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A Black Lives Matter activist who led protests calling for justice for Breonna Taylor was, ironically, shot and killed during a carjacking, his mother confirmed.

Hamza "Travis" Nagdy, 21, was shot and killed during a carjacking near the University of Louisville campus before 12:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 23, Louisville police say.

In her Facebook post, Nagdy's mother, Christine Muimneach, said that her "Beautiful and intelligent son" had been killed in a carjacking.

About 100 mourners attended a candlelight vigil for Nagdy in Jefferson Square Park on Monday night.

Nagdy led protests for Taylor with his familiar red and white megaphone, calling for police reform and to defund the police.

Taylor was shot and killed by police during a botched raid in March.

Taylor's mother, Tamika Palmer, who reached a multimillion dollar settlement with the city, paid tribute to Nagdy on Facebook.

"It's somethings I will never understand it's also somethings, I know I'm not suppose to question but I need clarity about 2020," she wrote. "RIP Travis you were amazing and I was honored to have you standing for Bre... Another beautiful soul lost as we continue to fight for justice!!"

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State Rep. Charles Booker, a Democrat, tweeted: "We've suffered a great loss. Travis Nagdy, a young leader committed to the fight for justice, is gone. As we marched for Breonna Taylor, it was often Travis and his megaphone leading the way. A bullet took his breath, but we still hear his voice. Rest in Power, young Brother."

Black and brown men who are killed by Black men are given low priority by Black Lives Matter, a far left organization that stages political protests when Black men are killed by white police.

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Cobb County police have arrested a man who entered his ex-girlfriend's apartment and killed a man sleeping next to her in bed.

Randall Russell, 28, is accused of entering the Sierra Forest apartment on Mableton Parkway in Lithia Springs, Georgia between 4:30 a.m. and 5 a.m. Tuesday, according to AJC.com.

In an emailed statement to AJC.com, Officer Shenise McDonald said Russell stabbed the man, despite a 911 call reporting a shooting.

The critically injured man was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, where he died from his injuries, said McDonald said. The suspect's ex-girlfriend witnessed the attack.

Russell was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with murder and aggravated assault, AJC.com reports. He is being held without bail.

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State Troopers who stopped to assist a Virginia man who was involved in a car crash found a decomposing body in his trunk on Sunday.

The dead man in the trunk was identified as aspiring rapper Brian Trotter, 25, who was reported missing last week in Virginia, according to the Miami Herald.

Police arrested Robert Deupree Avery Coltrain, 25, and charged him with second-degree murder and illegal transport of human remains across state lines.

Coltrain was driving north on the Palmetto Expressway near Miami Lakes when he lost control of his silver Acura and crashed on the rain-slick highway near Northwest 154th Street.

Troopers who stopped to help Coltrain detected a foul stench coming from the trunk. The car was towed to Hialeah's Westland Mall, where troopers opened the trunk and discovered the body.

Trotter, who went by the stage name "Kent Won't Stop," had been shot to death.

Coltrain initially refused to speak with Miami-Dade homicide detectives. But he was allowed one phone call and investigators listening in on the call heard him apologize to Trotter's sister. He told her the death happened in Triangle, a small town about 30 miles outside Washington, D.C.

Trotter's family and friends had searched for him for days. They reported him missing and posted missing person flyers on social media.

Under Florida law the case will be prosecuted in Miami-Dade County, since the body was found there.

Detectives are trying to determine the motive.

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2 people are in custody facing charges in the shooting death of a Miami pastor. Miami-Dade police arrested Latravia Charm Bell, 20, and Nathaniel Bernard Roberson, 31, in the fatal shooting of Gregory Byrd last month at The Village Flea Market & Mall.

Both suspects confessed to their roles in the murder. They will be charged with first-degree murder, Local 10 News reported.

Another suspect listed on the arrest form, Mikal Norman, is still at large, the news outlet reported.

