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Published: Wednesday, November 08, 2017 @ 6:13 AM
According to the New York Daily News, Devin Kelley walked into the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs on Sunday yelling, “Everybody is going to die, [expletive]!" before fatally shooting 26 people, including children. He specifically went after children who cried or begged for help as he continued to fire off shots, one couple said.
“When the children cried next to their mothers, he would return to shoot them more,” survivor Joaquin Ramirez, 50, recalled. “He had more hatred toward the children because they cried.”
Ramirez and his girlfriend, Rosanne Solis, 52, said they were seated near the back of the church when Kelley ambushed the congregation. They both hid underneath the pews and pretended they were already dead in order to avoid being killed. As the shooter sprayed bullets into the crowd of churchgoers, he became impatient with those who couldn’t hide their fear, especially children.
Ramirez added that he held a finger to his lips in effort to silence 14-year-old victim Annabelle Pomeroy, the pastor’s daughter, who had cried for help just as Kelley began to leave the church thinking everyone was dead.
“The pastor’s daughter cried again and he walked back to the front to shoot her. As I was crawling out I looked at the child. She was dead," Ramirez said.
Ramirez was able to crawl out of the building unnoticed as Kelley turned on the guitar players. Once he escaped, he called 911. He and Solis then drove themselves to the hospital with Solis suffering from a gunshot wound to her shoulder and Ramirez having been hit by shrapnel. The couple is still shaken by Kelley’s cold-hearted treatment of the children and babies.
Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 8:50 PM
DES MOINES, Wash. — When burglars violently broke into a Des Moines, Washington, home mid-afternoon on Wednesday, a teenager hid in a closet and held onto his dog.
But Rex -- a 2-year-old German shepherd -- ran downstairs to protect the 16-year-old.
The dog confronted the burglars, who beat him until he was bloody. The dog ran back upstairs.
With the dog out of sight, the home invasion continued as the two burglars trashed the house room by room. When they came into the bedroom where the teen and the dog were hiding in the closet, and the teen was on the phone with 911, the dog stood up to them with the little strength he had left.
He threw himself at the burglars, the teen's family wrote on a GoFundMe page, and was shot at least three times in the neck, leg and knee.
As the sound of sirens became audible, the burglars ran away.
Officers found smashed sliding door glass when they went into the home to get the teen outside safely. They also found Rex, who at first looked dead.
While SWAT teams looked for the suspects, Rex was taken to the animal hospital.
He was eventually taken to BluePearl, where he is in the veterinary intensive care unit, receiving pain medication, antibiotics and wound care, with round-the-clock monitoring of his vital signs.
After making it through the night, the dog is now in stable condition.
As Rex recovers, people on social media have taken to calling him a "hero dog" for intervening between the burglars and the teenager.
"My nephew was protected by his eternal friend until the last bit of strength he had in him to do what his unconditional, loving instinct told him to," family member Susy Cadena said on the GoFundMe page.
The family started crowdfunding after paying large sums of money for X-rays and urgently needed medication for Rex. They hope to raise $10,000 to cover the expenses.
"Our family cannot let Rex the hero dog go without us fighting as hard as he did, to his very last bit of a strength while protecting my nephew," Cadena said.
Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 5:35 PM
BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. — The school resource officer at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has resigned, according to Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel.[View the story "Stoneman Douglas resource officer resigns after investigation" on Storify]
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Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 12:06 AM
— The village of Wauconda, Illinois, is getting a lot of love from “Black Panther” fans following the blockbuster’s record-breaking premiere weekend.
Is anyone else from Illinois going to have a difficult time watching #TheBlackPanther w/out mentally referring to the Chicago suburb when they mention the stunning nation in the film? 😂😂😂 Can't wait to see it! #Wakanda vs Wauconda. #photo pic.twitter.com/8CpeKg8q24— Laurice Marier (@TheRealLaurice) February 18, 2018
Pronounced the same way as the magical (but fictional) African kingdom of Wakanda, the town, where about 20,000 people reside along the shore of Lake Michigan, has already received a call asking whether they were hiding vibranium, the strongest metal in the world (Wakanda’s fictional world).
Another fan called to ask about the village’s pronunciation. “When I told him, he began yelling, ‘Wakanda forever!’” Alise Homola, executive assistant to Wauconda’s village administrator and mayor, told the Hollywood Reporter.
"At first, I was like, is there a full moon out?” Homola said, confused about the calls and requests for vibranium. She knew about the film but not the plot.
In the Marvel universe, the Kingdom of Wakanda is a fictional nation ruled by T’Challa, or the Black Panther. Thanks to its massive hidden stash of vibranium, it’s also one of the most technologically advanced nations in the world.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Wauconda High School Principal Dan Klett even received an inquiry about changing the school’s mascot from a bulldog to a black panther. But that won’t be happening.
While Wauconda, Illinois, has no plans to play up the “Black Panther” connection, other cities are getting in on the fun.
Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport announced on Twitter that it would be offering nonstop flights to the fictional kingdom, prompting hilarious reactions from some of the stars of “Black Panther” themselves.
We've gotta have some music on the in-flight entertainment too. Now streaming: Killmonger Me Softly, T'Challa Back Girl, M'Baku That Thang Up, Straight Outta Wakanda, N'Jadaka Said Knock You Out.— Atlanta Airport (@ATLairport) February 20, 2018
The blockbuster’s ties to the metro Atlanta region are a pretty big deal. In fact, almost $84 million of flick’s reported $200 million budget was spent in Georgia, the AJC previously reported.
Several scenes of Wakanda were actually shot at the beautiful rock quarry at the Vulcan Materials Co. in Stockbridge.
According to the state economic development department, 3,100 people working in Georgia’s booming film industry were employed during the shoot, which started in August 2016 and wrapped up in November 2017.
Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 10:56 PM
ATLANTA — Timothy Jerrell Cunningham called out of work sick at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 10 days ago and hasn’t been heard from since, police say.
His father, Terrell Cunningham, said something must be wrong.
When the 35-year-old’s parents arrived in Atlanta from Maryland, they used a spare key to enter the house and found Timothy’s car, keys, wallet and phone, WSB-TV reported.
"It's not the type of news you want to hear,” Terrell Cunningham said. “Your child is missing. Thirty-five years old, but always your child."
The father said his son is an accomplished man who graduated from Morehouse and earned a master’s degree and doctorate from Harvard University. As an epidemic intelligence officer, Timothy Cunningham has been deployed for public health emergencies, including superstorm Sandy, Ebola and Zika.
It’s unusual for him not to contact family, his father said.
"This is not normal,” Terrell Cunningham said. “This is definitely out of the ordinary."
Family and friends hope the missing man will be found safe.
Timothy Cunningham is 6 feet tall and weighs about 200 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call 911.