REPOST: “Soooo you mean to tell me that someone down your ancestry line survived being chained to other human bodies for several months in the bottom of a disease-infested ship during the Middle Passage, lost their language, customs and traditions, picked up the English language as best they could while working free of charge from sunup to sundown as they watched babies sold from out of their arms and women raped by ruthless slave owners.
Took names with no last names, no birth certificates, no heritage of any kind, braved the Underground Railroad, survived the Civil War to enter into sharecropping… Learned to read and write out of sheer will and determination, faced the burning crosses of the KKK, everted their eyes at the black bodies swinging from ropes hung on trees… Fought in World Wars as soldiers to return to America as boys, marched in Birmingham, hosed in Selma, jailed in Wilmington, assassinated in Memphis, segregated in the South, ghettoed in the North, ignored in history books, stereotyped in Hollywood… and in spite of it all someone in your family line endured every era to make sure you would get here and you receive one rejection, face one obstacle, lose one friend, get overlooked, and you want to quit? How dare you entertain the very thought of quitting. People, you will never know survived from generation to generation so you could succeed. Don’t you dare let them down!
Give this to your young people who don’t know their history and want to get weak!
Seven-year-old Jeffery Taylor told his parents that kids at school called him the n-word, ‘blacky’ and ugly.
SAN ANTONIO — Jermaine and LaKeisha Chaney, who have seven children, are still mourning the loss of their youngest son, Jeffery Taylor.
“It’s been a struggle. I put on this beautiful face, but inside I hurt because I miss my baby,” LaKeisha said.
Taylor loved God, church music, boxing, hats, costumes and pranks. The 7-year-old was known for being the first one up or getting up in the middle of the night for snacks, only to be found sleeping on the couch in the morning.
“He wasn’t a bad child,” Jermaine said.
Now, their home on Channel View in southeast San Antonio seems silent without his presence. For the grieving couple, the noise of their anguish bangs loud as a drum.
“A lot of people don’t know his story,” LaKeisha said.
The hurting mother said that on Dec. 20, 2019, her son got off the bus with his head hanging down.
“Why are you so sad? This is the last day of school?” she said. “Shouldn’t you be happy? (It’s) Christmas break?”
According to his mother, he said, “I should, but I’m not happy. I want to get away from that school. They don’t listen to me. They don’t like me.”
She said Taylor alleged students from various grades called him the “N-word,” “Blacky,” “snaggletooth” and ugly. According to the Chaneys, the students went as far as destroying her son’s shoes and a pair of boots.
“It just seems like he just was being targeted and picked on,” Jermaine said. “He was just that one person that stood out.”
At a parent/teacher conference, his mother said her son’s desk sat segregated from the rest of the class. They said he was the only Black student. The teacher reportedly said Taylor might have been having issues with other students.
“No matter what I said to him that Friday, the day before,” LaKeshia said, “it wasn’t enough because he was already broken.”
The Chaneys said they kissed their sleeping children goodnight after returning from an outing on Dec. 20. The following day, the mother said, she thought it odd Taylor was not up. She asked a sibling to check on him.
Everyone around her was crying.
“When I went to that room, all I could do is just scream,” Jermaine said. “I just ran back out screaming at my wife. She couldn’t hear me.”
Her daughter pulled the earbuds playing gospel music from her mother’s ear. LaKeisha said her daughter said her brother felt hard.
“I went straight to the room. I saw my baby laying there, like he normally is,” she said. “But when I looked to the left, I saw my gun. And I saw dry blood on my baby’s face.”
His mother said she screamed and screamed more. She said she grabbed her son.
“And I just started holding Jeffery in my arms. My baby was hard as a rock. Just hard as a rock,” she said. “I put him back…and all I could do was run.”
San Antonio Police officials responded to the home for a shooting in progress call. The 7-year-old boy died at home.
Investigators called the shooting an accident, but they didn’t say if they looked for signs of suicide.
“How could this happen?” Jermaine said.
The couple, who said they train to handle guns, thought their kids were unaware of firearms in the home. Taylor, according to his parents, did not even have play guns.
LaKeisha said her son found the gun in a Bible case under her bed. The couple accepts the responsibility for the first-grader finding the weapon. But the reason he retrieved it, in their mind, may tilt beyond accidental.
