Record number of African migrants coming to Mexican border

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Undaunted by a dangerous journey over thousands of miles, people fleeing economic hardship and human rights abuses in African countries are coming to the U.S.Mexico border in unprecedented numbers, surprising Border Patrol agents more accustomed to Spanishspeaking migrants.

Officials in Texas and even Maine are scrambling to absorb the sharp increase in African migrants. They are coming to America after flying across the Atlantic Ocean to South America and then embarking on an often harrowing overland journey.

In one recent week, agents in the Border Patrols Del Rio sector stopped more than 500 African migrants found walking in separate groups along the arid land after splashing across the Rio Grande, children in tow.

That is more than double the total of 211 African migrants who were detained by the Border Patrol along the entire 2,000mile (3,200kilometer) U.S.Mexico border in the 2018 fiscal year.

We are continuing to see a rise in apprehensions of immigrants from countries not normally encountered in our area, said Raul Ortiz, head of the U.S. Border Patrols Del Rio sector.

The immigrants in Texas were mostly from the Republic of the Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Angola. Cameroonians have also been traveling up through Mexico and into the U.S. in larger numbers and seeking asylum at ports of entry.

On recent Saturday in Tijuana, there were 90 Cameroonians lined up to get on a waiting list to request asylum that has swelled to about 7,500 names. Also on the waiting list are Ethiopians, Eritreans, Mauritanians, Sudanese and Congolese.

Cameroonians generally fly to Ecuador because no visa is required and take about four months to reach Tijuana. They walk for days in Panama through dense jungle, where they are often robbed and held in governmentrun camps. They come from Cameroons Englishspeaking south with horrifying stories of rape, murder and torture committed since late 2016 by soldiers of the countrys Frenchspeaking majority, which holds power.

A few days after the big groups of African immigrants were apprehended in Texas, federal officials dropped off dozens of them in San Antonio. Officials in the Texas city sent out a plea for Frenchspeaking volunteers for translating work and most importantly, making our guests feel welcome.

Many were bused to Portland, Maine, about as far as one can get from the Mexican border and still be in the continental United States. Word has spread among migrants that the city of 67,000 is a welcoming place. Somali refugees were resettled in Portland in the 1990s.

A total of 170 asylum seekers arrived in recent days. Hundreds more are expected in an influx that City Manager Jon Jennings called unprecedented. With one shelter already full, a basketball venue called the Portland Exposition Building was converted into an emergency shelter.

Portland officials tweeted Thursday that rumors some of the migrants are carrying the Ebola virus are patently false, and said that as asylum seekers, they are in the United States legally.

On Thursday afternoon, families in the Expo chatted in French and Portuguese as children kicked a soccer ball near rows of cots. One of the men, 26yearold Prince Pombo, described himself as a prodemocracy activist and said he had fled his native country, the Democratic Republic of Congo, because of political oppression. He went to neighboring Angola, then flew to Brazil. There, he met a local woman and they had a baby they named Heaven. Now 16months old, she giggled as she played with her mother in the Expo. Pombo said his journey from Congo to America took three years.

More migrants are on the way. Mexico is on pace to triple the number of African immigrants it is processing this year, up from 2,100 in 2017.

Mbi Deric Ambi, from the Englishspeaking part of Cameroon, is among them. In a recent interview in the southern Mexican city of Tapachula, Ambi said he was waiting for a document from the Mexican authorities that would allow him to proceed north to the U.S. He traveled overland through South and Central America after flying to Ecuador.

Human Rights Watch says 1,800 people have been killed and half a million have fled their homes in the Anglophone regions of Cameroon since late 2016. A United Nations official says 4.3 million people need humanitarian assistance.

We dont have jobs in the English part, the educational system is poor, they are looking at us as dogs, Ambi said as a crowd of migrants jostled outside an immigration center in Tapachula, waiting for their names to be called to collect their travel document. Ambi has been waiting every morning for six weeks.

We just have to be patient, because there is nothing we can do, he said.

