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Let The Parents Put That Dog Down!: Adorable 1-Year Old Boy Dies After Rottweiler Attack [Video]

Report: 1-year-old boy dies after Rottweiler attack

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So Sad: 5-Year-Old Boy Jumps From 19th Floor Window After His Mom Wouldn’t Let Him Watch ‘Spider Man’

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Was he pretending to be like Spider Man?

Boy Jumps From Window After Mom Refuses To Let Him Watch Spider Man

Via Daily Mail reports:

A five-year-old boy fell to his death from his 19th-floor bedroom window after he was refused permission to watch the latest Spider-Man movie, according to reports.

Naming him only as Valentino, police in Indonesia said the boy locked himself in his room at an apartment complex in the capital Jakarta after an argument with his mother.

Officers said they were investigating the possibility the tragic youngster may have mimicked his screen hero or, despite his tender age, taken his own life.

However, the fall could also have been no more than a tragic accident.

According to Indonesian media the boy was in the bath on Thursday when he asked his mother, a 23-year-old woman named as Eva, if he could see the latest superhero film.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was released in Indonesia on Wednesday and has been a smash hit, scoring the country’s highest opening day box office figures of all time.

But the boy’s mother said he could not go because his one-year-old brother Vincencius was ill and she wanted to visit the toddler at her mother’s house, kompas.com reported.

‘This made Valentino very upset,’ senior police commander Suyudi told the website. ‘He wanted to see the movie.

‘After his request was declined, Valentino then rushed to his room and locked it from the inside.’

The police chief continued: ‘She went down to the second floor to ask for help from a caretaker, but while talking to him she heard a commotion outside.’

The child’s body was found on the fibreglass roof of the food court in the apartment complex, according to reports. The noise heard by his mother was people rushing to try and help him after he fell.

He was taken to the nearby Pluit Hospital in north Jakarta, but was pronounced dead on arrival.

Children of simply do not commit suicide. It is more likely he was trying to get out to go see the film. Five year olds believe they can do whatever their heroes can. SMH!!!

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Stand Your Ground? Florida Woman Jailed For Shooting Pregnant Friend In Facebook Feud Says It Was Self Defense

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The pregnant woman who lost her baby after being shot in the belly allegedly brought the drama to the shooter’s doorstep!

Sister Of Woman Jailed For Shooting Pregnant Friend Says She Was Defending Herself

According to NY Daily News reports:

A Florida woman is in jail after allegedly shooting her pregnant friend in the stomach and killing the unborn baby – but the suspect’s eldest sister says it’s far more complicated than it appears.

Katrice Wyche, 42, claims her sister Virginia, 35, acted in self-defense April 23 when she pulled the trigger.
Wyche alleges the pregnant woman, Markeisha Brooks, 23, showed up at her Jacksonville home with a group of people to jump her.

“She had three other people with her to guarantee that my sister got beat up, but it did not work out like that,” Katrice Wyche told the Daily News on Tuesday. “The girl slapped my sister! When she went to hit her again, that’s when my sister shot her.”

“She said, ‘Katrice, I don’t understand why I’m in here.’ My sister’s bond should not be $1 million. It was clearly self-defense,” she said. “I want my sister out of jail.”

Wyche is on her way to Florida to file a complaint with the state attorney’s office demanding that warrants be issued for the people she says went to her sister’s house.

“My sister was like, ‘I’m in my house, get off my property,’” Wyche said.

She also wants Brooks to be held accountable for knowingly putting her unborn child into jeopardy by allegedly instigating the fight.

The incident stemmed from an argument over the Facebook the previous evening.

Damn shame… This is the kind of story that can only make us shake our heads. What kind of ignorant Facebook fight results in this???

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Jesus Take The Wheel: 14-Year-Old Chicago Girl Murders Another 14-Year-Old Girl After Fighting On Facebook Over A Boy!

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Foolishness.

Chicago Teen Murdered After Facebook Argument With Another Girl Over Boyfriend

Via ChicagoTribune

A 14-year-old girl shot and killed another 14-year-old girl because of an argument over a boy, Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said today as murder charges were filed.

The gun used to kill Endia Martin had been stolen from a car on April 13, McCarthy said, adding that two other people, including a 24-year-old uncle of the suspect, face charges as police investigate how the girl got the gun.

“What would have been, under any other circumstance, probably a fistfight between 14-year-old girls, because they were fighting over a boy, turned into a murder,” McCarthy told reporters. “You introduce a firearm and you have a murder.”

In addition to Endia, those responsible for that firearm being on the premises are being held responsible as well.

He said that one of the suspects facing charges may have brought the gun to the scene “because there was going to be a fight,” and the other suspect then may have tried to get rid of it.

The 14-year-old girl who is charged in the case was arrested about 4:50 p.m. Monday, about 20 minutes after the shooting, police said in a news release Monday. She pulled the gun from her waistband and fled the scene before the arrest.

Endia’s stepfather, Kent Kennedy, said Endia and the suspect had been feuding on Facebook. “They had words and she gunned our daughter down. For what? What reason would another girl gun down another child?

“It’s senseless,” he added. “Kids are dying so young nowadays. It’s senseless. Parents shouldn’t have to bury no child.”

Kennedy said the family recently moved Endia from one school to another closer to home to keep her safe. Endia was killed about half a mile from her South Side home.

“No place in Chicago is safe for teenagers nowadays,” he said. “No place is safe.”

Thoughts and prayers go out to both families. There is no doubt in our mind that regardless of how much these girls loved his boy, his dusty azz wasn’t worth either of their lives.

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15-Year-Old Boy Charged In Triple Homicide! [Video]

What is going on?

A 15-year-old boy has been charged in the Lookout Valley triple homicide that left three dead and a teen wounded on April 9th. The boy is the second suspect to be arrested in the killings. Nearly two weeks ago 19-year-old Derek Morse was also taken in on murder charges. Morse, and the unidentified 15-year-old, are accused of killing John Lang, Caleb Boozer and Jon Morris and injuring 16-year-old Michael Callen. But one neighbor reported seeing three shooters at the scene. And a sketch released indicated an older man with a full beard as a suspect. The sheriff’s office says the investigation – is continuing.

 

R.I.P. Chokwe Lumumba: Mayor Of Jackson, Mississippi Dies At Age 66

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Sad news out of Jackson.

Jackson, Mississippi Mayor Chokwe Lumumba Dies

Our prayers are with his family.

According to WDAM:

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba has died. We don’t have many details, but Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham Stewart has confirmed his death.

Lumumba won the Mayor’s office in June 4, 2013, pulling 86 percent of the vote and defeating independent candidates Francis P. Smith, Jr. , Richard C. Williams and Cornelius Griggs.

