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97-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor Among 11 Killed in Synagogue Mass Shooting

Siblings, a husband and wife and a 97-year-old Holocaust survivor were among the 11 worshipers slain at a Saturday morning Shabbat service in a Pittsburgh synagogue, authorities said.

The victims’ identities were released by the medical examiner’s office after the next of kin for all 11 had been notified of their deaths, allegedly at the hands of Robert Bowers. Six others were wounded, including four responding police officers.

A few biographical details about the dead have also been released by authorities and are included where available.

This post will be updated as more is known about the slain victims, who are:

Joyce Feinberg, 75

Richard Godfried, 65

Rose Mallinger, 97, who survived Holocaust

Jerry Rabinowitz, 66

Cesil Rosenthal, 59, brother to victim David Rosenthal

David Rosenthal, 54, brother to victim Cesil Rosenthal

Bernice Simon, 84, wife to Sylvan Simon

Sylvan Simon, 86, husband to Bernice Simon

Daniel Stein, 71

Melvin Wax, 88

and Irving Yungner, 69

“We are going to get through this,” Police Chief Scott Schubert said Sunday. “We are going to continue on and show what Pittsburgh is made of.”

Suspect Bowers is accused of attacking the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood about 9:50 a.m. Saturday, according to prosecutors, who have said he was armed with three handguns and an assault rifle.

U.S. Attorney Scott Brady told reporters on Sunday that during the rampage, Bowers allegedly talked about genocide and wanting to kill Jewish people.

The synagogue is used by three different congregations, all of whom were practicing there on Saturday.

Bowers has been charged with 29 federal crimes, most of which carry a maximum penalty of death, Brady said: He faces 11 counts of murdering victims exercising their religious beliefs and 11 counts of using a firearm to commit murder as well as seven additional charges in connection with his alleged attack on the responding police officers at the scene, four of whom were wounded.

Bowers will make his first court appearance on Monday afternoon, according to authorities.

He remains in custody in the hospital following surgery after being wounded during the shootings.


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University of Utah Student-Athlete Killed on Campus Before Sex Offender Suspect Shoots Himself

A University of Utah student-athlete was fatally shot Monday evening at the school’s Salt Lake City campus, according to a statement by the school about the death of Lauren McCluskey.

The suspect in the killing, Melvin Rowland, a convicted sex offender, was found dead hours later on Monday night inside a Salt Lake City church from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to multiple reports.

According to the school’s statement, the shooting took place at about 8:20 p.m. Campus police responded to a call of a possible abduction at that time and found McCluskey’s body in a parked car outside a dorm.

McCluskey, a Washington state native and a senior at the school, was majoring in communication and was a “highly regarded member” of the school’s track and field team, the statement added.

Police have said she may have had a previous relationship with Rowland, 37, which might have prompted the attack, ABC reported. After the shooting, Rowland was seen fleeing from the part of campus where McCluskey was discovered. Then he allegedly killed himself, police said.

“They chased him to this location, where they found that he had forced entry into the church,” University of Utah Police Services Lt. Brian Wahlin told ABC. “After clearing the building, they found our suspect deceased in a room in the church, suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.”

University of Utah Campus Police did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

ABC also reported that Rowland, a Salt Lake City native, was not a student at the university and that court records show he had been convicted of attempted forcible sex abuse and enticing a minor over the internet in 2004.

According to a Facebook account that apparently belonged to McCluskey, she was 21.

All University of Utah classes on Tuesday were canceled, and the school is planning a vigil for McCluskey on Wednesday at 5 p.m. “to allow our campus community to grieve the senseless loss of this bright, young woman,” school president Ruth Watkins wrote in the statement. “Her family is understandably in shock at this news about their daughter. They are heartbroken.”

According to USA Today, this is the second deadly shooting at the university within a year. In October 2017, Austin Boutain was charged with carjacking, which led to the death of 23-year-old Chenwei Guowas. Boutain, 24, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.


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Mom of S.C. Teacher Killed by Alligator Speaks Out: ‘I Keep Thinking About Her Being Dragged Away’

The mother of a 45-year-old kindergarten teacher from South Carolina who was killed by an alligator while walking her dog on Monday says she’s still struggling to come to terms with her daughter’s death.

“I cannot make any sense of what’s happened. None at all,” Julia Meza said through tears during an interview with Today on Tuesday. “She would never go near an alligator, she would never irritate an alligator.”

Meza’s daughter, Cassandra Cline, was walking with her dog near a lagoon around 9:30 a.m. on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, when an 8-foot alligator attacked the dog.

Cline struggled to save her dog, but was attacked and pulled underwater by the alligator, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.

“I just keep thinking about her being dragged away by that,” Meza said. “I just, I just can’t imagine it.”

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Hilton Head Island Fire Rescue and Sea Pines Security personnel arrived at the scene and found Cline, a resident of Sea Pines Living, in the water.

David Lucas, of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, told ABC News that Cline was still alive when she was pulled from the water, but died at the scene.

Sam Chapplear, with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, told ABC that Cline had gotten into a tug-of-war with the animal to save her dog before being attacked herself.

The alligator was later found and euthanized, according to the site. The dog survived the incident.