“I’m not sure what to think because my baby told me he was tired,” LaKeisha said. “With that different voice.”
His parents believe the incidents at school may be to blame.
Taylor attended Salado Elementary School in the East Central Independent School District. The system released the following statement about the allegations and Taylor’s death:
“East Central ISD profoundly mourns the loss of Jeffery Taylor. He was a bright and well-liked student and we still, to this day, are in shock and disbelief over this tragedy. Our tight-knit community is filled with love, sorrow, and remembrance for Jeffery and his family. We continue to express our deepest condolences to his family, and our community is united in our compassion for healing and strength.
“We are saddened to hear about the allegations as any form of bullying, harassment, or violence is taken seriously and follows required state law, board policy, and District procedures. The District completed a thorough investigation with many teachers, staff, and classmates to determine if any bullying occurred. The investigation did not produce information to corroborate the allegations. The findings of the investigation were in a letter sent to the family on January 8, 2020.
“We investigated the allegations further at three levels: Salado Elementary, student services, and the superintendent. All investigations did not support the allegations.
“Approximately a little over a month before the incident occurred in 2019, Jeffery’s teacher had a regularly scheduled parent conference with the mother. Bullying was never mentioned in the parent conference. No reports or complaints were ever filed or brought to the attention of Jeffery’s teacher, school, or District office.
“East Central ISD provides ongoing training to its staff regarding bullying prevention and identification. Jeffery’s teacher had completed this training prior to the incident.
“After Jeffery’s passing, East Central ISD offered counseling and bereavement services to the Taylor family multiple times. The District also provided extensive support to friends and classmates of Jeffery.
“East Central ISD stands proudly united in our commitment to inclusion and diversity. Our schools participate in lessons regarding bullying prevention every October and offer many events for the students and community regarding inclusion. Our East Central Police Department has an active presence daily on campuses and promotes “see something, say something” as part of Operation Safe Schools. Our equity committee and task force continue to be proactive in assessing that our system protocols and procedures continue to be equitable and inclusive.
“East Central ISD again expresses its deepest condolences and continues to be a source of support and healing.”
In three audio recordings obtained by KENS 5, ESCISD Superintendent Roland Toscano met with LaKeisha, a minister’s alliance supporting Taylor and his grandmother.
Toscano said his investigation revealed Taylor had no academic issues. The elementary school student, described as a leader, had no problem calling out students who did not align with school rules. That, Toscano said, may have caused some contention.
Toscano talked about the challenges of getting solid accounts from students for such a serious investigation on the recordings.
But Taylor’s defenders said he never got a chance to list his alleged offenders due to his death.
The school leader said if a person feels bullied, that perception remains valid to the victim.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a hotline for individuals in crisis or for those looking to help someone else. To speak with a certified listener, call 1-800-273-8255.
Like many of us, I’m sure Lafayette Parish Deputy Clyde Kerr III was looking forward to the new year, putting 2020 behind. Last year was so bad. Now, Kerr is dead.
Something called COVID-19 popped on our radar screens early last year, just after Mardi Gras, and we were curious when — BAM! — it hit us that we were a part of a global pandemic.
Things were getting worse with the virus when, on March 13, Breonna Taylor was shot and killed — in her apartment. Louisville plainclothes police officers forced themselves into her home. There were police reports, news stories. Demonstrations and protests ensued. Taylor’s death got some national attention, but there was no video and it was mostly a Kentucky news story.
The virus got worse. More people got sick. More people were dying from the vicious virus. More Black people were dying from the virus. More Black people were dying at the hands of police officers.
Things continued getting worse with the virus when, on May 25, George Floyd was killed by police officers on a Minneapolis street. Someone at a store accused Floyd of trying to pass off a counterfeit $20 bill as real. Several officers were dispatched. He was pushed against a wall, then down on the street and handcuffed. Three officers kneeled on him. He cried out for his mother. Minutes later, he was dead.
There were police reports, news stories, demonstrations.
There was video.
A short few days later, Kerr was in Acadiana when he saw the Floyd video. Like most people, including Black people, and most especially Black men, he didn’t like what he saw. He was emotionally drained. How do I know? On May 31, he recorded a 44:43 video on YouTube. Titled “This Needs & Has To Be Said!,” Kerr said on video he was processing the incident, but it was his son’s response that was the larger issue.
