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More Trouble at Trayvon Martin’s High School


Whoa. A student from the same high school as Trayvon Martin (Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High) has confessed to killing his mother . . . and then throwing a party with her dead body in the next room:

The family of a 35-year-old mother whose teenage son stabbed her to death then threw a party were searching for answers Friday, and finding none.

Kit Darrant, 16, who lived with his mother and 3-year-old brother in a Northwest Miami Dade apartment complex, faces a charge of second-degree murder in connection with the March 27 slaying.

His mother, Renette Emile, was found Wednesday night — nine days after police said Darrant attacked her in her bed, stabbing her 14 times. He confessed to police that he killed his mother after an argument over him staying out late on a school night.

“She was a good, hardworking mother,” said Emile’s sister, Rena Emile.

The Emile sisters were born in Haiti and came to this country when they were young. They have four brothers, three who still live in Haiti and one who lives in Miami.

Emile said the family grew up in Miami Shores, and Renette Emile graduated from Miami Edison Senior High School.

“She wanted to be a nurse,” Emile said.

At the time of her death, Renette Emile was going to nursing school and up until recently, supporting her family by working as a security guard in her apartment complex, Jade Winds, 1720 NE 191st St. in Miami-Dade.

Before that, she worked as a hairstylist, her family said.

Emile had been struggling with her son’s behavior problems in recent months, said Jeanine Jolicoeur, another relative.

“She was talking about putting him in a boot camp in Miami,” Jolicoeur said.

But family members had no inkling that the mother-son relationship had deteriorated to the point that Darrant would do something so violent.

The deeper reasons for his acts are a mystery, they said.

“You can’t kill your mother for no reason,” said Jolicoeur who, along with Emile, were making funeral plans Friday. The arrangements were still being worked out.

A Miami-Dade police report into a domestic disturbance call at their apartment earlier this year was not released.

Darrant, a student at Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High, had not been in trouble with the law, other than a criminal trespass charge two years ago. School acquaintances on Thursday said he was well liked.

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