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An Iowa man confessed to killing a father-of-17 at his 8-year-old son's funeral on Saturday.

Neumonie Tre Vonne Laster, 24, admitted shooting Jeramie Shorter, 26, while attending the funeral of his son Jermier Leon Shorter, who died after a long battle with cancer.

The murder happened outside a Davenport funeral home at 11:30 a.m. Davenport police say Laster knew visitation was set for 9 a.m. at the funeral home. He lay in wait for Shorter in the parking lot of the funeral home at 3625 Jersey Ridge Road.

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Authorities say Laster "willfully, deliberately and with premeditation" shot Shorter in a parking lot/garage area.

Laster fled in a 2004 Infiniti G35 without license plates. Police spotted him in the 800 block of West 15th Street after Laster ran through a red light.

A foot chase ensued and police tackled Laster and arrested him in the 800 block of West 16th Street. Police observed Laster toss a bag over a fence. The murder weapon was recovered from the bag, according to KWQC.

Laster was charged with murder in the first degree, police said.

Family members who buried little Jermier on Saturday came together to attend a vigil for his father at Centennial Park on Sunday.

"Why would you want to bring a gun to a kids wake? To a baby's wake? No matter what's going on. Where was your mind thinking?" said Jamie Delaney Shorter, Jeramie Shorter's father.

"Him losing his son. I'm losing my grandson to cancer that he fought for many years. We went through that two weeks ago, then to go through this? Now I don't have him. It's hard," Jamie said.

"The way that he lost his life wasn't right. Not in front of his kids," said Shavonta Randle, the mother of one of Jeramie's 17 children.

"A lot of them don't understand what's going on just yet. So just being around everybody and everybody out hanging out loving on each other is what they're going to need," she said.

"He loved his kids. That's all that mattered... He loved them all unconditionally and they all love they dad," Randle said, "Everybody always used to say about how many kids he had but now that he's gone that's all we have to hold on to."

"Their grandpa is gonna be there for them," Shorter said, "They all they got. Each other. I'm going to try to teach them that. I want to teach my grandkids all to pray and ask God to help us all cause we're going to need help. They're going to need help."

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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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31 people were shot and 5 killed in Atlanta over the weekend, including 8-year-old Secoreia Turner.

Secoriea 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.

Rapper Tip "T.I." Harris thinks he knows who's responsible for the bloodshed on Atlanta's streets.

T.I. sparked controversy on Sunday with an Instagram post that seemed to suggest the Atlanta police were randomly shooting people and blaming Black Lives Matter activists.

The rapper, who fancies himself to be the modern day Malcolm X, posted a photo of an Atlanta police cruiser under the headline "4 killed, 22 people injured in 6 different shootings on 4th of July weekend, police say."

He captioned the post: "Think it's a game if u want to...."

The diminutive hip-hop star was criticized for his post. One IG usr wrote:

"Yeah it was the police that shot a 8yr old child... secoriea @troubleman31 get yo expoditously self out of here ...half them was caused by yo own people...cops may be killing yall and us other minorities( cause we havent been there).. but yo own kind is the reall kkk...blacks kills themselves off more than the kkk has every tried to in this current times." [sic]


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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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A Georgia man is charged with murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Haley Hutcheson early Sunday.

William Marcus Wilson turned himself in to police on Wednesday. He was accompanied by his attorney, who said Wilson was protecting his girlfriend when the fatal shot was fired.

The 21-year-old told police he was out with his girlfriend around midnight in Sharpsburg, GA, when they encountered a group of white teens who called them racial

Sharpsburg is located about 40 miles south of Atlanta. Georgia is a Stand Your Ground state.

After Wilson and his girlfriend decided to leave, the teens followed them, driving behind him and screaming racial slurs while playing music from the thriller movie "The Purge."

When the other group tried to drive them off the road, Wilson fired a warning shot, striking Haley Hutcheson, one of the people in the truck, according to a petition.

Statesboro Police Department later issued a warrant for Wilson's arrest "after detailed investigative work, forensic findings, and tips from civilians," according to The Statesboro Herald.

Wilson is charged with one count of felony murder and one count of aggravated assault in Hutcheson's shooting death.