Mayor Lumumba was born August 2, 1947 in Detroit, Michigan. He is the second of eight children born to Lucien and Priscilla Francis Taliaferro.

Mayor Lumumba earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He later finished first in his law school freshman class before graduating cum laude from Wayne State University Law School.

Mayor Lumumba is a nationally renowned attorney who is licensed in Mississippi, Michigan and U.S. Federal Courts. He has represented clients in over 16 jurisdictions, including Canada and the Choctaw Court.

Mayor Lumumba has won settlements and/or judgments for victims of medical malpractice, employment discrimination, sexual harassment and police misconduct. He has worked in high profile cases such as the representation of the late Tupac Shakur.

In 2011, he helped win the release of the Scott Sisters who had served 16 years of double life prison sentences for an $11.00 (eleven-dollar) robbery which they did not commit. He also successfully represented Lance Parker who was falsely accused of assault during the 1992 Los Angeles uprising which followed the brutal beating of Rodney King. Prior to his election as Mayor, Mr. Lumumba served as Jackson City Councilman for Ward 2.

Hopefully, more details will emerge soon. Check back with BOSSIP for the update.

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Jesus Take The Wheel: Over 1000 Bodies Found At The University Of Mississippi [Video]

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Victory? Jury Finds Jordan Davis’ Killer Michael Dunn Guilty On Only 4 Of 5 Charges!

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Welp…

Jury Hung On Michael Dunn Murder Charge In Death Of Jordan Davis

Via BayNews9

The Florida jury in the case of Michael Dunn found him guilty on four charges, including three for attempted second-degree murder, but they couldn’t reach a verdict on the most significant charge — first-degree murder in the death of Jordan Davis.

After the decisions were read out around 7 p.m. Saturday in court, Judge Russell Healey — who moments before had said that the jury had reached a verdict on all counts — declared a mistrial on the murder count.

That possibility had floated around since 4:45 p.m. Saturday, when the 12 jurors sent a note saying they’d decided on four of the five counts that Dunn faces. But they hadn’t unanimously reached a verdict “on count 1 or any of the lesser included offenses related to it.”

Count 1 is first-degree murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Davis.

Jurors could have decided not to convict Dunn on that charge but instead find him guilty on lesser charges such as manslaughter. Or they could have acquitted him altogether on this count.

With the hung jury, prosecutors could press for a new trial on the murder charge.

Regardless — and pending defense appeals — Dunn appears set to face a lengthy prison term.

We can’t lie, its great that this azzhole is gonna go to prison for a long time, but the fact that the prosecution couldn’t make the first degree murder charge stick is very, VERY, disappointing.

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Black Life Ain’t Worth Isht: N. Carolina Cop Who Shot And Killed FAMU Baller Jonathan Ferrell Will NOT Be Indicted By Grand Jury!

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Ah, the joys of being black in America…

Randall Kerrick Will Not Be Indicted For The Death Of Jonathan Ferrell

Via WBTV

The attorney for the family of a Charlotte man shot and killed last year says he is happy that the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office will resubmit voluntary manslaughter charges against a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officer, but says they are now “skeptical” about getting justice.

On Tuesday, a Mecklenburg County Grand Jury declined to indict Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department Officer Randall Kerrick on charges of voluntary manslaughter in the September 14 shooting death of Jonathan Ferrell.

Prosecutors from North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper’s office say they sought the indictment based on an investigation conducted by the State Bureau of Investigation as well as a separate investigation conducted by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

Investigators told WBTV that Officer Kerrick fired his weapon 12 times and struck Ferrell 10 times, resulting in his death.

On Tuesday, a Grand Jury asked the District Attorney for a lesser charge than voluntary manslaughter.

“We the Grand Jury respectfully request that the district attorney submit a bill of indictiment to a lesser-included or related offense,” the court papers stated.

Jonathan’s Family released the following statement:

“While we are pleased that the Attorney General is going to resubmit the charges against Randall Kerrick to a new Grand Jury on Monday, we are skeptical given their inability to secure an indictment yesterday,” the statement reads. “Jonathan Ferrell was a quality human being who worked hard and cared for those around him. He deserved better.”

“We are appreciative of the decision by Attorney General Roy Cooper to return to the Grand Jury on Monday to seek an indictment on the original charge of voluntary manslaughter.

We are also appreciative of those in the Charlotte community who are supporting the cause of justice in Jonathan’s case.

We are convinced that the evidence in this case warrants an indictment for voluntary manslaughter and not for some lesser offense.

We urge everyone to allow those in the criminal justice system a full opportunity to meet their professional responsibilities.

The Ferrell family has faith in God that justice will prevail in the end and that Jonathan’s death will not have been in vain.”

And they wonder why people of color like to say “F*** the police!”

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Elsewhere In The World: New Zealand Parents Want Wi-Fi Removed From Schools After Son Dies From Brain Cancer!

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We know the internet can be dangerous, but damn…

Parents In New Zealand Concerned That Wi-Fi Caused Son To Die Of Brain Cancer

Via NYDailyNews

Two New Zealand parents think a school’s Wi-Fi may have killed their son.

Ethan Wyman, 10, died of brain cancer earlier this year after an 11-month battle.

His parents now want Wi-Fi removed from his school because they believe students there are being exposed to radiation that could lead them to suffer Ethan’s fate.

Though numerous studies have found that Wi-Fi signals do not present any public health risk, Ethan’s Te Horo School has sent a survey to all parents asking if the wireless internet should be removed.

A decision is expected Saturday.

Ethan’s father, Damon Wyman, told New Zealand’s The Dominion Post his son received the diagnosis of brain tumors three months after he was given an iPod with a Wi-Fi connection.

The parents later learned that Ethan had been falling asleep with it under his pillow.

“We’re not saying that caused it, but it seems like a bit of a coincidence. Most people would be very cautious about giving their 5-year-old a cellphone — well, this is 30 kids in a classroom (being exposed) to the same thing,” Damon Wyman told the newspaper, adding he still has two children at the school.

R.I.P. to the little boy, but is this story gonna really keep you from dot-com’ing it up?

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R.I.P. “Fast And Furious” Actor Paul Walker Killed In Car Accident

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Gone far too soon. Paul Walker has reportedly been killed in a car accident.
According to TMZ reports

Paul Walker — best known for his role in “The Fast and the Furious” movies — died Saturday afternoon after a single-car accident and explosion in Southern California … TMZ has learned.

The accident happened in Santa Clarita — north of Los Angeles — and according to multiple sources connected to Paul … the actor was in a Porsche when the driver somehow lost control and slammed into a post or a tree … and then the car burst into flames.