The Beaufort County Coroner, Edward Allen, scheduled an autopsy to be performed at the Medical University of South Carolina to determine Cline’s cause death, according to the sheriff’s office.

Now, Cline’s family and friends are remembering the woman they nicknamed “Sassy.”

“She was a wonderful, giving person,” Meza told Today, noting that her daughter was a kindergarten teacher. “She’s been one for years and she loved her students.”

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Sea Pines Living officials wrote in a statement on Facebook that they are “shocked and heartbroken” after hearing the news.

“It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the tragic loss of one of our Sea Pines property owners Cassandra Cline,” they wrote.

“The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office issued a statement earlier today stating that Ms.Cline was killed by an alligator in a lagoon in the Club Course area of Sea Pines. An alligator—believed responsible for the attack—was located and removed from the scene.”


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Boy Shot in Face By Mom in Murder-Suicide That Killed Brother Doesn’t Speak of Horror He Survived

Joey Slaight came close to dying when his mother, a recovering methamphetamine addict and schizophrenic, shot him point-blank in the head on Jan. 2, 2015, before shooting his little brother and then herself just a day after she had been released from a psychiatric hospital.

Joey’s brother, 6-year-old Jaxon, was killed immediately. Their mother, Morgan Slaight, 27, succumbed to her wounds 11 days later.

But Joey, now 11, survived.

The boy who spent the last three years in two different hospitals and in a pediatric brain rehabilitation center, learning to walk, talk and even eat again, finally came home to Oklahoma on March 31.

Now he lives with his paternal aunt, Andra Munoz, her husband, Jason, and her four children: Max, 15, Brooks, 12 and 4-year-old twins Champ and Tripp.

In this week’s issue of PEOPLE, Joey’s relatives and caregivers open up in-depth about his tireless recovery.

“From day one, we saw miracles,” says Munoz, Joey’s legal guardian, who updates his milestones on the Facebook page Joey Strong. “He kept getting better and better, and doctors were saying, ‘We just don’t understand why this is happening.’ ”

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Despite the challenges Joey has overcome, no one knows how much he remembers about the horrors of that fateful morning in 2015. His doctors asked his family to avoid talking about the shooting and let Joey bring it up when he is ready.

Still, the trauma and monumental loss he suffered seem to be simmering in his subconscious: One of his first words was “gun,” as well as “almost died,” Munoz says.

Joey hasn’t yet mentioned Morgan or Jaxon by name during his waking hours, she says. But one night when her mother, Joey’s grandmother Randa Slaight, was staying in the room with him at Oklahoma’s The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital, where he spent four months in 2015 after he was released from the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison, “she heard him whimpering and calling out for his mom.”

Munoz he says Joey has only said Jaxon’s name once, when he was under anesthesia. The two did practically everything together, with Joey often looking after his younger brother.

“They were very close,” she says.

“He’s been saying ‘my brother’ since he’s been home with us,” Munoz says — and he often tells her he plays outside with “a little boy. But there is no little boy there.”

Coming to terms with what he does remember from the day his whole world collapsed is “one of the unknown areas for our family,” Munoz says. She remains hopeful that he will work through it in time, as he has faced many other seemingly insurmountable obstacles so far.

“There’s no limit on what he can accomplish,” she says.

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His family is happy to say that Joey is doing things like any other kid. He plays Xbox, eats dinner with his family and cuddles up with his aunt to hear his favorite bedtime stories.

Just weeks ago, they went on a weekend trip given to them by Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine, Texas.

“I never thought we would ever be able to bring him to a water park to bring him to play,” Munoz tells PEOPLE. “It’s all just amazing.”

To defray the costs of his outpatient care, Joey’s family has set up the online fundraiser Joey Slaight’s going home fund.

While he received high-quality care, part of why he did so well has nothing to do with medicine, says Becky Mitchum, his Joey’s speech language pathologist at NeuroRestorative Timber Ridge in Arkansas, where he spent the last two years.

“A big part of his recovery is that Joey is loved,” she says.

Adds Randa, his grandmother: “Joey has all of us around him with love and he will always have us right with him.”

“Faith got us through this, and what keeps us going is the hope that Joey will keep doing better and better,” Munoz says. “We hope to help others with Joey’s story.”


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Wrong Woman Is Kidnapped and Killed in Alleged Murder-for-Hire Plot: Police

A Florida woman was kidnapped and killed in what police are calling a murder-for-hire plot gone awry.

In a press conference held on Friday night, Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson revealed that the plot began after Ishnar Marie Lopez-Ramos, 35, allegedly hired Alexis Ramos-Rivera, 22, and his girlfriend Glorianmarie Quinones-Montes, 22, to murder a woman who was in a relationship with a man that Lopez-Ramos was in love with, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

The murder was planned and executed between Jan. 7 and “the early morning hours of the 8th.”

According to police, the suspects were able to track the woman to a store at a shopping center in Osceola County. However, once there, the suspects mistakenly identified Janice Zengotita-Torres, 42, as the “intended target when she left the store.”

PEOPLE’s request for additional comment from the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office was not immediately returned.

Not realizing their mistake, “the suspects followed the victim to her apartment and in the parking lot they forcibly put the victim into the back of her own vehicle and they drove away,” Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson explained.

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The suspects then allegedly drove to a nearby bank where they obtained Zengotita-Torres’ ATM card and pin code.

