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Boston Marathon bombing survivor killed in car crash in Dubai

Published: Monday, March 07, 2016 @ 11:28 AM
Updated: Tuesday, March 08, 2016 @ 12:07 PM


            BOSTON, MA - MAY 30: Marathon bystander Bruce Mendhelson, first responder Alicia Shambo, Marathon victim Victoria McGrath, first responder Tyler Dodd, and Boston firefighter Jimmy Plourde on stage during the Boston Strong: An Evening Of Support And Celebration at TD Garden on May 30, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MAY 30: Marathon bystander Bruce Mendhelson, first responder Alicia Shambo, Marathon victim Victoria McGrath, first responder Tyler Dodd, and Boston firefighter Jimmy Plourde on stage during the Boston Strong: An Evening Of Support And Celebration at TD Garden on May 30, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images)

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Two Northeastern University students were killed in a car accident in the United Arab Emirates.

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One of the victims was Boston Marathon bombing survivor Victoria McGrath, a business administration and accounting student whose legs were injured when she was hit by shrapnel in the April 15, 2013, attacks. 

McGrath, 23, and classmate Priscilla Perez Torrez were in Dubai at the time of the crash. The university said the women were on a personal trip, not studying abroad.

Northeastern University released a statement Monday morning:

"Northeastern University has confirmed that two undergraduate students have been tragically killed in a car accident overseas. Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Victoria McGrath and Priscilla Perez Torres in this extremely difficult time."

>>Victoria McGrath's parents release statement to remember their daughter

McGrath, originally from Weston, Connecticut, was five feet away from the first bomb when it went off at the race nearly three years ago. 

Boston firefighter Jimmy Plourde used a T-shirt to tie a tourniquet onto her leg and carried her to a medical tent. Images of the scene became lasting photos of the marathon bombings.

“People come up to me and tell me how terrible this is,” McGrath said at a fundraiser after the bombings. “And to an extent they are right, but we're only going to get stronger from this -- all of us.”

Meet bombing victim #VictoriaMcgrath on @todayshow She is thankful to 4 strangers who saved her life.

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Plourde released a statement Monday on McGrath's death, saying that his family is "devastated."

"My family is devastated with the loss of our dearest friend Victoria McGrath and her roommate Priscilla Perez Torres," he said. "After the Boston Marathon bombing, Victoria become a major part of my life as well as my family's. It's been said that I helped to save her life, but the truth is, Victoria saved my life after the marathon, as her love, support and friendship helped myself and my family deal with the acts of April 15, 2013. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the McGrath and Perez Torres families as they deal with this unimaginable tragedy."

Boston firefighter Jimmy Plourde has released a statement to NBC News after learning the woman he's carrying to safety...

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Details of the crash that killed McGrath and Torrez are still unclear.

Those who knew McGrath took to social media to mourn her death.

Life can change in an instant...we know this only too well.  Those who survived the Boston Marathon bombings of April...

Posted by Norden Brothers - Boston Marathon Survivors on Sunday, March 6, 2016

الله يرحمهاThe path of your life can change in an instant...this is so sad.... Victoria McGrath, my student and...

Posted by Rand Ghayad on Sunday, March 6, 2016

Love and light to my fellowBoston Marathon attack survivor,Victoria McGrath, taken by accident from our Marathon...

Posted by Lynn Julian on Monday, March 7, 2016

Mariana and I are heart broken to hear that a beautiful young lady who was one of the Boston Marathon bombing survivors,...

Posted by Anton Spaans on Sunday, March 6, 2016

each and every one of these people are my heroes<3

Posted by Krystara Brassard on Thursday, October 10, 2013

WATCH: Firefighter catches child thrown from burning building

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 1:13 AM

WATCH: Firefighter Catches Child Thrown From Burning Building

Incredible video captured firefighters rescuing a child from a burning building in DeKalb County, Georgia.

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The helmet camera video, posted by DeKalb County Fire and Rescue, was taken at the Avondale Forest Apartments on Jan. 3.

The video shows a person on top of a ladder drop a child down to a firefighter as the flames roar around them.

The firefighter catches the child and quickly runs to safety. 

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"Third-generation DCFR firefighter Capt. Scott Stroup can be seen catching one of the children that was dropped from the third-floor balcony. Great job by all hands operating on this fire as several lifesaving grabs were made that night," the department posted on Facebook.

An estimated 50 people were left without a place to live after the massive fire at the Decatur apartment complex.

Capt. Eric Jackson, with DeKalb County Fire and Rescue, told WSB-TV that four adults and eight children were hurt in the fire.

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He said their injuries were minor and mostly related to smoke inhalation.

Firefighters kicked in doors and ushered out residents when they arrived on the scene, Jackson said. 

One of the victims told WSB-TV's Steve Gehlbach hearing the screams coming from the people trapped was the most frightening part of the fire for them.

“Jumping out of the building. Jumping out of their balconies. Someone said they threw their baby outside and fireman caught the baby,” they said.

