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A 20-year-old Dallas man has been charged in the shooting death of male-to-female trans Merci Richey, aka Merci Mack, last month. Mack, 22, is the 19th trans person to die a violent death in 2020.

Police arrested Angelo Walker who allegedly killed Richey over a video of the two together.

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Richey (pictured) was found in a Dallas parking lot suffering from a gunshot wound to the head on June 30.

An eyewitness told police he was inside his apartment when he looked out a window and saw Walker "chasing a woman" through the parking lot.

Walker shot the victim then stand over the victim and fired his weapon multiple times. Richey was pronounced dead at the scene.

The witness said Walker and the victim had argued over a video and Richey threatened to share the video on social media.

In a Facebook video, Richey threatened to post an intimate video of the two of them on Snapchat the day before the murder.

Walker was charged with murder in the second-degree and booked into the Dallas County Jail on Wednesday. His bail was set at $900,000.

Richey's sister, Tyeshia Rickett, told the Dallas Morning News her family was relieved to learn of Walker's arrest.

She said Richey was a "happy person" who doted on his niece and nephews.

"That's the kind of auntie she was: 'I don't care what your mama said, come get in this car, and we're going to get some ice cream.' They loved her," Rickett said.

Rickett said she appreciated the outpouring of love and support for Richey online.

"I knew she had friends, but I didn't know it was that many," she said. "It was heartwarming to see everybody's pictures and videos that they shared. It was so amazing."

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Three adult suspects have been identified in the Feb. 19 murder of rapper Pop Smoke during a home invasion at his rental property.

Police identified the adults as Corey Walker, 19, Keandre D. Rodgers, 18, and Jaquan Murphy, 21. The names of the two juveniles were withheld. Their bail was set at $1 million each.

Walker and Rodgers were booked on suspicion of murder, Murphy was charged with attempted murder.

Pop Smoke, real name Bashar Jackson, was best known for his 2019 gangsta anthem "Welcome to the Party." A remix featured Nicki Minaj.

One of the suspects told police photos Jackson posted on social media revealed his address. One photo showed a male flashing a large amount of cash.

The suspects used their car's GPS navigation system to lead them to Jackson's rental house in the Hollywood Hills.

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Neighborhood Good Samaritans helped exhausted police officers handcuff a suspect who was resisting arrest.

Cellphone video of the incident shows a cop kneeling on the back of a suspect who refuses to be taken into custody.

As the crowd grows agitated, the cop defused the situation by asking the bystanders for a little help: "Y'all wanna help out?"

After considering the officer's request, several bystanders stopped forward to talk the suspect into giving himself up. But the young man refused to cooperate.

One of the bystanders even offered to handcuff the suspect himself. "I just don't want you to get hurt. I don't want you to get hurt man," he said.

Cops all over the country are fearful of losing their jobs after George Floyd was killed by a former officer who kneeled on his neck for nearly 9 minutes in Minneapolis in May.
 

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5 suspects were arrested in the February murder of Brooklyn rapper Pop Smoke. The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed the arrests of 3 adults and 2 juveniles on Thursday.

The 5 were booked into jail and are undergoing interrogations.

The 20-year-old rapper, real name Bashar Jackson, was gunned down during a home invasion at his rental property in the Hollywood Hills on Feb. 19.

Jackson grew up in the Canarsie section of Brooklyn, NY, where he attended church and sang in the choir as a youth.

When he was 15 he won a scholarship to play basketball at a Philadelphia prep school, but he only stayed for a brief period.

Jackson began his recording career in 2018 with his breakout hit "Welcome to the Party," a gangsta anthem that featured Nicki Minaj on the remix.

In a Genius interview, he explained the origin of his stage name Pop Smoke is a combination of Poppa (a nickname given to him by his Panamanian grandmother) and Smoke, a nickname given to him by friends.

His debut studio album, Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon, was posthumously released on July 3.

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Atlanta police released video of a person of interest in the shooting death of 8-year-old Secoriea Turner on Saturday.

Video footage shows a Black male wearing a white v-neck t-shirt and dark jeans and carrying an AR-15 automatic rifle. The rifle is equipped with a tan bump stock and tan grip.

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"I'm confident that somebody knows the name of this man, and with a simple phone call an individual could earn a $20,000 reward being offered through Atlanta CrimeStoppers," Lieutenant Pete Malecki said on Tuesday.
 

Malecki said the suspect is one of three males wanted in connection with Secoriea's murder.

Secoriea was riding in a car with her mother and a male friend on June 12 when she was shot and killed by BLM activists guarding the burned out Wendy's restaurant where Rayshard Brooks was killed by police in Southwest Atlanta.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms lashed out at Secoriea's killer on Sunday night.

