Thursday, July 25, 2024

US-Based Zambian Kills Wife In A Murder Suicide Whilst Children Were Outside


Rebecca Siwale
Rebecca Siwale murdered by husband Stanley Siwale who later killed himself

UTAH -An investigation is underway after police say a man shot and killed his wife inside a Sandy home, before turning the gun on himself in a murder-suicide over the weekend.

According to the Sandy Police Department, the man told his three children to leave the home on Candle Spruce Cove on Saturday night. The children, who are between 11-17 years old, told police that they heard multiple gunshots as they were leaving.

When officers arrived, they found two people dead inside the home with gunshot wounds. Police believe the husband shot his wife multiple times before killing himself.

They were later identified as 57-year-old Stanley Siwale and 47-year-old Rebecca Siwale.

Police said officers had not previously been dispatched to the home for any reported issues.

“It’s really tragic, because you just don’t expect something like that to happen in a quiet little neighborhood like this,” said Rick Shrader, who lives nearby.

“It’s sad,” fellow neighbor Ramesh Patel added. “This is the safest place I have seen.”

Who was Rebecca Siwale?

Rebecca Siwale grew up in a small mining town on the Copperbelt in Zambia. As the second generation of a mining family, she was exposed to mining from a very young age and saw first-hand how exciting it was full of challenges and complexities, with innovative technologies and a skilled workforce. This strong connection to mining has driven her commitment to the industry.

Rebecca’s career has certainly had its challenges. Twenty-two years ago, as one of the few female metallurgists, she needed to prove she belonged. Today, Rebecca is greatly encouraged by the growing number of mining operations that are attracting different skill sets and younger generations. Rebecca is inspired by every young woman entering the mining industry and she recognizes that every mentor, manager and ally makes a difference in attracting and retaining them.

Rebecca Siwale was recognized as one of Women In Mining – UK’s “100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining”. Rebecca has been a role model and mentor to women; she has an outstanding involvement in promoting advancement and innovation in the mining community by strengthening inclusion and diversity.

Who was Stanley Siwale?

Stanley Paul Siwale was a Research Assistant at Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio, according to his professional profile. He graduated from Mpelembe Secondary School – Kitwe and attended Cleveland State University from 2002 to 2004 where he obtained a masters in Electrical Engineering. During his time at the CSU, he was a member of IEEE and Eta KAPPA NU. He was a Doctoral Candidate (Wireless Communications) at the Cleveland State University in the Cleveland/Akron, Ohio Area and was an Assistant Dean at the Copperbelt University from 2005 to 2007.



    • This is unbelievable, I meet (Ba) Stanley in 2013/2014, can’t put a pin on dates. The guy was cool, he was like Ba Nostra, education never ends, just join any course mwaice. Anything will be fruitful in God’s hands. And he encouraged me to leave my Ecuadorian girlfriend. He was like “brother, these can be good in bed, but remember you will die by gun”.
      Look now the man I looked up to… fcvkkkk!
      God bless his kids,
      I will trace them.

    • It’s really, really tragic. Of course they were going to return to Zambia one day with lots of experience to benefit our mining industry. It won’t happen now. Their young children are obviously devastated. I hope the police will find the motive for the murder-suicide incident.

  1. From their career profiles looks like the woman was doing very well in her career and the husband wasn’t. Maybe he couldn’t handle her success.Very tragic and very selfish of him to end his wifes life leaving children behind with no one.

    • Maharaji, don’t rush to judgement! Nothing can justify what happened; not careers, nothing!!!! That’s why we should not discount mental health issues. We live in a world (especially in the diaspora) where men, women, and children alike, are exposed to many stressful situations. Unless one gets timely intervention and a support network, anything can happen. Our thoughts should be with orphaned children whose lives will never be the same. They have to live with this trauma the rest of their lives.

    • Possible infidelity. It’s one of the things that makes a husband snap. The loss is regrettable.

    • I think they were both out standing in their careers. It is not easy to be Assistant Dean at a Public University in Zambia which the husband was. Besides the husband was pursuing a PhD in Wireless Communication so he was not a “John solye ubwali” and I think even in the US, he was not living a desperate life.

    • Mental issues my foot! If the guy had enough cognitive reasoning to send his children outside he should have had enough mental capacity to just kill himself and leave his wife alone.Why is it that those couples with loadshedding for 3 straight days, no food in the house are not depressed whilst those living in a very nice neighbourhood in a developed country with all essential ammenities are depressed? Why did he buy a gun ? I maintain his career path was not where he had hoped ,being a PHD candidate is nothing..anyone can register for a phD especially abroad where school isn’t tough.Women should marry at their level and ambition to avoid such problems. My heart goes out to Rebecca and the kids she has left behind

    • Marangi you typical zambian or Indian.
      Not all on paper is gold.
      I never meet the late Rebecca, but as far I learnt from Stanie, they were struggling like most of us.
      Don’t think mining in America is same as your PF’s KCM.
      Not all that glitters in America is gold.
      We don’t know motives.
      I am sure it has to do with family pressure back Zambia. You all expect mansions from relatives in America or UK.