Byrd, 54, was caught in the crossfire of a shootout in a crowded parking lot as he walked to his vehicle on Sept. 10. He was pronounced dead at Jackson Memorial Hospital Ryder Trauma Center.

The shootout occurred while two Local 10 News reporters were at the scene working on another story.

Byrd's widow called him a "good family man."

"He was my friend — my best friend, my fishing partner," Dorothy Boyd said in an interview last month. "He was a great man."

Police say the community assisted in the apprehension of the suspects.

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A Texas woman who cut her friend's baby out of her uterus told a state trooper she had just given birth.

Reagan Hancock, 21, died on Friday, Oct. 9, after Taylor Parker, 27, cut her unborn child out of her uterus. Reagan was eight months pregnant and due to deliver a baby girl in November.

During a traffic stop, Parker told a Texas state trooper she had just given birth and she was on her way to the hospital because the baby stopped breathing.

The baby was pale with bluish discoloration around her lips. Parker and the unresponsive baby girl were rushed to a hospital in McCurtain County, Oklahoma, where the baby was pronounced dead.

Family members said Reagan and Parker were friends and Parker had taken photos at Reagan's wedding in Texarkana in September 2019.

Abby Mathis told a reporter that Reagan was worried the baby would come early. "I'm scared she's fixing to come faster. I feel like she's going to be here before November."

Mathis said she told Reagan, "Let's pray she stays in there as long as she can so she's extremely healthy."

Reagan's mother, Jessica Brookes, told The Daily Beast she found her daughter "mortally wounded" in her New Boston home on Friday.

Reagan's grandmother said Reagan was attacked while her 3-year-old daughter, Kynlee, was asleep in her bed.

Brookes said Reagan and her husband, Homer, worked hard. She said Reagan worked at a seafood restaurant right up until her death, even though her ankles were swollen.

"They worked so hard to have what they had," Brookes said. "She never quit working. She didn't call in sick. The only time she missed work was when she had a doctor's appointment."

Brookes said she last spoke to her daughter the night before she died. Reagan had already given her unborn baby a name: Braxlynn.

She said Reagan saw signs that Braxlynn would be born soon; she had a bag already packed for a hospital stay.

"Everybody says you can have memories," Brookes said. "Well, you don't want to just have memories. You want to have your baby. And we never got to meet Braxlynn. We're in pieces. I'd never wish this on anyone."

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A Pennsylvania youth football coach is charged with brutally raping and assaulting his 10-month-old baby daughter, causing her death.

Authorities say Austin Stevens, 29, sexually assaulted his infant daughter, Zara Scruggs, then conducted internet searches on his cellphone, typing:

"What if you don't hear baby heart or beat."

"My baby isn't breathing."

"How do you know if a baby is dead."

"If baby stops breathing."

CBS Philly reports police responded to a 911 call about a child not breathing on Saturday night.

First responders who arrived at the home at 10:40 p.m. found Zara unresponsive and wearing a blood-soaked diaper.

She was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital shortly after midnight on Sunday.

An autopsy revealed Zara suffered blunt force trauma to her head, she had been brutally raped and sustained anal rectal trauma.

Stevens delayed calling 911 for an hour while he flirted with two women on Instagram, according to police. He never mentioned his daughter in the chats.

He later told police he panicked and made the internet searches.

He is charged with aggravated assault, rape of a child, involuntary deviant sexual intercourse, and other related counts.

Zara's mother, Erica Scruggs, shared her grief in a Facebook post.

"I'm not okay," she wrote. "I really have no words. We have to fight for my baby."

A GoFundMe account raised more than $45,000 for funeral expenses.

The prosecutor said Stevens had sole custody of Zara under an agreement with the child's mother.

Stevens had recently moved to a house off of the 3400 block of Germantown Pike. Police said there was no heat or water at the house.

He is being held in the Montgomery County Correctional Facility on $1 million bail.

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A Michigan teenager who fatally stabbed a high school classmate during an argument over a boy was sentenced to 27 years in prison.