"You cant blame this on a police officer. You can't say this about criminal justice reform," Bottoms said. "This is about some people carrying some weapons who shot up a car with an 8-year-old baby in the car for what?!?

"Enough is enough," Bottoms continued. "If you want people to take us seriously and you don't want us to lose this movement, we can't lose each other."
 

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NYPD investigators are trying to determine wether the shooting deaths of two rappers were in retaliation for the drive-by shooting of Anthony Robinson, 29, on Sunday in the Bronx.

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U.S.-based Ghanian rapper Jay Gunz (pictured) was among 3 males shot by two gunmen in the hallway of an apartment building in the Bronx over the weekend.

Graphic surveillance video captured two unidentified Black males shooting at the three terrified victims as they crouched down outside a locked apartment door around 8 p.m.

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Gunz, real name Joel Baba, 22, and another Ghanian rapper, Eghosa "Eno" Imafidon, 23, were pronounced dead. A third man, Mohammed Baba, 29, is recovering from gunshot wounds at a Bronx hospital.

The shooting occurred at 306 East 171 street on Sunday, not far from where Robinson was killed as he crossed a street while holding his 6-year-old daughter's hand.

Robinson was gunned down at the corner of Sheridan Avenue and East 170th Street - four blocks from the building where Baba and Imafadon were killed just 2 hours later.

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Robinson and the three victims were reportedly members of African gangs in the Bronx.

According to Ghanaweb.com, Jay Gunz's mother, who is from Sekondi, owns a popular store in the Bronx, and provided a good living for her children.

49 people were shot and 8 killed in New York City's deadliest 4th of July weekend in decades.

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A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the suspect who shot a Bronx dad in broad daylight as he held his 6-year-old daughter's hand.

Graphic CCTV video shows the moment when Anthony Robinson was shot as he used his body to shield his young daughter when a gunman fired from inside a car.

The shooting happened around 6 p.m. on July 5 at the corner of Sheridan Avenue and East 170th Street in the Bronx.

The video shows Robinson, 29, crossing the street with his daughter by his side. He turned to shield his daughter when a man opened fire from a sedan that pulled alongside them.

Someone inside the car said something to him, according to his daughter. Seconds later, shots rang out and Robinson fell to the pavement as his terrified daughter ran away.

Robinson was hit multiple times, according to the NY Post.

Robinson's murder was one of 8 in New York City's deadly 4th of July holiday weekend. There were 49 shootings over the weekend, the NY Post reports.

Anyone with information pertaining to this incident is asked to call NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or DM @NYPDTips. All calls are strictly confidential.

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Ghislaine Maxwell collected a trove of sex tapes over the years that she plans to use in her defense of federal child sex trafficking charges.

The late financier Jeffrey Epstein, who hanged himself in a Manhattan jail cell last year, reportedly rigged his townhouse with 50+ cameras. He kept surveillance tapes of everyone in his home and everything that went on.

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Sources say world leaders, former and current presidents, Fortune 500 CEOs, and celebrities are on the tapes.

The former socialite from Great Britain plans to use her copies of Epstein's pedophile tapes as an insurance policy against federal charges, a friend told London's Daily Mail.

Maxwell, who was arrested last week at her million-dollar hideaway in New Hampshire, was transferred to a Brooklyn detention center on Monday.

She is on suicide watch while awaiting trial on four counts of sex-trafficking minors and two counts of perjury for allegedly acting as Epstein's madam to procure children.

"The secret stash of sex tapes I believe Ghislaine has squirreled away could end up being her get-out-of-jail card if the authorities are willing to trade," the source said. "She has copies of everything Epstein had. They could implicate some twisted movers and shakers. If Ghislaine goes down, she’s going to take the whole damn lot of them with her."

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Rickey Smiley pulled himself together to host his syndicated radio show on Monday morning, hours after his youngest daughter Aaryn Smiley was shot multiple times in Texas.

Aaryn was shot three times at a fast food restaurant in Houston on Sunday. Rickey fought back tears as he explained that he was in the process of booking a flight to Houston to see his daughter, who is recovering in a hospital.

"All the stuff these people trying to do to fight for the rights of Black people. This is no discredit to Black Lives Matter because I believe that and I'm with that movement 110% and one has nothing to do with the other, but there are some criminals in our community that someone needs to do something about," Rickey said.

He continued: "I just pray. I'm sitting up here a gunshot victim myself and I'm still up here fighting and praying for the rights of Black people and all of the parents that had to bury their loved ones due to gun violence in our own community by our own people. Absolutely disgusting."