After Lopez-Ramos allegedly “withdrew money from the victim’s account,” the suspects drove back to the victim’s apartment in Orlando. While Quinones-Montes went into the victim’s apartment, Lopez-Ramos and Ramos-Rivera “realized that they had mistakingly taken the wrong person.”

“However, the suspects continued with their plan of murder and allegedly tied the victim with zip ties and then her head in duct tape and garbage bags,” Gibson continued.

After Ramos-Rivera allegedly “began beating the victim until she was unconscious,” the three suspects drove the victim’s vehicle to Ormond Beach, where they dumped her body. They then allegedly drove back to Orlando before leaving the victim’s vehicle in Orange County.

According to police, the victim died “from suffocation.”

Police said Zengotita-Torres’ husband contacted the sheriff’s office on the morning of Jan. 8 to report her missing.

The body of a woman found at Ormond Beach on Jan. 8 was “positively identified as Janice Zengotita-Torres” two days later, police said.

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Police said the first suspect they apprehended was Lopez-Ramos, who was caught “while she was attempting to use the ATM card of the victim.” After she was brought back to the sheriff’s office, Lopez-Ramos gave “a full confession” and named the two other suspects.

After the police apprehended Ramos-Rivera and Quinones-Montes, they also gave full confessions.

According to police, “all three confirmed that this was a murder-for-hire and the victim was mistakingly targeted and murdered.”

“I get emotional because it touches me so deeply that one of our citizens was killed in such a manner over a mistaken identification and in the end it appears to be a lover’s triangle,” Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson continued at the press conference held on Friday.

According to online jail records, Lopez-Ramos, Ramos-Rivera and Quinones-Montes are currently housed in Osceola County Jail and face charges of premeditated first-degree murder. No attorneys are listed for all three suspects.


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MMA Fighter Marcus Kowal Welcomes Baby After Toddler Son Is Killed by Drunk Driver

It’s been more than a year since Marcus Kowal’s 15-month-old son, Liam, was killed by a drunk driver in California. Now, the MMA fighter and his wife, Mishel, are opening up about life after the heartbreaking tragedy as they care for their new baby, 4-month-old Nico.

“He’s been a blessing and he has really helped us on this healing journey,” Mishel said of little Nico as the family appears on a new episode of The Doctors. Kowal adds: “It’s important for him to know that he’s his own person and he never feels that he lives in the shadow of his brother, but he’s proud of his older brother and knows of his older brother.”

Kowal said life without little Liam has been difficult, but the family finds solace in the fact that Liam helped saved other people’s life through organ donation. And the family started the Liam’s Life Foundation to raise awareness about the dangers of drunk driving.

“The reason why we chose Liam was it means ‘the people’s protector,’ ” Kowal begins. “When we named him — and this was not the way we had hoped for him to be a protector  — but he’s already saved lives directly by donating his organs but also just from the people that reached out to us around the world pledging to never drink and drive again.”

Kowal adds of Liam: “His 15 months here on the planet has helped saved tons of lives.”

Last year, Liam was in his stroller going for a walk with his 15-year-old aunt when they were both struck by a car while crossing the street, police said then. Responding officers found the two victims in the street near the crosswalk. While the teen suffered leg injuries, Liam was found “pulseless and not breathing.”

He was taken to UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles where doctors declared him brain dead. He was removed from life support shortly after.

“This whole thing has been torture,” Kowal told PEOPLE at the time.

“To stand there, watching these doctors testing him, checking his pupils, his reflexes … to be there, hoping that there might be some kind of movement, so that he can remain on life support and have a fighting chance was agonizing.”

“You know the damage has been done, but you’re just hoping he will move slightly – make a small twitch,” Kowal says. “But he didn’t, and we just wanted to sit in a room and cry.”

The driver, 73-year-old Donna Marie Higgins pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter and was sentenced to six years in prison for the crime, the Los Angeles Times reports.

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Kowal has not been shy about the incident, sharing updates and details after his son’s passing on Facebook. He and his wife’s healing journey progressed in July when they welcomed little Nico. Then, Kowal announced the news in a Facebook post, writing it as a special message to his late son.

“Today your little brother was born Liam. His name is Nico. Your name means ‘the people’s protector’. Your little brother’s name means ‘the people’s victory’.” Kowal wrote in the post, including a photo of Mishel holding the baby.

“He was born in the same room as you were, by the same doctor, who remembers you very much. He looks a lot like you but he has more hair. One day, when he’s old enough, he will learn about his older brother and he will be proud of you, just like I’m sure you will be proud of him. Your mommy is doing fine. Look after him, will you?”


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Most Shocking Photos of the California Wildfires That Have Killed at Least 10 and Injured Dozens

At least 10 people are dead and thousands of homes and businesses have been destroyed after several wildfires continue to ravage California’s wine country, reports say.

Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in several counties as the fires, which began on Sunday, swept through Northern California and urged Donald Trump to declare an official state of disaster to support local relief efforts.

“In less than 24 hours, more than 18 fires began burning in at least seven counties and have collectively burned more than 80,000 acres,” Brown wrote in a statement.

The flames broke out nearly all at once as residents fled the high-end region. The fires worsened overnight.