Several of our sources — some who are still at the scene of the accident — tell us Paul and another person in the car were killed. Law enforcement is still on the scene, and we’re told the L.A. County Coroner’s Office is on the way.

At this point, it’s unclear what caused the accident, or who was behind the wheel when it happened.

Paul was 40 years old.

Sources close to Paul tell us he was in Santa Clarita for a car show to support the Philippines typhoon relief effort, and had been taking friends out for rides in his new Porsche GT. The accident happened during one of those test spins.

He died while out doing charity. God bless him!

R.I.P. Paul Walker we are definitely going to miss you.

Here is the official update from Walker’s camp:

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Jesus Take The Wheel: Husband, Wife And Two Sons Found Dead In Murder-Suicide

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This is so sad.

Family Found Dead In Murder-Suicide

It’s messed up the adults died in this tragedy, but those kids had their whole life ahead of them.

According to NY Daily News reports:

Four family members are dead after a grisly triple murder-suicide in a small upstate New York town.

Abbas Lodhi, 49, and his son Zain, 9, were found dead in a Pleasant Valley supermarket parking lot Thursday morning, prompting cops to set off a frantic search across Dutchess County for two other members of the Lodhi family.

Mujtabah Lodhi, 13, was found dead at the family home and cops said evidence there showed that his mother, Sarwat Lodhi, 43, had been injured. Her body wasn’t found until 3 p.m. Friday, when she was spotted off Route 376 in Wappingers Falls.

She was “the missing piece we were looking for all day” New York State Police Trooper Melissa McMorris said Friday after the body was found 15 miles south of Pleasant Valley.

Cops say Abbas Lodhi killed all three family members and himself with shotgun blasts to the chest.

The shotgun used in the slayings was found in the car with the two bodies around 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

“I think it’s one of the most or more tragic things I have seen,” Capt. John Ryan said at a news conference. “I find myself having two young boys that – it’s emotional seeing what has happened to these kids. I couldn’t even put into words how tragic it is for all of us.”

If he wanted himself dead then fine, but to take the rest of the family out was just cold.

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Jesus Take The Wheel: 19-Year-Old Student Dies After Jumping From Rocks Into A Pool Of Water

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What a messed up way to die.

Man Dies After Jumping From Rocks Into Pool

The kid had his whole life ahead of him. Sad.

According to KTLA:

A Cal State Fullerton student who was hiking with a group of friends in the Angeles National Forest died after jumping from some rocks into a pool of water, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department stated in a news release Tuesday.

The group of 13 college students were hiking in the Hermit Falls area Monday when several of them decided to jump into the water from the adjacent rocks.

Friends tell KTLA that 19-year-old Kevin La landed in the water, but when he surfaced he appeared to be unconscious.

Some members of the group attempted to use their cellphones to call for help while others performed CPR on La.

He was airlifted to Huntington Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Hermit Falls is a well known spot where hikers often participate in cliff jumping.

Friends have created a Facebook in La’s memory.

“I’m going to miss his smile,” friend Jean To said. “That smile brought joy to a lot of people’s faces. He brought smiles to people who were going through tough times.”

They should have stopped him from doing something so dangerous.

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SMH: Drug Dealer Who Shot 12-Year-Old Over Two Dozen Times After Mistaking Him For Rival Gang Member Sentenced To 30 Years In Prison

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There has really been an abundance of aint-isht people surfacing lately.  Here’s another one.

Man Faces 30-Year Prison Term After Murdering 12-Year-Old With AK-47

An aint-isht South Carolinaman who was found guilty of murdering a 12-year-old trick-or-treater after mistaking him for a rival gang member will spend the next 30 years of his life in prison paying for his senseless crime.

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A drug dealer has been jailed for 30 years for shooting dead a 12-year-old trick or treater who had knocked at the felon’s door on Halloween.

Quentin Patrick, 27, shot young TJ Darrisaw at least a dozen times with an AK-47 assault rifle after the schoolboy approached his home hoping to be given a traditional gift of candy.

The paranoid crack dealer attacked the boy, who was accompanied by his step-father and two brothers, believing he was a rival drug dealer coming to kill him over a drugs feud.

Local reports said Partick’s girlfriend was ‘freaked out’ when she saw a crowd wearing masks outside their house in Sumter, South Carolina, and alerted the gunman to their presence.

Fearing he was about to be killed, Patrick unloaded 30 bullets into the family, killing TJ, hitting his parent and one brother and missing his other sibling.

While the others survived their wounds injuries, TJ died in hospital.

So horrible that this child’s life had to end over pure ridiculousness that had nothing at all to do with him. Hopefully this family can find at least some peace in knowing that a small slice of justice was served.


 

Drugs Are Bad M’Kay: University Of Virginia Student Dies From Overdose On Molly At D.C. Nightclub

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Sad.

Student Dies From Drug Overdose

Let this be a lesson to young people who think poppin’ “molly” is cool.

According to The NY Daily News

Rave drug molly is being blamed for the death of a gifted University of Virginia student who suffered an overdose at a Washington, D.C., club last week.

Shelley Goldsmith, 19, a sophomore on scholarship at the prestigious school, took a lethal dose of the designer drug before collapsing at a rave at the club Echostage after midnight on Aug. 31, police sources told The Washington Post.

She was pronounced dead later at a local hospital.

The promising young student’s shocking death came on the same day two others died from overdosing on molly at the Electric Zoo music festival on Randall’s Island in New York.

Investigators in Boston have said they believe a bad batch of the drug, often described as a “pure” form of ecstasy, was being sold throughout the Northeast, leading to more than a dozen late-summer overdoses at clubs and music festivals in Boston, New York and D.C.

Three people OD’d on Molly at the Boston House of Blues on Aug. 28, one of them fatally.

The Northeast Washington club released a statement saying they were “saddened” to hear about Goldsmith’s death and that managers were cooperating with police.

Goldsmith, of Abingdon, Va., attended UVA on a Jefferson Scholarship, reserved for the school’s top students, and spent her free time volunteering at a food bank and her church youth group, according to her obituary.

“Shelley deserves a legacy of being someone who cared for people, someone who achieved, someone who contributed, and not a druggie who died,” her father, Robert Goldsmith, told The Post.

“That’s not who she was. But if her death can open someone’s eyes, then we need to talk about it,” he said.
Washington authorities were awaiting the results of a toxicology test to determine an official cause of death.

Prayers go out to her family.

