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Weather Update!!: Southern California: Latest Information: Destructive and Deadly Winter Storm.

Weather Update!!: Southern California: Latest Information: Destructive and Deadly Winter Storm.

A winter storm sweeps across Southern California on Tuesday, January 9th, 2018 causing a path of destructive and several deaths from mudslides, closed roadways due to flooding and vehicle crashes, and power outages to communities.

**** Latest Information: U.S. 101 Closure: ****

** As of 7:00pm PT on Sunday, January 21st, 2018: **

According to the California highway Patrol, U.S. 101 has been reopened in Santa Barbara, California.

Please drive safely and be mindful that some off-ramps and surface streets may remain closed.

 

**** Victims of the Destructive and Deadly Winter Storm: ****

** As of 11:00pm PT on Saturday, January 20th, 2018: **

Authorities have release the names of the victims in the deadly mudslide in Montecito, California.

According to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, as of Saturday, January 20th, 2018, 21 people have been confirmed dead.

in a release statement, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office said, “The Sheriff’s Office wants to express our heartfelt sadness to the family and friends of those who lost their loved ones. We request that you respect their privacy during this most difficult time.”

** Latest Confirmed Victim’s Names and Details on the Victims: **

 

  • 3 year old Kailly Benitez from Montecito, California

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  • 6 year old Peerawat “Pasta” Sutthithepa (Front) from Montecito, California

Peerawat “Pasta” Sutthithepa’s father, Pinit Sutthithepa, also was killed.

 

  • 10 year old Jonathan Benitez from Montecito, California

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  • 12 year old Sawyer Corey from Montecito, California

Sawyer Corey was killed in the mud flow triggered by a storm in Montecito.

 

  • 22 year old Caroline Montgomery from Montecito, California

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  • 25 year old Morgan Christine Corey from Montecito, California

The body of Morgan Christine Corey was found in mud and debris in Montecito.

 

  • 27 year old Marilyn Ramos from Montecito, California

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  • 28 year old Faviola Benitez Calderon from Montecito, California

Faviola Benitez Calderon was found in the 100 block of Santo Tomas Lane near Olive Mill Road and above Coast Village Road.

Faviola Benitez Calderon’s 10 year old son, Jonathan Benitez and his cousin 3 year old Kailly Benitez, as well as Kailly’s mother, 27 year old Marilyn Ramos, were also killed.

 

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  • 30 year old Pinit Sutthithepa from Montecito, California

Pinit Sutthithepa immigrated from Thailand, for years sending back money to his wife and two young children until he could bring them to the United States.

 

  • 48 year old Martin Cabrera-Munoz from Montecito, California

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  • 49 year old David Cantin from Montecito, California

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  • 54 year old Mark Montgomery from Montecito, California

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  • 61 year old John McManigal from Montecito, California

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  • 61 year old Rebecca Riskin from Montecito, California

Rebecca Riskin, a real estate agent and founder of Riskin Partners, was killed in the mudslides.

Riskin’s body was found Wednesday near a highway.

Riskin Partners confirmed her death and described Rebecca Riskin as “an exceptional woman” who lived her life with “strength, grace and elegance.”

Riskin Partners wrote on the company’s Facebook page, “It is with heavy hearts we share that our dear friend and partner, Rebecca Riskin, has passed away as a result of the tragic flooding and mudslides in Montecito. The confirmation of her loss is incredibly devastating to her friends, family, and our community. Per her wishes, we intend to carry out her life’s work with the same strength, grace and elegance that wholly defined Rebecca. Rebecca was an exceptional woman, and her legacy will continue to live on and thrive through her children, Robert and Julia, her husband Ken Grand, and her namesake firm, Riskin Partners. At this time, Rebecca’s family requests privacy as they mourn her loss and celebrate her remarkable life. We too are still processing her passing and appreciate all of your kind messages and concerns. Details on a service and memorial to follow. Dina Landi, Sarah Hanacek, Jasmine Tennis, Robert Riskin, Erin Lammers, and Jenna Crawford.”

Riskin was a ballerina with the American Ballet Theater in New York, New York before an injury cut short her dancing career.

Riskin returned to her hometown of Los Angeles, California in 1979, where she began selling high-end real estate on the city’s west side.

She moved to Montecito, California in the early 1990s.

Riskin is survived by her husband, 2 grown children and a grandson.

 

  • 67 year old Richard Taylor from Montecito, California

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  • 69 year old Josephine “Josie” Gower from Montecito, California

Josephine “Josie” Gower is described by family as a very gregarious and very unique, who lived passionately, whether she was interacting with children, grandchildren, friends or strangers.

Josephine “Josie” Gower is described by friends as warm and loving and as never speaking negatively about anyone.

Josephine “Josie” Gower loved to travel and would always stop to give cookies or other treats to people at the YMCA,.

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  • 73 year old Peter Fleurat from Montecito, California

NBC affiliate KSBY Channel 6 reports Peter Fleurat’s body was carried from his home on Hot Springs Road to Olive Mill Road where it was recovered by emergency workers.

Family and friends of Peter Fleurat were notified of his death Wednesday evening.

Juli Miller, friend of Peter Fleurat, wrote on Facebook, “With a very heavy heart, our kind, creative friend with an unforgettable laugh has left us. Thank you all for sharing and especially to Cynthia for finding the most recent information for us. Hug your loved ones and stay in contact with people you adore. You never know when it will be too late. Searching for a friend from Montecito currently listed as missing. Peter Fleurat. He was in his house on Hot Springs when the mudslide knocked it off the foundation. His partner was pulled from the mud and woke in the hospital.

Peter Fleurat’s partner Ralph Barajas’ is the owner of Rose Cafe restaurant in Santa Barbara, California.

The restaurant wrote on Facebook, “It is with a heavy heart that we must inform you that our dear friend, Peter Fleurat, lost his life in the Montecito mudslide. He and our owner, Ralph “Lalo” Barajas, were trying to get to safety when their home was swept away with them in it, causing them to be separated. We had been searching for Peter since this happened Tuesday morning and received the tragic news yesterday evening. We are beyond grateful that Lalo was rescued and is safe with family, but now not only is he dealing with the loss of his home, but with the loss of his partner. Please understand that he needs time to grieve and needs our love and support during this difficult time. Thank you for checking in with us over the past couple of days. We appreciate all of your thoughts and prayers.

Peter Fleurat had been a resident of Montecito, California since the 1970s, after moving from his childhood home in upstate New York.

Peter Fleurat studied nursing at Santa Barbara City College and worked as an end-of-life caretaker.

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  • 78 year old Alice Mitchell from Montecito, California

Alice Mitchell (Pictured Second From Right) stayed home to celebrate her husband’s 89th birthday on the night of the winter storm, the couple’s daughter tells KNBC 4 News.

The house on Hot Springs Road was washed away by raging floods.

Mitchell’s body was found down the road, on a different street.

 

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  • 79 year old Richard “Loring” Taylor (Back) from Montecito, California

Richard “Loring” Taylor and grandson Peerawat “Pasta” Sutthithepa were killed in the Montecito mudflow.

 

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  • 84 year old Roy Rohter from Montecito, California

Rohter founded Saint Augustine Academy in Ventura, California in 1994 and was described as a man dedicated to his Catholic faith and to helping others.

The mudslide swept Rohter and his wife Theresa Rohter out of their home.

Theresa was rescued and hospitalized in stable condition.

Rohter grew up in Chicago, Illinois and was a real estate broker for several years before founding St. Augustine Academy.

 

  • 87 year old Joseph Francis Bleckel from Montecito, California

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  • 89 year old James Mitchell from Montecito, California

James Mitchell and his wife, Alice, were at their home when the winter storm hit.

The couple’s bodies were found Tuesday on Olive Mill Road.

** ZachNews sends our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to all of the family and friends of the victims in the deadly mudslides in Montecito, California. **

**** This news story will be updated as more information becomes available about the people who lost their lives the deadly mudslides in Montecito, California. ****

According to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, as of Saturday, January 20th, 2018, 2 people have been confirmed still missing.

 

**** Destructive and Deadly Winter Storm Aftermath: ****

  • Santa Barbara County, California:

** Pictures from Eliason Mike with Santa Barbara County Fire, and Ventura County Aviation Unit: **

The winter storm brought heavy rain onto burn hillsides areas left by the Thomas Fire causing mudslides that sweep into coastal community of Montecito, California.

** Pictures from Fabian Rodriguez, Rachel Shalhoob, and NBC News: **

Fire lights up the sky above the Montecito, California area after a debris flow that caught a gas line rupture.

** Pictures from Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, Eliason Mike with Santa Barbara County Fire, and Ventura County Aviation Unit: **

The mudslides caused a path of destruction to homes and vehicles.

Reports that multiple homes were on fire caused by gas line breaks.

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Motorists were stuck along U.S. Highway 101 as mud flowed onto the roadway.

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The California Highway Patrol has closed both directions of U.S. Highway 101 from State Route 126 in Ventura, California to Milpas Street in Santa Barbara, California.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the California Highway Patrol said the closures of U.S. Highway 101 could last at least 48 hours or more.

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According to Caltrans District 7, State Route 33 near Ojal, California is closed from Fairview Road to Lockwood Valley Road due to flooding, mud, and roadway damage.

Caltrans crews are working to clear slides on State Route 33.

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Mud and debris flowed over railroad tracks blocking the main line for Union Pacific Railroad.

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First responders rescued a 14 year old girl who was trapped in the mudslide.

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United States Coast Guard and Ventura County Aviation Unit assisted in rescues area.

United States Coast Guard rescued a family of five, including a newborn baby, after their house was overtaken by a mudslide.

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A person who was swept away in their vehicle was located by the crew of AirSquad6.

According to the Ventura County Aviation Unit, the victim was hoisted and flown to awaiting ground personnel.

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First responders along with search and rescue crews continue to search through building rubble, downed trees, power lines, wrecked cars, huge boulders, and rocks for anybody still trapped from the mudslides.

 

  • Los Angeles County, California:

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Mud flowed down hillsides and into a neighborhood near the Verdugo Mountains in Burbank, California.

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Mud flowed down the hillside causing a dam to break.

Mud flowed down Country Club Drive blocked the roadway with a thick layers of mud.

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A Prius was captured on camera being taken away down a street by the mud flow

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Mud covered part of La Tuna Canyon area in Sun Valley, California trapping a Los Angeles Police Department patrol car.

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Mud covered a stretch of Topanga Canyon Road in Malibu, California trapping a vehicle in the mud flow.

A t least 2 lanes of Interstate 405 was closed in the Sepulveda Pass due to a rockslide.

A man and his dog was rescued from the Los Angeles River in the Sepulveda Basin near Sherman Oaks, California by swift water rescue crews in a helicopter.

Flooding forced passengers out of Terminal 2 at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California.

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Several crashes were reported around the region due to wet and flooded roadways.

A 53 year old big rig truck driver was killed along Interstate 5 near Griffith Park after slamming into a concrete barrier and bridge pillar.

The crash blocked all northbound lanes of Interstate 5.

Details about what led to the crash in northbound lanes were not immediately available, but heavy downpours were reported in the area.

 

  • San Bernardino County, California:

** Pictures from Bear Mountain, Snow Summit, and NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4: **

The winter storm dumped snow onto the mountains in Big Bear, California.

Motorists heading up the mountain to enjoy the snow were told they must use chains.

As of 3:30am PT Wednesday, Caltrans District 8 said chain controls are lifted in areas, but Caltrans crews are still working in the area to make sure the roadways remain safe for motorists.

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According to Caltrans District 8, State Route 138 was closed from Interstate 15 to Summit Valley Road due to mud on the roadway.

Cajon Boulevard from Kenwood Ave and Cleghorn Road was closed in the Cajon Pass due to mudslide.

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A power outage, fire, flooding, and patrol vehicle crash occurred in Needles, California as the winter storm left Southern California.

At least 2 transformers on top of a utility pole snapped off and caught on fire along the 100 block of Erin Drive.

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The North K Street Underpass near Downtown Needles, California was closed due to flooding.

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At least 2 officers from the California Highway Patrol were injured in a crash along Interstate 40 at mile marker 141 in Needles, California.

Needles City Council Member Lewis Evans said that 2 officers suffered minor abrasions and were transported to a hospital in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

The cause of the crash is unknown, but the roadway was wet from the passing winter storm.

** Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates with more information regarding the winter storm aftermath. **

 

News Update!!: Las Vegas, NV: Remembering the victims of the deadly shooting during the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

News Update!!: Las Vegas, NV: Remembering the victims of the deadly shooting during the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

We are learning of the names and the lives of the victims of the deadly shooting during the Route 91 Harvest Festival, near the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino along the Las Vegas Strip, in Las Vegas, Nevada that happened on Sunday, October 1st, 2017.

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**** Remembering the Victims: ****

(All names and ages confirmed by Clark County Coroner’s Office)

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  • Hannah Lassette Ahlers
  • 34 Years Old
  • Murrieta, California

Hannah Ahlers was part of a tightknit community of skydivers and enjoyed the outdoors.

Hannah Ahlers savored spending weekends lounging by the pool with friends and family.

Hannah Ahlers studied at Crafton Hills College and went to Redlands East Valley High School.

Hannah Ahlers is survived by her husband of 16 years, Brian, and three children.

 

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  • Heather Lorraine (Warino) Alvarado
  • 35 Years Old
  • Cedar City, Utah

Heather Alvarado was a mother of 3 and the wife of a firefighter,

Heather Alvarado was someone who liked to see the good in others.

Alvarado enjoyed going on vacations and spending time outdoors with her husband, Albert, and their children.

Albert Alvarado is a firefighter in Cedar City, Utah, where the family lives.

The Cedar City Fire Department is selling cookbooks to raise money to help support the family.

 

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  • Dorene Anderson
  • 49 Years Old
  • Anchorage, Alaska

Dorene Anderson was a hockey booster in Anchorage, Alaska and a self-described “stay-at-home wife and mother.”

Dorene Anderson had served as treasurer of the Cowbell Crew, a nonprofit organization based in Anchorage that supports local hockey teams.

Dorene Anderson attended Tigard High School in Tigard, Oregon.

 

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  • Carrie Rae Barnette
  • 34 Years Old
  • Riverside, California

Carrie Barnette was the oldest of three children, and family was her priority.

Carrie Barnette had worked at Disneyland for 11 years in food services and loved it there.

Carrie Barnette was vivacious, caring, funny, sweet, energetic, creative, loyal, thoughtful, giving and full of life.

Carrie Barnette was celebrating a friend’s 30th birthday at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada when she was shot in the chest and died before reaching the hospital.

 

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  • Jack Reginald Beaton
  • 54 Years Old
  • Bakersfield, California

Jack Beaton and his wife, Laurie, had been with friends celebrating their 23rd wedding anniversary, which fell on Sunday, the final day of the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada.

According to Laurie’s father Jerry Cook, when the shooting began. Jack Beaton tried to shield his wife with his body, reportedly getting on top of Laurie to protect her and as he laid on top of her, Jack said, ‘Laurie, I love you’ as Laurie said, ‘I love you too,’ and he got hit.”

Laurie Beaton did not learn until Monday afternoon that her husband had been identified among the casualties.

Jack Beaton worked in construction and and Laurie worked in human resources at an energy company.

Their lives centered around their children, watching their daughter cheerleading or taking their son dirt-bike riding in Bakersfield, California.

 

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  • Stephen “Steve” Richard Berger
  • 44 Years Old
  • Shorewood, Minnesota

Stephen Richard Berger worked as a financial adviser at EFS Advisors, which has offices in Cambridge and Minnetonka.

Stephen Richard Berger was the father of 3 children.

 

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  • Candice Ryan Bowers
  • 40 Years Old
  • Garden Grove, California

Candice Bowers overcame many challenges in her life, including the passing of her mother when she was a young girl and raising 2 children as a single mother.