Tanaya Lewis, 19, pleaded no contest last month to first-degree premeditated murder in the September 2018 stabbing death of 16-year-old Danyna Gibson.

Gibson was stabbed multiple times in the chest and back by Lewis, who brought a steak knife to Fitzgerald High School in Warren, Michigan, the Detroit Free Press reported.

Lewis chased Gibson around a classroom and stabbed her numerous times in front of horrified students and a teacher.

Lewis, who was then 17, said she still has nightmares about attacking Gibson during a fight over her ex-boyfriend.

"If could take it back, I would," Lewis said during Wednesday's hearing. "I accept the punishment ... and I know no amount of apologies will take it back ... and I'm so, so sorry. I just hope one day, you'll be [able to] forgive me."

Lewis will be eligible for parole after 25 years due to credit for time served.

Gibson's aunt, Christina Ford, read a statement via video on behalf of the victim's mother. She said there's "really no words" to explain the pain caused by losing a child to violence.

"I mourn the loss of my baby every day," the statement read. "Times does not heal. It is more of a punishment because the more time that passes the more I realize I will never see my baby again."

"You took a life that was so beautiful," the statement continued. "All I ask is that the Lord have mercy on your soul."

The aunt said she didn't think the family would be able to forgive Lewis.

"She gets a chance to get out and have whatever life she has left. Yeah, it's going to be hard for her to get a job because she's a felon. So what? She still gets to see her people. She still gets to have kids, she still gets to get married, she still gets to do all that. My niece doesn't."

Gibson, a straight-A student, was studying to be a computer engineer and was already learning how to build robots, her father said.

"I feel like I was robbed by the system," Preston Gibson said. "I feel like I was robbed by her mother and I feel like I was robbed by a teenager. Although my baby's not here, I'm still paying child support. My baby's dead and I don't get no justice for it. This is how I feel. Everybody who played a part in her death... f*** y'all."

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Hundreds of mourners gathered at a candlelight vigil in Alabaster for slain Alabama State University student Adam "Belle" Dowdell on Thursday night.

The 22-year-old student-athlete's body was found behind a church not far from the ASU campus on Monday.

More than 200 mourners hugged, prayed, and released red balloons in Dowdell's memory on Thursday.

"Belle was a lot of things to a lot of people," said the Rev. Gerry Bivins of Bethesda Apostolic Worship Center in Montevallo, and family friend. "He was a great athlete. I remember him coming into the barber shop with that bushy hair, but he could catch a football. We’re going to miss him."

He continued: "Black folks, it's not enough to try to get white folks to understand that Black lives matter. We can't keep killing our brothers and our sisters. I don't care who like it and who don't," Bivins said.

His mother, Toya Cohill, told police her son left his dorm with a friend to go to an ATM machine on Tuesday, Sept. 8, but he never returned.

Police have not announced any arrests or suspects. But Cohill and other family members named the man they believe is responsible for Dowdell's death.

Cohill and a cousin identified Chicago native Ivry Hall as the friend who accompanied Dowdell to an ATM machine last week.

Cohill posted photos of her son and Hall on Facebook late Wednesday. She wrote in all caps: "THEY GOT HIM!!... THANK YOU JESUS... WHEN I TELL Y'ALL GOD IS AWESOME!! HE IS AWESOME!! JUSTICE FOR ADAM DOWDELL AKA BELLE... I WON'T MISS A COURT DATE!"

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Cohill didn't go into any specifics, but a cousin revealed more information in the comments section of a YouTube video posted by a crime blogger on Thursday.

A user named "Yazmine" wrote: "They have phone records that prove that he had intentions on hurting my cousin... phone records have proven a lot more than we knew. Stay tuned!"

She added:

"We are hurting BADLY! We have so many questions, and we are angry. This young man took his life for no reason, then fled out of state. That screams GUILT all day! You'd think that all that he experienced in Chicago, he would make better decisions being that he's trying to be an influencer. This is not what a good influence does. Only a cold-hearted person would do this!"