The news comes as 31 people were shot and 5 killed during a weekend of violence in Atlanta. The Rickey Smiley Morning Show is based in Atlanta.
 

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Chicago, NYC and Atlanta saw a rash of shootings over the holiday weekend. At least 74 Chicago residents were shot -- 17 fatally -- in one of the bloodiest 4th of July weekends in the city's history.

More than a dozen people were shot in Atlanta, including an 8-year-old girl who was killed by Black Lives Matter activists at the burned out Wendy's restaurant where Rayshard Brooks died last month.

8-year-old Secoriea Turner was riding in a car with her mother and a male friend when she was shot and killed by BLM activists guarding the burned out shell of a Wendy's restaurant in Southwest Atlanta on Saturday.

Secoreia was shot when the driver of the car she was a passenger in made a u-turn to get around barricades set up by demonstrators to block the street, WSB-TV reported.

"At some point, someone in that group opened fire on the vehicle, striking it multiple times and striking the child who was inside. The driver then drove to Atlanta Medical Center for help," police said in a statement.

Secoreia was pronounced dead at the hospital. She is the third Black child to die at the hands of BLM activists. Two Black teenagers, ages 16 and 17, were killed at an occupied zone in Seattle, Washington last month. Police have no suspects.

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Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms lashed out at Secoreia's killer on Sunday night, as angry residents called for her to resign.

"You cant blame this on a police officer. You can't say this about criminal justice reform," Bottoms said. "This is about some people carrying some weapons who shot up a car with an 8-year-old baby in the car for what?!?

"Enough is enough," Bottoms continued. "If you want people to take us seriously and you don't want us to lose this movement, we can't lose each other."

Mayor Bottoms said there were at least 2 shooters. "I am just asking you to please honor this baby's life," Bottoms said. "If you know who did this, please turn them in. These people are a danger to all of us."

She said police will clear the occupied zone on University Avenue and protesters will be arrested if they resist.

"A the point that an 8-year-old baby is killed, the discussions have ended," Bottoms said on Sunday.

But residents say her actions are too little, too late. Atlanta has seen more than 75 shootings in the past 30 days.

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On Friday, July 3, Chicago Mayor detailed her crime prevention plans to prevent a third weekend of deadly shootings in her city.

"The best way to reduce violence is to prevent it from happening," CPD Supt. David Brown said Friday. "We will be targeting criminal networks that are the pipeline to violence in this city over this 4th of July weekend."

Lightfoot agreed with Brown's decision to sweep the children off the corners. Drug dealers routinely use children to sell their narcotics. But the ACLU criticized the mayor's plan to sweep the corners, saying the plan violated the children's rights.

"If any civil liberties group has a problem with people who are killing our people over drug spots, let's have a conversation because you need to have your attitude readjusted," Lightfoot said.

She told CNN's Chris Cuomo on Thursday that crime occurs in neighborhoods where people lose hope, lacking access to jobs, health care and education.

Lightfoot also attacked President Trump for criticizing her response to the crime spree, saying Trump shows no leadership, and has never called her to ask what he can do to help.

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22-year-old male-to-female trans Merci Mack is the 4th trans person killed during Pride month, and the 19th trans person to die a violent death in 2020.

Mack was found in a Dallas parking lot suffering from a gunshot wound to the head on Jun 30. There were no eyewitnesses to the shooting, and police have no suspects in the murder.

Residents reported hearing gunshots around 5 a.m., but apparently did not call 911. A passerby who found Mack unconscious did call 911 around 6:15 a.m. but Mack was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police spoke with Mack's family, who used Mack's birth name, Richey. Police said they have "not been provided with a preferred name at this time."

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Mack's murder follows the death of 17-year-old Brayla Stone (pictured) who was found dead in a suburb of Little Rock, Arkansas last week.

A man claiming to be the murderer bragged on social media that he was paid $5,000 for the hit.

Riah Milton was shot and killed during an armed robbery attempt in Ohio. Police arrested three people in connection with that murder.

All three transgenders were presumed to be sex workers. These types of deaths usually go unreported in the news media because the police "misgender" the victims.

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Jeffrey Epstein's longtime associate Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested this morning and charged with child sex-trafficking.

Epstein's alleged madam and one-time girlfriend is accused of luring young girls and teenagers to Epstein's Manhattan home to engage in sex with the billionaire financier.

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Epstein and Maxwell were pals with the rich and famous, including England's Prince Andrew, former President Bill Clinton, and current President Donald Trump (pictured in 1997 with Maxwell).

Maxwell was ordered held without bail during a hearing in a New Hampshire federal court on Thursday.