His son, 13, had watched the video, start to finish. He watched Floyd die. He asked Kerr why. “I couldn’t explain it,” Kerr said on the video. “What hurt me the most was having to explain this to him. … I could tell he lost a piece of his innocence.”
He added, “I have cousins that look exactly like Floyd.”
I feel him. Like him, I, too, have cousins, relatives, friends who look like Floyd. We are Floyd. It hurt.
By April, about 70% of the Louisianans who died of the virus were Black, compared to a statewide Black population of about 32%. This was happening nationally. The Black Lives Matter movement was launched after the senseless killing of Trayvon Martin, 17, in Sanford, Florida, and after Michael Brown, 18, who supposedly stole a box of cigars, was killed during a struggle with officers. Police killed Eric Garner, 43, accused of illegally selling cigarettes in Staten Island, New York. They listened to him cry “I can’t breathe.” There was video. Alton Sterling, 37, was killed by police outside a Baton Rouge store where there was a struggle as he was selling CDs. There was video.
There have been too many situations involving Black people, men and women, killed by police officers of whatever ethnicity and race. Since The Washington Post started tracking shootings by on-duty police officers in 2015, there have been 5,000 such deaths, including more than 900 in the last year. That’s shootings. That doesn’t include police deaths by other means. About half of those killed by police were White. But Black people are shot at an unconscionable rate. We are about 13% of the nation’s population, yet police kill us at more than twice the rate of Whites, according to the Post.
It’s not right.
How can we be OK when the circumstances continue and police department and individual responsibility escapes those who kill us?
Kerr, chaplain of his officer training class, was 43. On Monday, the son of famed trumpeter Clyde Kerr Jr., ended his disappointment, his frustration and his pain. On a video recorded earlier, he said he had hoped to see the Super Bowl LV with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Kansas City Chiefs, mainly because he wanted to see fellow St. Augustine High School Purple Knights Tyrann Mathieu and Leonard Fournette compete. He decided he couldn’t wait.
Kerr took his own life. We may never know whether Kerr struggled with personal demons as well. This tormented Black man said on video that he could no longer be complicit working in a system he considered racist. He said on video he had had enough.
Nurse Leona Goddard, 35, hanged herself at family home in Greater Manchester
Worked at mental health unit at Prestwich Hospital and was recently promoted
Ms Goddard had seen GP before death and said she ‘had nightmares about work’
For confidential support call the Samaritans on 116123 or visit a local Samaritans branch, see http://www.samaritans.org for details.
A dedicated NHS mental health nurse killed herself after the stress of working 12 hour hospital shifts stopped her from settling down, an inquest has heard.
Leona Goddard, 35, wanted to have a family but struggled to have a social life after being landed with unpredictable work hours and extra responsibilities.
Although colleagues at Prestwich Hospital in Manchester rated her as ‘outstanding’ Miss Goddard developed low self esteem due to the long hours.
Ms Goddard was found hanged at her family home by mother Corrine Goodridge on October 3 2018, just six months after she got a promotion.
A hand written note across two pages of A4 paper detailed her ‘negative feelings, a downward spiral and feelings of self loathing.’
The inquest was told Miss Goddard had wanted to work as an occupational therapist but studied nursing and psychology and graduated at Manchester university in 2012.
A college friend Danielle Hinds said: ‘Although she finished the course she never actually enjoyed the role. She felt trapped by qualifications and experience.
‘Leona struggled with shifts she was given and found it difficult to maintain a social life around them.
The NHS mental health nurse was rated ‘outstanding’ by her colleagues but was struggling with the pressures of her demanding schedule and new role after receiving a promotion
‘She was saving money for a house deposit and she was looking for a home she wanted to live in but didn’t find anything and it was difficult for her to carry out her search because of shifts she was assigned to.
‘Over the years we had a few conversations and when she felt at her worst she would make flippant jokes about pills and wine being her way out.’
A doctor’s reporter was read to the hearing which said that Miss Goddard had been to see her GP in the weeks leading up to her death.
She said she felt ‘unsupported’ and ‘had nightmares about work’ and was offered anti depressants but she refused saying if work ‘got sorted out she would feel better.’