“I can’t shake hearing people scream in terror as the flames barreled down on us,” Noah Lowry, a former San Francisco Giants pitcher, told the Associated Press. Lowry said he fled his home with his wife, two daughters and 2-week-old son.

The fires continued well into Tuesday and Brown said that the flames grew so rapidly that residents had little time to leave their homes and flee to temporary shelters. He added that officials expect the number of deaths as a result of the fire to grow.

“Thousands have been made homeless. Many schools remain closed. Major roads were damaged or destroyed. The fire destroyed utility poles causing the loss of power to over 38,000 residents,” he wrote in the statement to Trump. “These fires have destroyed and continue to threaten critical infrastructure, including 80 communication towers, impacting essential services for thousands of people.”

Kim Hoe told the AP that he and his colleagues were staying at the Hilton Sonoma Wine Country when flames began to overtake the building.

“We just had to run and run,” he said. “It was full of smoke. We could barely breathe.”

Most of the damage was in Santa Rosa where the fires destroyed homes, melted the glass off of cars and turned wheels into liquid, according to the AP.

Photos of the devastation showed homes engulfed in flames and relief teams working to quell the fires. Pictures shared on Instagram showed flames on the horizon behind Disney California Adventure Park.


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British Climber Killed in Yosemite Rockfall Was Celebrating First Wedding Anniversary with Wife

The British couple hit by a 1,300-ton “sheet” of granite at Yosemite National Park on Thursday were on a dream holiday to celebrate their first wedding anniversary.

Experienced climbers Andrew Foster, 32, and wife Lucy, 28, from Cardiff, Wales, were at the end of a three-week vacation at the national park when disaster struck at the foot of El Capitan.

The U.S. National Park Service described seven rockfalls happening over a four-hour period from the southeast face of El Capitan, releasing approximately 1,300 tons of rock. Andrew was later found dead at the foot of the monolith by Yosemite park rangers and a search and rescue unit, while Lucy was airlifted to a local hospital with a fractured skull, according to KSEE24 News.

In a haunting social media record of their trip to Yosemite, the Fosters describe themselves as “a young married couple that enjoy nothing more than getting out and having adventures in the mountains together” on a blog titled The Adventures and Thoughts of Andrew & Lucy Foster.

The couple wrote, “We are not extreme athletes and describe ourselves simply as passionate weekend warriors. While our blog is just a log of what we have done we do hope that it will inspire other people to get out and experience the natural world.”

Facebook and Instagram pages linked to the blog also show the couple happily scaling Yellowstone’s Washington Column and Serenity Crack in the days before tragedy struck.

In one post, Andy is shown with a damaged hand after he “took a wiper off serenity crack.” He bravely added, “Pride was more damaged than my hands or shoes.”

Another post reveals they attempted to climb up the Washington Column but decided to turn back at the “half way ledge” because the face was overloaded with other climbers. “There loads of other teams so decide to bail rather than spend hours waiting in line,” reads the post.

Tragically, the feeds end with a picture of a tired but happy Andrew Foster at the foot of a climb, alongside the chilling words “Yosemite has broken Andy. Time for a rest.”

While Yosemite records about 80 rockfalls per year, Foster’s death is the first rockfall-related fatality in the park for 18 years. Overall, there have now been 16 fatalities and more than 100 injuries from rockfalls since park records began in 1857.

“It is with much sadness that we mourn the loss of our dear friend and colleague Andrew Foster, who was killed in a tragic accident in Yosemite,” reads a statement from Alex Beasley, U.K. manager for clothing company Patagonia.

“Andy was a sales representative working in our UK team and had been with the business for five years. He was a much-loved member of our team and a passionate climber, mountaineer and skier who loved being in the outdoors. Our thoughts and condolences are with his wife Lucy and their families. We offer them our deepest sympathies.”


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Trailer for Angelina Jolie’s Netflix Drama ‘First They Killed My Father’ Debuts (Watch)

Angelina Jolie’s latest directorial effort has an official trailer. The Netflix film “First They Killed My Father,” which is slated to screen at this year’s Toronto Film Festival, is a thrilled that chronicles the journey of a childhood survivor of the Pol Pot regime during the Khmer Rouge years in Cambodia. “Her eyes,” title pages… Read more »

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3 Kids Shot, 1 Woman Killed at Gender Reveal Party in Ohio: ‘They Just Ran in and Started Shooting’

Three children were hospitalized in Ohio Saturday night after a shooter allegedly opened fire on a gender reveal party in Cincinnati, killing one woman and injuring nine total, according to multiple reports.

Police arrived at the home on Capstan Drive at around 11:20 p.m. to find a woman dead on the floor, the Cincinnatti Enquirer reports. The children were taken to a local hospital with non life-threatening injuries. Of the remaining injured, only one was in serious condition, police told the Enquirer.

“Two guys just came in and shot people in the house,” a woman outside the home at the time told a dispatcher during a frantic 911 call, according to WCPO.

“There was little kids hurt and everything. I was sitting in my car. They just ran in and started shooting. There’s a pregnant girl here.”

Although there is no one in custody, police said 911 calls and radio logs indicate that there may have been two shooters, WCPO reports.

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Both suspected shooters, donning hooded sweatshirts, fled the scene, another witness reportedly told police, according to WCPO.

