Eno River.

Mylin Bullock's badly beaten and burned body was found in a dirt parking lot off Old Oxford and Snow Hill roads Saturday morning. Authorities have charged her stepfather, Jeffrey H. Gist, 33, of Durham, with first-degree murder in her death.

Jeffrey H. Gist charged with first degree murder in death of 16 Stepfather charged in teen's death

A judge on Monday ordered Gist be held without bond in the Durham County Jail. The judge agreed to appoint a public defender to represent Gist, and a court date was set for April 13.

Friends said Bullock would sometimes talk about her stepfather.

"She would just say he (Gist) was strict, real strict, and he didn't want her doing a lot of stuff,” friend Malcolm Burns said.

Bullock's mother reported the teen missing early Saturday. The mother said she had worked an overnight shift and returned home to find her daughter gone.

Gist, the victim and her mother lived in the same Durham home, and the couple had been married for several years, authorities said.

A neighbor placed flowers and a teddy bear on the doorstep of that home Sunday. Friends also posted condolences on Facebook.com.

"She cracked a lot of jokes and you laughed. She made everyone smile in the room with her,” friend Eric Spicer said. "You have got to cherish all your friends and every moment you have with them."

"It is hard because I can't believe it. I am still thinking that I am going to see her on Monday," friend Rajean Markham said.

Bullock was a sophomore at Northern High School, 117 Tom Wilkinson Road in Durham. Her principal said Sunday she was a "very, sweet young lady and loved by many people."

The principal also said grief counselors were at the school Monday morning to help students deal with Bullock's death.

Gist has convictions for felony and misdemeanor breaking-and-entering for incidents that occurred between 1998 and 2002 in Guilford County, according to state Department of Correction records. He served nearly 18 months in prison.

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  • Adelinthe Mar 23, 2009

    What in the article has said (so far) that the child was sexually assaulted?

    She might've been, but letting our dreams and fantasies run away with us before the information is released is ridiculous.

    Praying for those who truly loved the child, and praying justice swiftly finds Gist.

    God bless.

    RB

  • 007KnightRider Mar 23, 2009

    What an awful crime. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  • Imagine 722 Mar 23, 2009

    DEATH PENALTY!!! MY GOODNESS, I am debating about this topic soon, I can't wait... it makes me so mad when people think that capital punishment is "not right" or "inhuman" or "cruel and unusual," HELLO STUPID PEOPLE- WHAT ABOUT THE MURDERER THAT MURDERS, RAPES AND LIGHTS A CHILD'S OR PERSON'S BODY ON FIRE TO LET THEM ROT AND NOT HAVE A LIFE ANYMORE?? What about them?? Wow, that's really nice of them!! Isn't it!!?? That sure is uncruel and normal!!

  • jules wants Beth back Mar 23, 2009

    Apparently, according to the article, "Gist, the victim and her mother lived in the same Durham home, and the couple had been married for several years, authorities said." It's not like this was some guy she just casually brought around her children. They were married, based on the article here. It is just a mess all the way around, tho, and I hate it for her mother. Losing a child has got to be one of the worst things in the world for a parent, but to lose one in such a violent manner must be so much worse.

  • cocker_mom Mar 23, 2009

    Assuming he killed her (and I don't think that assumption is much of a leap) he is solely responsible. No one forced him to do it. Having "access" to this child would not have led to murder if he had been anything other than a murderer. He's an evil person - period.

    The mother will go through the rest of her life missing her daughter and punishing herself for bringing this man into their lives. We shouldn't punish her too.

    I hope that justice is swift and complete. Sadly, we continue to have a death penalty moratorium and we'll likely pay for his incarceration, and perhaps parole, for the rest of his life.

  • Caring Mar 23, 2009

    My thoughts and prayers go out to her family.

    as for Gist...I hope you get the Death Penalty!

  • Eduardo1 Mar 23, 2009

    may she find eternal peace!
    And for that trash, who probably sexually assaulted her, then murdered her to cover it up, i find no way for him to be thrown in with a pack of wild animals and ripped apat by them. Either that thrown in with sharks.
    Oh, I am lacking compassion you say. Only g-d should be his judge. Well lets take care of the body here on earth and let d-s work with his soul!!!!!

  • Seeminglyopposed Mar 23, 2009

    Yes, I was a single mother with a daughter and a son after my divorce, and I did not let any man get close enough or leave my daughter with another man for any reason, and I had to work to make a living. I do feel for the mother of this lost child, but all people seem to forget that we are living in a terrible generation and don't look at some of the signs that are given to avoid things as these, or ignore them when they are oh so prevalent. No, I will not have sympathy for this man or give him the benefit of the doubt of him being innocent. For one thing, he is too close of age to this young lady in the first place and nine out of 10 he was attracted to her from the beginning. Again, I feel for this mother, only because I have a daughter and can only imagine her loss.

  • Cloudy Mar 23, 2009

    Poor child! Cannot imagine what she went through. God bless her soul.

  • chasityhamm Mar 23, 2009

    everyone blaming the mother, or speaking negatively about the mother ought to be ashamed. this wasn't the mother's doings, and i'm sure if she ever thought this man was as much of a threat as to kill her daughter, then she wouldn't have him around! get a life. what if your husband did that to your child. you wouldn't expect it.

    as for Gist - ...well, i hope the door hits him where the Good Lord split him! he'll get his.

    as for the family, especially the mother - my prayers are with you

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