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Dowdell's mom addressed the crowd at the vigil. She warned the crowd to be wary of the people in their circle.

"Make sure the person you call your friend is really your friend," Cohill said. "Be cautious on who you call your friend. Everybody that smiles in your face is not your friend. That goes for friends, family, your next-door neighbors, your roommates.

"You have to limit yourself, limit the people who know your A to your Z," she said.

Cohill cautioned the crowd to turn on their location on their phones.

"Stay focused on where you're at when you go somewhere. It's hard for people to keep up with you when you don't turn your location on," Cohill said. "Your parents aren't trying to run your business. They're just trying to keep up with you."

She said her son didn't turn off his location. "They turned it off. I know this for a fact, my child didn't go down without a fight."

"It wasn't right how they did my baby," Cohill said. I don't want this to happen to my worst enemy. I just want justice for my baby."
 

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Ivry Hall (right), a sophomore majoring in business at Alabama State University, is a person of interest in the murder case of ASU student Adam Dowdell, whose body was found behind a church on Monday.

Dowdell's mother, Toya Cohill identified Hall as the friend who went with her son to an ATM machine last week. Dowdell, 21, never returned to his dorm room.

He was missing for 5 days when his body was found behind a church not far from the ASU campus.

Cohill posted photos of her son and Hall on Facebook late Wednesday. She wrote in all caps: "THEY GOT HIM!!... THANK YOU JESUS... JUSTICE FOR ADAM DOWDELL AKA BELLE... I WON'T MISS A COURT DATE!"

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Hall, a 20-year-old Chicago native, grew up on the South Side, and overcame incredible odds to become Valedictorian at Tilden high School.

According to ABC7, Hall moved in with a cousin after his single mom passed away from cancer when Hall was 12.

"When my mom passed away, I was so hurt. And I just wanted to do better," he told ABC7.

"I had to get on three buses and one train!" Hall said. It took him 2 hours to get to school.

Hall said his childhood was filled with trouble.

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"Gang banging. I used to smoke when I was little," Hall said, adding that he dropped out of school at one point.

"I did a lot of stuff. That's just from the image I was seeing so I wanted to do it too," he said.

"I don't believe in giving up, and I think that failure is not an option," Hall said.

When he was a senior, he lost his dad to lung failure.

"Of course, I lost my mom. I lost my dad. I wish they were still here to see what I've accomplished now, but they're not. Everything is not going to come as you want it," he said.

Despite the tragedy and setbacks in his life, Hall persevered and studied hard to become school valedictorian.

"I always wish that I could graduate valedictorian, and look, I did," Hall said. "I was beyond happy."

In 2019, Hall headed to Alabama State University on a full scholarship.

"Major in business, so I can open up my own business. I'm not for sure what I want to open up, but I want to help people, like she's doing," Hall said, referring to his mentor, Sally Hazelgrove, who runs an Englewood boxing gym.

"I'm going to go to college and graduate, so I'm going to find a way to study. I'm going to find a way to do everything without giving up. If I give up, I will be just like everybody that I know," Hall said.

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Georgia authorities are searching for a man who was captured on CCTV footage dumping his girlfriend's body in a Buford neighborhood.

According to Gwinnett police, 20-year-old Shakeya Smith's body was located around 5 a.m. Saturday. Neighbors heard gunshots shortly before her body was found.

Smith's boyfriend, Moses Dyl, is wanted by police for questioning. He was observed on security cameras before fleeing the scene in his car. He is wanted on felony murder and aggravated assault charges.

Gwinnett police say Smith had "visible injuries and bleeding" on her body, indicating she was beaten before being shot.

"I don't know that any visible bullet wounds were observed. All I know is that there were visible injuries and bleeding," said Master Officer Jacob Albright.

Dyl was last seen in the Lithonia, Georgia area and he is considered armed and extremely dangerous.

He is described as 5-feet-11 inches tall and weighs around 200 pounds. Anyone with information should contact Gwinnett police at 770-513-5300 or Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8577.