Candice Bowers took in the woman’s baby and officially adopted her in May.

Candice Bowers’ family say the act of kindness showed the woman’s character, always placing the needs of others above her own.

Candice Bowers worked as a waitress at Mimi’s Cafe, had a wide circle of friends and enjoyed spending time with her children, 16 year old Katie, 20 year old Kurtis, and the recently adopted Ariel, 2.

Candice Bowers loved country music and spending time outdoors, so a trip with a girlfriend to the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

The football team at Pacifica High School, which Candice Bowers attends, plans to wear decals on their helmets honoring Bowers during their next game.

The Posse Bar in Westminster, where Candice Bowers socialized, is holding a fundraiser Oct. 21.

A fundraising website for Candice Bowers’ memorial costs and children had raised more than $30,000 by Wednesday afternoon.

 

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  • Denise Burditus
  • 50 Years Old
  • Martinsburg, West Virginia

Denise Burditus loved to travel, was a Seattle Seahawks fan, and spend time with their grandchildren.

Denise Burditus moved to West Virginia after her husband retired from the United States Army in 2014.

Her husband was stationed at Joint Base Lewis McChord twice, and both times Burditus worked for Heritage Bank.

Denise Burditus eventually became manager at the Olympia branch.

Cindy Huntley, Heritage Bank Executive Vice President of Retail Banking, said “Denise was amazing.”

 

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  • Sandra ‘Sandy’ Casey
  • 34 Years Old
  • Manhattan Beach, California

Sandra Casey was a special education teacher at Manhattan Beach Middle School for 9 years.

In a statement, the Manhattan Beach Unified School District said, “She is loved by students and colleagues alike and will be remembered for her sense of humor, her passion for her work, her devotion to her students, and her commitment to continuing her own learning and to taking on whatever new projects came her way. She has made a tremendous difference in the lives of her students and their families, many of whom worked with her over multiple years.”

The Manhattan Beach Unified School District is offering counseling for students and staff.

In a statement, the Manhattan Beach Unified School District Supt. Michael Matthews said, “We lost a spectacular teacher who devoted her life to helping some of our most needy students.”

 

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  • Andrea Lee Anna Castilla
  • 28 Years Old
  • Orange, California

Andrea Castilla was at the concert celebrating her 28th birthday.

Andrea Castilla graduated from Estancia High School in Costa Mesa, California in 2007.

Andrea Castilla attended Cypress College and worked the past two years at Sephora in Huntington Beach as a beauty advisor.

In a statement, Sephora Americas chief executive Calvin McDonald said, “All of us at Sephora are shocked and deeply saddened by the loss of Andrea Castilla, She was a beloved employee, known to her colleagues in Huntington Beach for her vibrancy, liveliness, caring and consideration of others. She will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with Andrea’s family, and we send our condolences to the loved ones of all of the victims in this terrible, senseless tragedy.”

 

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  • Denise Cohen
  • 58 Years Old
  • Carpinteria, California

Denise Cohen leaves behind 2 sons in their 30’s.

Denise Cohen, was born in the Bay Area and had lived in Santa Barbara County, California for the last 10 years, working as a property manager.

 

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  • Austin William Davis
  • 29 Years Old
  • Riverside, California

Austin Davis was a proud union man, a pipefitter for UA Local 364, which covers San Bernardino and Riverside counties, along with Edwards Air Force Base.

In May 2015, Austin Davis became a journeyman pipefitter after years of training.

Austin Davis played softball and enjoyed fishing and skiing with his friends.

Austin Davis met his high-school sweetheart Aubree, nine years ago.

 

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  • Thomas Day Jr.
  • 54 Years Old
  • Riverside, California

Thomas Day Jr. worked as a home builder and loved his 4 children — all in their 20’s and 30’s — who were with him at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

“He was the best dad. That’s why the kids were with him,” said his father, Thomas Day Sr. later adding, “His kids are with me right now. They’re crushed.”

 

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  • Christiana Duarte
  • 22 Years Old
  • Torrance, California

Christiana Duarte — known as Chrissy — came from a family of baseball players; her father, Michael, always took her to Dodgers games, her brother Mikey played shortstop at UC Irvine and was drafted by the Chicago White Sox, and her cousins Gerald and Brandon Laird have played pro ball as well.

Before she graduated from the University of Arizona in the spring, Christiana Duarte interned for the Tucson Roadrunners, the Arizona Diamondbacks and then the Los Angeles Rams.

Christiana Duarte started her first full-time job in September as a fan services associate with the Los Angeles Kings hockey team.

“She wanted to be in marketing in those organizations and probably run a sports team, She had those aspirations, and she would’ve made it,” said Los Angeles County Deputy District Atty. Danette Meyers, who has worked with Christiana Duarte’s father for decades in the prosecutor’s office.

 

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  • Stacee Ann Etcheber
  • 50 Years Old
  • Novato, Califorina

Stacee Etcheber was a hairstylist, a mother of 2 children and wife of San Francisco Police Officer Vinnie Etcheber.

In a statement, San Francisco Police Chief William Scott said, “Stacee was taken in a senseless act of violence as her husband, SFPD Officer Vinnie Etcheber, heroically rushed to aid shooting victims in Las Vegas on Sunday. Stacee was a beloved mother of two young children and a well-loved hairstylist in Marin County.”

Stacee Etcheber was as likely to be seen cheering on her kids’ sports games as starting a fire on their school camping trips, or helping someone change the oil in their car.

According to San Ramon Elementary School Principal Amanda Langford, Stacee Etcheber lived around the corner from San Ramon Elementary School where both of her children attended, the youngest child is in fifth grade.

Stacee Etcheber was well-known for her involvement in the school and PTA, always making herself available to help students and families, or to chaperone field trips.

 

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  • Brian S. Fraser
  • 39 Years Old
  • La Palma, California

Brian Fraser was a father and was an avid country music fan.

Brian Fraser was a churchgoing man who was a congregant of Friends Church in Yorba Linda.

Brian Fraser became an ordained minister just so he could perform his son’s wedding in July.

Brian Fraser is survived by his wife and four children.

 

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  • Keri Galvan
  • 31 Years Old
  • Thousand Oaks, California

Keri Galvan had 3 children under the age of 10.

Keri Galvan worked as a waitress at Mastro’s Steakhouse in Thousand Oaks, California.

Keri Galvan was a kind person who made everyone smile.

 

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  • Dana Leann Gardner
  • 52 Years Old
  • Grand Terrace, California

Dana Gardner was a deputy recorder-county clerk in the San Bernardino County Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk’s Office in San Bernardino, California.

Dana Gardner had worked for the county since 1991. She attended the concert with one of her daughters.

When Bob Dutton became the San Bernardino County assessor-recorder-clerk, he knew a strong and experienced deputy would be essential to do the job.

 

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  • Angela C. Gomez
  • 20 Years Old
  • Riverside, California

Angela Gomez graduated from Riverside Polytechnic High School in 2015 and attended classes at Riverside Community College.

Angela Gomez participated in the Riverside Children’s Theater, was involved in choir in both middle and high school and was a cheerleader for the high school, according to the school district.

Angela Gomez’s former English teacher and cheer coach, Lupe Avila, said she was “wonderful young woman who had her whole life ahead of her.”

In a statement, the Riverside Unified School District said, “It is with heavy hearts that we inform you that one of the victims of the Las Vegas shooting tragedy was a 2015 graduate of Riverside Poly High School.”

 

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  • Rocio Guillen
  • 40 Years Old
  • Eastvale, California

Rocio Guillen Rocha would want to be remembered as a supermom.

Rocio Guillen Rocha had 2 teenagers, a 1½-year-old and her fourth child, a boy, who was born seven weeks ago.

According to National Public Radio (N.P.R.), Rocio Guillen Rocha was still on maternity leave when she traveled to Las Vegas last weekend.

Rocio Guillen Rocha and her fiance, Chris Jaksha, were fans of country music and were celebrating a friend’s birthday.

Rocio Guillen Rocha, a manager at the California Pizza Kitchen in Santa Ana, grew up in Anaheim and went to Katella High School.

Rocio Guillen Rocha was a hard worker at the restaurant well still finding time to attend her older boy’s sporting events.

Rocio Guillen Rocha and Jaksha were planned on getting married in May, but Rocha reportedly wanted to wait until after she had the baby.

 

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  • Charleston Hartfield
  • 34 Years Old
  • Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Officer Charleston Hartfield was off duty when he attended the Route 91 Harvest Festival, one of many law enforcement officers who went to the country music concert.

Charleston Hartfield was a military veteran and coached youth football.

Charleston Hartfield enlisted in the Army in July 2000 and became a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division, ultimately rising to the rank of sergeant first class.

Charleston Hartfield deployed to Iraq during the U.S.-led invasion in 2003 and served in a task force that was awarded a presidential unit citation for “extraordinary heroism.”

According to United States Army records, Charleston Hartfield was also awarded several individual commendations and achievement medals throughout his uniformed career.

In a statement, the 82nd Airborne said, “By all accounts he was a special human being, someone who carried the best virtues and characteristics from this division with him beyond his service here.”

Charleston Hartfield joined the Nevada Army National Guard in June 2006 and continued serving until his death.

 

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  • Christopher ‘Chris’ Hazencomb
  • 44 Years Old
  • Camarillo, California

Colleagues and relatives described Chris Hazencomb as a kind and selfless man, a friend and co-worker who loved talking sports.

Chris Hazencomb graduated from Thousand Oaks High School in 1991, said Principal Lou Lichtl.

According to Walmart spokesman Charles Crowson, Chris Hazencomb had worked as a self-checkout host at the Walmart Neighborhood Market in Camarillo since 2013.

In a statement, Walmart spokesman Charles Crowson said, “We are deeply saddened that one of our associates, Chris Hazencomb, was among those killed in Las Vegas. Our hearts and prayers are with his family, and with all who have lost family members and loved ones in this attack.”

 

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  • Jennifer Topaz Irvine
  • 42 Years Old
  • San Diego, California

Family members say Jennifer Topaz Irvine was a smart woman who enjoyed life and brought joy to others.

Jennifer Topaz Irvine was a family-law attorney in San Diego, California.

Jennifer Topaz Irvine did her undergraduate work at the University of San Diego and later the California Western School of Law.

Jennifer Topaz Irvine enjoyed yoga, snowboarding and taekwondo.

 

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  • Teresa Nicol Kimura
  • 38 Years Old
  • Placentia, California

Teresa Nicol Kimura worked for the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration in Irvine, California.

Teresa Nicol Kimura was a 1997 graduate of El Dorado High School in Placentia,

Teresa Nicol Kimura is survived by her parents and a sister.

 

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  • Jessica Klymchuk
  • 34 Years Old
  • Valleyview, Canada

Jessica Klymchuk worked at St. Stephen’s School, was a librarian and a bus driver who was raising 4 children on her own, and was engaged to Brent Irla.

The couple were together at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada when the hail of bullets rained down on the crowd.

Jessica Klymchuk reportedly died Monday morning with Irla by her side.

 

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  • Carly Anne Kreibaum
  • 34 Years Old
  • Sutherland, Iowa

Local librarian Dan Wetherell described Carly Anne Kreibaum as a “kind, loving mother, just working and taking care of her children.”

Carly Anne Kreibaum is survived by her husband, Chris, and 2 young children.

 

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  • Rhonda M. LeRocque
  • 42 Years Old
  • Tewksbury, Massachusetts

Rhonda LeRocque was an active member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and worked at a Cambridge design firm.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Rhonda LeRocque and her husband, Jason, helped rebuild homes in Louisiana.

 

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  • Victor L. Link
  • 55 Years Old
  • San Clemente, California

Victor Link was a loan processor from San Clemente, California.

Victor Link was a music lover and the father of a 23 year old son, a nephew, Vincent Link.

His sister, Lisa Link Hiestand, says, “He was very funny. He was always there for you.”

 

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  • Jordan McIldoon
  • 24 Years Old
  • Maple Ridge, Canada

Jordan McIldoon’s parents described their son, a heavy-duty mechanic apprentice who was about to start a trade school, as a “self-described cowboy boot, tattoo-covered redneck who loved the outdoors.”

Jordan McIldoon grew up on his family’s land in Maple Ridge, British Columbia.

Pictures of Jordan McIldoon on social media show him in cowboy boots and on snowmobiles and motorcycles, often smiling big with an arm around his girlfriend, Amber Bereza.

 

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  • Kelsey Breanne Meadows
  • 28 Years Old
  • Taft, California

Kelsey Breanne Meadows stayed close to home, growing up to become a substitute teacher at her alma mater, Taft Union High School.

Kelsey Breanne Meadows got to work close to her mother, Stacy Lynn Meadows, an IT manager for the district.

According to the school district, Kelsey Breanne Meadows graduated from the high school in 2007 and earned a bachelor’s degree from Cal State Fresno before joining the school district as a substitute teacher in 2012.

The school district made counselors available for grieving students and staff, and planned a vigil in honor of Meadows at the high school Wednesday evening.

[n a statement, Principal Mary Alice Finn said, “Kelsey was smart, compassionate and kind. She had a sweet spirit and a love for children.”

Kelsey Breanne Meadows was a Fresno State University alumna.

In a statement, Dr. Michelle Denbeste, dean of the College of Social Sciences at Fresno State, said, “The College of Social Sciences is devastated to learn about the tragic and untimely death of Kelsey Meadows. She is remembered by her teachers as an amazing individual who got along well with her peers, was always friendly and cheerful and was a good student. We care deeply for the success and well-being of our students, and we are heartbroken to learn one of our own was a victim of this tragedy. We will extend our deepest condolences to her family and friends.”

 

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  • Calla Marie Medig
  • 28 Years Old
  • Edmonton, Canada

Calla Medig was going to become a manager at Moxie’s restaurant in Edmonton, but before reaching that professional milestone Thursday, she was going to spend some time in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Calla Medig had gone to the Route 91 Music festival for 3 straight years, and decided to go again this year with her friends.

Her boss at Moxie’s, Scott Collingwood, grew concerned Monday morning when he couldn’t reach Calla Medig.

Finally, the friend who was with Calla Medig at the festival called back and told Scott Collingwood the sad news.

“She’s left a huge hole in our hearts,” Scott Collingwood said of Calla Medig adding. “She was an absolute fantastic lady.”

 

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  • James ‘Sonny’ Melton
  • 29 Years Old
  • Tennessee

James ‘Sonny’ Melton was a nurse who saved his wife’s life before losing his own.

“He grabbed me from behind and started running when I felt him get shot in the back,” his wife, Heather Melton, told USA Today.

The couple worked at the Henry County Medical Center; she an orthopedic surgeon and he a nurse.

In a statement, Henry County Medical Center CEO Thomas Gee said, “The thoughts and prayers of the entire HCMC family are with Sonny and Heather’s families.”

Friends and co-worker say Sonny Melton was such an amazing person and an amazing nurse.

James ‘Sonny’ Melton was reportedly the president of his nursing class at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee.

 

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  • Patricia Mestas
  • 67 Years Old
  • Menifee, California

Patricia Mestas loved her family and was a country music fanatic.

Patricia Mestas favorite singer was Jason Aldean.

Her family said, “She was at the concert in Las Vegas enjoying he music that she waited so long to go to…happy and excited.”

 

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  • Austin Cooper Meyer
  • 24 Years Old
  • Marina, California

Austin Cooper Meyer was a Seaside High School graduate was celebrating his 24th birthday with his girlfriend at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Austin Cooper Meyer was a big fan of Bobby Bones and the Raging Idiots, one of the acts performing at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

Austin Cooper Meyer had recently moved to Reno, Nevada to attend Truckee Meadows Community College.

Austin Cooper Meyer was earning a degree in Transportation Technologies.

While living in Marina, Austin Cooper Meyer worked as a driver for Main Event Transportation in Monterey.

 

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  • Adrian Allan Murfitt
  • 35 Years Old
  • Anchorage, Alaska

Adrian Murfitt was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska.

