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Evicted tenants set fire to landlord’s home killing two young children

By Mason White 12:54 PM July 18, 2017
Xavier and Rose (left) Jaramy L. Chism and Kimberly Marie Hughes
Xavier and Rose (left) Jaramy L. Chism and
Kimberly Marie Hughes
By: Alexis Bell

A man and his girlfriend are being held on $2 million bail each in the death of two young children.

24-year-old Jaramy L. Chism of Mount Vernon, Washington, worked for his landlord, but was fired two weeks ago.

Last week, he and his girlfriend Kimberly Marie Hughes, 32, were evicted from their apartment, which belongs to his boss.

According to police, Chism threatened to either sue his landlord and former boss or burn his house down. Sadly, he chose the latter.

It was 2:00 a.m., when another tenant woke up homeowners Bryan Bachofer and Jessica Starr, and alerted them to a fire that had engulfed their home.

Starr suffered burns to her face and hands as she tried to save her 6-year-old son Xavier and 8-year-old daughter Rose.

She took them to a window to escape. Starr told police that as she pushed the screen to open it, she fell out of the second storey window. He children never made it out.

A police officer found Chism and Hughes at 6:30 a.m. They denied setting the house on fire. Police found a gas can in the backseat of their car.

Chism and Hughes were charged two counts of first-degree murder and first-degree arson.

In recent weeks, Hughes wrote a series of posts on her Facebook, asking for advice on how to take revenge.

“If someone were to continuously go out of their way to f*** with you when you’ve done nothing but be helpful and respectful to them, how would you go about getting revenge?” She wrote.

In the comment section of that post, Hughes wrote that she wanted to get retribution against an employer who is “refusing to pay for work that we’ve done.”

Police noted in their report that back in 2014, Hughes was convicted of second-degree arson for setting her then boyfriend’s clothes on fire after accusing him of cheating on her.

There were people in the home at that time as well.

Bachofer and Starr are being treated for burns and severe lung damage.