All of the victims were family and friends gathered for the party, police told WLWT. Officials have not released the names of the victims.

“As of right now, I do not know what instigated this,” Jim Love, with Colerain police, told WLWT. “I do not know how this got started.”

Colerain Township Police did not immediately respond to a request for comment from PEOPLE.


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Parents of Penn State Pledge Killed in Alleged Hazing Ritual Speak Out: ‘They Treated Our Son as Roadkill’

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The family of 19-year-old Penn State student Timothy Piazza is speaking out following his February death after an alleged hazing ritual, blaming the incident on the fraternity members who allegedly pressured their son to consume large amounts of alcohol and then neglected to get help for hours after Timothy fell multiple times.

Timothy’s parents, Jim and Evelyn, and his brother, Mike, sat down with Today’s Matt Lauer on Mother’s Day.

“This wasn’t boys being boys, Matt,” Jim said. “This was men who intended to force feed lethal amounts of alcohol into other young men, and what happened throughout the night was just careless disregard for human life.”

Jim continued, “They basically treated our son as roadkill and a ragdoll.”

According to the findings of a grand jury, Timothy allegedly participated in a hazing ritual at Beta Theta Pi called “the gauntlet,” whereby the pledges were made to drink at a fast pace at a series of drinking stations — such as the shotgun and wine station — for the purpose of getting “pledges drunk in a very short amount of time.”

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Authorities said the fraternity had purchased $ 1,179 of alcohol, including cases of vodka, beer, wine and 15 cases of the malt liquor Four Loko for the party Timothy attended.

“Nobody should consume that much alcohol,” Evelyn said. “That’s torture.”

In addition to the alleged amount of liquor consumed, others at the party allegedly neglected to call 911 for 12 hours despite the Timothy’s allegedly falling multiple times — including one alleged instance in which he tumbled down a flight of stairs to the basement.

Jim said he asked doctors if the outcome may have been different if Timothy had been brought to a hospital sooner, and the doctors confirmed it would have.

“It killed him,” the father said of the alleged wait to call for help.

Part of what ensued that night — Piazza’s injuries and the alleged disregard with which he was treated — was captured on video surveillance that was shown to the grand jury.

The family said that they had not seen the footage.

“I don’t want to see it as a parent because I feel like it’s going to be incredibly painful and the last memories of my son will be him being abused for twelve hours and dying a slow and painful death,” Jim said, noting that he would watch it with Penn State officials who could make a difference in the school’s culture.

The Piazzas also joined George Stephanopoulos live on Good Morning America Monday, where they said they plan to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the university as well as fraternity members.

“I don’t know where their conscience was, where the voice in the back of their head was saying, ‘He’s hurt. I gotta do the right thing,’” Evelyn told Stephanopoulos. “I don’t understand how they could be so heartless and inhumane.”

Jim alleged,”They intended to bring these gentlemen to alcohol-poisoning levels right from the outset.” He added, “At the end of the day, this was planned and orchestrated and I think they all need to be held accountable.”

The father also said that Penn State was at fault for allegedly fostering a dangerous drinking and hazing culture on campus.

“They’ve turned a blind eye to it, but that time is over,” he alleged.

Jim added, “The world is watching. I think things are going to change. Families want things to change. We’re here to be the advocate. Tim Piazza is not just our son anymore. He represents everyone’s son and daughter that is looking to go to college and potentially joining Greek life.”


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Snapped Revisits Scott Peterson’s Murder Trial and Conviction: ‘There’s No Way That Scott Killed Her’

Did Scott Peterson — the man convicted of murdering his pregnant wife, Laci, and their unborn son, Conner, in 2002, before tossing both of their bodies into the San Francisco Bay — get a fair trial?

That’s the question Oxygen’s Snapped will pose when it returns for its 20th season on May 7.

Peterson was convicted of murder in 2004. He was sentenced to die the following March and remains on death row in California. (He appealed in 2012, effectively forestalling his execution for years, though prosecutors have challenged that.)

PEOPLE is debuting an exclusive teaser from the Snapped two-part special, which the network says will “analyze critical evidence” that “was never presented to the jury.”

The season premiere will also “bring forth a different perspective that could lead to a new trial and review Peterson’s twisted web of lies which led to the ultimate demise of his family,” Oxygen says.

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Snapped’s premiere, “Snapped Notorious: Scott Peterson,” will include interviews with a former police detective on the case, two jurors from Peterson’s trial and his ex-girlfriend, Amber Frey — whose affair with Peterson was a turning point at his trial.

Investigators previously detailed their work for PEOPLE, soon after Peterson’s sentencing, saying then, “ will never confess. That will never happen. He would never admit it.”

The matter of Peterson’s guilt is settled in the eyes of the law — and for many observers — but apparently isn’t settled for some of those who appear in the premiere.

As one person asserts in the exclusive clip, “There’s no way that Scott killed her.”

Prosecutors have continually argued the opposite. Responding to Peterson’s appeal in 2015, they reportedly said he was “truly among the worst of the worst.”

Laci’s mother had similar thoughts when she spoke to the Modesto Bee earlier this month: “There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that justice was served. Scott Peterson is guilty.”

Snapped‘s Scott Peterson special will air beginning May 7 (6 p.m. ET) on Oxygen.