The explosion in immigration to the United States from subSaharan Africa coincides with a steep drop in the migration flow across the Mediterranean to Europe after European countries and two main embarkation points — Turkey and Libya — decided to crack down. From Jan. 1 to June 12, only 24,600 migrants arrived in Europe by sea, compared to 99,600 over the same period in 2017, according to the International Organization for Migration.

But IOM spokesman Joel Millman doubts the migrant path for Africans has swung over from Europe to America.

Pombo, who was a teacher in Congo, learned in an internet search and by asking around that Portland is good place for migrants. He said his next step is to start rebuilding a life for himself and his family.

Id like to feel safe. Id like to build a decent life, he said. I need to start again.

Selsky reported from Salem, Oregon. AP reporters Elliot Spagat in Tijuana, Maria Verza in Tapachula, Mexico, contributed to this report.

 

Robert De Niro’s estranged wife Grace Hightower wants HALF his $500M fortune despite $6.5M prenup

Robert De Niro and his estranged wife Grace Hightower have had a rocky relationship. Though they’ve been married since 1997, there were times when it looked like the couple wasn’t going to make it. De Niro filed for divorce in 1999. The two fought over custody of their now 20-year-old son Elliot but eventually found a way to work things out. And the divorce was dropped in 2004. 

They would go on to have another child together in 2011. But in November of last year, the couple separated again. And instead of fighting over the children, this time Hightower wants the money. 

According to Page Six, yesterday lawyers for Hightower stated that they believe she is entitled to half of his $500 million fortune. 

In order to get this $250 million payout, she’ll have to fight a 2004 prenup she signed which stated ate she would be limited to a $6 million apartment, $500,000 in cash and $1 million a year in alimony. 

Now, the two are arguing over the wording the prenup. De Niro believes the document is clear. He also states that she’s entitled to half the value of a second apartment. 

But her legal team believes the prenup would grant her half of what De Niro has earned since the couple reunited in 2004. 

De Niro’s fortune comes from not only his acting credits but his stake in the Nobu sushi chain. 

Hightower also believes she’s due an additional 50 percent of what he’s earned from his ownership in Tribeca Grill, a Greenwich hotel and Canal Productions. 

De Niro’s lawyers believe Hightower is attempting to nickel-and-dime the veteran actor for his fortune. 

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Viral video shows woman pistol whipped in Atlanta area neighborhood

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. (CBS46) — It’s shocking video that has gone viral on Twitter. A woman holds another woman at gunpoint, berates her, and continuously pistol whips her.

Throughout the video, the woman holding the gun repeats she is pregnant and yells “Why are you sleeping with my husband?”

A neighbor said the occupants of the house where it happened are usually quiet, and described what he saw on the day of the incident.

“I looked out the window and I seen her [woman holding the gun] car right there, and then she was gone,” said neighbor Larry Lopez.

“There was police here and an ambulance there then she [woman who was pistol whipped] was going towards the ambulance and the police stopped her and took pictures of her,” he added.

Mr. Lopez said he moved to the area for peace and quiet.

“I don’t want to be around that, that’s why I moved on a quiet street with people more my age.”

Dekalb County Police are investigating the incident.

A close friend of the pregnant woman with the gun told CBS46 she had been attacked and was kicked in the stomach, and that she was just retaliating.

The situation has left the neighborhood in fear.

“That’s the world we live in now, I don’t care what you do you can’t escape.”

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THIRD NYPD Officer Commits Suicide In 9 Days

An NYPD Officer took his life on Friday, the third member of the Department to do so in under two weeks.

EMS was requested to the 121 Precinct in Staten Island at around 4:00PM, for reports of an officer with a gunshot wound. The officer was found shot in a parked vehicle behind the Precinct at 55 Wilcox Street near Sanders Street. Unfortunately, he was pronounced dead on the scene.

Sources tell Breaking911 that the officer was a “Domestic Violence” officer at the Precinct.