Adrian Murfitt worked as a commercial fisherman and was a fan of country music.

Adrian Murfitt decided to travel with longtime friend Brian MacKinnon to Las Vegas, Nevada to attend Sunday’s concert.

 

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  • Rachael Kathleen Parker
  • 33 Years Old
  • Manhattan Beach, California

Rachael Parker was a records technician at the Manhattan Beach Police Department.

Rachael Parker was among 4 off-duty department employees who attended the concert Sunday night.

“She was just a great, great worker, always happy — definitely had her whole future ahead of her. I’m heartbroken and speechless,” said Manhattan Beach Police Department spokeswoman Kristi Colombo.

 

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  • Jennifer Parks
  • 36 Years Old
  • Lancaster, California

Jennifer Parks had just started her third year of teaching kindergarten at Anaverde Hills School in Palmdale.

Jennifer Parks was attending the Sunday night concert with her husband, who was injured in the shooting,

Jennifer Parks had 2 children: one in the elementary school where she taught and one in high school.

According to Westside Union School District Supt. Regina Rossall, Jennifer Parks was the kind of teacher everybody wants their children to have, and every child in her class was the most important child to her.

The Westside Union School District learned of Parks’ death Monday morning, and the school’s principal asked parents to talk to their children.

According to Westside Union School District Supt. Regina Rossall, Jennifer Parks was “a blessing to our school district and our students. It is just unfortunate that she will not get to share her joy of learning with more students.”

 

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  • Carolyn Lee Parsons
  • 31 Years Old
  • Seattle, Washington

Carolyn Lee Parsons was a huge fan of country music singer Eric Church, who reportedly was playing at the Route 91 Harvest Festival on Sunday night.

As a manager at the Seattle staffing and recruiting firm Ajilon, Carolyn Lee Parsons grew up across Puget Sound on Bainbridge Island.

As a 2004 graduate of Bainbridge High, Carolyn Lee Parsons played on the school’s volleyball and fast-pitch softball teams and earned a college arts scholarship awarded by Bainbridge Arts & Crafts.

Carolyn Lee Parsons graduated in 2008 from Arizona State University with an arts degree and spent a year studying at the Seattle Art Institute.

Carolyn Lee Parsons was an advisor at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Seattle and a volunteer for numerous causes including Toys for Tots, the Girl Scouts and Food Lifeline.

 

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  • Lisa Marie Patterson
  • 46 Years Old
  • Lomita, California

Lisa Patterson was a loving mother to 3 children, wife and constant presence at the PV Girls Softball League fields.

Lisa Patterson and her husband Bob spent endless hours with the PV Girls Softball League fields, donating their time and energy to help the girls of our community.

 

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  • John Joseph Phippen
  • 56 Years Old
  • Santa Clarita, California

John Phippen was born in New York and later moved to California.

John Phippen was the owner of JP Specialties, a home remodeling company in Santa Clarita.

John Phippen was dancing next to his son, Travis, at the country music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada when he was struck by a bullet in the lower back.

Travis, an emergency medical technician, carried his father to a car that took them to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, where the elder Phippen died from his injuries.

“He was my best friend. He never did anything wrong to anybody. He was always kind and gentle. He was the biggest teddy bear I knew,” said Travis.

In the chaotic scene, Travis had been shot in the arm but didn’t realize it until he arrived at the hospital.

Travis is staying with family in the Las Vegas area until the Clark County coroner releases his father’s body.

“We are all kind of in disbelief that it would happen to someone so gentle,” said Travis.

 

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  • Melissa V. Ramirez
  • 26 Years Old
  • Littlerock, California

Melissa Ramirez graduated from California State University, Bakersfield, in 2014, with a degree in business administration.

Melissa Ramirez worked for the Automobile Club of Southern California.

Melissa Ramirez was a sports fan who loved the Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Lakers, Dodgers and USC Trojans.

 

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  • Jordyn N. Rivera
  • 21 Years Old
  • La Verne, California

Jordyn Rivera was a fourth-year student at Cal State San Bernardino and had spend the summer studying abroad in London.

In a letter to the campus community, University President Tomás D. Morales wrote, “We will remember and treasure her for her warmth, optimism, energy, and kindness.”

University President Tomás D. Morales said he had spent time with Jordyn Rivera when she was studying abroad.

Jordyn Rivera was a member of the national health education honors society Eta Sigma Gamma and graduated from Bonita High School in La Verne, where she grew up.

 

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  • Quinton Robbins
  • 20 Years Old
  • Henderson, Nevada

Quinton Robbins was a recreation employee for the City of Henderson in Henderson, Nevada.

Quinton Robbins was the oldest of 3 children and a student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

In a Facebook post early Monday, his aunt, Kilee Wells Sanders, announced Robbins’ death writing, “My sweetest nephew has passed away. He was the most kind and loving soul. Everyone who met him, loved him. His contagious laugh and smile. He was truly an amazing person. He will be missed by so many, he is loved by so many.”

 

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  • Cameron Robinson
  • 28 Years Old
  • St. George, Utah

Cameron Robinson was known for being spontaneous, smart and the life of any space he entered.

According to Las Vegas City Atty. Brad Jerbic, his boss and friend, Cameron Robinson grew up in Henderson, Nevada and moved to St. George, Utah, recently to live with his partner.

Las Vegas City Atty. Brad Jerbic said met Cameron Robinson about seven years ago and was immediately impressed.

Cameron Robinson was the resident party planner and was supposed to plan the Christmas party this year.

 

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  • Tara Ann Roe
  • 34 Years Old
  • Alberta, Canada

Tara Ann Roe was the mother of 2 young children.

Tara Ann Roe worked as an educational assistant for the Foothills School Division in Alberta.

Tara Ann Roe spent more than a decade as a model with Sophia Models International.

In a statement, Sophia Models International said, “Sophia Models would like to send out our condolences to Tara Roe’s family and friends. She worked as a model for our agency for over 10 yrs, She was always a friendly face and had a very caring spirit. We are saddened, shocked and pray for everyone affected by this tragedy.”

 

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  • Lisa Romero-Muniz
  • 48 Years Old
  • Gallup, New Mexico

Lisa Romero worked as a secretary for Gallup-McKinley County Schools in Gallup, New Mexico.

Colleagues remembered Lisa Romero as a loving person who went out of her way to give advice to students.

In a statement, Gallup-McKinley interim superintendent Mike Hyatt said Lisa Romero “was an incredible loving and sincere friend, mentor and advocate for students in many of our schools. As a colleague, she was also outgoing, kind and considerate of all those she worked with, and we will miss all of these great attributes she shared with students, staff and parents in our community.”

Teachers and administrators at the Miyamura High School, where she was based, visited students in their classrooms Monday to offer support.

 

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  • Christopher (Chris) Louis Roybal
  • 28 Years Old
  • Corona, California

Christopher Roybal was a dog handler for the United States Navy, served in Afghanistan and survived combat.

Christopher Roybal lived in Denver, Colorado, but grew up in Corona, California.

U.S. Navy veteran Christopher Roybal had survived firefights with armed militants in the outer reaches of Afghanistan, and was one week shy of turning 29 when he traveled with his mother, Debbie Allen, to celebrate his birthday.

Christopher Roybal served 5 years in the Navy after enlisting in 2007, a period in which he earned a Combat Action Ribbon, Afghanistan Campaign Medal and a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, according to Navy records.

 

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  • Brett Schwanbeck
  • 61 Years Old
  • Bullhead City, Arizona

Brett Schwanbeck died Tuesday afternoon at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nevada where he had been fighting for his life since Sunday’s deadly shooting.

Brett Schwanbeck is being remembered by family and friends as a “funny, generous, kind, loving” man.

Brett Schwanbeck was a retired truck driver.

Brett Schwanbeck is survived by 5 siblings, 3 kids and 5 grandchildren.

 

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  • Bailey Schweitzer
  • 20 Years Old
  • Bakersfield, California

Bailey Schweitzer started work 7months ago as a receptionist at Infinity Communications and Consulting, a software company in Bakersfield, California where she quickly made an impression.

Bailey Schweitzer was a former high school cheerleader and worked as a receptionist at Infinity Communications.

According to Chief Executive Fred Brakeman, “Bailey was always the ray of sunshine in our office on a cloudy day. No one could possibly have a bad day when Bailey was around. If you have ever called or visited our office, she was the perky one that helped direct you to the staff member you needed.”

Friends and colleagues decided to hold a candlelight vigil Monday evening at the office where she worked.

 

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  • Laura Anne Shipp
  • 50 Years Old
  • Las Vegas, Nevada

Laura Shipp had such a close bond with her 23 year old son, Corey, that they lived together in Las Vegas, Nevada and were looking to buy a house.

Laura was originally from Thousand Oaks, California, worked at Sierra Air Conditioning as a dispatcher, and loved the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Laura Shipp had many friends and was loved.

The devoted Dodgers fan, Laura Shipp returned to California a few times a year to visit friends.

Laura Shipp, moved to Las Vegas, Nevada 5 years ago, worked for a heating and air condition company.

On Sunday, Laura Shipp was attending the concert in Las Vegas with her son and friends when bullets started flying.

 

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  • Erick Silva
  • 21 Years Old
  • Las Vegas, Nevada

Erick Silva was the type of guy who bought hamburgers for elderly people who found themselves homeless and without supper last Christmas.

Erick Silva was very generous. He liked to help other people.

Erick Silva regularly gave friends rides in his car to tend to errands and even helped a neighbor haul an old sofa to the dump, refusing to accept money in exchange.

According to Las Vegas branch of Contemporary Services Corp. vice president Jay Purves, Erick Silva lifted concertgoers over a barricade and to safety near the front of the stage at the Route 91 Harvest Festival where he was stationed Sunday night.

“He was a hero,” said Las Vegas branch of Contemporary Services Corp. vice president Jay Purves adding, “He was saving lives.”

Las Vegas branch of Contemporary Services Corp. vice president Jay Purves said Erick Silva, who had been with the company for about three years, was shot several times, including once in the face.

According to Las Vegas branch of Contemporary Services Corp. vice president Jay Purves, he and others carried Erick Silva’s body away from the shooting zone.

 

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  • Susan Smith
  • 53 Years Old
  • Simi Valley, California

Susan Smith was married with children, and had worked for the district for 16 years.

For most students and visitors to Vista Fundamental Elementary School, Susan Smith was usually the first person they would see when they walked into the school.

According to Simi Valley Unified School District .spokeswoman Jake Finch, “She was the office manager, which means she was the hub of the school. She was the center of it. Everyone who came through those doors she knew. She knew the children, she knew the staff, she knew the parents. She was great with the children, patient and kind. Her loss is huge to us.”

 

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  • Brennan Lee Stewart
  • 30 Years Old
  • Las Vegas, Nevada

Brennan Stewart loved his girlfriend and music.

Brennan Stewart was an avid country fan who wrote and played country music

His family said, “Brennan was the kind of guy who always put others before himself; including up to the moment he lost his life.”

 

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  • Lt. Derrick “Bo” Dean Taylor
  • 56 Years Old
  • Oxnard, California

Lt. Derrick “Bo” Taylor’s career as a California corrections officer spanned 29 years.

Derrick “Bo” Taylor got started with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in 1988 at the Richard A. McGee Correctional Training Center in Galt, California.

In 1994, Derrick “Bo” Taylor started working at the Wasco State Prison as an officer and transferred a year later to the High Desert State Prison.

By 1997, Derrick “Bo” Taylor was promoted to correctional sergeant at Pleasant Valley State Prison and four years later to correctional lieutenant.

In 2004, Derrick “Bo” Taylor began working as a camp commander for the La Cima Conservation Camp — one of 43 camps in California that houses inmates who fight wildfires.

Derrick “Bo” Taylor stayed there for 10 years before transferring to Ventura Conservation Camp.

Derrick “Bo” Taylor had attended the music festival with his girlfriend, Denise Cohen, who also died.

Derrick “Bo” Taylor is survived by 2 sons.

 

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  • Neysa C. Tonks
  • 46 Years Old
  • Las Vegas, Nevada

Neysa Tonks worked at Technologent, a technology company based in Irvine, and was the mother of 3 boys.

Family and friends say Neysa Tonks brought joy, happiness, fun and laughter to so many people and was always been there for her community in time of need.

 

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  • Michelle Vo
  • 32 Years Old
  • Los Angles, California 

Michelle Vo worked at New York Life Insurance in the Glendale/Pasadena, California area, and had recently become a member of the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce.

She grew up in Northern California and attending U.C. Davis.

Michelle Vo graduated from UC Davis, studied abroad and was employed in the Bay Area before moving to Southern California.

Family described Michelle Vo as a sparkling and adventurous person who relished life.

 

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  • Kurt Allen Von Tillow
  • 55 Years Old
  • Cameron Park, California

Kurt von Tillow is described by family as a great husband and friend, but it might be his laugh that some people will miss most.

Kurt von Tillow had a truck company.

On Monday night, friends, family and neighbors gathered at Cameron Park Country Club to mourn him.

 

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  • William “Bill” W. Wolfe, Jr.
  • 42 Years Old
  • Shippensburg, Pennsylvania

Wolfe Jr. was a father of 2 who happily gave up his free time to coach Little League baseball and youth wrestling,

As a youth wrestling coach for the Shippensburg Greyhound wrestling team, Bill Wolfe Jr. was the kind of coach to pull the child aside and tell them what they did right and how proud he was of them and then follow it with a few tips on how to improve.

Wolfe Jr. and his wife, Robyn, went together to the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

Authorities say Robyn was not injured, but Wolfe Jr. was killed.

Wolfe Jr. is survived by his wife and 2 sons.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf released a statement about Wolfe Jr. on Tuesday saying, “On behalf of our family and all Pennsylvanians, our hearts go out to the Wolfe family and the entire Shippensburg community.”

 

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Steve Sisolak, Clark County Commission Chair from Las Vegas, Nevada, has put a GoFundMe page together to raise funds to assist the victims of the tragic deadly shooting.

Funds will be used to provide relief and financial support to the victims and families of the horrific deadly shooting​.

** GoFundMe: Las Vegas Victims Fund: **

https://www.gofundme.com/dr2ks2-las-vegas-victims-fund

** You can also find a list of GoFundMe fundraiser pages for the victims of the deadly shooting at the following GoFundMe website address: **

https://www.gofundme.com/raise-funds/las-vegas-shooting

** ZachNews sends our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the family and friends of the victims in the shooting during the Route 91 Harvest Festival. **

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News Update!!: Manchester, England: Latest Information: Terrorist Bombing during an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena.

News Update!!: Manchester, England: Latest Information: Terrorist Bombing during an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena.

ZachNews has the latest information regarding the terrorist bombing during an Ariana Grande concert held at Manchester Arena in Manchester, England that occurred on Monday, May 22nd, 2017.

**** As of 10:00am PT on Sunday, June 4th, 2017: ****

** Benefit Concert for Victims: **

Singer Ariana Grande, along with several artists and bands, are uniting together at the Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester, England on Sunday, June 4th, 2017 for a benefit concert honoring the victims and families of the terrorist bombing an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena.

The benefit concert will feature performances by Ariana Grande as well as Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Williams, Take That, Niall Horan, Little Mix, Robbie Williams, and the Black Eyed Peas.

As of 11:00pm PT, the One Love Manchester benefit concert is set to go ahead as schedule despite terror attacks along the London Bridge and Borough Market in London, England on Saturday, June 3rd, 2017. 

The benefit concert will start at 7:15pm Manchester Time (11:15am PT) on Sunday, June 4th, 2017 and will be broadcast in Britain on BBC, which is producing the benefit concert for television.

For the United States of America audiences, the young adult cable network Freeform will be broadcast the full benefit concert live at 2:00 ET/PT on Sunday, June 4th, 2017 and a hour highlight special of the One Love Manchester full benefit concert will be broadcast on the ABC network following the NBA Finals on Sunday, June 4th, 2017.