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Missing Teen Was Killed as He Pleaded for His Life Because He Smoked Friend’s Weed: Police

A teenage boy faces kidnapping and murder charges in Alaska where, on Friday, authorities recovered the battered, bullet-riddled remains of his friend weeks after the latter boy went missing, PEOPLE confirms.

According to court records, 16-year-old Erick Almandinger allegedly confessed to involvement in the killing of his friend David Grunwald. David, also 16, was last seen alive on Nov. 13 after he reportedly dropped his girlfriend off at her home.

Police claim Erick revealed his motivation for the slaying as he was being questioned by detectives.

“The only motive that Almandinger indicated was present during the event was that had smoked all his weed,” alleges a police affidavit, which was obtained by PEOPLE.

“He said they didn’t get any money,” the affidavit alleges. “Almandinger showed very little if any remorse for his actions and only shed tears when advised his ‘friends’ had talked to the police,” it further claims.

David’s remains were found in a wooded portion of Palmer, Alaska. He was beaten before being shot, according to court records.

His vehicle, which had been torched, had been discovered the day after his disappearance, and friends and family quickly began a search, according to the Alaska Dispatch News.

Describing his death as “devastating,” David’s parents (who could not immediately be reached) said in an email to the Dispatch News that “the kidnapping and murder of our son was unnecessary, weak minded, cowardice and shameful.”

“David was a sweet, caring and respecting boy,” they wrote. “He was viciously attacked and murdered.”

A November Night Turns Violent

The newly filed affidavit in David’s death alleges in detail, based on statements from Erick and other evidence, how the boy was attacked and then shot — as he pleaded for his life — after meeting to hang out with other teens that November night.

Court records allege David and Erick were drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana in a 1971 camper trailer with a third, unnamed teen on Nov. 13. The third teen, identified only as “D.J.,” allegedly asked Erick to fetch a .40-caliber semi-automatic handgun from inside his house. He did, according to court records, bringing the firearm back to the trailer, where all three teens inspected and handled it.

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At some point in the trailer, “D.J. bludgeoned with the pistol,” the affidavit alleges. The injured boy was then driven to nearby Butte, Alaska.

Only partially conscious, David asked to be taken to his girlfriend’s home, according to the affidavit, and once the group arrived at the woods, he pleaded for his life. While Erick allegedly first told investigators it was D.J. who shot David, he later said it was another teenager, identified as “A.B.,” who fired the fatal round.

Court records claim Erick also told a friend that he had killed David, recounting how he beat and then shot the teen. So far, only he has been charged with murder. He remains in custody and has not yet entered a plea. Records show he had not retained an attorney as of Monday night.

Residents at Erick’s home declined to be interviewed, when reached by the Dispatch News.

A Frantic Search

Hours after he vanished, David’s father phoned Alaska State Troopers, concerned about his son. David’s father also told troopers he believed his son may have traveled that night to Anchorage, Alaska, with Erick.

Police searched for David’s vehicle that same evening, but it wasn’t found until the next morning. Someone had called 911 after finding the truck, and investigators spent the next two days trying to track Erick down.

When they finally caught up with him, the teen allegedly denied knowing anything about David’s disappearance.

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Erick allegedly told police he hadn’t seen his friend in two to three weeks, according to court records. He also provided police with an alibi, claiming he had attended a party in Anchorage the night that David vanished. But detectives secured a search warrant for Erick’s home, seizing the suspect’s tablet. Data from the device contradicted Erick’s claims he traveled to Anchorage the night David went missing.

Investigators — armed with this new evidence — spoke again with Erick, who allegedly acknowledged lying about his whereabouts the night his friend disappeared, according to court records.

In addition, police searching the camper trailer detected “an overwhelming odor of bleach” as they entered the vehicle. Additional testing was performed on the camper, and blood evidence was recovered from inside the vehicle.

Erick allegedly later admitted trying to clean the camper trailer of any physical evidence, court records show.

The investigation into David’s death continues, and anyone with information is urged to call police at 907-352-5401.


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Eli Roth On Being ‘Almost Killed’ By Fire While Filming ‘Inglourious Basterds’

Quentin Tarantino films have a distinctive style, most recognizably characterized by a crazy amount blood and guts. In one of the more memorable scenes from his 2009 revenge-on-the-Nazis movie “Inglourious Basterds,” Sgt. Donny Donowitz, aka “The Bear Jew,” literally shoots Hitler’s face off in a burning French cinema. The sequence is unforgettable, but it almost came at the cost of several lives, according to Eli Roth, the actor who played Donowitz.

When Roth dropped by HuffPost Live to discuss his Shark Week talk show “Shark After Dark,” host Josh Zepps asked about the scene and the danger it created for the cast and crew.

“Yeah, we were almost killed doing that sequence,” Roth replied casually.

With the set being built on a “fire-stage,” the fires in the scene were supposed to be controlled. But when the scene was actually filmed, with all the final set pieces like flags and seats actually in the room, the fires grew much bigger and hotter than expected.

“[The flames] were spreading so exponentially,” Roth remembered. “They said if we were in there another 15 seconds, the stage we were on would have collapsed and we all would have been killed.”

Roth and the crew luckily got out right before the situation could have taken a turn for the worst, but clearly no one is safe in Tarantino’s world.