The Department is still in shock after the recent suicides of Deputy Chief Steven Silks in Queens on June 5th, followed by the suicide of Detective Joseph Calabrese on June 6 in Brooklyn.

Silks had handed in his retirement papers to the NYPD the night before he killed himself. He was scheduled to retire at the end of July after 38 years on the job.

Calabrese was 58 years old, and was on the job for around 30 years.

Gooding Jr. did NOT grope a woman’s breast in a New York nightclub and the actor may not hand himself in to police, his lawyer claims

 

  • A lawyer for Cuba Gooding Jr says he has seen the footage taken at a New York City night spot
  • Lawyer Mark Heller believes the actor may be having second thoughts on whether he will turn himself in to police 
  • An incident is said to have happened on Sunday night after the 51-year-old spent the day partying at the Magic Hour Rooftop Bar, inside the Moxy Hotel
  • Heller says he has seen the footage and is not convinced that the actor did anything wrong 
  • A woman called 911 at 1:00am to report an alleged assault after bringing the actor a glass of water because he was so drunk

 

Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. did nothing wrong and may not turn himself into cops after all, his lawyer told DailyMail.com on Wednesday night, hours after he announced his client would surrender on allegations he groped a woman’s breast Saturday at a rooftop bar in Manhattan.

In an interview with The Daily Mail, lawyer Mark Heller said he watched surveillance video that shows his client’s interactions with the 29-year-old woman at Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge and it shows Gooding did nothing wrong.

Heller said he’s reached out to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office to discuss the video evidence.

14726076-7135907-image-m-12_1560399593387A lawyer for Cuba Gooding Jr, pictured, says he has seen the footage taken at a New York City night spot and believes the actor may be having second thoughts on whether he will turn himself in to police

 

‘We’re not sure if he’s going to turn himself in,’ Heller said. ‘If he hasn’t committed any crime, there’s no reason for him to turn himself in. The video captures the whole evening and it shows he did nothing wrong. They can’t arrest someone who did nothing wrong.’

Heller said the video shows Gooding doesn’t touch the woman’s breast, hug her or do anything inappropriate. He did note that the video merely shows the woman handing him a glass of water.

However, an NYPD source said police also watched the video and that it supports the woman’s contention.

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The incident is said to have happened on Sunday night after the 51-year-old spent the day partying at the Magic Hour Rooftop Bar, inside the Moxy Hotel in Times Square

 

‘I saw the video and there’s no doubt he touches her breast,’ the source said. ‘We’re not going against the victim. The video corroborates what she said.’

‘It’s a quick thing,’ he said of the alleged groping. ‘He’s drunk, he’s all over her. He puts his hands on her lap then touches her breast.’

‘You don’t notice a reaction immediately,’ the source noted, but said the woman did call 911 to report the incident.

Police are still planning to arrest him Thursday morning.

‘He was told to surrender himself for arrest,’ the police source said. ‘We have probable cause.’

If Gooding doesn’t surrender, the source said, ‘That would be foolish of him.’

But since he’s being accused of a misdemeanor crime, his refusal to surrender would require cops to go to the DA’s office to get an arrest warrant drawn up and signed.

Gooding Jr. burst into song later in the evening and was filmed belting out for the crowd at the bar

 

An NYPD source told DailyMail.com she was a ‘Good Samaritan’ who was trying to help him when he grabbed her. ‘The woman who alleges she was assaulted by Cuba Gooding Jr. said she brought a glass of water to Cuba because he was intoxicated when she saw him at Magic Hour.

‘It was at that point he grabbed her breasts,’ they said.

But Gooding Jr. insists nobody was touched inappropriately during any stage of his mammoth partying session. He said he met a lot of people and posed for photos with fans – that’s it.

14727106-7135907-Heller_says_he_has_seen_the_footage_and_is_not_convinced_that_th-m-32_1560403800336 (1)Heller says he has seen the footage and is not convinced that the actor did anything wrong

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Surveillance footage shows Cuba Gooding Jr. did NOT grope woman in a New York nightclub!