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People REALLY Aint Isht: “Friends” Of Girl Who Died From Asthma Attack Dump Her Body Roadside Without Even Calling For Medical Help First

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Forget “no new friends;” sounds like this chick needed ALL news friends…

“Friends” Of Woman Who Died From Asthma Attack Dump Her Body Roadside

A group of young adult women will more than likely face charges after it was discovered that they dumped the dead body of their “friend” on the side of the road following a fatal asthma attack and didn’t even bother to seek medical help.

via Fox News

A Georgia mom says she is searching for answers after her daughter’s body was allegedly dumped on the side of the road after the girl died of an apparent asthma attack.

MyFoxAtlanta.com reports 20-year-old Taylor Smith was with friends when she suffered the attack, and the friends allegedly dumped her lifeless body near a trailer park after apparently attempting to revive her.

One of the friends, 38-year-old Marty Gaddis, was arrested and faces charges that include concealing a death and abandonment of a body.

Smith’s mother, Tanya Smith, says she wants to know why the group abandoned her daughter and did not seek medical help when she first had the attack.

“I can’t imagine what they were thinking. It is heart breaking,” Smith, who is a local police lieutenant, told MyFoxAtlanta.com.

The mother also says she hopes other young girls like her daughter will learn to be cautions about choosing their friends.

We’d guess that these heartless broads were shook and thinking that they would somehow be blamed for their “friend’s” death but, that’s still no excuse for this bullish.

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Pull Out For What? 87-Year-Old Man Who Fathered 54 Children Passes Away And His Kids Reunite For His Funeral

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Papa was a rolling stone…

Man Who Fathered 54 Children Passes Away

Three daughters of an 87-year-old man who passed away recently embarked on the search of a lifetime when they took on the task of locating their other estimated 52 siblings to bring them together for their father’s memorial service.

via Inquisitr

Samuel Delbert Whitney, who is estimated to have fathered a total of 54 children, died last month and his entire family gathered to bid farewell to him at his funeral last weekend.

Whitney, who was a resident of Phoenix, Arizona, died at the age of 87, and he is believed to have been the father to 54 children who age from 69 down to 13 years of age. The youngest of which was born when Whitney was in his mid 70s.

Whitney, who ran an operating wrecking yard in south Phoenix, also worked in numerous social clubs too in the city.

He has fathered so many children that no one knows exactly how many sons and daughters he has. Lexi Woods, one of his eldest, revealed that her father once revealed that she had 41 brothers and sisters, but friends have revealed that it was actually closer to 54. Marilyn Whitney, another of his daughters, praised her father, calling him a family man, but admitting, “He had a lot of umph in him I guess.”

In light of his death, the three sisters worked together to locate their other siblings so that they could all reunite to celebrate the life of their stick-n-move father.

Lexi, Marilyn and Sandra, who are all aged 69 and are Samuel’s oldest children, decided to organize the memorial service and then attempted to track down their siblings. However, because they didn’t know how many siblings they had or even who they were, they took drastic steps to hunt them down. They even contacted a local TV news station who aired a feature on the bizarre search also.

In the end, the sisters admitted that the service was a success, and they each gathered together to celebrate their father’s life.

SMH. This is crazy. Just when Shawty Lo thought he was doing something with his 10 babymamas….

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Jesus Take The Wheel: Father Chokes To Death At Daughter’s Wedding A Couple Hours After Walking Her Down The Aisle!

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Damn that’s terrible…

Father Chokes To Death Hours After Walking His Daughter Down The Aisle At Wedding

Via MirrorUK

A father choked to death at his daughter’s wedding reception just hours after walking her down the aisle, an inquest heard.

Jagan Babwah, 73, beamed with pride as he gave his daughter Camela away during her lavish wedding ceremony at a picturesque castle owned by Jools Holland.

But just two hours later the cabbie began choking on a piece of lamb in the post-wedding feast and guests desperately tried to save him with the Heimlich manoeuvre.

Despite their efforts Mr Babwah suffered a cardiac arrest and was later pronounced dead by paramedics on May 31 this year.

Camela bravely decided to continue the wedding in tribute to her much-loved father, which is what she believes he would have wanted.

The 160-guest reception and evening party continued – but Camela never heard her proud dad’s wedding speech.

One dead daddy don’t stop no wedding reception.

She revealed that the hardest point was when she had to open up her father’s wedding card the very next day.

“To be honest opening the card was the hardest part,” she said.

“I opened it the next day and he had given us some money towards our honeymoon.

“We were thinking of going to Mexico but we had to cancel it.

“Now I can’t put my wedding cards up because I have so many sympathy cards.

“For weeks after I felt like I didn’t want to celebrate. It just didn’t seem right.”

Camela is going to have one bittersweet wedding anniversary, R.I.P. Daddy Babwah

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Hate Crimes: Transgender Woman Beaten To Death By Multiple Men Yelling Gay Slurs

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This is sad.

Transgender Woman Killed In Hate Crime

According to Mail Online

A transgender woman in New York has died after being beaten by a group of men who attacked her and yelled gay slurs.

The victim, 21-year-old Islan Nettles, died Thursday in a Harlem hospital when she was taken off life support five days following the attack.

The attacker, a 20-year-old man named Paris Wilson, was arrested for assault but now that the victim has died he may face murder charges.

The attack on Nettles was the latest in a spate of bias incidents this year in New York and a total of 68 have been reported so far this year, showing a significant increase from the 54 that were reported in all of last year.

Nettles and a friend, another transgender woman, were out Saturday evening in Harlem when they ran into a group of men and one pounced, punching Nettles in the face, police said.

The New York Post reports that the attack took place after Wilson began flirting with Nettles, before he realized she was transgendered.

Once that became clear, his friends started teasing him and he proceeded to attack her.

After the attack, Nettles was hospitalized, slipped into a coma and later died.

The witness eventually told detectives about the anti-gay remarks- after initially leaving them out of the criminal report- and the hate crimes task force took over the investigation.

Detectives are looking whether the suspect had propositioned Nettles.

Upgraded charges are possible following the medical examiner’s ruling, police said.

Nettle’s sister, Elana, said in an interview Friday that she and her mother were coping well so far but did not comment further.

The bias attacks this year range from yelled slurs to the May killing of a 32-year-old gay man in Greenwich Village. Police stepped up patrols this summer in response.

In May, police said Mark Carson, 32, was first taunted with homophobic slurs, then shot in the head in Greenwich Village, not far from the site of 1969 riots that helped give rise to the gay rights movement.

A suspect was arrested on a charge of murder as a hate crime. The killing, and other bias attacks, sparked a summer protest attended by thousands.

Some of the other bias incidents this summer included an assault last week where two men were attacked in Chelsea.

Christine Quinn, the city’s first openly gay City Council speaker and a mayoral candidate, denounced the most recent attack.

‘An attack against one person, or one community, is an assault against all New Yorkers,’ she said in a joint statement with other council members.

