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  1. Oaklyn plot investigators seize suspects' computers
    By Joseph A. Gambardello, Nora Koch, Dwight Ott and John Shiffman
    Inquirer Staff Writers


    ELIZABETH ROBERTSON / Inquirer

    Mathew Rich of Deptford told police that two armed youths neared his
    car while a third youth held back. ?The only thing I would think was,
    ?These kids are going to kill me,?? Rich said. So he swerved around
    them and sped to the Oaklyn police station.


    Investigators suspect the three teens arrested in Oaklyn just as they
    allegedly were about to launch a killing rampage in the small town
    found inspiration in violent computer games.

    Police said they had seized three computer hard drives from the homes
    of Matthew Lovett, 18, and two juvenile suspects, and learned that the
    name the three reportedly had given themselves - Warriors of Freedom -
    is also an Internet-based combat game.

    Lovett's uncle Thomas Crymes said the June graduate of Collingswood
    High School had been on his computer "constantly."

    "He never went anywhere with anybody," Crymes said.

    And among the names Lovett used in a letter left for his family was
    "the Neo," an apparent reference to the main character of The Matrix,
    which is both a movie series and a computer game.

    Bail was set at $1 million for Lovett, and he appeared at an
    arraignment hearing before Judge John McFeeley by closed-circuit
    television from the Camden County Correctional Facility, where he was
    under suicide watch and undergoing psychiatric evaluation.

    Judge Louis Hornstine ordered the juveniles - who are 14 and 15 -
    remanded to the county's juvenile facility at Lakeland for separate
    hearings next week.

    The 15-year-old, who is tall and heavy, was represented by Cherry Hill
    lawyer John A. Underwood, who said his client maintains he is
    innocent. The other teen, tall and thin, did not have a lawyer.

    The three were charged with murder conspiracy, carjacking, and illegal
    weapons possession, Camden County Prosecutor Vincent Sarubbi said.
    Lovett also was charged with aggravated assault on allegations that he
    pointed a gun at a police officer.

    Sarubbi said he would seek to try the juveniles as adults. None of the
    suspects had a criminal record, according to court records.

    In a statement read by Crymes, Lovett's father, Ronald, apologized to
    the people of Oaklyn "for what my son Matthew has done" and thanked
    the police officer who arrested the three.

    Officer Charles Antrilli chased down the suspects about 3:45 a.m.
    Sunday after a motorist reported three youths had tried to carjack him
    in front of the Oaklyn Public School on Kendall Boulevard at West
    Clinton Avenue.

    The motorist, Mathew Rich, 33, of Deptford, said he had left his wife
    at her mother's house and was turning onto Kendall on his way to work
    at Philadelphia International Airport when a youth in a long black
    coat stepped in front of him. The youth motioned over a stocky teen in
    a black T-shirt on the school lawn.

    That youth lifted his shirt, revealing a revolver that he pulled out
    and pointed at Rich. Rich said he then noticed the youth in the long
    coat had a pistol in his hand. The third suspect hung back, he said.

    "The only thing I would think was, 'These kids are going to kill me,'
    " Rich said.

    He swerved around them and sped off on Kendall before making his way
    to the Oaklyn police station, on the White Horse Pike five blocks from
    the school. "I'm blowing through red lights," he said.

    Lovett pointed his gun at Antrilli, but the three suspects dropped
    their weapons when the patrolman ordered them to do so, authorities
    said.

    Police said they had recovered two .30-30 rifles, a shotgun, two
    handguns, two swords, knives, and 2,000 rounds of ammunition.

    The firearms legally belonged to Ronald Lovett, who was not home when
    the trio allegedly launched their plot. Matthew Lovett's mother died
    nine years ago.

    Police said the group had been planning since January to kill three
    middle school students and anyone else who got in their way.
    Authorities said the youths on the hit list had been notified that
    they had been targeted, but officials would not identify them.

    In a rambling letter left at his family's apartment over a block of
    stores on Oaklyn's main street, Lovett indicated he planned to kill
    his family but decided it would be "too messy," according to law
    enforcement officials.