 

Walmart says man who called 911 in John Crawford shooting “intentionally lied”

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(WKEF/WRGT) – Nearly five years after John Crawford III was shot and killed inside the Beavercreek Walmart store, the retailer says the man who called 911 was not telling the truth.

“Ronald Ritchie intentionally lied to the police,” court documents state, “Ronald Ritchie was no a Good Samaritan who was mistaken.”

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The document lays out a case that claims Ritchie lied about watching Crawford load an automatic rifle with live rounds and point the gun at women and children. Attorneys for Walmart said because of information provided by Ritchie’s 911 call, responding officers “entered the store with a belief they were responding to an in-progress ‘active shooter situation.'” Court documents also said attorneys want to use testimony from Beavercreek officers that says the information they received from the 911 call “shaped their state of mind and influenced their conduct.”

Attorneys for Walmart said surveillance video shows Crawford never pointed the MK-177 Air Rifle at anyone in the store, nor loaded it.

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Crawford was shot and killed inside the Beavercreek Walmart on August 5, 2014. Two years after the shooting, a group of activists pushed for charges to be filed against Ritchie.

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UNMASKED ‘Wicked’ mum, 50, who let husband rape her daughter from age ten and get her pregnant three times

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THIS is the “wicked” mum who let her husband rape her daughter from the age of 10 and get her pregnant three times.

Mary-Louisa Andrews, 50, can be identified after her daughter waived her legal right to anonymity so she could be named and shamed for her role in the evil crimes.

The heartless mum, a ride operator at a children’s park, was caged for four years for ignoring the campaign of abuse over fears her husband Anoyke Andrews would end their relationship.

The vile couple lived together in a three-bedroom home estimated to be worth £191,000 in Milton Keynes, Bucks.

Anoyke Andrews first began abusing the girl at the age of 10 and she first fell pregnant at just 12 years old.

She was forced to undergo a number of abortions, after which Andrews continued to rape her in the family home between 2000 and 2007.

The warehouse operator was only caught when his stepdaughter, now 28, found the courage to contact police years later as an adult.

Anoyke Andrews was jailed for 20 years after being found guilty of six counts of rape, two counts of indecent assault and assault by penetration.

The couple’s sentencing had been delayed when the woman defendant suffered a panic attack on the morning she was due to appear via video link before a packed public gallery at Aylesbury Crown Court on May 31.

‘YOU SHOW NO REMORSE’

The former caterer burst into tears today as she appeared via video link to receive her three-year sentence for neglect.

Sentencing, judge Francis Sheridan told her: “The tears you shed are for yourself.

“I do not think any of them are for your daughter. I am not in any way influenced.

“You have not shown any sign of remorse.

“It is time somebody told you to your face – and I will: You were a wicked mother.

“When your daughter complained, her complaints were dismissed.

“You will take that dismissal to the grave. You betrayed your daughter to stand by your husband.

“She has gone through what can only be described as a life of hell.

“There must have been times in her young life where there appeared to be almost no remission from abuse.”

Prosecuting, Angus Robertson, described an incident where Andrews raped the young girl while they were in the living room watching football on TV and Mary-Louisa Andrews shouted downstairs to ask what they were doing.

It is time somebody told you to your face – and I will: You were a wicked mother

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Anoyke Andrews had shouted back ‘nothing’, and no more was said but the girl maintained in court her mother had known.

Mr Robertson said: “When she was aged 12 years, she found she was pregnant. She had a termination of the pregnancy. She did not want to have that termination.

“Mr Andrews told Mrs Andrews that if the pregnancy wasn’t terminated he would end the relationship and leave her.

“Mrs Andrews always insisted that a young man was responsible and the girl should tell the boy he was the father. Mr Andrews continued to have regular intercourse with the victim after that termination.

“She became pregnant again when she was 13 years old, told her mother the father was Mr Andrews and said they could have her child.

“Both defendants were attempting to have a child of their own. Mrs Andrews considered this, but told her to ‘get rid of it’.”