** You can also watch the benefit concert live at the following Facebook website address: **

** Facebook Live Video from Ariana Grande: **

All proceeds from the benefit concert will go towards the “We Love Manchester Emergency Fund,” in partnership with the British Red Cross and Manchester City Council.

The terrorist bombing killed 22 people during an Ariana Grande concert held at Manchester Arena  in Manchester, England on Monday, May 22nd, 2017.

Ariana Grande has announced she will return to Manchester, England, for a benefit concert following a terrorist bombing at her Manchester Arena concert a week ago.

The event, Ariana Grande said, will honor and raise money for the victims and their families.

“I want to thank my fellow musicians and friends for reaching out to be part of our expression of love for Manchester. I will have details to share with you as soon as everything is confirmed,” said Ariana Grande in a letter posted to Twitter last Friday.

 

** More Information on “We Love Manchester Emergency Fund” at the following Red Cross website address: **

http://www.redcross.org.uk/

Singer Ariana Grande recently surprised youngsters at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital on Friday, June 2nd, 2017 and brought everybody a sunflower and a teddy bear.

The young victims are still recovering from the injuries suffered in the terrorist bombing.

A young girl named Jaden who met Ariana Grande from her hospital bed posted a picture of the 2 on Twitter, and tweeted, “I got to meet my queen today.”

All the children and parents were very happy the Ariana Grande came and brought joy, hope, and lots of love to her young fans.

 

** Latest Counts and Information: **

  • Killed:

22 People, including innocent children and a serving police officer.

  • Victim Identified:

8 year old Saffie Rose Roussos from Preston

14 year old Nell Jones from Cheshire

14 year old Sorrell Leczkowski from Leeds

14 year old Eilidh MacLeod from Isle of Barra in Outer Hebrides

15 year old Olivia Campbell from Bury, north of Manchester

15 year old Megan Hurley from Halewood

17 year old Chloe Rutherford and 19 year old Liam Curry

(The young couple, Chloe Rutherford and Liam Curry, were both from South Shields)

18 year old Georgina Callander from Lancashire

19 year old Courtney Boyle from Gateshead

26 year old John Atkinson from Radcliffe in Bury

(On Wednesday, May 24th, 2017, Greater Manchester Police confirmed John Atkinson’s age after several news outlets were reporting the wrong age.)

29 year old Martyn Hett from Stockport

32 year old Kelly Brewster from Sheffield

32 year old Philip Tron from Gateshead

42 year old Marcin Klis

40 year old Angelika Klis

(The couple, Marcin and Angelika Klis, were both from Poland and lived in York)

43 year old Elaine McIver

(Greater Manchester Police confirmed Elaine McIver was an Off-Duty Cheshire Police Officer)

45 year old Michelle Kiss from Lancashire

45 year old Alison Howe from Royton

47 year old Lisa Lees from Oldham

50 year old Wendy Fawell from Otley, West Yorkshire

51 year old Jane Tweddle-Taylor from Blackpool

  • Injured:

66 People were injured, including people suffering life-threatening injuries.

As of 7:00am PT on Monday, May 29th, 2017, 66 people are still being treated at 8 hospitals, including 23 people in critical condition.

  • Investigation and Attacker(s) Involved:

22 year old Salman Abedi was identified as the suicide bomber.

Salman Abedi was part of a network and not a lone-wolf attacker, had ties to al Qaeda and received terrorist training abroad.

Salman Abedi was “one of a larger pool of former subjects of interest’ to MI5.

Salman Abedi was thrown out of mosque, the Salaam Community Centre in Moss Side, 2 months ago after he had tried to hide in the mosque library to read religious books overnight.

  • Claimed Responsibility:

ISIS claiming responsibility for the terrorist bombing.

  • Arrest(s):

On Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017, A 23 year old man in South Manchester and 39 year old man in Birmingham were arrested in connection with the terrorist bombing.

As of 10:00am PT on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017, Greater Manchester Police confirm 3 further arrests overnight in connection with attacks, bringing total to 4 arrests.

As of 4:00pm PT on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017, Greater Manchester Police confirm 6 people arrested in the United Kingdom, including a suspect in Wigan, a woman in Manchester.

Salman Abedi’s brother and father was arrested on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 in Tripoli reportedly by the local militia.

As of 7:00am PT on Thursday, May 25th, 2017, an 8th men is being held by authorities in the United Kingdom.

As of 2:40am PT on Friday, May 26th, 2017, at least 8 men, aged between 18 through 38, have been arrested in suspected of terror offences, in connection with the terrorist bombing.

A 16 year old boy and a 34 year old woman have been released without charge.

As of 7:00am PT on Monday, May 29th, 2017, Greater Manchester Police say they have arrested some “key players” and have made “immense” progress in investigation.

At least 11 men, aged between 18 through 44, are now being held in connection with the terrorist bombing.

At least 20 locations being searched across Greater Manchester.

  • Contact(s):

A hotline has been set up for those with concerns over loved ones who remain unaccounted for. Those worried about their friends or family should call: 0800-096-0095.

Anyone with information related to the terrorist bombing should contact the anti-terrorism hotline at: 0800 789321.

  • Police Timeline: 

At 10:33pm Manchester Time (2:33pm PT) on Monday, May 22nd, 2017: First call made to police reporting possible explosion and multiple injuries.

At 10:39pm Manchester Time on Monday, May 22nd, 2017: Greater Manchester Police PCSO who was nearby is first responder on the scene. A total of 28 calls are made to police within first six minutes of the initial call.

At 10:46pm Manchester Time on Monday, May 22nd, 2017: British Transport Police confirm there are a large number of casualties inside Manchester Arena. The first road closure put in place on Great Clowes Street outside Manchester Arena.

At 10:47pm Manchester Time on Monday, May 22nd, 2017: Police start treating the response as a possible terrorist incident. Area around Manchester Arena is closed, including roads and transport networks. Officers at the scene confirm multiple people injured during the attack. Confirmation from first responders that an explosion has taken place.

At 11:33pm Manchester Time on Monday, May 22nd, 2017: Some 240 calls about the incident received during first hour. At 11:44pm Manchester Time on Monday, May 22nd, 2017: Greater Manchester Police confirm multiple fatalities and others have been injured during attack.

At 1:10am Manchester Time on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017: Greater Manchester Police confirm 19 people have died and around 50 others reported injured in what is being treated as a terrorist attack.

At 7:00am Manchester Time on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017: Greater Manchester Police confirm that a total of 22 victims have been confirmed dead – in addition to the man believed to have been responsible for the attack after detonating an improvised explosive device – and a further 59 others injured.

  • Ariana Grande Concert Cancellations: 

As of 1:00pm PT on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017, Ariana Grande has cancelled her upcoming United Kingdom shows after the terrorist bombing at her Manchester Arena concert.

Before the terrorist bombing, Ariana Grande was set to play at London’s O2 on Thursday, May 25th, 2017 and Friday, May 26th, 2017, but have cancelled those dates and 5 other shows in Antwerp, Lodz, Frankfurt and Zurich.

In a statement on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017, Ariana Grande management says the Dangerous Woman tour has been suspended, “until we can further assess the situation and pay our proper respects to those lost”.

“The London O2 shows this week have been cancelled as well as all shows thru June 5 in Switzerland. We ask at this time that we all continue to support the city of Manchester and all those families affected by this cowardice and senseless act of violence. Our way of life has once again been threatened but we will overcome this together. Thank you,” Ariana Grande management said in the statement.

  • Investigation Leak(s):

Reports that the United Kingdom stops sharing intelligence with United States on terrorist bombing after ‘irritating’ leaks.

The decision came after sensitive pictures from the Manchester Arena crime scene, including apparent images of a blood-stained detonator and rucksack, were leaked to United States media.

The New York Times published on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 showed what they said could be Salman Abedi’s bloodstained rucksack and detonator as well as a battery, nuts and screws for shrapnel, and fragments of a backpack used in the terrorist bombing.

The New York Times, without specifying the source, said British authorities provided access to police photographs of materials found at the scene.

United Kingdom government officials were reportedly “furious” with the breach after the New York Times ran the police photographs.

 

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**** The Attack: ****

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At 10:33pm Manchester Time (2:33pm PT) on Monday, May 22nd, 2017, an explosion occurred at the end of an Ariana Grande concert near an exit area outside the Manchester Arena.

Witnesses say that the Manchester Arena was full of families with children and teenagers, who are fans of Ariana Grande.

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People began exiting the Manchester Arena after the explosion, many of the people, kids and adults, were seen crying and heard screaming as they made their way out amid a sea of pink balloons.

Nicola Murray, who was at the concert with her 12 year old daughter Olivia, told NBC News that she witnessed “a red-orange-looking flash” and heard an “incredibly loud bang.”

“Within seconds, as you can imagine, it was chaos and people were panicking and running to try and get out the door … We were getting swept with the people crushing to get out and I was terrified my daughter would get crushed. At one point, she was getting dragged away from me but I managed to pull her into me and force her in front of me while trying to direct her to the door and down the steps,” Nicola Murray told NBC News.

Outside the Manchester Arena, parents awaiting to pick up their kids, where heard screaming trying to find their kids.

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First responders rushed to the Manchester Arena after emergency services received 240 emergency calls after the explosion and reports of people hurt.

First responders arrived as people exiting the Manchester Arena, some of the people injured well other people were seen shaken up by what just happen.

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Authorities in Manchester say 22 people were killed in the terrorist bombing.

Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins confirmed that children were among the dead and warned of “difficult days ahead.”

Authorities in Manchester say 66 people were injured in the terrorist bombing, including people suffering life-threatening injuries.

The injured people were taken to 8 hospitals with dozen of the people hospitalized were under the age of 16 years old.

United States officials said initial reports indicated that some of the injuries might have been caused by a stampede of concertgoers.

Authorities in Manchester have set up a hotline for those with concerns over loved ones who remain unaccounted for.

Those worried about their friends or family should call: 0800-096-0095.

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The North West Counter Terror Command confirmed that they are treating the bombing at the Manchester Arena as a “terrorist incident”.

“We have been treating this as a terrorist incident. Our priority is to establish whether he was acting alone or as part of a network,” said Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins.

State Department Officials in the United States are saying that the United States Embassy in London is working to determine if any United States citizens were affected.

At this moment, State Department Officials say that, “we are not aware of any U.S. citizens killed or injured.”

As of 7:00am PT on Monday, May 29th, 2017, 66 people are still being treated at 8 hospitals, including 23 people in critical condition.

 

**** The Victims: ****

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On Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017, authorities in Manchester began releasing the identities of the victims in the terrorist bombing at the Manchester Arena.

  • Saffie Rose Roussos: 

Saffie Rose Roussos was 8 years old from Preston.

Saffie Rose Roussos was a student at the Tarleton Community Primary School, located northwest of Manchester.

Saffie Rose Roussos was loved by everyone in the community of Tarleton and her warmth and kindness will be remembered fondly.

The community is in mourning after learning such a young and innocent life was lost.

Chris Upton, head teacher at Lancashire’s Tarleton Community Primary School, said Saffie Rose Roussos was a “simply a beautiful little girl in every sense of the word” and “was loved by everyone and her warmth and kindness will be remembered fondly.”

Chris Upton added, “News of Saffie’s death in this appalling attack has come as a tremendous shock to all of us and I would like to send our deepest condolences to all of her family and friends. The thought that anyone could go out to a concert and not come home is heartbreaking. Our focus is now on helping pupils and staff cope with this shocking news and we have called in specialist support from Lancashire County Council to help us do that.”

 

  • Olivia Campbell: 

Olivia Campbell was 15 years old from Bury, a town north of Manchester.

Olivia Campbell’s family described her as a “precious, gorgeous girl” and had spent the day desperately searching for her, hoping she was one of the dozens of people being treated in hospital.

Olivia Campbell was a pupil at Tottington High School, where head teacher Brian Duffy described her as “a delightful young girl”. ”

As a school community we are absolutely devastated and heartbroken at the news that Olivia has passed away,” Brian Duffy said in a statement.

Olivia Campbell’s mother said in a Facebook post on Tuesday that Olivia Campbell was among the those killed in the bombing.

Charlotte Campbell, from Bury in Greater Manchester, wrote, “RIP my darling precious gorgeous girl… taken far far too soon go sing with the angels and keep smiling mummy loves you so much.”

 

  • Georgina Callander: 

Georgina Callander was 18 years old and was studying health and social care in her 2nd year at Runshaw College in Lancashire.

Her former school, Bishop Rawstorne Church of England Academy, called Georgina Callander “a lovely young student who was very popular with her peers and the staff and always made the most of the opportunities she had at the school.”

Georgina Callander was enamored by television and movie stars, Disney films, “Harry Potter” and pop singers.

Ariana Grande which was among her favorite pop singers and 2 years ago, got to meet her while attending the American singer’s “The Honeymoon Tour” at the Manchester Arena.

Georgina Callander shared photos on Instagram and gushed over how nice Ariana Grande was to her.

“I HUGGED HER SO TIGHT AND SHE SAID SHE LOVED MY BOW I CANT GET OVER THIS I NEVER WILL,” Georgina Callander wrote in her caption picture.

A day before the concert, Georgina Callander had tweeted Ariana Grande and said: “SO EXCITED TO SEE U TOMORROW.”

 

  • John Atkinson: 

John Atkinson was 26 years old from Radcliffe in Bury.

Freak Dance, a dance studio in nearby Radcliffe, said on Facebook that John Atkinson took adult dance classes “and even competed for Freak Dance.”

“He was a true friend, not just to our staff but many of the parents and students from the school,” said Freak Dance Radcliffe on Facebook.

John Atkinson was enrolled in Bury College in 2015, and was studying health, according to his memorial page on Facebook.

Friends described John Atkinson as “a true gentleman” in online tributes.

Friends described John Atkinson , who lived in Radcliffe in Bury, have also set up a fundraising page to help his family, which has raised more than £4,000.

 

  • Martyn Hett: 

Martyn Hett was 29 years old  from Stockport.

Martyn Hett was a journalist who wrote for a variety of publications, including the Manchester Evening News, HuffPost and Attitude Magazine.

Pink News in the United Kingdom reports that Martyn Hett had been a strong supporter of LGBT rights, writing an emotional tribute to victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting last June 2016.

Local papers had noted that he and boyfriend Russell Hayward were superfans of “Coronation Street” — sometimes shortened to “Corrie.”

After learning of Martyn Hett’s death, Russell Hayward wrote on Twitter, “Soulmate doesn’t even come close. Come back to us Martyn so we can watch last nights Corrie together.”

 

  • Courtney Boyle and Philip Tron: 

Courtney Boyle was 19 years old and Philip Tron was 32 year old, both from Gateshead, and were at the Ariana Grande concert together.

Courtney Boyle’s mother Deborah Hutchinson said, “My stunning, amazing, beautiful daughter, you were my rock you made me so proud with all you had achieved and my gorgeous, crazy Philip, you made my world a happy place and now you are both my angels flying high in the sky.”

Philip Tron’s mother said, “Our most amazing son, partner, brother, father, uncle, nephew and cousin, Philip Tron, sadly passed away on the 22nd May 2017. Philip was such a fun-loving, energetic soul, he would light up the darkest room and lift your spirits with his infectious laugh, witty sense of humor and his beautiful smile.”

 

  • Michelle Kiss: 

Michelle Kiss was 45 years old from Lancashire.

Michelle Kiss is described as “a loving wife to Tony, mother to Dylan, Elliot and Millie, as well as daughter to Mick and Christine and sister to Nichola”.

In a statement, her family said: “Family was her life and we are all obviously devastated by her loss. She has been taken away from us, and all that love her, in the most traumatic way imaginable.”

 

 

  • Sorrell Leczkowski: 

Sorrell Leczkowski was 14 years old from Leeds.