    "I thought you'd like to know that I am a warrior, I am fighting for
    mankind's freedom. Freedom from this society," said the letter, which
    was signed "Sincerely, Me. Matthew. The One, the Neo, the Anti-Christ,
    etc. etc. etc."

    While details of the lives of the two younger boys remained sketchy
    yesterday, a portrait of Lovett emerged from his uncle's comments, an
    interview his father gave to CNN, and the recollections of classmates.

    The description was similar to those of other teens who have staged
    and threatened to stage school killings around the country, including
    the 1999 Columbine High School massacre in Colorado.

    Lovett often wore all black and was something of a loner. He spent a
    lot of time on the computer and was proficient at video games, even
    giving advice online to players of a game called Mech Commando about
    how to rearm and rearmor their combatants.

    Ronald Lovett, who works as a electronics repairman on the same block
    as his apartment, said his son had become withdrawn after his mother's
    death. His son also often had to defend his younger brother, who has
    undergone 13 operations for a cleft palate, the father said.

    "When they used to go out when they were little, of course people
    would pick on the brother, and Matt would have to defend him," Ronald
    Lovett told CNN. "They didn't get along well with their peers."

    Neighborhood youths said the brother was Lovett's connection to the
    younger boys.

    But, his father said, Lovett was a good boy who never had been in
    trouble with the law. And, he said, his son had never shown an
    interest in his guns. Ronald Lovett said he had kept the handguns in a
    lockbox and stored the rifles and the shotgun in a closet.

    Crymes said Ronald Lovett had focused most of his attention on his
    younger son, James, because of his disability and his need for
    repeated surgery.

    "He was a great father, but there was not enough of him to go around,"
    Crymes said.

    Still, Laura Doria, who runs a deli on the ground floor of the
    Lovetts' building, said she had often seen the family grilling out
    back or heading out on camping trips.

    The boys also had to endure the death of an older half sister who was
    hit by a car a year after their mother's death, Crymes said.

    He said he could not believe that Matthew Lovett, who had no job,
    would carry out the alleged plan. "If he was determined to do that
    sort of thing, he would have shot at the officer," Crymes said. "All
    it was was a call for help."

    Classmates recalled that Lovett and his brother - who dressed like him
    - were known as good artists, and that Lovett had talked about going
    to art school. He was particularly good at drawing figures in the
    Japanese animé style and enjoyed karate, they said.

    But Lovett also was the target of teasing.

    The classmates said he had been mocked for his bow-legged and stooped
    gait and his clothes. For years, he wore sweatpants when everyone else
    wore jeans. Last year, he started dressing in black or wore tight
    pants.

    "Matt was an easy target," said Paul Phillips, 18. "But he never
    lashed out. He just took it."

    "Everybody picked on him," said Tom Urick, 19, a 2002 Collingswood
    graduate.

    When Collingswood's Class of 2003 graduated June 19, Lovett joined his
    classmates at Rowan University in Glassboro for a party that included
    dancing and swimming from 10 p.m. until 4 a.m. "It was our last
    get-together with friends," said Facundo Pazcovich, 18. "People were
    having the best time ever. But Matt was over in the corner with his
    head down."

    Jack Thompson, a Miami lawyer and critic of violent video and computer
    games, made the connection between the name that Oaklyn teenagers said
    the three called themselves and the Warriors of Freedom online game.

    The site was not in operation yesterday. "Game is down fixing major
    bugs!" according to the Web site's home page.

    Thompson, who has sued game makers and studied their possible role in
    shootings around the country, said he was struck by how the three
    Oaklyn suspects also had been armed with swords.

    He said a sword was "not a typical of weapon of choice in a
    carjacking" but is a feature of the game Grand Theft Auto Vice City,
    which includes carjacking.

    "In a sense, these guys probably were acting out a game," Thompson
    said.


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    Joel M. Eichen, D.D.S.
    Philadelphia PA

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