Watch Roth discuss this near-disaster in the video above, and click here for his full HuffPost Live conversation.

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Tracy Morgan Settles With Wal-Mart Over Fatal Crash That Killed Actor’s Friend And Injured Three Others

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Actor-comedian Tracy Morgan has settled his lawsuit against Wal-Mart over a New Jersey highway crash that killed one man and left Morgan and two friends seriously injured.

A filing in federal court in Newark on Wednesday refers to a confidential settlement reached by the two sides.

Morgan’s lawyer hasn’t responded to a message seeking comment.

Bentonville, Arkansas-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc. calls it an “amicable settlement.” Details haven’t been disclosed.

A Wal-Mart truck slammed into the back of a limo van carrying Morgan and the others back from a show in Delaware last June. Comedian James “Jimmy Mack” McNair was killed. Morgan suffered head trauma, a broken leg and broken ribs.

Wal-Mart reached a settlement with McNair’s two children in January.

The truck driver, a man from Jonesboro, Georgia, faces several criminal charges, including death by auto, in state court. He has pleaded not guilty. He wasn’t a defendant in Morgan’s federal lawsuit.

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Andy Cohen Jokes That Ryan Seacrest Had Former ‘American Idol’ Co-Host Brian Dunkleman Killed

On Thursday night’s episode of “Watch What Happens Live,” host Andy Cohen was trying to get Kelly Clarkson to Plead The Fifth when he joked:

“Kelly easily withstood the pressure-cooker that was ‘American Idol,’ before Ryan Seacrest had co-host Brian Dunkleman killed.”

Co-host? Dunkleman? We had to access the parts of our brains reserved for useless pop culture knowledge to vaguely recall that, oh yeah, there was another guy who held a microphone and used to stand on stage next to Seacrest during Season 1 of “American Idol.”

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That guy was Brian Dunkleman. He is alive and “still doing stuff,” as BuzzFeed put it last year.

Talk about a blast from the past!
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Old West Gunfighter’s Forgotten Memoir Found. Reveals True Story of Kill Or Be Killed Shootouts In The Real Wild West. Recently discovered memoir by one of the Old West’s most feared (but virtually unknown today) gunfighter’s and lawmen puts you behind a pair of Colt .45 six-guns and immerses you in the real life man-on-man fast draw shootouts, hell-bent-for-leather outlaw chases and narrow escapes from renegade Indians in the Real Old West. If you’ve ever wondered what it was like to strap on a six-gun and have a face-off-in-the-street gunfight where only the fastest gunslinger walks away then this rare eyewitness account of what it was like to live and die in the Real Old West is a must read that you can instantly download as an eBook. This memoir has been painstakingly preserved just the way it was written almost a century ago on a ribbon typewriter using what would be considered politically-incorrect language today. So don’t expect Zane Gray or Hemingway. But what you can expect is having the same experience if Frank “Pistol Pete” Eaton invited you to: “Hang up yer shootin’ iron, pull up a chair and sit a spell” .with him on the front porch of his Perkins Oklahoma home and listen as he describes in vivid details his colorful life as the Old West’s most UN-famous, famous gunfighter, hired gun regulator and lawman. “The book is great. I have read other so called real west books and a few magazines, but this one tops all the others.”- Franklin Foster, Warwick, R.I.

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‘COPS’ Crew Member Killed By Officer’s Bullet While Filming Armed Robbery In Nebraska

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — When the call came from an officer who needed help facing an armed robber at a fast-food restaurant, two members of a reality television show riding along with Omaha police hustled to record the confrontation.

In the chaotic scene that unfolded, one crew member was struck by “friendly fire” from one of the officers, a bullet slipping past his bulletproof vest and killing him, Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said Wednesday. The robbery suspect was also killed. The weapon he was carrying turned out to be a pellet gun, though it looked and sounded so real that both witnesses and officers were fooled, Schmaderer said.

Bryce Dion, 38, of Boston, the audio supervisor for “Cops,” is the first crew member of the long-running TV show to be killed while filming police in action, executives with the show’s production company said. Police identified the robbery suspect as 32-year-old Cortez Washington, who was on parole from Missouri for a robbery conviction.

Schmaderer told reporters that police and prosecutors have reviewed the “Cops” video of Tuesday’s shooting and found that the officers “had no choice” but to open fire, though a grand jury will still be tasked with investigating.

Schmaderer said the incident began when drive-thru customers alerted Detective Darren Cunningham — on his way to a different robbery scene in midtown Omaha — to an armed robbery at a Wendy’s. Cunningham called for backup, and Officers Brooks Riley and Jason Wilhelm — along with Dion and a “Cops” cameraman — arrived at the restaurant within 15 seconds, Schmaderer said.

The “Cops” crew followed the officers into the restaurant. There, police confronted a hooded and masked man. The cameraman darted into the dining area, crouched behind a low wall and held up his camera to record the confrontation. But Dion didn’t make it past the glass-enclosed entrance to the restaurant. Almost immediately, Schmaderer said, the suspect raised his gun and fired twice.

Schmaderer said three witnesses described Washington firing his gun directly at Cunningham and Riley. “The witnesses described hearing the suspect’s handgun being fired and seeing the slide recoil with the shots,” he said.