‘We ask all New Yorkers to come together, to embrace our differences and to denounce hate violence.’

So he attacked her because he was embarrassed? She didn’t have to lose her life. Prayers go out to her family.

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Bullied Gay 17-Year-Old Arizona High School Student Leaves Heart-Wrenching Twitter Letter Before Attempting Suicide!

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Might wanna grab you a lil’ hanky or somethin’…

Bullied Arizona Teen Leaves Suicide Letter On Twitter

Via KRQE

A high school student who spoke out against bullying decided to take his own life.

He even posted a suicide letter online. In it, he talked about being bullied. Now, his family and friends say they are determined to pick up where he left off.

“My son, he didn’t deserve this …” said Jacqueline Vigil.

She is saying goodbye to her 17-year-old son, Carlos.

She said he was involved in Youth and Government and tried to push for stronger anti-bullying laws, but his own experience with bullying became too much.

“He is not here because of bullying,” Jacqueline said. “It drove him over the edge.”

Carlos posted a note on Twitter on Saturday afternoon, referring to the mean names bullies called him and saying he’s free now.

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Carlos’ dad rushed home when he heard about it, but it was too late.

Carlos was going to be a senior at Valley High — a school he transferred to last year to escape bullying at Los Lunas High School.

He was picked on for everything from his weight and acne to his glasses.

According to his mother, Carlos had been a victim of cruel kids for a long time.

“He had this lunchbox, a smiley face lunchbox, and people thought it was the funniest lunchbox ever, and they made fun of him for it,” Jacqueline said. “They grabbed it on the school bus and just threw it on the floor and broke it. It’s just little things like that.”

Parents, make sure you’re teaching your children not to be little a$$holes at school.

R.I.P. Carlos Vigil

Image via KRQE


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People Aint Isht: Man Stabs 70-Year-Old Army Veteran 70 Times, Sister Turns Him In

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This is disgusting.

Man Stabs Vet

According to Mail Online

A man who had been out celebrating his 21st birthday is facing charges of stabbing a homeless veteran dozens of times and leaving him for dead near a train station outside Philadelphia.

Dale ‘Bugsy’ Wakefield of Doylestown, Pennsylvania, was charged with attempted murder and other counts after being arrested Thursday in Baltimore following a tip-off from his own sister.

The victim, 71-year-old George Mohr, an Army veteran, remained in critical condition after being found with more than 70 stab wounds around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday outside Doylestown train station.

Investigators said Wakefield called his sister and said he had stabbed someone and wanted to flee to North Dakota but was in Baltimore. He was arrested several hours later after she alerted authorities.

Wakefield was in custody. No motive has yet been established for the horrific attack. It wasn’t immediately clear if Wakefield had an attorney.

Mohr was found unconscious and bleeding in the street. WFMZ reported that the veteran had been stabbed in the head, chest, arms, hands, back, had ‘numerous facial fractures and a brain injury.’

The 71-year-old reportedly may not survive his injuries. WFMZ stated that Wakefield has a history of violent crime and was on probation at the time of the attack.

The violence needs to stop.


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Jesus Take The Wheel: Woman Stabs 59-Year-Old Man To Death With Her Stiletto Shoe

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Wow, that had to be painful to be stabbed with a stiletto.

Woman Stabs Man To Death With Stiletto

According to ABC 13

A woman is accused in a bizarre murder in Houston’s Museum District. Investigators say she stabbed a man with the heel of her shoe.

Authorities found the woman in the apartment with the victim at The Parklane, luxury highrise condominiums in the 1700 block of Hermann Drive.

Another tenant called 911 around 4am Sunday, telling dispatchers someone was being assaulted.

When officers arrived, Ana Lilia Trujillo answered the door to a unit on the 18th floor. That’s where they found the 59-year-old victim’s body.

According to Houston police, the man was stabbed multiple times. The weapon investigators think she used: a stiletto heel.

Officers detained Trujillo and questioned her at the scene. They said she was initially cooperative, but she reportedly stopped speaking to investigators and was transported downtown for additional questioning.

Investigators said the victim lived in the apartment, but Trujillo did not and was visiting. Their relationship is unknown.

Residents at The Parklane were hesitant to talk about the crime. The few who did speak with us off camera admitted they were shocked by what happened.

Trujillo, 44, has been charged with murder.

The victim’s name has not been released. The motive is unclear and the investigation continues.

Men, ya’ll have to be more careful messing with these females. You out here freaking them and they want a relationship. That’s where the trouble begins.


 

Stop The Violence: Woman Leaves Estranged Husband Chilling Note Before Killing Their 9-Year-Old Son

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Why shoot your son to spite your husband? Sad.

Woman Shoots 9-Year-Old Son

According to The NY Daily News

A Colorado mother who shot her 9-year-old son five times did it to get back at her husband, according to police documents.

Lisa Marie Lesyshen, 45, was taken into custody Friday and charged with first-degree murder, child abuse leading to death and domestic violence. She is still being treated for a self-inflicted gunshot wound at a hospital in Denver, where she reportedly confessed to shooting Asher Lesyshen-Kirlan.

Asher, a third-grader at Soda Creek Elementary School, died early Wednesday morning. According to the arrest warrant obtained by CBS Denver, the 9-year-old was shot three times in the chest, once in the head and once in the leg, likely at close range.

While searching the house, police discovered a note on Asher’s nightstand that read, “Remember you are responsible for what has happened here and you are the person that caused it.” The letter was addressed to Michael Kirlan, Lesyshen’s husband, and signed “Lisa & Asher.”

Lesyshen and husband Kirlan, 46, were separated but living in the same house in Steamboat Springs, Colo., according to the warrant.

Kirlan told police he woke up to the sound of gunshots around 3 a.m. Wednesday. He raced upstairs to find his estranged wife leaving their son’s room. He saw that Asher had been shot multiple times and was covered in blood. Kirlan said he carried the boy to the front entryway and then heard more gunshots.

He asked Lesyshen why she would do something like this, and she reportedly answered, “To hurt you.”

The woman also told Kirlan to kill her.

Officials found Lesyshen unconscious in the master bedroom and transported to a Denver hospital. On Thursday, she told an officer she shot her son before turning the gun on herself.

On Tuesday, Lesyshen asked a coworker at Bud Werner Memorial Library where she could purchase .22-caliber ammunition, the document said. Lesyshen bought the bullets that afternoon.

It is always sad when mothers kill their kids.

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Stop The Violence: Man Kills 42-Year-Old Gentleman’s Club Manager In Fender Bender Accident

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Ninjas are dying everyday over stupid ish.