Claire Hilton, a ward manager at Prestwich hospital, pictured, said: ‘Leona was promoted to senior staff nurse in June 2018. She was really valued. We have nothing but fond memories’
Ms Goddard’s ex-boyfriend Peter Schaffer, who ended their relationship a week before her death, also spoke at the inquest.
He said: ‘Leona had a wish to have children one day and start a family of her own and no doubt she would have been a great mother.
‘But when she was working for the NHS, there was changing shift patterns and she felt frustration at the unpredictability of shifts.
‘A new position was offered to give her new skills and responsibilities. She did want to stay in mental health and the NHS, but in a capacity that would give her more of a social life.
‘The only reason she stayed in the job that was not healthy for her was a light at the end of the tunnel. There were many difficulties when she started in the new position and she was left increasing amount of responsibilities, workload, absence of training – and not long after she was signed off work.
‘We had long conversations to try to help her to find other opportunities but over the weeks communication was deteriorating and I ended the relationship.
Ms Goddard had visited her GP before her death and revealed she felt ‘unsupported’ and ‘had nightmares about work’
‘She was upset and my intention was to give her space and then have a conversation about it. But tragically she took her own life a week later and that never materialised.’
Claire Hilton, a ward manager in charge of drug and alcohol issues at Prestwich hospital said: ‘Leona started in June 2016 and was promoted to senior staff nurse in June 2018.
‘She was very capable and on August 16 and 17 performed as the duty manager. It was a very challenging time and we did speak after this.
‘Both of us felt she was struggling in a lack of confidence in her own capabilities – although it was not justified. She was more than capable.
‘On September 7, I received a call from Leona that she had seen her GP. Her mood was low and she was feeling anxious she was signed off for two weeks.
‘She phoned in September 20 but was not ready to come back and I anticipated another sick note. On the Monday I got a text asking if I was working and if free to meet that day.
‘She said she felt low and had not been out of bed for a week beforehand. Her death was a shock for colleagues and patients.
‘She was really valued, rated as outstanding and we had started a memory book with pictures and recollections for her family. We have nothing but fond memories for Leona.’
While work colleague Sianne Donovan said: ‘Leona’s job pattern and shifts were a big factor in her unhappiness even before she got the promotion.
‘She definitely felt unsupported and many times I told her to leave and find something else. She was looking for other jobs when she called me and was signed off when she definitely needed some rest.
‘When Leona split with her boyfriend had never heard her so upset. I encouraged her to get some air but she didn’t want anybody to see her crying.’
Leona’s mother Corrine Goodridge said: ‘The job at Prestwich involved her treating patients with drug and alcohol issues.
‘She got a promotion six months before her death but I think she was in two minds about it and I was not sure she was feeling positive about it.
Recording a conclusion of suicide coroner Angharad Davis said it was ‘absolutely tragic’ that Leona, pictured, ‘didn’t recognise what a wonderful person she was’
‘The shift work in particular got her down as she did a 12 hour shift. Leona had not had any long term steady relationship and the most recent one ended by text message.
‘Despite the fact Leona might have been stressed at work none of us fully realised she was feeling depressed and sad. Her death has affected the whole family deeply all miss her, asking why this happened.’
Police coroners officer Marie Logan said: ‘Sadly Leona seems to have been suffering from low self esteem and depression and had been off sick at work.
‘She had difficulties coping with her recent promotion she had but these feelings were born out of her – rather than by other people.
‘She was seen as very much a clever, caring and very competent nurse and her colleagues felt the promotions as justified as she was more than capable.
‘Leona’s feelings were entirely about herself. The note she left indicated depression and low mood and things she felt she needed to do to get her life on track.
Recording a conclusion of suicide coroner Angharad Davis said: ‘Leona worked as a nurse in alcohol rehabilitation and recently been promoted to team manager.
‘Colleagues describe her as a bright, clever, caring nurse but it is clear from the evidence that the job role was causing Leona stress because of the difficulties working and the stress of the job itself.
‘Also Leona did not share the same views of herself as the colleagues had of her.
‘Have considered all the evidence read and heard it seems that Leona was under a great deal of stress going on for a long time. She had very low self esteem and did not recognise in herself the person that everybody else saw.
‘She was a young women who made a career helping people who were in trouble. It’s absolutely tragic that she didn’t recognise what a wonderful person she was.’
