Witness: Woman, 3 children found dead in car in Syracuse; Mayor, other officials on scene

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. – A woman and three children were found dead in a car in Syracuse on Sunday, according to a man who found the bodies.

Police and firefighters are on the scene at Berwyn Avenue but have not confirmed the deaths at this time.

Syracuse Fire Chief Michael Monds, Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh and Syracuse Police Chief Kenton T. Buckner are all on the scene.

Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick this afternoon confirmed to Syracuse.com | The Post-Standard that a woman and 2-3 children had been found dead on Berwyn Avenue.

The discovery of the bodies has left “everyone pretty shook up,” said Fitzpatrick, referring to the witnesses and first responders.

John Crane, a tow truck driver for Epolito’s Towing Company, told Syracuse.com | The Post-Standard this afternoon he found the bodies and called 911.

“It was bad,” he said at the scene.

He said he was called to pick up a Zipcar (ride share) vehicle on Berwyn Avenue when he found the bodies in the car. He said he saw no visible injuries.

Syracuse police and firefighters have shut down Berwyn Avenue, a short street off of East Colvin Street near Interstate 81 and not far from Syracuse University’s Lampe Athletics Complex/Manley Field House.

A fire department hazardous materials truck is on the scene. Other police and fire trucks are on the scene.

Firefighters and police got the call to respond to the street at 1:47 p.m.

Quintin Coleman, a neighbor, said police told him that three kids and a woman were dead.

He said he’s seen the woman in the neighborhood but she kept to herself. He’d never seen a car in the driveway until he saw the Zipcar, a silver Ford Focus, parked in the driveway on July 4.

“She just kept to herself,” Coleman said. “You’d see her bringing her kids to the bus stop when school was in.”

After the discovery and talking to police, Crane stayed on scene, sitting in his red tow truck with the driver’s side door open.

He could be seen holding his head in his hands, recounting what happened to neighbors and smoking a cigarette.

We are on the scene and will update this report as soon as more information becomes available.

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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.

Bronx high school student killed herself after bullies tormented her and school officials turned their backs: lawsuit

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A Bronx high schooler who jumped to her death was relentlessly bullied at school for five months and sexually assaulted on the day of her death — and her school administrators repeatedly ignored her cries for help and never told her mom and dad about her torment, a lawsuit by her parents alleges.

School was still in session on Feb. 28, 2018, when Mya Vizcarrondo-Rios’ broken body was found on the ground 34 stories from the rooftop of the apartment building in which she lived.

The ninth-grader still had her backpack on.

Her father, Heriberto Rios, was home at the time, certain that his little girl was still in school.

Rios told the Daily News that his daughter was a happy girl who doted on her dad. He said she left for school that morning excited about a performance and teased him before she walked out the door.

Rios later learned that Mya had been sexually assaulted that day in the unsupervised auditorium of Harry S. Truman High School, where she and other students had the performance. According to the lawsuit, after the assault students in the school made fun of Mya.

Rios said the forced oral sex followed at least five months of torment by malicious students who body shamed her, pulled her hair and physically assaulted her.

A guidance counselor and the school’s principal, Keri Alfano, knew about the bullying, but her teachers and school officials didn’t think enough about her absence that day to go looking for her before she died, the lawsuit alleges. The principal did not immediately return a call for comment.

Mya didn’t just accept the abuse, her heartbroken dad said. She reported the activity to school officials, but they allegedly sent her back to class, never notifying her parents about her complaints. Mya didn’t tell her parents, either.

When Rios confronted his daughter about her mounting school absences — she had near-perfect attendance before the bullying started — she just told him she was having difficulty in a couple of classes.

“I asked what was going on,” Rios said. “She said she was having trouble, but she didn’t tell me she was being bullied. She didn’t tell me about this. I found out after she passed. The school never told me about the cutting (classes).”

The distraught dad and the girl’s mother, Nelly Vizcarrondo, are suing the city, the Education Department and school administrators.

Rios was home when cops knocked on his door at about 2 p.m. to tell him they’d found his daughter. She was rushed to Jacobi Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.

“She was an honor roll student,” Rios said. “She had so many plans. She wanted to go to college.”

Mya’s parents were called into a meeting with her counselor about her attendance, but they say the counselor, who’s not named in the lawsuit, never told them about the bullying.

