Lisa Marie Eagling
17 Years Old

May 1, 1971 to March 23, 1989

Lisa Marie Eagling, of Warren, Michigan, was our daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin and a lovable young woman. She tried to find the best in everyone she met and treated everyone as she wanted to be treated.

Lisa enjoyed bowling and played on many leagues with her friends and family, and on holidays, bowled in tournaments with her dad and grandfather. Lisa also enjoyed playing first base on softball teams with the Warren Parks and Recreation and other tri-county leagues. Lisa enjoyed playing chess with her dad and Nintendo with her sister Karrie, and loved taking Karrie to the mall. On weekend mornings, Lisa, Karrie and her mom occasionally had wrestling matches in bed.

Lisa was a good student and was chosen as one of a select few in elementary school to be in a computer program. She also received the President's Physical Fitness Award. Lisa, who was a Brownie and later a Girl Scout herself, still went on field trips, visited hospitals and delivered cookies with her sister's troop. Lisa helped out whenever she was needed.

Lisa was 10 weeks away from high school graduation when she was murdered in front of the school. She attended cosmetology school the latter part of the school day and planned to attend college and open a boutique. She worked after school and on weekends as a waitress at the Beefcarver Restaurant. She was well-liked there and met many nice customers who, in turn, asked Lisa to baby-sit their children and grandchildren. Lisa was a great daughter and a good friend.

CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE MURDER

Unfortunately, more and more females are being abused, both mentally and physically by male acquaintances. Lisa Marie Eagling, 17, of Warren, Michigan, unknowingly became acquainted with one such abuser. On March 23, 1989, Carlen Benton Miller carried out a threat he had made often - to kill Lisa. Miller was convicted of manslaughter and was sentenced to 8 to 15 years in prison. He will be eligible for parole as of September 29, 1997.

Lisa's family feels that Miller's short sentence is a slap in the face and sadly, believes it will do nothing to deter others from committing similar crimes.

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Lisa Eagling