Addressing Anoyke Andrews, who kept his head bowed throughout, Judge Francis Sheridan said: “You were a thoroughly evil and wicked step-father. Let’s call it exactly what it is. That is the finding of the jury.

“The jury believed your stepdaughter. That is her first step to recovery from a life of hell inflicted by you, with the sex drive of a monster.

“You treated your stepdaughter as an object.

“A little girl, an innocent little girl, corrupted and for those years whilst under your care, her life was ruined.”

“If you wanted sexual contact, she had to deliver and the poor little thing was scared to say anything and when she did, her complaints were dismissed.”

The victim waived her right to anonymity so Andrews and her mother could be named by the media but requested her name is not made public.

 

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Bill introduced to legalize prostitution in New York

New York state Sen. Jessica Ramos, D-Queens, speaks at a rally of current and former sex workers in Albany in May. (David Klepper | AP Photo)

 

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state would legalize the buying and selling of sex under a proposal introduced in the state Legislature Monday that would lift criminal penalties for sex work.

The bill isn’t expected to get a vote before the Democrat-led Senate and Assembly plan to adjourn for the year next week. But supporters still hailed the announcement of the bill as a critical step toward repealing criminal penalties for sex workers and their customers.

Speaking at a press conference in Manhattan Monday, former and current sex workers talked about being forced into the industry as minors. They said many sex workers rely on their jobs to make ends meet.

“We only want to live, be free and be safe,” said TS Candii, a former sex worker and current leader in the effort to decriminalize the industry. She said started selling sex at age 13 as a matter of survival.

The bill’s sponsor in the Assembly, Manhattan Democrat Richard Gottfried, said outlawing prostitution has only forced sex workers into the shadows, where they can be exploited, trafficked and then punished for breaking the law.

“Trying to stop sex work between consenting adults should not be the business of the criminal justice system,” he said. “It has not worked for a couple of thousand years.”

The bill faces opponents on the left and right, however, showing just how difficult it will be to change those old laws.

A leading anti-trafficking group supports decriminalizing sex work, but not the actions of pimps and johns.

“Prostitution causes severe long-term psychological and physical harm,” said Judy Harris Kluger, a former judge who now serves as executive director of Sanctuary for Families, which provides services to sex trafficking victims. “We are better than this.”

Advocates for sex workers are also supporting legislation this year that would repeal criminal penalties for loitering with the intent to engage in prostitution. More than 100 current and former sex workers in favor of that bill rallied at the state Capitol last month.

 

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Hip-Hop Star Jay-Z Claims Jesus Was Invented To Control Dumb People, While Smart People Worship Satan

Hip Hop star Jay-Z has blasted traditional Christian values in an epic rant where he claims to be part of an exclusive club of “smart people” who worships “our true lord; Satan.” The billionaire rapper has also claimed that “God created Lucifer to be the bearer of truth and light,” and that “Jesus never existed” but was merely a “tool created by smart people to control dumb people.” During a backstage tirade at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Friday, Jay-Z pointed around the room saying, “ya’ll being played.” “There ain’t no Jesus. “Ya’ll slaves to a fake religion. “Do you think I got where I am praying to a guy that don’t exist? “No. I found the guys who invented that guy and I joined the club. “Then I worked my way to the top. “I earned my new form of humanity and maturity when I fully embraced my older brother, Satan.”


The music star claims that Satanism became the “highest form of being” due to the ease of manipulating “mentally-challenged Christians” who “desire to be slaves.” He stated that “there’s real spirituality and guidance in the Church of Satan,” that rewards its followers with “wealth and success,” but “Christians have prayed to God for years and ain’t gotten nothing back, just silence and emptiness.” This, apparently, is what caused Satan to have “gotten a bad rap” from Christians who worship a “fake religion, built by assholes.” Pointing to a small crowd of backstage ticket winners, the multi-Grammy Award-winning musician said: “How many of ya’ll have gotten rich, or famous, after you prayed to God? “Come on, raise your hands?” As the young fans began to murmur nervously, Jay-Z announced: “I can answer for y’all because I am free. “I answer to a higher power. “None of you are rich and none of you are famous because no one is listening to your prayers. “I got everything I wanted because I surrendered to our true lord, Satan. “Because I recognized Jesus is the original fake news, designed to enslave humanity.” “God created Lucifer, not Jesus, so he could rule over us as Satan. “I’m telling you this because I know you guys look up to me and want to emulate me. “I will give you this one guarantee, if you start following the doctrine of Lucifer, you will taste success. “The secret of the universe opens up to you. “It is immediate and glorious.”