In fact, Mya told the counselor what was going on, but was sent back to class. The counselor said she needed to investigate Mya’s claims, but no investigation apparently took place, the lawsuit alleges. Mya also told Alfano she was being bullied, the lawsuit alleges.

“(Mya) was ignored and simply sent back to class without any intervention by the school,” the lawsuit said. Again, her parents were never told about what was happening to their daughter.

The day before her death, one of Mya’s friends told the counselor Mya was having problems, so the counselor visited her in gym class, and wrote down on a review card that she would tell her parents to be on the lookout for any signs of emotional distress, the lawsuit alleges.

But that notification never came, and on Feb. 28, 2018, two boys took her to the back of an unsupervised auditorium and forced her to perform sex acts on them, the lawsuit alleges.

In the January meeting about Mya’s attendance, her parents were told that she would have to sign in at every class, the lawsuit alleges. The parents now claim that was a misrepresentation — if she had to sign in, someone would have noticed she left early, and started looking for her before she died.

Shortly after the girl’s death, the one bully named in the lawsuit was transferred, and the guidance counselor was fired, the lawsuit alleges.

“The tragic circumstances surrounding my client’s death could have been prevented,” said John Scola, the family’s lawyer.

“We hope that this case will cause the Department of Education to reevaluate their policies and properly train their employees on issues related to bullying so that no student feels so hopeless they believe suicide is the answer. We hope that this case will prevent helpless students from taking their own lives in the future.”

Education Department officials said the city put $8 million into initiatives targeting bullying, including training and online resources.

“This was a tragic loss, and students deserve safe and supportive school environments,” said department spokesman Doug Cohen. “We recognize the deep impact bullying can have, and schools are required to immediately investigate and address any allegation. We’ll continue to invest in anti-bullying and safe schools initiatives.”

“It wasn’t like she was depressed all the time and didn’t care about anything,” Rios said. “She was just always there trying to help.”

 

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70-year-old man jumps from 15th floor of Toomey Abbott Towers in Syracuse, dies

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. — A 70-year-old man jumped from the 15th floor of Toomey Abbott Towers in Syracuse and died Sunday, city police said.

At least two people called 911 at 12:13 p.m. to say the man had jumped out a window of the high-rise Toomey Abbott Towers — a public housing complex operated by the Syracuse Housing Authority — at 1207 Almond St.

Syracuse police and firefighters responded to the call.

When officers arrived, the man was dead, city police spokesman Sgt. Matthew Malinowski said. Police did not release the man’s name and said his death was ruled a suicide.

Authorities said the man lived at Toomey Abbott Tower, a 310-apartment complex for senior citizens.

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Alabama Teen Nigel Shelby Died by Suicide After Being Bullied

nigelshelbyx750_outThe 15-year-old took his own life after being the target of homophobic bullying from peers.

 

15-year-old Alabama high school student Nigel Shelby took his own life last Friday after being targeted by bullies for being gay.

“We were saddened to learn this morning of the death of Nigel Shelby, one of our 9th grade students. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time,” Aaron King, the principal of Huntsville High School, where Nigel attended, said in a statement on Facebook.

“We are heartbroken over the death of Nigel Shelby, a 15 year old freshman at Huntsville High School,” Huntsville’s local LGBT organization Rocket City Pride said in another statement. “Nigel took his life because he was bullied for being gay. There are no words that can be said to make sense of this devastating news.”
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We are heartbroken over the death of Nigel Shelby, a 15 year old Freshman at Huntsville High School. Nigel took his life because he was bullied for being gay. There are no words that can be said to make sense of this devastating news.
Below is a link to a GoFundMe account to help his mother with his funeral expenses. We will also be collecting donations at Huntsville’s Only Drag Brunch on Sunday and at Drag Queen Bingo on Tuesday.
Please donate what you can to help.
https://www.gofundme.com/k2h35t-nigel

If you or anyone you know need any help, there are resources available for you. CARE Services, Inc. hosts a weekly youth group of LGBT+ teens on Tuesday. GLSEN Greater Huntsville is providing resources and training for schools to support our LGBT+ students. The Trevor Project provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBT+ youth.

A GoFundMe campaign has been started to help Nigel’s family cover the costs of funeral expenses, and at the time of reporting, over $16,000+ (of a $26,000 goal) has been raised.