Sorrell Leczkowski went to Allerton High School.

Sorrell Leczkowski is believed to have gone to the Manchester Arena with her family to pick up her sister.

Sorrell Leczkowski’s mother and grandmother, who is critically ill, are in hospital.

Sorrell Leczkowski’s sister, who was at the concert, was not injured.

 

  • Nell Jones: 

Nell Jones was 14 years old from Cheshire.

Nell Jones went to Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School.

Head teacher Denis Oliver said the Nell Jones’ family had “been searching for her since the incident in the hope that they would find her being cared for in hospital”.

Tutor David Wheeler said that Nell Jones was a “popular girl, always smiling”, adding that, “Her tutor group have been together since the transition from primary school. It feels like they have lost a sister not a classmate.”

 

  • Alison Howe and Lisa Lees: 

Alison Howe was 45 years old from Royton and Lisa Lees was 47 years old from Oldham near Manchester.

Alison Howe and Lisa Lees, best friends, were killed while waiting in the foyer to pick up their daughters.

The girls, both 15 years old, are believed to be safe.

Alison Howe’s stepson Jordan Howe confirmed her death on Facebook, writing, “They took a caring beautiful mum and step mother away from us all she was amazing to us all.”

 

  • Jane Tweddle-Taylor: 

Jane Tweddle-Taylor was 51 years old from Blackpool.

Jane Tweddle-Taylor was killed in the foyer as she went to the Arena with a friend to pick up the friend’s daughter.

Jane Tweddle-Taylor’s husband Mark said, “She’s a lovely lady and a very good mother to her three daughters. She was liked by everybody, especially in the community in Blackpool where she worked.”

Jane Tweddle-Taylor was a receptionist at South Shore Academy School in Blackpool.

South Shore Academy School Principal said Jane Tweddle-Taylor was a “bubbly, kind, welcoming, funny, generous” colleague.

Jane Bailey described Miss Tweddle-Taylor as a “well-loved member of staff” and “wonderful friend and colleague”.

 

  • Marcin and Angelika Klis: 

The couple, 42 years old Marcin Klis and 40 year old Angelika Klis, were both from Poland and lived in York.

The couple were killed while collecting their daughters from the venue.

The couple’s daughter Alex Klis, 20 years old, a student at York College, had posted an appeal on Facebook for information on their whereabouts.

The Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski told a radio station, “The parents came after the concert to collect their daughters and unfortunately we have information that they are dead. The children are safe.”

The Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski added, “We share the pain of the family and the loved ones of the victims and express our most sincere condolences.”

 

  • Kelly Brewster: 

Kelly Brewster was 32 years old from Sheffield.

Kelly Brewster died while shielding her niece from the blast, her family said.

Kelly Brewster’s uncle, Paul Dryhurst, said Ms Brewster had “heroically shielded” her 11-year-old niece from the explosion in the foyer after becoming separated from her sister at the end of the performance.

Kelly Brewster’s partner Ian Winslow wrote on Facebook, “Not sure how this works but it isn’t good news. Kelly Brewster wasn’t one of the unidentified hospital patients. She has sadly passed away in the terror attack.”

Ian Winslow added, “Kelly really was the happiest she has ever been and we had so many things planned together. My daughter Phoebe will be absolutely devastated like we all are.”

 

  • Wendy Fawell: 

Wendy Fawell was 50 year old from Otley, West Yorkshire.

Wendy Fawell was confirmed after a frantic search for her after the blast.

Wendy Fawell was reported to have been about to leave the concert with her 15 year old daughter Charlotte, along with a friend and her sons, when the bomber struck.

Staff at the primary school where she used to work, St Oswald’s C of E Primary School, in Guiseley, said on Twitter, “It is with deepest sadness that I confirm that our former colleague Wendy Fawell was killed in the Manchester bombing. RIP, Wendy.”

 

  • Eilidh MacLeod: 

Eilidh MacLeod was 14 year old from the Isle of Barra in the Outer Hebrides.

Eilidh MacLeod was at the concert with her friend Laura MacIntyre, who is in hospital with serious burns.

The trip was a treat to celebrate Eilidh MacLeod’s birthday and was her first concert.

Reports that Eilidh MacLeod’s mother Marion received a text message from the pair to say the last song had started and they would be leaving soon, but when she arrived at the arena she was unable to find them.

Eilidh MacLeod’s parents said in a statement, “Our family is devastated and words cannot express how we feel at losing our darling Eilidh. Eilidh was vivacious and full of fun. She loved all music whether it was listening to Ariana or playing the bagpipes with her pipe band. As a family we would like to express our thanks and gratitude for the support and kind messages we have received at this difficult time.”

 

  • Chloe Rutherford and Liam Curry: 

Chloe Rutherford was 17 year old and Liam Curry was 19 year old, a young couple from South Shields.

The young couple had been missing since the terrorist bombing, but after travelling to Manchester to search for the teenagers and circulating their picture on social media, their parents have now paid tribute to the “inseparable” pair, calling them “beautiful inside and out”.

In a statement their family said, “They were perfect in every way for each other and were meant to be. They lived to go to new places together and explore different cities. They wanted to be together forever and now they are.”

 

  • Megan Hurley:

Megan Hurley was 15 years old from Halewood.

Megan Hurley’s neighbors and friends have remembered a “gentle, unassuming” girl who loved her music and had a devilish sense of humor.

Megan Hurley was confirmed as dead by her aunt Maxine Benson, as her parents are believed to be at the hospital bedside of her brother 20 year old Bradley, who was injured in the terrorist bombing.

Megan Hurley had been given tickets for the concert as a birthday surprise.

“My poor sister and Mike are destroyed beyond words… it doesn’t seem fair for two kids to go to a concert and only one returns how in God’s name could this happen to such a lovely family… heartbroken xx,” said Maxine Benson.

Megan Hurley attended Halewood Academy, who could not be reached for comment but tributes and balloons had been left outside the school.

On Thursday, May 25th, 2017, pupils at Megan Hurley’s school, held a moment of silence and paying their respects to Megan Hurley at a tribute of pink balloons at the entrance to Halewood Academy.

 

  • Elaine McIver: 

Elaine McIver was 43 years old and was an off-duty police officer with the Cheshire Police.

Elaine McIver was at the Ariana Grande concert with her family.

Elaine McIver partner Paul is still seriously ill in hospital, while her children were also reportedly injured in the terrorist bombing.

In a statement issued through Greater Manchester Police, Elaine McIver’s family said, “Elaine was a much loved daughter, sister, Auntie, friend and colleague, the best we could ever have wished for. She was everyone’s friend, thoughtful beyond belief with an effervescent and outgoing personality. She would have been devastated by the injuries sustained by her partner Paul, and we all wish him a speedy recovery. Elaine just loved life, and had a major love of music. Despite what has happened to her, she would want us all to carry on regardless and not be frightened by fear tactics, instead she regularly urged us all to rise up against it. Although we will all miss her beyond belief, we absolutely know she will live in our hearts forever.”

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On Wednesday, May 24th, 2017, Greater Manchester Police confirmed that a female off-duty police officer from Cheshire Police was killed while at the concert with her family.

Greater Manchester Police Chief Ian Hopkins said, “Very sadly I can confirm one of the victims is a serving police officer.”

On Thursday, May 25th, 2017, the female off-duty police officer’s identity was released.

 

 

**** Reaction from Ariana Grande: ****

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Singer Ariana Grande safely escape the Manchester Arena and posted a message to her fans following the terrorist bombing at the Manchester Arena.

TMZ reports that Ariana Grande’s mother was still sitting in her front row seat when the bomb went off, and helped escort some of her panicked young fans backstage.

Multiple witnesses in the arena tell TMZ that Joan Grande was surrounded by several concertgoers who were waiting to leave the arena when they heard the explosion.

Joan Grande was about to go backstage to see Ariana Grande at the time.

TMZ reports that as the chaos of people fleeing for exits started … Joan told a group of kids — possibly as many as 10 — seated around her to come backstage.

We’re told Joan Grande and members of Ariana Grande’s security took the fans backstage and waited with them until they were able to safely exit the arena.

TMZ reports that Ariana Grande was an emotional wreck after hearing about the casualties.

Ariana Grande tweeted, “broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.”

In a statement, Ariana Grande’s Manager Scooter Braun thanked first responders “who rushed towards danger to help save lives.”

Ariana Grande’s Manager Scooter Braun added, “We ask all of you to hold the victims, their families and all those affected in your hearts and prayers.”

As of 1:00pm PT on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017, Ariana Grande has cancelled her upcoming United Kingdom shows after the terrorist bombing at her Manchester Arena concert.

Before the terrorist bombing, Ariana Grande was set to play at London’s O2 on Thursday, May 25th, 2017 and Friday, May 26th, 2017.

Ariana Grande has cancelled those dates and 5 other shows in Antwerp, Lodz, Frankfurt and Zurich.

In a statement on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017, Ariana Grande management says the Dangerous Woman tour has been suspended, “until we can further assess the situation and pay our proper respects to those lost”.

“The London O2 shows this week have been cancelled as well as all shows thru June 5 in Switzerland. We ask at this time that we all continue to support the city of Manchester and all those families affected by this cowardice and senseless act of violence. Our way of life has once again been threatened but we will overcome this together. Thank you,” Ariana Grande management said in the statement.

On Friday, May 26th, 2017, Ariana Grande tweeted a letter to her fan talking about the terrorist bombing at her Manchester Arena concert and sending her “heart, prayers and deepest condolences” to the victims.

**** Benefit Concert for Victims: ****

On Friday, May 26th, 2017, Singer Ariana Grande has announced she will return to Manchester, England, for a benefit concert following a terrorist bombing at her Manchester Arena concert a week ago.

The event, Ariana Grande said, will honor and raise money for the victims and their families.

“I want to thank my fellow musicians and friends for reaching out to be part of our expression of love for Manchester. I will have details to share with you as soon as everything is confirmed,” said Ariana Grande in a letter posted to Twitter.

 

**** Vigils and Tributes for Victims: ****

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Vigils and tributes for the victims of the terrorist bombing at the Manchester Arena were held on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017.

In Manchester, crowds on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 leave tributes in Albert Square.

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Thousands of people attend a vigil on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 for the victims of the terrorist bombing at the Manchester Arena.

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Hundreds of mourners gather in English village on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 to say goodbye to the young girls killed in the terrorist bombing at the Manchester Arena.

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Queen Elizabeth II leads a moment of silence on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 for victims of the terrorist bombing at the Manchester Arena.

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The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France went dark on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 to honor those who died in the terrorist bombing at the Manchester Arena.

The water fountain (Jet d’Eau) in Geneva, Switzerland on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 was lit with blue, red and white in remembrance for the victims of the attack.

The Penshaw Monument in Sunderland was illuminated on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 in the colours of the Union Jack.

Wembley Stadium was lit up on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 in honour of the victims of the Manchester bombing.

Belfast City Hall was illuminated on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 in the colours of Union flag.

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The Empire State Building in New York City, New York went dark on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 in remembrance of those who died in the terrorist bombing at the Manchester Arena.

There was a period of silence before the New York Mets’ game against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 at Citi Field Stadium in New York City, New York.

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The United Kingdom observed a minute silence on Thursday, May 25th, 2017 in memory of victims in the terrorist bombing at the Manchester Arena.

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Crowd spontaneously sings “Don’t Look Back In Anger” by Manchester band Oasis after minute silence for the victims in the terrorist bombing at the Manchester Arena.

 

**** Reaction from Singers and Tour Schedule Updates: ****

  • Blondie: Cancelled a concert in London “as a mark of respect” for victims but lead singer Debbie Harry said it would be re-scheduled.
  • Take That: Cancelled their concert on Tuesday night in Liverpool and its dates later this week in Manchester. But other musical acts have said they won’t change their plans.
  • Shawn Mendes: His show in Paris tonight is still on, saying he would “not stop spreading positivity and love through music”.
  • Celine Dion: Will still play in Copenhagen, Stockholm, London and Paris as well as her concert on Sunday, June 25th, 2017 at the Manchester Arena.
  • Guns n’ Roses: A representative said the band, currently on tour with stops planned in Dublin, Lisbon, Madrid, Zurich, Munich, London and Paris had not changed their plans.
  • Phil Collins: Is due to play at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on 2 June before five concerts at London’s Royal Albert Hall and his manager said these would still go ahead.

 

**** Reaction from Athletes and Sports Schedule Updates: ****

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  • Great Manchester Run/Great City Games:

The Great Manchester Run/Great City Games event, set in the heart of Manchester, will go ahead as planned in the afternoon and evening on Friday, May 26th, 2017.

The Great Manchester Run/Great City Games start from 4:45pm and run until 7:20pm Manchester Time and takes place on a track on Deansgate in the city and center, and the purpose built athletics arena in Albert Square.

In a statement, organizers said, “A full security review is being undertaken with Greater Manchester Police and Manchester City Council and additional measures will be in place.”

Manchester City Councillor Luthfur Rahman said, “We know that thousands of Mancunians have been looking forward to taking part, or cheering the athletes on, so I am pleased and proud to confirm that these fantastic events will be held as planned this weekend.”

 

  • Wembley Stadium:

The will be added security, checks and safety measures for all upcoming events being held at Wembley Stadium; including for the FA Cup Final starting at 5:00pm on Saturday, May 27th, 2017, the League Two Play Off Final starting at 3:00pm on Sunday, May 28th, 2017, and the Championship Play Off Final starting at 3:00pm on Monday, May 29th, 2017.

All supporters attending any of the games at the stadium are advised to arrive as early as possible to avoid queues and to take part in commemorations for the victims of the Manchester attack.

Thorough searches on entry to the stadium will be carried out, with supporters advised to arrive at the stadium no later than an hour prior to kick-off.

Spectators are also encouraged not to bring bags or unnecessary items with them.

A period of silence will be observed before kick-off in the FA Cup Final to remember the victims of the terrorist bombing.

Wreaths will be laid by Prince William, President of the Football Association, and FA chairman Greg Clarke.

Arsenal and Chelsea players will also wear black armbands as will match officials.

All 4 teams – Blackpool, Exeter, Huddersfield and Reading – will wear black armbands during the play off games and a period of silence will be observed before the start of both games.

 

  • Twickenham Stadium:

Enhanced security measures will be in place over the weekend for events at Twickenham Stadium; the Aviva Premiership Final on Saturday, May 27th, 2017 and England vs. Barbarians on Sunday, May 28th, 2017.

Supporters are advised to allow extra time to access the stadium and avoid bringing bags where possible.

A minute’s silence will be observed prior to kick off in the Aviva Premiership Final.

Players of Wasps and Exeter Chiefs, as well as match officials, will wear black armbands.

England players will wear black armbands and there will also be a minute’s silence before the kick off in the match against the Barbarians on Sunday, May 28th, 2017.

 

  • The Chelsea Football Club:

The Chelsea Football Club have announced on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 that there will not be parading the Premier League trophy through the streets of London on Sunday, May 28th, 2017.

In a statement, Chelsea Football Club said, “Everyone associated with Chelsea Football Club offers our heartfelt condolences to those affected by Monday’s terror attack in Manchester. Our thoughts go out to all the victims, and their families and friends. In light of these tragic events, we feel it is inappropriate to go ahead with the victory parade in London on Sunday. “Given the heightened security threat announced by the Government, and recognising that this is a developing situation, we have given this careful consideration. We strongly believe, in the interests of everyone, this is the correct course of action. We are sure our fans will understand this decision. “Having consulted with the Metropolitan Police, Hammersmith and Fulham Council and other authorities, we know the emergency services would have been as professional as ever, but we would not want in any way to divert important resources by holding an additional, non-ticketed event on the streets of London. “Furthermore, as a mark of respect, our players will wear black armbands at the FA Cup Final against Arsenal on Saturday. Chelsea Football Club will also make a donation to a fund supporting the victims of this horrific attack.”