Officers returned fire, hitting Washington, who still managed to run from the store. Officers continued firing as Washington — his gun still pointed at police — entered the glass vestibule, Schmaderer said. It was then that a bullet hit Dion in the chest, Schmaderer said.

Washington collapsed in the restaurant parking lot.

After the shooting, police discovered that Washington’s weapon was an air gun that shoots only plastic pellets.

Washington’s criminal record included an accessory to robbery conviction from Missouri for which he was on parole. He moved to Nebraska in September 2013, and his parole was due to expire in June 2017.

“Cops” started on Fox in 1989 and is now shown on the Spike network. According to the “Cops” website, the show has been filmed in at least 140 U.S. cities and three foreign countries.

Langley Productions President John Langley and Executive Producer Morgan Langley described Dion as talented — “one of our best” — who had worked for the show for seven years.

“He did something that he loved and was passionate about,” Morgan Langley said. “We’ve been very fortunate over the years; we’ve never had an incident like this. Now we’re dealing with it, and it’s a very sad day for us.”

In 2010, a TV crew for the A&E reality show “The First 48” recorded a Detroit police raid in which a 7-year-old girl was accidentally killed by an officer. That incident highlighted concerns about whether TV cameras influence police behavior, perhaps encouraging showboating. But some experts and officers believe TV crews increase accountability.

Schmaderer bristled at the suggestion that his officers overreacted knowing that cameras were recording them, calling it “absolutely ridiculous.”

The police chief said he accepted the invitation from “Cops” to film in Omaha in the name of transparency. “Personally, I will live with this forever,” Schmaderer said. “If I’d have known that this would happen, of course, I wouldn’t have done it.”

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Archie Killed: Adored Comic Book Character To Die In ‘Life With Archie’ (VIDEO)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Not even Archie Andrews is immortal in the world of comics.

Archie Comics announced Tuesday that the famous comic book character will heroically sacrifice himself while saving the life of a friend in a July installment of “Life with Archie,” a comic book series that tells the story of grown-up renditions of Archie and his Riverdale gang. “We’ve been building up to this moment since we launched ‘Life with Archie’ five years ago and knew that any book that was telling the story of Archie’s life as an adult had to also show his final moment,” Archie Comics publisher and co-CEO Jon Goldwater said in a statement.

Archie’s final moments will be detailed in “Life with Archie” No. 36, while issue No. 37 will jump forward a year and focus on his friends Jughead, Betty, Veronica and Reggie honoring the legacy of their red-headed pal.

Archie first appeared in comics in 1941 and went on to become a colorful icon of wholesomeness.

In recent years, Archie Comics has tackled such issues as gay characters and the zombie apocalypse in Archie’s fictional hometown of Riverdale. However, Archie himself won’t need to rise from the grave. The freckle-faced character will still be alive and well in other series.

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That Time My Toaster Tried to Killed Me

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In my daily life, I take a lot of modern conveniences for granted.

If a webpage takes more than two seconds to load; I start to lose it. If my cell phone doesn’t get absolutely perfect reception everywhere I go; it’s a travesty.

Even though it might feel like it sometimes, my life doesn’t exactly hang in the balance if these products don’t work perfectly. There is, however, a whole host of technology, big and small, that I, like most of us, rely on to get through my daily routine both alive and unscathed.

Take the toaster for example.

This wonderfully simple machine turns regular bread into delicious, hot toast at the push of a button. Even more amazingly, it automatically turns off when it’s finished, making that ubiquitous “pop” or “ding” noise to let me know that it has completed it’s task. This fact allows me to do other things whilst making toast without the worry of potentially burning the house down.

That is, until that time my toaster tried to kill me.

Yesterday, my toaster didn’t pop. While I was in another room browsing the internet looking at pictures of cats working, it continued to cook, burn and nearly ignite my precious toast and — more importantly — my apartment.

Luckily for me, my smoke detectors have working batteries — you’d be surprised how many don’t — and I was able to rush in and unplug the smoldering toaster before it completely caught on fire. My toast, however, was, well, toast. It resembled a bread-shaped charcoal briquette in a BBQ, a completely red-hot ember.

As I opened windows, set up fans and tried to force the significant amount of smoke out of the apartment, I chuckled to myself.

“I can’t believe I almost set my apartment on fire making toast. What kind of idiot can’t operate an everyday, benign appliance like a toaster? Did I really just have a brush with death by toaster?”

Well, since I already had my browser open, I decided to check. What I found was pretty startling. It turns out, I’m not the only toast-challenged person out there.

It seems that toasters and toaster fires are responsible for more than 700 deaths per year worldwide. That’s right, toasters kill more people than sharks, snakes — in the United States, at least — and spiders combined.

A search for “toaster” in the recalls section of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website reveals 32 notices of toaster recalls. A whole host of dangers are represented from spontaneous ignition to electrical shock hazard.

Does this mean I should fear my toaster in the way that many people fear the aforementioned insects and animals? Of course not.

It does mean that I should pay more attention to it when it’s in use and look for signs that it’s not safe. This particular toaster had been periodically jamming and burning toast — albeit to a much lesser degree — for a while now. Had I realized how dangerous this actually was, I would have been in the market for a new toaster a long time ago.

I wonder if this one is still available?
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