  2. My only observation is that at 57 and 47 the couple was past the murder-suicide generation. They should have been more forward looking and patient with each other. I could have understood these actions if the couple were in their 20s and 30s

    • patience is not a matter of age ,its a matter of temperament and overall mental health. Some people have psychopathy or sociopathy regardless of age.

    • True we need to understand even if she is your wife she is another human being. You dont have the right to take her life.

  3. Very sad development indeed, my sympathy goes to the kids and hopefully they find some sort of comfort in whatever way.

  4. You never know what goes into a person’s mind so it’s difficult to conclude the reasons for such a callous act… destroying two such wonderful lives.

  5. Rebecca is a great loss to the mining industry. I once had the pleasure of meeting her in Salt Lake City in 2012. She worked for the largest processing equipment manufacturer (FL Smidth) and I for Kaz Minerals. I was buying SAG mills for the Aktogay concentrator and she guided me through the plethora of mill liner/cyclone configuration to optimise fineness of grind.

  6. Gentlemen if you want to get to the other side don’t take your spouse with you. In Lulamba, Chingola men even kill the children. End your life alone. Whatever the reason, this is tragic and can’t be justified

  7. He taught Engineering Science and Mathematics in the early 90s at Mufulira Trades before he went to CBU to pursue studies in Electrical, thereafter he was taken on by CBU to be a lecturer at the institution, and sent for further studies abroad.

  8. These can be planned assassination’s certain facts might have been swept under the carpet it was now too much the bolt become too tight.
    The diaspora can be nice, but it has its down sides especially if you have bit of cash and influence in which Siwale fits very well, your so-called friends can stub you in the back especially your partner but let’s not judge? Am speaking from experience there are many Zambians who have ended in this tragic manner.
    Me am a victim of such manoeuvres.

  9. Did I just see earrings on the guy
    That’s should smack of some queer character
    Any make believe holier girl should be on the lookout for such signs and take precautions

  10. I have lived in the diaspora for quite a while now. Depression is real, people! Who am I to judge? At home, you can talk to people even on the minibus…in the diaspora – uli che plus expectations from home because everyone thinks that you pick funds off the streets.
    How many of you have checked on your relatives in the diaspora today? Or you only remember when you need something?

    • Faith is telling the truth…our African social setup is far superior and healthier. In richer/colder countries it is an epidemic especially Japan and Russia.

  11. No comment.
    My story, survived from being
    Killed by the woman who was my
    wife. Mental is in everyone’s
    brain and when the level ticks,
    Occupancies like that happens.

  12. @ Nostradamus
    I agree with you 100%….life in the diaspora is tough….and someone has put up a “gofundme” account to help with burial arrangements…this tells you that in reality they were struggling but on paper they were an accomplished couple….the husband probably discovered something on her phone…coz this is the trend these days…married women spending time chatting online with other men…

    • @Anonymous- in this digital world, it is a lengthy process to get funds from a deceased person’s account. Let alone in a case such as this one- investigations and all. Meanwhile, the dead cannot bury themselves. Stop making assumptions and contribute if you can.
      This story is just so tragic…. my heart breaks for the kids.

  13. @ Faith
    Yes they only remember you when they have problems…. thats sad and yes Diaspora is tough…as for me i just spend time working…doing 4 jobs..

  14. This kind of thing is quite common among Nigerians in the US. I do think that it is unfortunate that it turned out like this. This man completely forgot about the needs of his children. Zambian men do not do things like this. We put our children first, and if you find your wife under another man, your forgive or divorce her. You do not deprive your children of their mother.

  15. Iam utterly shocked by some of the comments I see here..iam dismayed by the lack of empathy and the display in arrogance…
    Stanley and Rebecca were a perfect couple humble, happy, hard working and down to earth…their lovely children …who were schooling with my kids..
    Look in the mirror and see yourself before you point fingers.

    It’s a shame..that you who have so much venom. labeling complete strangers if you are angels sent from heaven. The best you can do is..
    Humble yourselves.. and pray for your departed brother and sisters soul. .and Gods love to the children..

  16. I knew “Stan the Man” as we called him. Mpelembe people called him “Nosh”. I remember having a drink with him a few times in Mufulira and Kitwe. He had hustled from the bottom so killing himself is such a waste. Getting to Mpelembe was such a blessing for someone who had nothing. I wish he had talked to someone at his church or even just come back to Zambia where so many people loved him and would have supported his mental and marital struggles. We will remember the good times and the inspiration of what hard work can yield.

  17. So sad… may their soul rest in peace!
    And yes mental health is indeed real and knows no race, gender, age or creed. It knows no time ir place.
    Whatever it is pease let’s stop speculating and instead let’s offer our support to their bereaved family and friends they left behind. Reading speculative comments would just make them even more upset.

    • That is very sad if indeed she cheated on him. Men do so much for these women and try to elevate their lives yet they will never appreciate men’s efforts. That said, no matter what transpired he definitely had no right to end her life and his life. These things happen and many have gone through that. It is never the end of the world, that is why there is divorce. From the reading, seems like he was a good man regardless.


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