 

**** Investigation, Attacker, and Claimed Responsibility: ****

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Authorities in Manchester on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 identified the attacker in the terrorist bombing at the Manchester Arena.

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The attacker was identified as 22 year old Salman Abedi.

Salman Abedi had ties to al Qaeda and had received terrorist training abroad.

Reports that the attacker died at the scene after using an improvised explosive device.

On Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017, the terrorist group ISIS claimed responsibility for the terrorist bombing at the Manchester Arena.

In a statement translated from Arabic, ISIS said that a “soldier of the caliphate” placed explosives at a gathering of “crusaders” — meaning Christians — at the Manchester Arena.

On Wednesday, May 24th, 2017, Greater Manchester Police said that the suicide bomber (Salman Abedi) was part of a network and not a lone-wolf attacker.

There’s reports that 2 months ago, Salman Abedi was thrown out of mosque, the Salaam Community Centre in Moss Side, after he had tried to hide in the mosque library to read religious books overnight.

On Wednesday, May 24th, 2017, Mosque chairman Abdullah Muhsin Norris tells Sky News, “I am very unhappy knowing that he has come here and prayed here and seeing him reading the Koran and so on and the next minute you hear he blew up and 22 people are killed, 59 people injured. It is very hard to believe someone could do that, but he has done it.”

Anyone with information related to the terrorist bombing should contact the anti-terrorism hotline at: 0800 789321.

 

**** Raids, Arrests, and Public Safety: ****

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On Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017, Greater Manchester Police said that a 23 year old man was arrested in South Manchester in connection with the terrorist bombing at the Manchester Arena.

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The moment counter terrorism officers raid the suspect’s home, approaching from the side before blasting the door away.

The arrest and raids were to search for anybody in connection with the terrorist bombing at the Manchester Arena.

Greater Manchester Police said said authorities executed two warrants as part of the investigation: one in the Whalley Range district of Manchester and one in the Manchester suburb of Fallowfield, where a controlled explosion took place.

Greater Manchester Police are requesting dashcam footage from “anyone who was in Manchester city center” between 8:00pm and 11:00pm Manchester Time on Monday, May 22nd 2017 as part of its investigation.

A 39 year old man was also arrested in Birmingham on Tuesday, May 23rd 2017 near a vigil for the attack.

Birmingham police said in a statement that the man who was arrested was “known to police and is thought to have a history of mental ill-health,” and that a small ax as well as a large stick were recovered at the vigil.

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As of 10:00am PT on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017, Greater Manchester Police confirm 3 further arrests overnight in connection with attacks, bringing total to 4 arrests.

“It is very clear this is a network we are investigating. We are carrying out extensive searches,” said Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats warns ISIS will continue to target tourist sites and transportation hubs.

Late on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017, British Prime Minister Theresa May said military could be deployed on the streets to provide armed guards for key locations across London including Buckingham Palace, Downing Street, the Palace of Westminster and embassies, Scotland Yard.

As of 1:00pm PT on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017, Greater Manchester Police confirm 6 people arrested in the United Kingdom, including a suspect in Wigan, a woman in Manchester.

As of 2:00pm PT on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017, Salman Abedi’s brother and father have been arrested.

According to NBC News’ United Kingdom partner ITV News, Salman Abedi’s brother Hashem and his father, Ramadan, were arrested in Tripoli by the local militia.

In a Facebook post translated by NBC News, Libyan Interior Ministry officials said Hashem Abedi had been under investigation for more than a month and was arrested after receiving 4,500 Libyan dinars ($3,230) from his brother.

A 20-year-old engineering student back in Manchester, Hashem Abedi admitted being in Britain when his brother was preparing to launch the attack after an Ariana Grande concert and said they both belonged to ISIS, according to the post.

As of 2:40am PT on Friday, May 26th, 2017, at least 8 men, aged between 18 and 38, have been arrested in suspected of terror offences, in connection with the terrorist bombing.

A 16 year old boy and a 34 year old woman have been released without charge.

All 27 major trauma centers in England are told to prepare staff for a potential terror attack ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend.

Armed police will be patrolling on board trains nationwide for the first time.

As of 7:00am PT on Monday, May 29th, 2017, Greater Manchester Police say they have arrested some “key players” and have made “immense” progress in investigation.

At least 11 men, aged between 18 through 44, are now being held in connection with the terrorist bombing.

At least 20 locations being searched across Greater Manchester.

Anyone with information related to the terrorist bombing should contact the anti-terrorism hotline at: 0800 789321.

 

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British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 spoke about the terrorist bombing at the Manchester Arena.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said the terrorist set out “to cause maximum carnage and kill and injure indiscriminately.”

“This attacks stands out for its appalling, sickening cowardice — deliberately targeting innocent and defenseless young people who should have been enjoying one of the most memorable nights of their lives,” said British Prime Minister Theresa May.

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Britain’s terrorist threat level stands at “Severe,” the 2nd highest rung on a 5 point scale, meaning an attack is highly likely.

On Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017, British Prime Minister Theresa May said, “Threat level should be increased for the time being from ‘severe’ to ‘critical,'”attack may be imminent.

 

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Queen Elizabeth II on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 spoke about the terrorist bombing at the Manchester Arena.

In a statement, Queen Elizabeth II said, “The whole nation has been shocked. I know I speak for everyone in expressing my deepest sympathy to all who have been affected by this dreadful event and especially to the families and friends of those who have died or were injured. I want to thank all the members of the emergency services, who have responded with such professionalism and care. And I would like to express my admiration for the way the people of Manchester have responded, with humanity and compassion, to this act of barbarity.”

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United States of America President Donald Trump spoke on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 about the terrorist bombing at the Manchester Arena.

United States of America President Donald Trump said, “So many young, beautiful, innocent people living and enjoying their lives, murdered by evil losers,” he said in Bethlehem while standing next to Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.

United States of America President Donald Trump branded those responsible for the deadly suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert and other terrorist attacks “evil losers”.

“I won’t call them monsters because they would like that term, they would think that is a great name I will call them, from now on, losers because that’s what they are: losers,” said United States of America President Donald Trump.

Later, in a speech at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, United States of America President Donald Trump said the thoughts and prayers of the American people were with the victims and their loved ones in Manchester.

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The White House later released a statement saying that United States of America President Donald Trump this morning spoke to British Prime Minister Theresa May about the terrorist bombing at the Manchester Arena.

United States of America President Donald Trump later posted this message onto Twitter saying, “We stand in absolute solidarity with the people of the United Kingdom.”

The Department of Homeland Security stressed that there was no information to indicate a specific credible threat involving United States music venues.

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On Thursday, May 25th, 2017, United States of America President Donald Trump spoke at the NATO summit in Brussels and asked world leaders for a moment of silence for the Manchester attack victims.

United States of America President Donald Trump called the attacks “savage” and “a barbaric attack on our civilisation”.

“Losers, they are losers,” United States of America President Donald Trump said about terrorists, Manchester terrorist bombing during NATO ceremony.

Meanwhile, British police on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 have reportedly stopped information sharing with the United States on the Manchester bombing in an unprecedented move.

The decision came after sensitive pictures from the Manchester Arena crime scene, including apparent images of a blood-stained detonator and rucksack, were leaked to United States media.

The New York Times published on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 showed what they said could be Salman Abedi’s bloodstained rucksack and detonator as well as a battery, nuts and screws for shrapnel, and fragments of a backpack used in the terrorist bombing.

The New York Times, without specifying the source, said British authorities provided access to police photographs of materials found at the scene.

United Kingdom government officials were reportedly “furious” with the breach after the New York Times ran the police photographs.

Prime Minister Theresa May said she intended to “make clear” to United States of America President Donald Trump that intelligence between the two countries must remain secure.

Prime Minister Theresa May was due to meet the United States leader on Thursday, May 25th, 2017, along with other EU and Nato officials in Brussels.

On Thursday, May 25th, 2017, United States of America President Donald Trump said at the NATO summit in Brussels that intelligence leaks “deeply troubling” and vowed to bring anyone caught leaking United States intelligence to justice after British police stopped sharing information about the Manchester suicide bombing with the United States.

In a statement released after United States of America President Donald Trump arrived at the NATO military alliance, the United States of America President Donald Trump said he would seek an official review to stop leaks that he said posed a serious security threat.

“The alleged leaks coming out of government agencies are deeply troubling. I am asking the Department of Justice and other relevant agencies to launch a complete review of this matter, and if appropriate, the culprit should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” United States of America President Donald Trump said in the statement.

 

 

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News Update!!: Oakland, CA: Latest Information: Deadly Ghost Ship Warehouse Fire.

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News Update!!: Oakland, CA: Latest Information: Deadly Ghost Ship Warehouse Fire.

Here is the latest information on the deadly Ghost Ship warehouse fire in Oakland, California that occurred on Friday, December 3rd, 2016.

** As of 11:00pm PT on Tuesday, December 6th, 2016: **

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**** ZachNews sends our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the families and friends victims of the deadly Ghost Ship warehouse fire in Oakland, California. The victims were artists, poets, musicians, students, and teachers. We stand with the family and friends of the victims and we stand with the community of Oakland, California as they mourn the lost of so many good, creative, talented, and caring people. May we never forget the victims and may we stand together united in their honor. ****

** For a list of names and information related to the victims in the deadly Ghost Ship warehouse fire, please go to the following website addresses: **

– City of Oakland:

http://www2.oaklandnet.com/oakca1/groups/ceda/documents/pressrelease/oak061793.pdf

– GLAAD:

http://www.glaad.org/blog/glaad-calls-media-accurately-report-oakland-fire-victims

 

** As of 6:20pm PT on Tuesday, December 6th, 2016: **

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Investigators are saying the Ghost Ship warehouse fire did not appear to have been set intentionally and may have been caused by a refrigerator or other electrical appliance.

Details about a possible cause emerged as fire crews nearly completed their search for bodies.

The death toll remained at 36 and was not expected to go higher.

 

** As of 6:20pm PT on Tuesday, December 6th, 2016: **

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Congresswoman for the 13th District of California Barbara Lee, Oakland Mayor, Alameda County Sheriff’s Deputy, and Oakland Fire Department Chief spoke at a press conference at 6:00pm PT to provide the latest information regarding the Ghost Ship warehouse fire.

Oakland Fire Department Chief declares a local State of Emergency; Oakland City Council to ratify request on Thursday, December 8th, 2016.

Oakland Fire Department Chief said that we will be on scene until we can look every family member in the eye and say no more bodies inside.

Alameda County Sheriff’s Office said that 35 of the 36 bodies have been identified, with a person still unknown.

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf is saying that prior to the deadly Ghost Ship warehouse fire, there were 3 complaints filed.

In wake of deadly warehouse fire, City of Oakland leaders calling for probe into illegally converted warehouses.

The Family Assistance Center will be open Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 from 8:00am to 8:00pm PT, and will remain open until the recovery process is concluded.

Support services will continue to be offered after the Family Assistance Center closes.

 

** As of 3:27pm PT on Tuesday, December 6th, 2016: **

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Construction crews begin to knock down section of the Ghost Ship warehouse.

 

** As of 1:54pm PT on Tuesday, December 6th, 2016: **

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Officials held press conference to provide updates on the deadly warehouse fire.

Fire Official said that they anticipates all debris removal will be complete from warehouse by tonight.

Crews have removed 90% of debris and crews are taking down structurally unsound parapets.

 

** As of 10:20am PT on Tuesday, December 6th, 2016: **

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According to the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, autopsies done on about half of victims so far. Of that group, all died as a result of smoke inhalation.

The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office say that at least 3 transgender people were among the victims in the deadly warehouse fire: 22 year old Cash Askew from San Francisco, California; 33 year old Em Bohlka from Oakland, California; and 29 year old Feral Pines from Connecticut, all are transgender women who preferred their new names be used to identify them, instead of the ones they were born with.

Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. J.D. Nelson said that the coroner’s office is identifying the victims to the public by the names their families — not their friends — ask for, and will note the legal name, if different, on the official death certificate.

 

** As of 7:20am PT on Tuesday, December 6th, 2016: **

** Video from the Today Show: **

The manager of the Ghost Ship, 46 year old Derick Ion Almena, was interviewed Tuesday morning on the Today Show, but emotions set in during the interview of what happened and the many people who died inside his warehouse.

During the emotional interview, Derick Ion Almena defended his role as landlord for the building which was used as a residential artist community.

I’m only here to say one thing: I’m incredibly sorry and that everything that I did was to make this a stronger and more beautiful community and to bring people together. People didn’t walk through those doors because it was a horrible place. People didn’t seek us out to perform and express themselves because it was a horrible place,” Derick Ion Almena told the Today Show.

Derick Ion Almena told the Today Show that he opened the warehouse to artists that didn’t have space elsewhere and for people who “can’t pay your rent because your dream is bigger than your pocketbook.”

When the needed for housing, the need for people to be able to sit down and be warm and make food and take a shower, take a bath and go to bed. So we created something together. This stopped being me. This stopped being about me 3 years ago,” Derick Ion Almena told the Today Show.

Derick Ion Almena told the Today Show that when he signed the lease for the building.

I signed a a lease and I got a building that was to city standards supposedly. I was lowered into something that I had to constantly….,” Derick Ion Almena told the Today Show.

A tech sales worker and jewelry maker who lived there for 4 to 5 months about 2 years ago at the converted warehouse dubbed the “Ghost Ship” spoke to NBC affiliate KNTV Channel 11.

The former tenant, 58 year old Shelley Mack said she found the rental in an ad on Facebook, paid about $700 a month in rent, along with a security deposit of the same amount and a one-time contribution of about $700 to a fund meant to go toward improvements, but none were ever made.

Shelley Mack said that the warehouse was often freezing cold in the building, water and power were sometimes stolen from neighbors, who would get angry and shut them off, and once, a generator blew up, and residents quickly doused the flames.

Shelley Mack told NBC affiliate KNTV Channel 11 that she didn’t know the ramshackle dwelling was illegal until after she moved in and she was instructed to tell visitors it was a 24-hour workspace for artists.

When inspectors or other outsiders came to visit, Shelley Mack said she and other residents scurried to hide clothes, bedding and other evidence anyone was living there.

It’s a good example of people taking advantage of people because they had no other options. People make businesses off scamming people online when they’re looking for a place,” Shelley Mack told NBC affiliate KNTV Channel 11.

The warehouse was crammed with rugs, old sofas and a garage-sale-like collection of pianos, paintings, turntables, statues and other items that quickly fed the flames.

“All kinds of electrical cords running through there illegally. Massive extension cords. Heavy musical equipment. That place was just a death trap. I didn’t think it was going to last this long before it went up or somebody shut it down,” Shelley Mack told NBC affiliate KNTV Channel 11.

Shelley Mack then told NBC affiliate KNTV Channel 11 that one doorway was blocked, because it led to the property of a neighbor who’d been in a dispute with the operators, whom she and other former tenants and friends identified as 46 year old Derick Ion Almena and his wife, 40 year old Micah Allison.

They lure you in with all these promises about what they’re going to do with your deposit and your rent. They don’t do any of it. They just party with it,” Shelley Mack told NBC affiliate KNTV Channel 11.

When asked about those claims during the Today Show interview, Derick Ion Almena said, “I don’t want to talk – I don’t want to talk about it, I don’t want to talk about me. I don’t want to talk about profiting. This is profit? The loss of mass life? Like I’m a father. I lay my three children down there every night. Profit, this is not profit – this is lost, this is a mass grave.”

When asked for the families of the victims, Derick Ion Almena said, “I’m only here to say – I’m only here to say one thing, that I’m incredibly sorry and that everything I did was to make this a stronger, beautiful community and to bring people together. People didn’t walk through those doors because it was a horrible place. People didn’t seek us out to preform and to express themselves because it was a horrible place.  I’m 47 years old, I’m the father of this space, and on the night of the fire – did I know there was going to be a fire? Did I move my children from the space? and get a hotel – because I wanted to avoid this? because I wanted to cast blame on other people? No, because I wanted to get a good night sleep with my children and I wanted to let the young people do what they needed to do.”

