Brooklyn Marine sergeant & wife tortured, slain in Calif.; 4 of his men are arrested
BY Corky Siemaszko
New York Daily News
November 6th 2008, 12:30 PM
Brooklyn Marine Sgt. Jan Pawel Pietrzak and his wife, Quiana, seen in August wedding photo, were found tortured and slain Oct. 15 in their home near San Diego.
A Brooklyn-raised Marine sergeant and his new bride were tortured and killed execution-style in their California home - allegedly by four other Marines under his command.
Sgt. Jan Pawel Pietrzak, who was raised in Bensonhurst, and his wife, Quiana, were found bound and gagged in the ransacked house, each shot in the head.
Pietrzak was the suspects' sergeant at Camp Pendleton, Quiana's mother said Wednesday.
"They're monsters," Faye Jenkins told the Daily News. "They're monsters."
Pietrzak's mother, Henryka Pietrzak-Varga, said she had prepared herself "for the possibility that my son could die in Iraq."
"But to die like this, in their own home?" she told The News. "They were good kids. They didn't deserve to die like this."
Investigators said the motive for murder was "financial gain." Neither mother believes that.
"When I found out what they did to them, it was like they killed me, too," Pietrzak-Varga said.
A spokesman for the Riverside County district attorney's office would not comment on reports that Pietrzak was killed by his own men.
Detectives also did not divulge what the accused Marines were looking for, but the suspects were tied to the crime by items found in their homes and on the military base.
Born in Poland, Pietrzak was 10 when he moved to the U.S. and enlisted after the 9/11 attacks. He was named Jan Pawel, which means John Paul, after the Polish pontiff.
A mechanic who worked on helicopters, Pietrzak, 24, met his wife three years ago at a party for Marines being deployed to Iraq.
Quiana Jenkins-Pietrzak, 26, who worked for the county's Black Infant Care Center, was reluctant to date a Marine. But Pietrzak wooed her, and they were married in August.
"They were in love," her mother-in-law said. "It didn't matter to them that they had different skin colors."
The bride wore her favorite white Converse sneakers, and she was still in the process of writing thank-you cards when she was killed.