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A veteran died in police custody. His body was returned to his family with some organs missing

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The family of an African American Army veteran is seeking answers from officials in York County after the 41-year-old father of two died in law enforcement custody and was returned to them with missing organs.

Relatives of Everett Palmer Jr. have hired Philadelphia-based civil rights attorney S. Lee Merritt to investigate potential criminal and civil claims in connection with his death last year while in York County Prison, according to published reports this week.

Palmer’s family last heard from him on April 7, when he called his brother to say he planned to stop in Pennsylvania to clear up a two-year-old DUI warrant on his way from Delaware to New York to visit them, relatives told news organizations including CNN and the Washington Post.

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Two days later, he was pronounced dead at Wellspan York Hospital after he “became agitated and began hitting his head against the inside of his cell door” at the county prison where he had been detained, according to a coroner’s report.

After Palmer’s body was released to them, family members commissioned an investigation by an independent pathologist, who determined that his throat, heart, and brain had been removed, according to reports.

“This entire case smacks of a cover-up,” Merritt told CNN.

A Pennsylvania State Police spokesperson told the Post that officers in York are investigating the incident in conjunction with the York County district attorney.

Trooper Brent Miller, a spokesperson for the Pennsylvania State Police, sent an email Saturday to The Inquirer saying he could not comment because the investigation is ongoing. A district attorney’s spokesperson said the office does not comment on ongoing investigations.

Palmer’s brother Dwayne told the Post that Everett was imprisoned after authorities he encountered in Pennsylvania saw a suspension on his license and sent him to York County Prison, but that other circumstances surrounding his detention had not been explained.

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One year. Today makes one year since you were taken from us. 365 days of unanswered questions, 52 weeks of sadness and it still feels like yesterday. There isn’t enough time left to heal this wound. Continue to sleep well. You are missed immeasurably.
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In their report, coroner’s officials attributed Palmer’s cause of death to “complications following an excited state, associated with methamphetamine toxicity, during physical restraint.” They also cited “probable sickling red cell disorder” as a contributing factor in his death, a likely reference to sickle cell disease, a condition that disproportionately affects people of African ancestry.

Family members told CNN that Palmer had some history of drug use but never used meth, and that prison processing reports shared with them provided no indication that he had drug paraphernalia among his possessions or that he was intoxicated when he was booked.

Dwayne Palmer, meanwhile, said his brother did not suffer from sickle cell disease, according to the Post. He told CNN that Everett worked as a personal trainer and had been an Army paratrooper.

After learning that Everett Palmer’s brain, heart, and throat were missing, Palmer’s family spent months trying to track down the body parts, first being told by coroner’s officials to check with a funeral home, then being instructed that the organs were at an independent lab, Merritt told CNN.

The family believes the organs will reveal how Palmer died, but the lab refuses to release them, citing an ongoing investigation, he said.

“We haven’t been able to get them back yet,” Merritt said. “His constitutional rights are being violated.

In a statement Friday amid mounting public attention surrounding Palmer’s death, York County Coroner Pamela L. Gay disputed that characterization, saying that family had always been informed that the body parts were at the private lab, Forensic Pathology Associates of Allentown, and that they were not being withheld.

“Arrangements were made with the family’s private forensic pathologist to go to FPA and visualize and examine the organs for himself,” Gay said. “That examination was conducted after FPA’s final autopsy findings was released to the family.”

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