Addressing the questions the 2 host of the Today Show are asking, Derick Ion Almena said, “I am not going to answer any of these questions in the way you are presenting them. I didn’t do anything ever in my life that would leave me up to this moment. I’m an honorable man, I’m a proud man – No I’m not going to answer these questions on this level. I’d rather get on the floor and be trampled by the parents. I’d rather let them tear at my flesh than answer these ridiculous questions. I’m so sorry, I’m incredibly sorry, what do you want me to say – I am not going to answer these questions. I am just going to say that I’m sorry.”

As Today Show host Matt Lauer was ending the interview and thanking him for his time, Derick Ion Almena said, “If you have to hold my soul accountable – if you have to hold my soul accountable for believing in something. And loitering in other artistes and other beautiful people – that also believed with me, and for 3 years we built something – everyday, we improved everything.

After the emotional interview, Derick Ion Almena avoided questions from the many news media outlets as he was escorted away to a vehicle.

Since the deadly warehouse fire, many in the artist’s community are now focusing their anger at Derick Ion Almena, the founder of the collective who escaped the fire.

City of Oakland Officials said that the Ghost Ship, the warehouse that Derick Ion Almena told several news media outlets people lived inside, was not permitted as a residential building, but there are many of similar warehouses across Oakland, California and San Francisco, California.

 

** As of 6:40am PT on Tuesday, December 6th, 2016: **

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A news conference was held providing the latest information regarding the deadly Ghost Ship warehouse fire.

Sheriff’s Official say the warehouse fire casualties holds at 36 and 26 families have been notified.

When asked on the expected warehouse casualty count, Fire Official said, “I don’t anticipate it going up.”

There is still one “John Doe” remaining of the 36 people who died in the deadly warehouse fire.

Oakland Police Department say that no additional victims located overnight, 85-90% of building has been searched, and power outage is still in place.

Investigators resumed recovery process overnight at around 2:00am PT.

Fire Official say the left corner of the warehouse is still not fully safe and needs to be braced for crews to get in.

 

** As of 11:40pm PT on Monday, December 5th, 2016: **

** Victims of the Deadly “Oakland Ghost Ship” Warehouse Fire: **

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The fire’s death toll stood at 36 on Monday, December 5th, 2016 with about 75 percent of the building searched.

Officials say they’ve identified a total of 22 victims and notified their families and have released 17 names.

Officials also confirmed on Monday, December 5th, 2016 an 18th name, 17 year old Draven McGill, who’s school is in San Francisco, California and is the son of an Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Deputy.

** Video from NBC affiliate KNTV Channel 11: **

Survivors Nikki Kelber and Carmen Brito describe to NBC affiliate KNTV Channel 11 the horrific scene inside the converted Oakland warehouse where they lived as they fled for their lives and tried to help others escape the building where dozens died in a fire late Friday night.

“I came out of my space and saw an entire wall on fire 20 feet from where I was standing. I just knew there was nothing that could be done,” Carmen Brito said to NBC affiliate KNTV Channel 11 as anguish echoed from her voice.

In a matter of 30 seconds, Carmen Brito managed to make a beeline for the front door and escaped the inferno consuming her home.

Carmen Brito described the entire ordeal by saying “everything happened so quickly.”

Her friend, Nikki Kelber, jumped from her loft, grabbed her cat and switched on a head lamp to help navigate the foggy maze.

Nikki Kelber ghastly escape through the dark was complete in a matter of moments.

“I feel like it was 30 seconds from when I looked down the hall to when it was pretty much engulfed. It was so fast,” Nikki Kelber said to NBC affiliate KNTV Channel 11.

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Hundreds of people attended a candlelight vigils at Lake Merritt in Oakland, California for the victims of the deadly Ghost Ship warehouse fire.

People in the crowd embraced each other or held up lights or flowers and said aloud the names of people they lost in the fire.

Several people in the crowd had signs offering “free hugs.”

Attendees were asked to bring flameless candles, glow sticks, flashlights or other lights.

Whether they knew someone lost in this fire, or were just touched by the magnitude of this tragedy, the vigil drew a crowd of about 500 people.

During the vigil, City of Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf was booed for talking about warehouse’s code violations instead of the housing crisis.

** Video from NBC affiliate KNTV Channel 11: **

Across the bay, as many as 50 people gathered in the Castro District in San Francisco, California for a candlelight vigil to honor the victims of the deadly Ghost Ship warehouse fire.

The vigil at Harvey Milk Plaza, hosted by Rev. Megan Rohrer and other local transgender religious leaders, highlighted the fact that many of the victims and others affected by it were transgender persons.

Some members of the community lived in the warehouse well many were there to see 22 year old Cash Askew, a popular transgender performer who died in the Ghost Ship warehouse fire.

** Picture from Noelle Walker (@NoelleNBC5) at NBC affiliate KXAS Channel 5: **

Support of the victims of the deadly Ghost Ship warehouse fire was seen in Dallas, Texas.

 

** As of 4:00pm PT on Monday, December 5th, 2016: **

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A press conference was held providing more information on the fire.

Authorities have identified 16 victims in the fire; 13 families have been notified.

The son of one of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Deputy was a victim in the fire.

Alameda County Sheriff’s Deputy Tya Modeste said that 7 names have been released to the public; the other names have not been released so that families can take a moment to grieve.

At least 3 people were from outside the United States, including Finland, Korea, and Guatemala.

Oakland Deputy Fire Department Chief say that 75% of removal complete from the warehouse and 36 bodies has been removed.

At least 22 autopsies have been completed so far.

Less then 50 people are reportedly missing.

Officials say the investigation into the fire and recovery of the bodies from the illegally converted warehouse was stopped temporarily Sunday night because a leaning wall at the charred building was deemed too unsafe to continue.

Oakland Fire Battalion Chief Melinda Drayton said that crews had to stop working about midnight on Monday because of “stability issues” at the warehouse.

“We can’t risk a piano or a a large appliance from coming down on firefighters,” said Oakland Fire Battalion Chief Melinda Drayton.

Investigators are searching the back of the area for the possible cause of the fire.

Prosecutors say they are investigating the warehouse fire and murder charges are possible depending on evidence.

The Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley, the investigation was just beginning and that if anyone is charged, charges could range from murder to involuntary manslaughter.

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley said anyone with information about the warehouse and the people living there can call a hotline the District Attorney’s Office has set up at: 1 (877) 288-2882.

If you have made contact with a loved one missing after the Oakland fire, please notify the Coroners Office at: 1 (510) 382-3000.

** Fire Relief Fund for Victims of Ghostship Oakland Fire: **

https://www.youcaring.com/firevictimsofoaklandfiredec232016-706684

City of Oakland Mayor thanked everybody who are coming to help families and friends of the victims and help the many people helping to search for more victims.

Flags were lowered to half-staff on Monday at all Alameda County facilities in honor of the dozens of people who died in the deadly Ghost Ship Warehouse Fire in Oakland, California.

The Oakland Ghost Ship Fire is ranked the 7th deadliest fires in the United States of America over the past 50 years.

A candlelight vigil is planned for 8:00pm PT at Lake Merritt for the victims of the Ghost Ship Fire in Oakland, California.

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Meanwhile, as the investigation continues into this deadly warehouse fire, many in the artist’s community are now focusing their anger at 46 year old Derick Ion Almena, the founder of the collective who escaped the fire.

Derick Ion Almena’s wife and children were reportedly at a hotel when the fire broke out.

Derick Ion Almena, who friends knew as Derick Ion, was convicted in January of receiving stolen property, specifically an Airstream trailer from his landlord in January 2015, court records show.

Derick Ion Almena spent 2 days in jail then, plead no contest to a misdemeanor, and is currently on probation until 2019.

TMZ is reporting that law enforcement sources say Derick Ion Almena was pulled over in Los Angeles County, California for having expired tags in March 2015, and while searching his car cops discovered he had 2 stolen license plates from vehicles registered in Oakland, California.

Derick Ion Almena was arrested and booked for petty theft, but was never charged though — the District Attorney declined to prosecute.

Derick Ion Almena survived the fire and posted to Facebook after hearing that the converted warehouse he managed was the site of a deadly fire.

The Facebook post, which has since been deleted, got a lot of attention because of its insensitivity to what was already known to be a fatal scene.

Derick Ion Almena’s Facebook post read, “Confirmed. Everything I worked so hard for is gone. Blessed that my children and Micah were at a hotel safe and sound … it’s as if I have awoken from a dream filled with opulence and hope … to be standing now in poverty of self worth.”

His Facebook posting prompted more than 2,000 comments, and many of them were critical of Almena’s message.

People who commented to Derick Ion Almena’s facebook posting said he showed more concern for his material possessions than the people who were killed in the blaze.

NBC News received a statement from Derick Ion Almena which read, “In my previous Facebook post, I had no idea there was a loss of life. This tragic event consumes me every moment. My heart is broken. My heartfelt condolences to the family and friends who have suffered the loss of loved ones.”

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** Pictures from Oakland Ghost Ship: **

There are a few of the pictures from inside the “Oakland Ghost Ship”, also known as the “Ghost Ship” before the deadly fire occurred.

 

** As of 2:30pm PT on Monday, December 5th, 2016: **

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A press conference has started at 2:30pm PT where more information will be release.

 

** As of 11:40am PT on Monday, December 5th, 2016: **

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Officials say that the dead toll is at 36 people and the search continues for any more victims inside the burn down and collapsed warehouse.

Investigators are still searching for a cause to the fire.

According to Oakland Police Department Representative Johnna Watson, recovery efforts were cleared to continue Monday morning,

Seventy percent of the building had been searched by the time of the stoppage.

Also, at 12:00pm PT, PG&E turned off power in the surrounding area, which was expected to last for about 12 hours so that a crane could come in and conduct work at the warehouse.

United States of America President Barack Obama release a statement on the fire.

“Today our prayers go out to the people of Oakland, California in the aftermath of this weekend’s deadly warehouse fire – one of the worst fires in the state’s history. While we still don’t know the full toll of this disaster, we do know that an American community has been devastated, and many people – including young men and women with their whole futures ahead of them – have tragically lost their lives. I want to thank the dedicated first responders who have been working tirelessly for days to contain the situation, recover victims, and treat the wounded. My Administration is in close contact with our state and local partners on the ground to make sure that authorities have everything they need as they continue response operations and investigate the cause of the fire. Oakland is one of the most diverse and creative cities in our country, and as families and residents pull together in the wake of this awful tragedy, they will have the unwavering support of the American people,” said United States of America President Barack Obama.

 

** As of 11:00pm PT on Sunday, December 4th, 2016: **

The community of Oakland, California is mourning for the victims of a deadly fire that ripped through a warehouse known as the “Oakland Ghost Ship” on Friday, December 3rd, 2016.

Officials say that at least 33 people have died and the search continues for any more victims inside the burn down and collapsed warehouse.

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According to Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Ray Kelly, victims range in age from as young as 17 years old to people in their 30’s.

“It’s very unfortunate that we have to tell you that we have 17 year old victims,” said Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Ray Kelly.

According to Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Ray Kelly, among the dead include an Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Deputy’s son and people visiting from countries across the globe such as Europe and Asia.

The Alameda County Coroner’s Bureau has asked that the families of people who are still missing “preserve sources of DNA,” including combsand toothbrushes, to “prevent future delays” in the identification process.

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The deadly fire occurred at about 11:30pm PT on Friday, December 3rd, 2016 on the 1300 block of 31st Avenue in Oakland, California.

** Video from Oakland Fire Live on Twitter: **

According to Oakland Fire Department Chief Teresa Deloach Reed, the building was “subdivided into other occupancies” and between 50 and 100 people were partying on the upper floor.

A Facebook event page indicates that the fire sparked at the warehouse during a Golden Donna show – promoted by Los Angeles-based dance label 100% Silk – being held from 9:00pm PT on Friday, December 2nd, 2016 to 4:00am PT on Saturday, December 3rd, 2016.

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The Facebook page has since been changed to the “Memorial Page for Oakland Fire”.

Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Ray Kelly said at a news conference that they expects that number to continue to climb as firefighters maneuver through the wrecked “Oakland Ghost Ship”.

Oakland Fire Department Operations Chief Mark Hoffman described the building as a “labyrinth,” dotted with wood workers, sculptors, painters and more.

According to Oakland Fire Department Chief Teresa Deloach Reed, there was no evidence of smoke alarms or sprinklers.

Oakland Fire Department Chief Teresa Deloach Reed said further, its charred roof collapsed onto the second floor, which in places plunged onto the first floor.

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Officials brought in heavy equipment, including cranes, dump trucks, excavators and bulldozers, to create a safe path into the building.

Firefighters and police describe the work searching the burned warehouse as painstaking and painful.

“It was quiet, it was heartbreaking,” said Oakland Fire Department Battlenet Chief Melinda Drayton.

The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office and American Red Cross also set up a family assistance center at 2425 East 12th Street in Oakland, California.

People can called: 1 (510) 382-3000 for help searching for their loved ones.

The public may access the latest updated information on the City of Oakland’s website at: http://www2.oaklandnet.com/ or by calling at: 1 (510) 238-2181.

The City of Oakland is asking the public to please do not contact the Alameda County Coroner’s Bureau unless you believe a family member may be a victim of the fire.

“We have contacted every family member. We have sat down with them. We have talked to them. We have cried with them. We have spent hours and hours with them,” said Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Ray Kelly.

According to the City of Oakland, the City of Oakland extends condolences to the families who have received the dreadful news that one of their loved ones perished in the fire.

California Governor Jerry Brown offered his condolences to the victims of the fire.

Oakland Fire Department continues to work with the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department, Oakland Police Department, Alcohol Tobacco and Fire, CAL OSHA, Alameda County Search and Rescue and the American Red Cross to continue the recovery effort and conduct the investigation into the cause of this deadly fire.

“It’s still under investigation,” said Oakland Fire Department Battalion Chief Melinda Drayton adding, “We don’t believe we’ve even gotten close to the point of origin of the fire.”

The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office has activated the criminal investigation teams and is actively looking at this with all of the other law enforcement partners.

Many organizations and Bay Area residents are reaching out to help.

The Gray Area Foundation for the Arts has started an online fundraising page and has raised more than $217,130.

** Website to Help Donate: **

https://www.youcaring.com/firevictimsofoaklandfiredec232016-706684

The Oakland Athletics tweeted their support for those affected by the fire saying, “We will work together to heal our community.”

The A’s also sought donations and pledged to match contributions up to $30,000.

The Golden State Warriors also plan to hold a moment of silence for the victims at Saturday night’s game.

Proceeds from the game’s Warriors Community Foundations 50/50 raffle will support family assistance services for the Oakland fire, team officials said.

** Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates with more information regarding this news story. **

 

Oakland, CA: A community mourns for the victims of the deadly “Oakland Ghost Ship” warehouse fire.

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Oakland, CA: A community mourns for the victims of the deadly “Oakland Ghost Ship” warehouse fire.

The community of Oakland, California is mourning for the victims of a deadly fire that ripped through a warehouse known as the “Oakland Ghost Ship” on Friday, December 3rd, 2016.

Officials say that at least 33 people have died, but that number may increase as the search continues for any more victims inside the burn down and collapsed warehouse.

Officials on Sunday, December 4th, 2016 have identified some of the victims.

** Victims: **

– 32 year old Donna Kellogg from Oakland, California

– 22 year old Cash Askew from Oakland, California

– 35 year old David Cline from Oakland, California

– 25 year old Nick Gomez-Hall from Coronado, California

– 30 year old Sara Hoda from Walnut Creek, California

– 35 year old Travis Hough from Oakland, California

– 32 year old Brandon Chase Wittenauer from Hayward, California

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According to Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Ray Kelly, victims range in age from as young as 17 years old to people in their 30’s.