Man Murders Gentleman’s Club Manager

According to CBS Chicago

A Lake View man was charged with murder Thursday for allegedly fatally shooting a Far South Side gentleman’s club manager outside a sportscar after an early Sunday fender bender on the Near North Side.

Angelo Bennett, 24, of the 4300 block of North Ashland Avenue, was charged with one count each of first-degree murder, aggravated battery / discharge of a firearm and attempted first-degree murder, police said.

Bennett is accused of killing Charles Jones, the manager of a Far South Side gentleman’s club, and wounding a woman inside the sports car he was driving during an early Sunday shooting in the Goose Island area.

The shooting started about 2:50 a.m., after a 2005 Buick LaCrosse sideswiped a Maserati in the 1000 block of North Branch Street on the Near North Side, police said.

The driver of the Maserati, 42-year-old gentleman’s club manager Charles Jones, was shot dead, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Jones was a manager of The Factory Chicago, a gentleman’s club in the 12000 block of South Doty Avenue, a police source said.

The club posted on its Twitter account Sunday morning, “God called his soldier home … R.I.P. Charles Jones.”

Jones had pulled over after the crash and got out of the sports car to talk to the driver of the Buick, police said.

The driver of the Buick and a passenger then exited the car, walked over to another vehicle and came back to the Maserati, police said.

One of them then opened fire on Jones and a 44-year-old woman inside the Maserati.

Jones was shot in the head and a 44-year-old woman in the passenger’s seat was struck in the back or hip, authorities said.

Jones was declared dead at 3:33 a.m. at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where the woman was taken in “stable” condition, authorities said.

Jones was driving a car with Texas license plates, but apparently lived on the Near North Side, a police source said.

However, the medical examiner’s office listed his home address as Miami, Fla.

Bennett is scheduled to appear in bond court Friday, police said.

Black men stay getting caught up in a n**** moment.


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Jesus Take The Wheel: 16-Year-Old Teen Stabs His 17-Year-Old Girlfriend To Death After Argument And Then Hides Her Body In The Woods

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Why can’t these teens just break up with each other? Why stab someone to death and lose your freedom?

Teen Stabs Girlfriend To Death After Argument

According to The NY Daily News

A Pennsylvania teen stabbed his on-again, off-again girlfriend to death on a town park’s hiking trail after a bitter argument, police said.

Tristan Brian Arthur Stahley, 16, is alleged to have knifed 17-year-old Julianne Siller repeatedly in the throat and neck between 9 p.m. and 10:20 p.m. Saturday.

Cops claim the pair — who had been seeing each other since January — were walking on a hiking trail in a park in the Philadelphia suburb of Skippack Township when they started arguing.

Stahley purportedly freaked out and whipped out an orange-handled knife.

His attack was so brutal, police said that they could not yet count how many times he had plunged the knife into her body.

He then allegedly hid her lifeless corpse in the woods near the trail, reports The Mercury.

But he soon ran home and told his mom he’d broken up with Siller and that he’d killed her.

Another relative called the police, who then discovered Siller’s body.

The teen was arrested and charged with one count each of first-degree murder, third-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon.

He has been remanded to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility without bond.

More and more young women are becoming victims of domestic situations. What do you think needs to be done to stop the violence?


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Breaking News: Bridge Collapses In Washington State, People Left Sitting Atop Their Cars In Water

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We are praying for them.

Bridge Collapses In Washington State

According to CNN

An Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River in Washington has collapsed, a spokesman for the Washington State Patrol said Thursday.

People and cars were in the water.

The bridge is located in a rural area, said Trooper Mark Francis, the spokesman.

Because of that, he said he did not expect mass causalities or injuries. There were no immediate reports of either.

CNN affiliate King 5 News in Seattle broadcast still images of the evening collapse, showing a span of the bridge in the water and crowds nearby.

Images included two people sitting atop vehicles in the water.

It was not immediately clear what caused the collapse, which happened some 60 miles north of Seattle.

The Washington State Department of Transportation will take over the investigation, Francis said.

Could you imagine?

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Jesus Take The Wheel: 16-Year-Old Kansas City Teen Dies In Mack Truck Crash While Texting On Her First Solo Drive!

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Damn…

Kansas City Teen Dies In Texting While Driving Crash On First Solo Drive

Via DailyMail

A 16-year-old girl was killed during her first drive alone when she veered in front of an oncoming tractor trailer while she sent a text.

State troopers say Savannah Nash of Harrisonville, Missouri, was killed instantly when her PT Cruiser collided with an oncoming semi just two blocks from her home on Thursday.

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The crash was in fact so close to home that one of her neighbors reported hearing the horrific impact as both vehicles collided.

Her parents told police that Savannah had gone out to get items for their family dinner that night.

She had only received her driver’s license less than a week ago and was for the first time allowed by her parents to go out on the road alone.

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‘There was a text message that was on her phone, however it was not sent yet,’ Sgt. Bill Lowe of the Missouri State Highway Patrol told Fox4KC. ‘That is a probable contributing circumstance to the crash. That’s all part of the investigation.’

At 4.10pm State troopers say the teen pulled out onto Missouri Highway 7 but failed to yield to the oncoming truck traveling at high speeds.

An aerial view of the scene shows her vehicle slammed from the driver’s side across the median before coming to rest on the edge of the highway’s opposing lanes.

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Savannah’s classmates posted sad condolences on Facebook:

‘We will miss your beautiful smile, your laugh and your amazing attitude. You were always nice to me and brightened my day,’ a fellow classmate posted on a Facebook page created to remember Savannah. ‘All my love toward you and your family. See you someday.’

R.I.P. Savannah, but let her tragic death be a lesson to all of you, STOP F***ING TEXTING AND DRIVING!

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Jesus Take The Wheel: NY Man Murdered In The Streets After Being Released From Prison On Monday!

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Damn, talk about bad timing…

Bronx NY Man Gunned Down After Being Released From Prison 5 Days Ago

Via NYDailyNews

A man fresh out of prison was killed and his brother critically wounded in a cold-blooded shooting in Queens Friday night, police sources and witnesses said.

A gunman approached the siblings in the courtyard of the Edgemere Houses in Far Rockaway around 8:15 p.m. and sprayed them with six bullets, sources and witnesses said. One of the brothers, 22, took a bullet to the chest, while his older sibling, 36, was struck in the back.

“It was an ambush,” said one witness, who requested anonymity. “He stepped up and started shooting.”

The gunslinger bolted on foot and jumped into a dark gray Ford Escape, which sped off, witnesses said.

The 23-year-old victim, who went by Bunky, had been released from prison on Monday, friends said. He was taken to St. Johns Queens Hospital, where he later died.

R.I.P. to this guy, all we’ll say is that karma WILL come back around one way or another.

