Every day, Carla Luneau and her husband take an afternoon walk. They stroll down a back road in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana and eventually end up at a bayou.
Their March 21st walk started out no different. Then, according to WAFB, they stumbled upon a dummy in a drift pile.
Carla’s husband went to investigate.
“My husband walked back up where I was and he said, ‘That’s not a dummy. That’s a real person,'” says Carla. “There was blood in her ear, coming from her nose and her mouth.”
Police identified the body as that of Kimberly Perkins. She had been shot twice in the head.
Sadly, it wasn’t the first time police had encountered Perkins. Livonia Police Chief Brad Joffrion explains that officers responded to a domestic dispute between Perkins and her husband, Sam Clark Jr., on October 1, 2015 and had arrested Clark for domestic abuse.
A week later, Clark’s bond was set at only $5,000.
“The reason why the court set the bond at $5,000 had to do with certain statements that the victim made on the record under oath,” explains Chad Augillard, who works in the District Attorney’s office.
Because Clark was present during the bond hearing, Perkins altered her testimony. Had she relayed the actual facts of the incident, his bond may have been higher and his charges would have been greater.
After Clark’s October arrest, Perkins’ friend, Kathryn Rossi, learned just how volatile Perkins’ relationship with Clark had become.
“She told me, ‘It was pretty much nothing for him to come home and pull a gun on me… He does it all the time now. He used to just threaten to do it and now he started doing it,'” Rossi tells WAFB.
Rossi began fearing for her friend’s life, a fear that was unfortunately realized. On the night Perkins was murdered, she sent S.O.S. texts to Rossi, but she couldn’t be saved.
“Kim sends me ‘WYD. S.O.S. 911’ at 8:37 p.m. At 9:13pm, I sent her ‘What’s up ma’,” says Rossi.”I sent her back, ‘WTF is wrong hunnie.’ No response back. At 9:45pm, I sent her, ‘Well I’m worried,’ and no response back.”
As soon as she heard that her friend died, Rossi knew it had been at the hands of Clark.
Clark was arrested and charged with murder, and eventually confessed to killing his wife.
“Unfortunately, she loved the man but was scared of him,” Rossi says of Perkins’ relationship with Clark.
Sadly, Perkins is one of more than four million women who experiences physical abuse by their partners. According to Safe Horizon, in two out of three female homicides, intimate partners or family members are the perpetrators. Domestic violence does not discriminate— it occurs in every gender, race, and socioeconomic group.
Carla Luneau says finding Perkins’ body is something she’ll never forget, and she is hopeful that justice will be served.
“I don’t wish anybody to die but God says an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. I hope he at least spends the rest of his life behind bars,” she admits.