She went into hiding in New Hampshire after Epstein, 66, took his own life in a Manhattan jail cell last year.

The British socialite waived her right to have a detention hearing in New Hampshire. She will be transported to Manhattan where she faces a six-count federal indictment on child sex trafficking charges.

Maxwell, 58, is accused of grooming underage girls and teenagers for sex with Epstein in his Upper East Side townhouse, New Mexico, Florida and London.

"The victims were as young as 14 years old when they were groomed and abused by Maxwell and Epstein, both of whom knew that certain victims were in fact under the age of 18,” the indictment reads, according to the NY Post.

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A Black teenager driving through Seattle's notorious occupied "CHOP" zone was shot and killed by protesters who claim the teen shot at them first.

The driver of the white Jeep, a 16-year-old boy, was killed during the shooting. A 14-year-old passenger was also shot. The boy, who is also Black, was rushed to a hospital by bystanders. He is reportedly in critical condition.

The CHOP zone protesters said occupants of the white Jeep fired on them so they returned fire. But witnesses say they targeted the wrong vehicle.

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911 callers said several people fired into the Jeep. Cellphone video of the 3 a.m. incident shows a man in the CHOP zone yelling "You're not dead yet?"

The heavily armed CHOP security guards claim they were fired on by the teenagers. But police secured the Jeep and found no weapons. Police say there is evidence the Jeep had been "disturbed."

The latest murder comes a week after a 19-year-old Black man was fatally shot and another Black man was wounded by gunfire in the CHOP zone, an occupied area of about 3 city blocks in downtown Seattle.

Horace Lorenzo Anderson (pictured above) cried as he spoke to reporters about his son, Horace Lorenzo Anderson Jr., who was killed earlier this month by CHOP forces.

Seattle's police chief Carmen Best now says "enough is enough."

"Two African American men are dead, at a place where they claim to be working for Black Lives Matter. But they're gone, they're dead now,” the police chief told reporters.

Mayor Jenny Durkan, who previously praised the protesters, said last week that the city would dismantle the CHOP zone after last week's killing.

But city workers were prevented from removing barricades by armed CHOP forces.
 

 

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A Chicago man is in police custody charged with the murders of two teenagers who reportedly asked him how tall he was, police say.

Laroy Battle, 19, gunned down Jasean Francis, 17, and Charles Riley, 16, in an alleyway behind a convenience store around 5 p.m. on June 20.

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Both teens were rushed to the University of Chicago Medical Center where they were pronounced dead from multiple gunshot wounds.

Riley was struck in the back and left leg and Francis was shot in the back, chest and left hand. A third teenager fled and was not shot.

The surviving teen told police he and his 2 friends did not know Battle. He said after the teens asked him how tall he was inside the convenience store, Battle followed them out of the store and fired nine rounds at them.

Battle was arrested after community members identified him in surveillance video released by the police. According to his booking sheet, Battle is 6-foot-3.

"To the community members who stepped forward with information — thank you. Detectives were able to quickly identify Battle, but it was the help we received from the community that led to his arrest," Chicago Police tweeted.

Francis and Riley were among 104 people shot in Chicago over Father's Day weekend.
 

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Meghan Markle offered her support to an American biracial teenager who was allegedly set on fire in an alleged hate crime.

The Duchess of Sussex reached out to 18-year-old Althea Bernstein, a biracial teen who was allegedly set on fire by four white men wearing masks last week.

Althea told police she was driving with her window down near the Wisconsin state Capitol at about 1 a.m. Wednesday when she stopped at a red light.

She said she heard a man call her a racial epithet, then another man allegedly sprayed her with lighter fluid and threw a lighter at her, according to a local ABC affiliate.

So far, there are no suspects, police say.

Meghan was so moved by the young woman's alleged ordeal that she contacted Althea through a spokesperson.

"Thank you Meghan for reaching out and checking on our kids in Madison, Wisconsin today," wrote Michael Johnson, the family's spokesperson, in a Facebook post. Johnson is CEO and President of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dan County, Wisconsin.

Johnson told news outlet Channel 3000 that Meghan and Althea spoke during a three-way, 40-minute phone call on Saturday afternoon.

Prince Harry also joined the call for 10 minutes.

Meghan, 38, spoke with Althea about her faith and being biracial herself. She also encouraged Althea to avoid social media and its negativity.

"As I heard her, I thought 'She has to talk to more kids,' and I'm thankful she agreed to do it," Johnson said. In addition to calling Althea, Markle agreed to be part of a virtual town hall for Wisconsin girls, to be scheduled in the next few weeks, Channel 3000 reports.