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R.I.P. Trayvon: George Zimmerman’s Mama Writes Letter Complaining Her Son Is An Innocent Man Arrested To “Placate The Masses”

New York Daily News writer Alan Dershowitz says the George Zimmerman had every right to shoot Trayvon Martin

GTFOHWTBS! If you believe George Zimmerman’s mom he’s just some innocent man who was defending his home. Are you buying it?

Via Daily Mail:

Gladys Zimmerman published an open letter today, the one year anniversary of prosecutors arresting George Zimmerman for second-degree murder.

In it, she thanks supporters who helped the family when they were forced into hiding after receiving numerous death threats.
She writes that Zimmerman’s June 10 trial will ‘confirm’ the truth about the February 26, 2012 shooting that left the unarmed 17-year-old Martin dead.

‘April 11 2012 will be forever remembered by the Zimmerman family as the day the justice system failed us as Americans, and as a consequence an innocent man was arrested for a crime he did not commit, solely to placate the masses,’ she said.
She later adds: ‘There was absolutely no justifiable reason my son should have been charged for a crime he didn’t commit and there was no just reason he should find himself incarcerated either.’

Zimmerman’s family has long said he is a victim of media manipulation and spin. They say the evidence has been clear all along that Zimmerman acted in self defense when he shot Martin once in the chest, killing him during a struggle.

Gladys Zimmerman, who worked nearly three decades as a court clerk in Virginia, has never appeared publicly to speak about her son.

She told News 13 in Orlando in a phone interview that she still has faith in the justice system, despite the charges against her son.

Still, she warned that her son must be judged by an impartial jury.

‘It is imperative now more than ever that George receive fair treatment by the judicial system, as this is the quintessential birthright of every American,’ she wrote.

She blamed news media for spinning the story about the Martin shooting and convincing the public that her son was a murderer.
‘The media, with the help of social media made it their prerogative to judge and sentence George before and after his arrest,’ she wrote.

Trayvon was unarmed and Zimmerman didn’t want to fight a fair one after chasing him around the neighborhood. What lies is this woman even talking about?

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If You Don’t Know, Now You Know: Top 15 Biggie Anthems [LISTEN]

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Baby bay-bay!

March 9 of each year Hip-Hop laments the loss of one of its most prolific MCs in Christopher “Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace. And while tomorrow marks the 16th anniversary of the Brooklyn native’s death, we here at Hip- HopWired recall one of his greatest strengths and a large reason why he remains one of the game’s most heralded artists: his ability to create a certified anthem.

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The Big Payback: Judge Overturns Attorney General’s Settlement Of James Brown’s Multi-Million Dollar Will, Claims Majority Of Money To Go To Charity

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People turn into pure savages when they smell a little gwap in the air

Supreme Court Judge Overturns Attorney General’s Settlement Of James Brown’s Estate

Via NYPost

The South Carolina Supreme Court yesterday overturned a settlement dividing up the multimillion-dollar estate of James Brown, saying a former attorney general didn’t follow the late soul singer’s wishes in putting together the deal.

State Attorney General Henry McMaster brokered a settlement in 2009 that split Brown’s estate, giving nearly half to a charitable trust, a quarter to his widow, Tomi Rae Hynie, and leaving the rest to be split among his adult children.

But the justices ruled that the deal ignored Brown’s wishes for most of his money to go to charity.

The court also ruled the Godfather of Soul was of sound mind when he made his will before dying of heart failure on Christmas Day 2006 at age 73.

The court sent the estate back to a lower court to be reconsidered.

The justices did agree with the lower court’s decision to remove Brown’s original trustees.

Members of Brown’s family said they wanted them gone because the trustees mismanaged the estate until it was almost broke.

The court said it had no idea what the estate was worth, giving an estimate of $5 million to more than $100 million.

Moral of the story: Don’t mess with the will of the Soul Brother Number 1.

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Stop The Violence: Trayvon Martin’s Parents Hold Candlelight Vigil In NYC On The 1-Year Anniversary Of His Death

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Trayvon Martin’s Parents Hold Candle Light Vigil On One-Year Anniversary Of His Death

Today marks exactly 1 year since 17-year-old high school student Trayvon Martin was senselessly gunned down by self-appointed neighborhood watchdog George Zimmerman during an altercation that began when Zimmerman approached Trayvon on his way home from the store because the teen was wearing a hoodie and  ”looked suspicious.”

via USA Today

Robert Zimmerman wears bullet-proof vests when he goes outside his house. He doesn’t greet neighbors or look grocery store cashiers in the eye. Once, angry customers at Starbucks confronted him over one of the nation’s most controversial cases.

Zimmerman is not a suspect, but his brother, George, is the man accused of murdering Trayvon Martin a year ago today. Like Trayvon’s family, Zimmerman’s family has been forever changed since the night Trayvon, a teenager who prosecutors say was racially profiled, was shot dead in a dark Florida subdivision.

Amid plans for a vigil in memory of Trayvon tonight in New York City, the families of George Zimmerman and Trayvon are speaking as publicly about the case as ever.

Trayvon’s father, Tracy Martin, 46, continues to be haunted by the moment he identified his son’s dead body. For him, Feb. 26, the day of the shooting, and Feb. 27, the morning he identified his son, mark the worst days of his life.

“I just want to erase those two days,” he said. “No healing has been one inside my heart.”

Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon’s mother, has spent the year trying to heal and working with other families whose children have been killed. She tells parents about her experience and lobbies for changes in “stand your ground” laws across the country.

“The first six months, we were crying a lot,” Fulton said. “But we can’t continue having our kids die for no reason. We have to come up with some plan to stop this violence. I don’t know if it’s gun control or educating people with guns.”

Tonight, Martin and Fulton will hold a “Million Hoodies Candlelight Vigil for Trayvon Martin,” in Union Square at 6 p.m.

We sincerely hope that the Martin and Fulton families will finally see justice served in 2013.


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R.I.P. “Ugliest Woman In The World” FINALLY Buried In Native Mexico 150 Years After Death

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After 150 years how much of her was left to bury?

“Ape Woman” Buried In Mexico 150 Years After Death

Via NBCNews

The “ugliest woman in the world” was buried in her native northern Mexico on Tuesday, more than 150 years after her death and a tragic life spent exhibited as a freak of nature at circuses around the world.

Born in Mexico in 1834, Julia Pastrana suffered from hypertrichosis and gingival hyperplasia, diseases that gave her copious facial hair and a thick-set jaw. These features led to her being called a “bear woman” or “ape woman.”

During the mid-1850s, Pastrana met Theodore Lent, a U.S. impresario who toured the singing and dancing Pastrana at freak shows across the United States and Europe before marrying her.