Florida boy dies of rabies after bat scratch, school officials say

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 1:41 AM

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A young boy died of rabies after being scratched by a bat, according to Christian Academy school officials in Eustis, Florida.

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The school posted about the boy’s death on its website, saying that he attended the school in 2016.

The post said Ryker Roque “was a quiet boy adored by teachers and classmates.”

Henry Roque, Ryker's father, took a video of the two on a fishing trip and said they were as close as father and son could be. 

He shared pictures and videos of his son with WFTV to share with the world how much he loved his son.

As Ryker underwent an experimental procedure for the rabies infection, Henry held out hope, even as doctors told the family he had virtually no chance of surviving. 

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"I've seen huge miracles before. And I went back on the bed and laid with him and held him and said, 'Ryker, miracles happen every day. I know you hear me,'" Henry said. 

Several weeks ago, Henry said he found a sick bat, which he did not know had rabies, and put it in a bucket, telling Ryker not to touch it.

But Ryker did touch it and was scratched by the bat – but seemed fine, school officials said.

A week later, the child lost use of his legs and “experienced confusion,” having hallucinations and convulsions.

Ryker was hospitalized and an experimental treatment was used, but he died Sunday.

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The school held a fundraiser to help the family with medical expenses.

"He was a very sweet boy. Everything he did was nice. The kids loved to play with him because he was the kindest kid," said Connor Jenkins, with the Christian Academy preschool. 

GoFundMe account was also set up for the family. 

Navy filing homicide charges against 2 ship commanders

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 7:16 PM
Updated: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 6:39 PM

Funeral services were Saturday in West Jefferson for Navy sailor Jacob Drake who was one of 10 sailors who died at sea last month in a ship crash aboard the USS John McCain. Video produced by Barrie Barber.

The Navy says it is filing negligent homicide charges against the commanders of two ships involved in fatal collisions last year.

The USS John S. McCain collision resulted in the death of Champaign County sailor Jacob Drake. Drake was a Petty Officer 2nd class.

The charges are to be presented at what the military calls an Article 32 hearing, which will determine whether the accused are court-martialed.

The actions, including charges against several lower-ranking officers, were announced Tuesday by the Navy's chief spokesman, Capt. Greg Hicks.

Friends, family gather for funeral of Jacob Drake 

WATCH: Jacob Drake procession

Hicks says the decision to file charges was made by Adm. Frank Caldwell, head of the Navy's nuclear reactors program, who reviewed evidence of what caused the collisions. The USS Fitzgerald collided with a commercial ship in waters off Japan in June, killing seven sailors. Ten sailors were killed when the USS John S. McCain collided with an oil tanker in Southeast Asia in August.

Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson says she's skipping Trump's State of the Union address

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 3:51 AM

President Donald Trump and U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.). (Photo credits: AP Photo/Evan Vucci, AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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President Donald Trump and U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.). (Photo credits: AP Photo/Evan Vucci, AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)(AP Photo/Evan Vucci, AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

President Donald Trump and Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.), who were locked in a well-documented feud months ago over the latter’s account of a phone call between the president and the widow of Army Sgt. La David Johnsonmay have a new reason to renew their spat.

>> On Rare.us: Frederica Wilson renews fight with John Kelly and President Trump

Wilson has announced two weeks ahead of Trump’s first State of the Union address that she will be following in the footsteps of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calf.) and others by ditching the occasion.

The Florida Democrat said “recent racist and incendiary remarks about Haiti and African nations” were the reason why she won’t be on hand for the speech.

“For the first time since I began serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, I will not be attending the president’s State of the Union address. I have no doubt that instead of delivering a message of inclusivity and an agenda that benefits all Americans, President Trump’s address will be full of innuendo, empty promises and lies,” she said in a statement, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

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“During his disappointing and destructive first year in office, Mr. Trump has demeaned the presidency at every opportunity and cast doubt on our nation’s standing as a global leader. The United States’ reputation is smoldering in the ashes of his recent racist and incendiary remarks about Haiti and African nations,” she continued. “Many of his proposed domestic policies are harmful to people of color, low-income communities and the middle class. It would be an embarrassment to be seen with him at a forum that under any other president would be an honor to attend.”

As mentioned, Waters also announced that she will not be attending the SOTU.

Waters, who also called Trump a “racist,” went on MSNBC’s “All in with Chris Hayes” to say Trump “does not deserve her attention.”

“Oh no, I didn’t go to the inauguration. I didn’t go to the joint session that was held after that; I don’t intend to go to this one. Why would I take my time to go and listen to a liar, to someone who lies in the face of facts?” she said.

“What does he have to say that I would be interested in?” she added.

>> On Rare.us: Sgt. La David Johnson’s mom claims Trump 'did disrespect' her son

Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) said he “wouldn’t be honest with [himself]” if he attends the SOTU, so he has also decided to boycott it.

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