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May 23, 2013 |
Maria Rodriguez wept in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom. Nearly seven years after her boyfriend was gunned down by two men carrying AK-47s, Rodriguez tearfully recounted Thursday how she later broke the news to their young daughter that her father would not be coming home. "I just told her, 'One day we're going to see him, but it's not going to be soon,'" Rodriguez said. Rodriguez's boyfriend, Larry Marcial, 22, was one of three people killed on a quiet South L.A. street in the June 30, 2006, attack, which became known as the 49th Street Massacre.
January 17, 2013 |
An Indonesian Supreme Court hopeful may have torpedoed his chances at the job after suggesting that women might enjoy being raped, infuriating a wide array of critics. Daming Sanusi made the inflammatory remarks Monday while being interviewed by a parliamentary panel for a seat on the Supreme Court. When asked whether rapists should be put to death, Daming joked that because both the rapist and the victim “enjoy it,” the court should think twice about imposing the death penalty.
July 21, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- President Obama will travel to Colorado on Sunday to meet with families of the victims of the Aurora movie theater shooting rampage, the White House announced Saturday. He will also meet with local and state officials on his visit, which he is making ahead of a previously scheduled three-day trip to Western states for official and campaign events. The president cut short a campaign trip in Florida on Friday after learning of the tragedy and returned to the White House for meetings with senior officials to discuss the situation.
August 11, 2012 |
First Lady Michelle Obama made a surprise visit Saturday to a hospital in Aurora, Colo., where she met victims wounded in last month's shootings at a premiere screening of"The Dark Knight Rises. " At the Medical Center of Aurora, Obama thanked doctors, nurses and staff who took care of some of those wounded in the July 20 attack. She also met with some of the shooting victims and their families, including one of the two patients who remain in the intensive care unit. Police say James E. Holmes, 24, opened fire during a midnight screening of the new Batman movie, killing 12 people and wounding 58. Holmes faces 142 criminal charges , including 24 counts of first-degree murder.
August 14, 2012 |
Hours after a gunman killed a constable and a bystander before dying in a shootout with police, the mayor of College Station, Texas, called Monday's events tragic and extended condolences to victims and thanks to the police. Brazos County Constable Brian Bachmann was serving a foreclosure notice near Texas A&M University when he was shot. Police identified the gunman as Thomas Caffall, 35, and the bystander as Chris Northcliff, 43. Brachmann was 41. An unidentified 55-year-old woman was wounded and hospitalized in serious condition.
June 23, 2012 |
On the steps of the courthouse where a jury convicted Jerry Sandusky of sexually abusing young boys, Pennsylvania Atty. Gen. Linda Kelly thanked the victims who faced a packed courthouse -- and their attacker - to tell their stories. “The victims… have shown great strength and courage, candidly and sometimes chillingly telling their stories,” Kelly said. “Not only to the jury in a packed courtroom… but also to the entire world.” After 21 hours of deliberation at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa., a jury of seven women and five men on Friday night convicted the former Penn State coach of 45 charges related to the sexual assault of 10 boys over a 15-year period.
June 5, 2013 |
At least one woman was killed and more victims were feared dead after a vacant Philadelphia building collapsed onto a Salvation Army store as it was being demolished Wednesday. Mayor James Nutter was expected to hold an 11 p.m. news conference about the collapse, which killed a 35-year-old woman and hurt at least 13 other people. At least one missing man, Borbor Davis, was also feared dead. A WPVI-TV reporter said she was with the man's wife when the woman reportedly received a phone call from officials confirming his death.
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April 15, 2014 |
The Glenn County coroner has completed autopsies on the victims of the fiery crash of a FedEx truck and charter bus and will begin notifying families Tuesday afternoon, officials said. Chief Deputy Coroner Richard Warren said most families will learn Tuesday that their relatives' bodies were positively identified as victims of last week's crash. Ten people were killed, including five Southern California high school students. One of the victims died at UC Davis Medical Center last week and was identified as Arthur Arzola, 29, a chaperon for the trip.
January 2, 2013 |
This post has been corrected, as indicated below. A Connecticut lawyer has withdrawn -- for now -- a $100-million lawsuit against the state of Connecticut on behalf of a 6-year-old survivor of the Newtown school shooting in which 20 young children were killed. According to the Washington Post, New Haven-based attorney Irving Pinsky might resubmit the claim after evaluating new evidence. The basis of Pinsky's claim is that the state Board of Education, Department of Education and education commissioner failed to take appropriate steps to protect children at the Sandy Hook Elementary School from "foreseeable harm" and had failed to provide a "safe school setting.
September 18, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Sandy Phillips, whose daughter Jessica was killed in the Colorado movie theater shooting in July 2012, recounted Wednesday that it was not until the Connecticut school massacre five months later that she and her husband decided to advocate for stricter gun safety laws. She and other families of shooting victims were scheduled to return to Washington this week, some arriving Monday just as news of another mass shooting spread, this one not far from the Capitol. To those who predict that this tragedy, which claimed 12 more victims, will do little to advance gun legislation in Congress, Phillips delivered this message: “We will not give up. We will not go away.” “There is no perfect policy that would prevent every tragic shooting.