In 1860, Pastrana died in Moscow after giving birth to Lent’s son, who inherited his mother’s condition. The son died a few days later, and Lent then toured with the mother and son’s embalmed remains. After changing hands over the ensuing decades, both bodies ended up at the University of Oslo in Norway.

Says Sinaloa state Gov. Mario Lopez:

“Imagine the aggression and cruelty of humankind she had to face, and how she overcame it. It’s a very dignified story,” said Mario Lopez, the governor of Sinaloa state who lobbied to have her remains repatriated to her home state for burial.

“When I heard about this Sinaloan woman, I said there’s no way she can be left locked away in a warehouse somewhere,” he said.

We would say that this Lent character ain’t isht, but at least he did marry the lady. However, travelling the country with her and the son’s embalmed bodies to make a couple bucks is shady to say the least.

R.I.P. Julia Pastrana

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Michelle Obama Skips Grammy’s To Attend Saturday Funeral Of Slain Chicago Teen Hadiya Pendleton

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Michelle Obama heads to the funeral of Hadiya Pendleton, another victim of Chicago’s gun violence…

Michelle Obama To Attend Funeral Of Hadiya Pendleton

Though she’s up for a Grammy, first lady Michelle Obama isn’t planning to attend the awards show this weekend.

Via Politico reports:

Obama hasn’t scheduled a trip to Los Angeles for Sunday’s event, according to a White House official.

The first lady was nominated in the “Best Spoken Word Album” category for a taped reading of her book “American Grown.” Competing for the same Grammy: Former President Bill Clinton, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, comedian Ellen DeGeneres and singer-songwriter Janis Ian.

Instead, the FLOTUS will be in Chicago for the funeral of a Hadiya Pendleton who has shot last week…

Via Chicago Sun Times reports:

First Lady Michelle Obama is planning on attending the Saturday funeral services for slain teenager Hadiya Pendleton, who has become a national symbol for the growing problem of gun and gang violence in the city of Chicago.

Obama will be accompanied at the funeral by Valerie Jarrett, a senior advisor to the president, and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

Pendleton was gunned down last month at a neighborhood park.

Hadiya attended President Barack Obama’s inauguration last month, performing as a baton-twirling majorette with her King College Prep school band at a party sponsored by U.S. Rep. Danny K. Davis.

Hadiya’s wake and funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Greater Harvest Baptist Church, 5141 S. State.


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Friends And Family Of 15-Year-Old Slain Inauguration Performer Hadiya Pendleton Petition For President Obama To Attend Her Funeral

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President Obama and the first family have been asked to pay their respects to Hadiya Pendleton in person…

Friends and Family Of Hadiya Pendleton Want President Obama At Her Funeral

The tragic, sudden and untimely death of 15-year-old Chicago native Hadiya Pendleton weighed heavy on the hearts of many, including the President and First Family who issued condolences to her family through White House spokesman Jay Carney upon learning of her passing.

However, grieving residents, friends and family of Hadiya are now pushing for President Obama to take it a step further by paying his respects to her in person at her funeral on February 9.

via Loop 21

What happened to Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old Chicago teen, was horrible.

While taking cover from the rain, the young girl, who performed with her high school drill team at the Inauguration of President Barack Obama, was gunned down in what seems to be random gunfire. The White House acknowledged her death Wednesday. “The president and first lady’s thoughts and prayers are with the family of Hadiya Pendleton,” White house spokesman Jay Carney said.

But the people want more. A petition was created, urging the president to honor the brief life of the girl and attend her funeral. Carney said he had no knowledge of the petition nor of any scheduling changes. There is no word that he has addressed the petitions’ request

Our prayers continue to go out to this grieving family and community as they prepare to lay Hadiya to rest.


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Elizabeth Taylor Died Today (1932 – 2011)

Screen legend Elizabeth Taylor died this morning of congestive heart failure at age 79, according to the Associated Press:

“My Mother was an extraordinary woman who lived life to the fullest, with great passion, humor, and love,” her son, Michael Wilding, said in a statement.
“We know, quite simply, that the world is a better place for Mom having lived in it. Her legacy will never fade, her spirit will always be with us, and her love will live forever in our hearts.”
Wilding and Taylor’s three other children were with her. She is also survived buy 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

What can one say about Elizabeth Taylor? One might say she was an icon among icons or a legend among legends, but she deserves better than overblown phrases. She was Liz Taylor. Her beauty was everything it is spoke of as being, her fame was everything it is spoke of as being, and her talent was everything it is spoke of as being and more.

Things that were waiting for her up in heaven: crates of vodka, an audience to perform for every night, copious amounts of priceless jewellery and Richard Burton (and if not him at least one of her other 6 husbands). Personally, I was hoping to be husband number 8.

R.I.P Elizabeth Taylor

 

R.I.P. Leslie Nielsen (1926 – 2010) – You Were Awesome

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Beloved Canadian comic actor Leslie Nielsen has passed away from complications due to pneumonia. He was 84 years old. According to the BBC:

Veteran comic actor Leslie Nielsen, star of Airplane! and The Naked Gun, has died at the age of 84.He died in hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he was being treated for pneumonia, his agent John S Kelly said.

Canadian-born Nielsen started out as a serious actor but in 1980, his role as a hapless doctor in the disaster spoof film Airplane! made him a comic star. In all, he appeared in more than 100 films and had a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.

“With his friends and his wife by his side, he just fell asleep and passed away,” his nephew Doug Nielsen told the AFP news agency.

Thank you for the laughs Mr. Nielsen. “Airplane” will always be one of my favorite childhood memories.

“You’re excited? You should feel my nipples!” – Leslie Nielsen

 

Body of 5 Year Old North Carolina Missing Girl Found in the Woods


The body of  missing 5-year-old, Shaniya Davis, was found in the woods yesterday. Her mother, Antoinette Nicole Davis, is currently being charged with human trafficking, child abuse involving prostitution and filing a false report. Flip the hood for the update to this story.

Shaniya’s body was found Monday, approximately 30 miles from her Fayetteville home. When the young girl first disappeared, police investigated the alleged boyfriend of Antoinette Davis, the girl’s mother. That man was later let go, and police charged Mario Andrette McNeill with kidnapping after hotel surveillance video showed him with Shaniya. McNeill later admitted to taking Shaniya, after which, Antoinette Davis was arrested on felony child abuse and human trafficking charges. Police believe that Antoinette offered Shaniya to the man for sexual favors.

Authorities were hopeful that the arrests of McNeill and Davis would lead to them finding Shaniya alive, but that wasn’t the case. The cause of death and condition of the young girl’s body have not been released.