For confidential support call the Samaritans on 116123 or visit a local Samaritans branch, see http://www.samaritans.org for details.
Inyoung You was described as “physically, verbally and psychologically abusive”
SCMP reports that a Korean woman has been charged for encouraging her boyfriend to commit suicide.
Inyoung You, 21, was described by Boston’s top prosecutor as being “physically, verbally and psychologically abusive” to her boyfriend Alexander Urtula.
Both You and Urtula were students at Boston College at the time of Urtula’s suicide and had been involved in an 18-moth relationship.
Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins said at a news conference on Monday that You had “complete and total control” over her boyfriend.
You had sent Urtula 47,000 text messages over the last two months with some messages encouraging him to “go kill yourself” or “go die”.
The South Korean woman reportedly isolated Urtula from his friends and family. She was fully aware of his depression and suicidal thoughts.
You had tracked the biology major and was nearby when the New Jersey student killed himself on 20 May, which was his graduation day.
“Many of the messages display the power dynamic of the relationship, wherein Ms You made demands and threats with the understanding that she had complete and total control over Mr Urtula both mentally and emotionally,” Rollins said.
You has since fled to South Korea but prosecutors are in negotiations with her counsel for her to return to the US. If she does not return voluntarily, extradition proceedings will begin.
This is a message that began being forwarded via email in the mid-1990s of various Bill and Hillary Clinton associates alleged to have died under mysterious circumstances. This conspiracy theory continued to resurrect itself during Hillary Clinton’s 2008 and 2016 presidential bids.
THE CLINTON DEAD POOL
1- James McDougal – Clintons convicted Whitewater partner died of an apparent heart attack, while in solitary confinement. He was a key witness in Ken Starr’s investigation.
2 – Mary Mahoney – A former White House intern was murdered July 1997 at a Starbucks Coffee Shop in Georgetown .. The murder …happened just after she was to go public w:th her story of sexual harassment in the White House.
3 – Vince Foster – Former White House counselor, and colleague of Hillary Clinton at Little Rock’s Rose Law firm. Died of a gunshot wound to the head, ruled a suicide.
4 – Ron Brown – Secretary of Commerce and former DNC Chairman. Reported to have died by impact in a plane crash. A pathologist close to the investigation reported that there was a hole in the top of Brown’s skull resembling a gunshot wound. At the time of his death Brown was being investigated, and spoke publicly of his willingness to cut a deal with prosecutors. The rest of the people on the plane also died. A few days later the Air Traffic controller commited suicide.
5 – C. Victor Raiser, II – Raiser, a major player in the Clinton fund raising organization died in a private plane crash in July 1992.
6 – Paul Tulley – Democratic National Committee Political Director found dead in a hotel room in Little Rock , September 1992. Described by Clinton as a “dear friend and trusted advisor”.
7 – Ed Willey – Clinton fundraiser, found dead November 1993 deep in the woods in VA of a gunshot wound to the head. Ruled a suicide. Ed Willey died on the same day his wife Kathleen Willey claimed Bill Clinton groped her in the oval office in the White House. Ed Willey was involved in several Clinton fund raising events.
8 – Jerry Parks – Head of Clinton’s gubernatorial security team in Little Rock .. Gunned down in his car at a deserted intersection outside Little Rock Park’s son said his father was building a dossier on Clinton He allegedly threatened to reveal this information. After he died the files were mysteriously removed from his house.
9 – James Bunch – Died from a gunshot suicide. It was reported that he had a “Black Book” of people which contained names of influential people who visited prostitutes in Texas and Arkansas
10 – James Wilson – Was found dead in May 1993 from an apparent hanging suicide. He was reported to have ties to Whitewater..
11 – Kathy Ferguson – Ex-wife of Arkansas Trooper Danny Ferguson, was found dead in May 1994, in her living room with a gunshot to her head. It was ruled a suicide even though there were several packed suitcases, as if she were going somewhere. Danny Ferguson was a co-defendant along with Bill Clinton in the Paula Jones lawsuit Kathy Ferguson was a possible corroborating witness for Paula Jones.
12 – Bill Shelton – Arkansas State Trooper and fiancee of Kathy Ferguson. Critical of the suicide ruling of his fiancee, he was found dead in June, 1994 of a gunshot wound also ruled a suicide at the grave site of his fiancee.