If you are a trans or gender-nonconforming person considering suicide, Trans Lifeline can be reached at (877) 565-8860. LGBTQ youth (ages 24 and younger) can reach the Trevor Project Lifeline at (866) 488-7386. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255 can also be reached 24 hours a day by people of all ages and identities.

 

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10-year-old Texas boy kills himself after relentless bullying, mom says

Screen-Shot-2019-03-28-at-12.24.59-PMDARK AND DEADLY ISSUE: 26 children in the Houston area committed suicide in the last year, including Kevin Reese in Cy-Fair ISD.

 

KATY, Texas (WPVI) — A 10-year-old boy in Texas took his own life, apparently due to relentless bullying, his mom says.

“I never thought he would go this far, never,” Crystal Smith said. “I’m still in disbelief, and it’s taking me a while to actually accept the fact that this happened.”

KTRK-TV reports, Smith said her son, Kevin Reese, Jr., loved drawing and painting. The fifth grader at Robinson Elementary School had the biggest smile, and on the surface, he was a seemingly happy kid.

“Kevin was a goofy child,” Smith said. “He’s my little goof troop, I called him.”

But on the inside, he had a deep-seated struggle his mom says was fueled by bullying at school.

“I just thought he was handling the situations,” she said. “They wrote on his tablet to kill yourself. ‘You don’t belong here.’ When it got physical back in November, he came home crying because he didn’t fight back and one of the boys punched him several times coming from recess.”

Then, on January 21, he and his 13-year-old sister got off the school bus. Their mom was out of town for work, and their stepfather was on his way home. But he wouldn’t make it in time to stop the moment that would change the family forever.

“He just had enough,” Smith said. “He just had enough, and he felt that he was backed into a corner.”

Smith got a frantic call from Kevin’s sister.

“She was just screaming on the phone, and I didn’t understand,” she said. “And she screamed, ‘Kevin.'”

Reese had killed himself inside their Katy home.

“He hung himself in his closet,” Smith said. “I told her to hang on with me, if you cut him down and while you’re cutting him down, call 911.”

Sadly, it was too late.
“Everything was not real,” Smith said. “I was in a place where I just couldn’t move.”

Reese joins a growing list of children ending their lives.

“It’s becoming unfortunately quite an epidemic, and it’s not just here, it’s all over,” said Allie Sauls, a child counselor at Heritage Behavioral Health Consultants.

Sauls said she’s seeing four main factors with her young patients: pressure at school, social media, problems at home, and bullying.

“It is rampant in schools, and I think that is because it is becoming so covert,” Sauls said.

She said schools must have a safe system in place. After Reese’s suicide, Smith said she reached out to the school.
“They told me they never found any bullying going on,” she said.

Smith spends her days wishing her little boy was still here, and she’s telling his story in the hopes of helping other families.

“Pay attention to your child,” she said. “Don’t assume that things are handled at the school. Stay on top of it until you see something come out on the end.”

If you are thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

 

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BREAKING!! PARIS JACKSON HOSPITALIZED AFTER ATTEMPTED SUICIDE

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Paris Jackson was hospitalized Saturday after she attempted suicide — and family sources tell us it’s due in large to the fallout from “Leaving Neverland.”

Law enforcement sources tell us police and EMS responded to Paris’ LA home at 7:30 AM. We’re told Michael Jackson‘s only daughter slit her wrists. Our sources say she was transported to a hospital and placed on 5150 hold. She’s currently in stable condition.

Sources with knowledge tell us Paris did this in direct response to the allegations made against her father in “Leaving Neverland” — a documentary in which Wade Robson and James Safechuck accuse MJ of molesting them as children.

As we reported … Paris was standing firm behind her dad and maintaining his innocence, even though she hadn’t seen the doc yet. We’re told the Jackson kids have been in turmoil over the renewed allegations … and that they feel the doc was one-sided and unfair.

The fallout from “Leaving Neverland” has been severe. Michael’s music and TV appearances have been getting muted since HBO aired the project.

Paris has had hard time since her dad’s death in 2009. She attempted suicide back in 2013 as well, and has been open about her struggles with depression in the past.

Our sources say Paris is currently being closely monitored by a team of doctors.

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