“It’s very unfortunate that we have to tell you that we have 17 year old victims,” said Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Ray Kelly.

According to Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Ray Kelly, among the dead include an Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Deputy’s son and people visiting from countries across the globe such as Europe and Asia.

The Alameda County Coroner’s Bureau has asked that the families of people who are still missing “preserve sources of DNA,” including combsand toothbrushes, to “prevent future delays” in the identification process.

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The deadly fire occurred at about 11:30pm PT on Friday, December 3rd, 2016 on the 1300 block of 31st Avenue in Oakland, California.

** Video from Oakland Fire Live on Twitter: **

According to Oakland Fire Department Chief Teresa Deloach Reed, the building was “subdivided into other occupancies” and between 50 and 100 people were partying on the upper floor.

A Facebook event page indicates that the fire sparked at the warehouse during a Golden Donna show – promoted by Los Angeles-based dance label 100% Silk – being held from 9:00pm PT on Friday, December 2nd, 2016 to 4:00am PT on Saturday, December 3rd, 2016.

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The Facebook page has since been changed to the “Memorial Page for Oakland Fire”.

Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Ray Kelly said at a news conference that they expects that number to continue to climb as firefighters maneuver through the wrecked “Oakland Ghost Ship”.

Oakland Fire Department Operations Chief Mark Hoffman described the building as a “labyrinth,” dotted with wood workers, sculptors, painters and more.

According to Oakland Fire Department Chief Teresa Deloach Reed, there was no evidence of smoke alarms or sprinklers.

Oakland Fire Department Chief Teresa Deloach Reed said further, its charred roof collapsed onto the second floor, which in places plunged onto the first floor.

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Officials brought in heavy equipment, including cranes, dump trucks, excavators and bulldozers, to create a safe path into the building.

Firefighters and police describe the work searching the burned warehouse as painstaking and painful.

“It was quiet, it was heartbreaking,” said Oakland Fire Department Battlenet Chief Melinda Drayton.

The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office and American Red Cross also set up a family assistance center at 2425 East 12th Street in Oakland, California.

People can called: 1 (510) 382-3000 for help searching for their loved ones.

The public may access the latest updated information on the City of Oakland’s website at: http://www2.oaklandnet.com/ or by calling at: 1 (510) 238-2181.

The City of Oakland is asking the public to please do not contact the Alameda County Coroner’s Bureau unless you believe a family member may be a victim of the fire.

“We have contacted every family member. We have sat down with them. We have talked to them. We have cried with them. We have spent hours and hours with them,” said Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Ray Kelly.

According to the City of Oakland, the City of Oakland extends condolences to the families who have received the dreadful news that one of their loved ones perished in the fire.

California Governor Jerry Brown offered his condolences to the victims of the fire.

Oakland Fire Department continues to work with the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department, Oakland Police Department, Alcohol Tobacco and Fire, CAL OSHA, Alameda County Search and Rescue and the American Red Cross to continue the recovery effort and conduct the investigation into the cause of this deadly fire.

“It’s still under investigation,” said Oakland Fire Department Battalion Chief Melinda Drayton adding, “We don’t believe we’ve even gotten close to the point of origin of the fire.”

The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office has activated the criminal investigation teams and is actively looking at this with all of the other law enforcement partners.

Many organizations and Bay Area residents are reaching out to help.

The Gray Area Foundation for the Arts has started an online fundraising page and has raised more than $217,130.

** Website to Help Donate: **

https://www.youcaring.com/firevictimsofoaklandfiredec232016-706684

The Oakland Athletics tweeted their support for those affected by the fire saying, “We will work together to heal our community.”

The A’s also sought donations and pledged to match contributions up to $30,000.

The Golden State Warriors also plan to hold a moment of silence for the victims at Saturday night’s game.

Proceeds from the game’s Warriors Community Foundations 50/50 raffle will support family assistance services for the Oakland fire, team officials said.

**** ZachNews sends our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the families and friends victims of the deadly “Oakland Ghost Ship” warehouse fire in Oakland, California. ****

** Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates with more information regarding this news story. **

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San Bernardino County, CA: Honoring the victims and survivors of the San Bernardino, California Terrorist Attack a year ago.

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San Bernardino County, CA: Honoring the victims and survivors of the San Bernardino, California Terrorist Attack a year ago.

A year ago, terror hit the community of San Bernardino, California as 14 innocent lives were taken away by evil in a terrorist attack inside the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California at 10:58am PT on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015.

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People came together on Friday, December 2nd, 2016 to honor the victims and survivors of the San Bernardino, California Terrorist Attack at several ceremonies and events across San Bernardino County, California.

** Here are a few of the ceremonies and events held honoring the victims and survivors of the San Bernardino, California Terrorist Attack: **

** Video from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department: **

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At 7:30am PT, the San Bernardino Police Department hosted a memorial bicycle ride, Inland Regional Center Bike Ride, to honor the victims and survivors of the terrorist attack.

The memorial bicycle ride was 14 miles which is equal to 22 kilometers; one mile for each victim who died and one kilometer for each victim wounded.

** Video from LifeStream: **

At 8:00am PT, LifeStream, whose headquarters is less than a mile from where the mass shooting took place, held a Remembrance Ceremony on Friday, December 2nd, 2016 at LifeStream blood bank in San Bernardino, California where people came out and donated blood in to help people in need in the community.

At 10:58am PT, employees from the County of San Bernardino held a moment of silence to remember when the initial 911 call was placed.

San Bernardino School District Police Department Sergeant Roberto Arellano was among the first responders who arrived at the chaotic scene a year ago and spoke at the ceremony.

“Co-workers, as they’re running out in that area, seeing their co-workers, their friends, their family in that hurt. There was a lot of emotion,” San Bernardino School District Police Department Sergeant Roberto Arellano recalled.

** Video from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4: **

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At 3:30pm PT, People gather at a peace garden dedication at Cal State San Bernardino to honor the 5 alumni from Cal State University San Bernardino (Robert Adams, Juan Espinoza, Shannon Johnson, Yvette Velasco and Michael Wetzel) who were among the 14 people killed in the terrorist attack.

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At 5:30pm PT, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians lighted up the Arrowhead with more than a dozen 120,000-lumen arc lights in memory and tribute to the 14 innocent lives lost in the terrorist attack.

Seen from around the community, the Arrowhead lighted up in the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains just north of Wildwood Park, 40th Street and Waterman Avenue, in San Bernardino, California.

The Arrowhead will be lighted up from 5:30pm to 10:00pm PT starting on Friday, December 2nd, 2016 and lasting until Thursday, December 15th, 2016.

** Video from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4: **

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At 6:30pm PT, hundreds of people came to pay their respects the the victims and survivors of the terrorist attack at a ceremony tilted “Night of Remembrance” inside the Coussoulis Arena at Cal State San Bernardino in San Bernardino, California.

In attended were victims, family and friends of victims, and many people from the community who wanted to show their support.

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The ceremony began with a Cal State San Bernardino student preforming her rendition of “Imagine” by John Lennon.

Speakers at the ceremony expressed a profound sense of loss for the 14 innocent lives lost on that tragic day and thanked the community that united together after the terrorist attack to help.

First Presbyterian Church in San Bernardino Pastor Sandy Tice opened the ceremony with an invocation.

“In this moment we say thank you for those who came running to help – those who remembered us, who reached out in love, who prayed. Thank you,” said First Presbyterian Church in San Bernardino Pastor Sandy Tice.

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Julie Swann-Paez, a survivor of the terrorist attack, spoke at the ceremony and paid tribute to each of the victims, her co-workers at San Bernardino County’s Department of Public Health.

Julie Swann-Paez began speaking as tears roll down her face.

“Good evening. I’m, I’m humbled… sorry. I’m humbled to be able to speak today – I’ll try my best to get through that without too much tears. When I was asked to speak tonight. My first response was no – I didn’t think I could do it. But then I thought this might be my chance to tell all of you about these incredible people. My friends who had their lives taken from them,” said Julie Swann-Paez.

Julie Swann-Paez told stories of all 14 victims who perished and spoke about her memories of Shannon Johnson who was shot as he protected another coworker.

“His life ended as a hero though. He [was] protecting my friend Denise and told her ‘I got you.’” said Julie Swann-Paez.

“Kindness, compassion, love and gratitude. To me those are the basic threads of humanity. All of my friends – embodied these traits,” said Julie Swann-Paez.

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San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan then spoke and urged the many people gathered to not let the evil of that day define us.

“There’s two evil people that started the narrative of that day, a story about San Bernardino, a chapter in our lives. They do not get to finish that story. We do. This is our city. This is our story,” said San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan.

Speaking to victims and their families, United States Attorney Eileen M. Decker said, “Your strength, your courage and your heart has been inspiring.”

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The ceremony closed with a stirring tribute of candlelight and music, including the song, “God Bless America”.

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From Zachary A. Lopez of ZachNews:

** May we never forget the great people who as as a community lost that day; may will always be there for the families and friends of the victims and survivors; may we never stop thanking the many people who came to help people; may we never stop thanking the many first responders and law enforcement personal who rushed to save lives and go after the attackers; and may we never allow evil divide or destroy us. May we always be untied and strong together against all evil. May you always stay strong and united San Bernardino County, California. **

** Picture above from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4: **

San Bernardino, CA: Remembering a year ago the San Bernardino, California Terrorist Attack.

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San Bernardino, CA: Remembering a year ago the San Bernardino, California Terrorist Attack.

A year ago, at 10:58am PT on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015, a gathering of people for the Christmas holiday season irrupted into terror as an husband and wife, inspired by evil Islamic terrorist, stormed into a banquet room and began shooting innocent people inside the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California.

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Many first responders and law enforcement officers and deputies rushed to the incident and began helping people and began searching for the 2 evil attackers.

The 2 evil attackers drove away, but were located a mile away.

After a shootout with authorities, the husband and wife attackers were shot and killed by authorities.

The terrorist attack took the lives of 14 people and wounded 22 people.

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As we all come together remembering the Terrorist Attack on San Bernardino, California a year ago today, may we all take a moment to remember the lives we lost in this terrorist attack on innocent lives.

**** Victim’s Names and Information: ****

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Michael Raymond Wetzel

37 years old

Lake Arrowhead, California:

A father of 6 children.

Supervised a team of health inspectors in the San Bernardino County’s Environmental Health Services Division.

A member of the Church of the Woods in Lake Arrowhead, California.

He loved his work and his family so very much.

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Nicholas Thalasinos

52 years old

Colton, California:

A longtime inspector for the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health.

A devout Messianic Jew.

Renewed their marriage vows with his wife Jennifer Thalasinos.

A great husband and had a sweet soul.

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Damian Meins

58 years old

Riverside, California:

A health inspector for the San Bernardino County Department of Environmental Health after coming out of retirement in September 2015.

Married to Trenna Meins, principal of Sacred Heart School in Rancho Cucamonga, California, and was a father of 2 children.

Was a bright light with a warm smile and a hearty laugh.

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Sierra Clayborn

27 years old

Moreno Valley, California:

Was a recent addition to the team working as an inspector for the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health.

A graduated from the University of California, Riverside in Riverside, California.

Was a beautiful person and an absolute sweetheart to all people.

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Daniel Kaufman

(Larry Daniel Kaufman)

42 years old

Rialto, California:

A good person that we all loved.

A good and friendly person.

Trained developmentally disabled employees at a coffee shop inside the Inland Regional Center.

Frequented at Renaissance Faire and enjoyed being involved in Renaissance Faire events.

A fun and funny person who loved brightening up people’s spirits.

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Harry Bowman

46 years old

Upland, California:

A father of 2 daughters.

Worked as a statistical analyst for healthy communities for the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health.

A dedicated Catholic and often taught religious classes.

A lover of the outdoor.

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Benneta Betbadal

46 years old

Rialto, California:

A mother to 2 boys and a girl.

Worked as an inspector for the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health since 2006.

Fled Iran when she was just 18 years old to escape Islamic extremism and the persecution of Christians.

Loved her work and the people she worked with.

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Isaac Amanios

60 years old

Fontana, California:

Was married and had 3 children.

Worked as a supervising environmental health specialist for the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health.

Was the cousin of New York Giants Safety Player Nat Berhe.

Was a good person who was there to help people.

Helped young people on their educational endeavors.

Was originally from Eritrea, Africa.

Excelled in school and graduated with a degree in agriculture and nutrition from a university in Khartoum, Sudan.

Worked in Sudan as an interpreter at a refugee camp and was a manager for a state-owned food processing and packaging company.

Moved to the United States of America to escape violence in his home country and live the American dream.

Use to worked for the Los Angeles County Health Department as a weight and measure inspector before began work with the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health.

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Robert Adams

40 year old

Yucaipa, California:

A funny and good man.

Was married and was a devoted father to his 20 month old baby Savannah.

Worked as a environmental health specialist with the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health.

Was a man who his co-workers looked towards for professional advice and relied on him for his expertise.

Earn a degree in health science with and emphasis in public health from Cal State San Bernardino.

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Tin Nguyen

31 year old

Santa Ana, California:

Tin Nguyen was born in Vietnam.

Tin Nguyen worked as a food inspector with the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health.

Tin Nguyen planned to get married in 2017.

Was very good, intelligent, and caring  girl who took care of her mother and her family.

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Juan Espinoza

50 year old

Highland, California:

Was married and was a good husband.

Had a daughter and a son who he loved.

Worked as a health inspector for the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health.

Loved his job.

Was a hard worker and was fair and honest.

Was born in Mexico and was the youngest of 12 siblings.

He emigrated to the United States of America more than 20 years ago.

Encouraged education and wanted his daughter to reach her goal of earning her bachelor’s degree in science in dental hygiene from Loma Linda University.

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Aurora Godoy

26 year old

San Jacinto, California:

Was a wife and a mother of a 22 month old son.

Loved her son and her family.

Was always willing to help all of her loved ones.

Was really creative and always willing to help with birthday parties and functions.

Was a cheerful person who always smiling.

Was a giving person.

Loved to bake and cook.

Loved spending time at Disneyland with her family.

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Shannon Johnson

45 year old

Koreatown, California:

Was a person who had a fun loving soul.

Loved his family and friends.

Worked as a health inspector with the San Bernardino County Department of Health.

Lived with his girlfriend.

Was born in Jesup, Georgia.

Played baseball and football when he was in high school.

Was a longtime member of City of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s crisis response team.

Loved nature and music.

Was a generous, caring, and helpful person, including when wildfires raged in Southern California years ago, he rounded up stray pets in his pickup truck and took them to a church for shelter and helped first responders dig a trench to protect the church.

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Yvette Velasco

27 year old

Fontana, California:

Is survived by her parents and her 3 sisters.

Worked as an environmental health specialist for the San Bernardino County Department of Health since 2014.

Was an intelligent, motivated, and beautiful young woman.

Was born on Easter Sunday in April 1988.

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May we all continue to sends our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the family and friends of the victims, be supportive to their family and friends of the victims as they continue to grieve and heal, and never forget these wonderful people who loved and care about people and community.

May we all continue to also sends our thoughts, prayers, and support to the many people who survived the terrorist attack and be supportive to their family and friends as they continue to heal.

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When evil tried to rip us apart, so many people came together to help people during the terrorist attack at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California.

May we all continue to give thanks and never forget the many people who rushed to help people on that tragic day.

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May we all continue to give thanks and never forget the many first responders and law enforcement officers and deputies who rushed into Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California to save lives and to go after the evil people who attacked some many innocent people on that tragic day.

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As we all remember what happened at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California, may we all always stand up against evil who attack innocent people and may we all never allow evil divide or take down our lives, our communities, our country, and our freedoms.

** Stay Strong and United San Bernardino, California and United States of America. **

Stay with ZachNews for continuing news coverage as we all remember the terrorist attack on San Bernardino County, California.

** Pictures from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4. **