13 – Gandy Baugh – Attorney for Clinton’s friend Dan Lassater, died by jumping out a window of a tall building January, 1994. His client was a convicted drug distributor.
14 – Florence Martin – Accountant & sub-contractor for the CIA, was related to the Barry Seal, Mena, Arkansas, airport drug smuggling case. He died of three gunshot wounds.
15 – Suzanne Coleman – Reportedly had an affair with Clinton when he was Arkansas Attorney General. Died of a gunshot wound to the back of the head, ruled a suicide. Was pregnant at the time of her death.
16 – Paula Grober – Clinton’s speech interpreter for the deaf from 1978 until her death December 9, 1992. She died in a one car accident.
17 – Danny Casolaro – Investigative reporter, investigating Mena Airport and Arkansas Development Finance Authority. He slit his wrists, apparently, in the middle of his investigation.
18 – Paul Wilcher – Attorney investigating corruption at Mena Airport with Casolaro and the 1980 “October Surprise” was found dead on a toilet June 22, 1993, in his Washington DC apartment had delivered a report to Janet Reno 3 weeks before his death.
19 – Jon Parnell Walker – Whitewater investigator for Resolution Trust Corp. Jumped to his death from his Arlington ,Virginia apartment balcony August 15, 1993. He was investigating the Morgan Guaranty scandal.
20 – Barbara Wise – Commerce Department staffer. Worked closely with Ron Brown and John Huang. Cause of death: Unknown. Died November 29, 1996. Her bruised, naked body was found locked in her office at the Department of Commerce.
21 – Charles Meissner – Assistant Secretary of Commerce who gave John Huang special security clearance, died shortly thereafter in a small plane crash.
22 – Dr. Stanley Heard – Chairman of the National Chiropractic Health Care Advisory Committee died with his attorney Steve Dickson in a small plane crash. Dr. Heard, in addition to serving on Clinton ‘s advisory council personally treated Clinton’s mother, stepfather and brother.
23 – Barry Seal – Drug running TWA pilot out of Mena Arkansas, death was no accident.
24 – Johnny Lawhorn, Jr. – Mechanic, found a check made out to Bill Clinton in the trunk of a car left at his repair shop. He was found dead after his car had hit a utility pole.
25 – Stanley Huggins – Investigated Madison Guaranty. His death was a purported suicide and his report was never released.
26 – Hershell Friday – Attorney and Clinton fundraiser died March 1, 1994, when his plane exploded.
27 – Kevin Ives & Don Henry – Known as “The boys on the track” case. Reports say the boys may have stumbled upon the Mena Arkansas airport drug operation. A controversial case, the initial report of death said, due to falling asleep on railroad tracks. Later reports claim the 2 boys had been slain before being placed on the tracks. Many linked to the case died before their testimony could come before a Grand Jury.
THE FOLLOWING PERSONS HAD INFORMATION ON THE IVES/HENRY CASE:
28 – Keith Coney – Died when his motorcycle slammed into the back of a truck, 7/88.
30 – Gregory Collins – Died from a gunshot wound January 1989.
31 – Jeff Rhodes – He was shot, mutilated and found burned in a trash dump in April 1989.
32 – James Milan – Found decapitated. However, the Coroner ruled his death was due to natural causes”.
34 – Richard Winters – A suspect in the Ives/Henry deaths. He was killed in a set-up robbery July 1989.
THE FOLLOWING CLINTON BODYGUARDS ARE ALSO DEAD
35 – Major William S. Barkley, Jr.
36 – Captain Scott J . Reynolds
37 – Sgt. Brian Hanley
38 – Sgt. Tim Sabel
39 – Major General William Robertson
40 – Col. William Densberger
41 – Col. Robert Kelly
42 – Spec. Gary Rhodes
43 – Steve Willis
44 – Robert Williams
45 – Conway LeBleu
46 – Todd McKeehan
And the most recent, Seth Rich, the DC staffer murdered and “robbed” (of nothing) on July 10. Wikileaks found Assange claims he had info on the DNC email scandal.
Not Included in this list are the 4 men killed in Benghazi.
Not the kind of person I want in charge of my country.
A hazardous material squad at Berwyn Avenue in Syracuse on Sunday, July 7, 2019.
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.
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.
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.”
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.