"This investigation benefited tremendously from information provided to detectives by persons in the community," Capt. Jared Akins said. "As with most cases, the public's cooperation was a vital element in ensuring a timely resolution to this homicide."

Wilson is currently being held without bond in the Bulloch County Jail.

Wilson's family created a petition to call attention to Wilson's case and make sure he receives a fair trial.

Update: Hutcheson's mother, Allison, posted this anguished message on social media.

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Update: Haley's sister, Brianna, commented that Alison is Haley's stepmother, and didn't really know Haley. She also asked why the boys in the truck weren't charged.

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Rayshard Brooks, the 27-year-old Black man who was shot by an Atlanta police officer, died from 2 gunshot wounds to the back, according to the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office.

Brooks was gunned down in a Wendy's parking lot while fleeing from police late Friday night.

The incident began when police responded to a report that a man was asleep in a car in the Wendy's drive-thru lane. His car was blocking other cars in the drive-thru lane.

Police body cam video shows Brooks having a polite conversation with one of the officers. After failing a field sobriety test, he asked if he could park his car and walk to his sister's house a short distance away, but his request was denied.

Police attempted to cuff Brooks but he resisted and a struggle ensued between the three men.

Brooks was able to wrest a taser away from one of the cops and flee on foot. Surveillance video shows Brooks turning and pointing the taser at a pursuing officer who then fired three shots, killing Brooks.

The officer who fired his weapon was fired on Saturday after officials viewed the boy cam footage and determined the use of deadly force was not justifiable.

His partner was assigned to desk duty while the investigation into the officer-involved shooting continues.

Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields resigned and her resignation was accepted by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Saturday.

Protesters demonstrated peacefully outside the Wendy's restaurant on Saturday. But paid agitators in the crowd burned the restaurant to the ground overnight Sunday.

The Atlanta Police Dept. is offering a $10,000 reward for the capture of a Caucasian woman who allegedly set the blaze that torched the restaurant.

Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard released a statement on Sunday:

"Today, members of my staff had the unfortunate duty of witnessing the autopsy of Mr. Brooks as part of our continued investigation.

Because this is a homicide investigation, there are several technical requirements that must be met before we are able to reach a decision. That includes the confirmation of the ballistics involved and obtaining a preliminary report from the Medical Examiner,” according to the DA’s statement."

So far, no arrests have been made in the murder of Mr. Brooks.




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A Miami woman who claimed her 9-year-old autistic son was kidnapped by two Black men has been arrested and charged with the boy's murder.

Patricia Ripley, 47, was booked into jail on a charge of first-degree murder at 3 a.m. Saturday, according to the Miami Herald.

An Amber Alert was issued for Alejandro Ripley a day before his body was found in a Miami canal, the Miami Herald reports.

Patricia confessed to police that she told the non-verbal boy "he's going to a better place."

She claimed her car was run off the road near Home Depot by two Black men who demanded drugs and abducted her son.

Hours later, Alejandro's body was found in a canal at the Miccosukee Golf & Country Club, about 4 miles from where Patricia Ripley said her son was snatched.

Surveillance video shows a woman leading a boy by the hand and pushing him into the water. Separate surveillance video shows Patricia sitting in her car at nearby Home Depot for 20 minutes before she called 911 to report her son's false abduction.

The mother of two is being held in jail without bond.

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Omaha police have arrested a public school employee after he confessed to killing a convicted pedophile in an anonymous email to the news media.

Police arrested James Fairbanks, 43, and charged him with criminal homicide in the death of Mattieo Conduluci (right), whose body was found near 43rd and Pinkney late Saturday night,

The email sent by "Stop Predators," said "I killed Mattieo Conduluci Thursday May 14th."

According to KETV, the anonymous sender said he was looking for an apartment in the area when he discovered Condoluci's name was on the Nebraska Sex Offender Registry. He described Condoluci standing in his driveway pretending to wash his truck while staring at a group of children playing in the street.

Conduluci was previously convicted of raping a child and served less than 3 years in prison. He was released for good behavior.

"Having had my own experience with these type of predators I knw [sic] the damage he would do to those kids," Fairbanks wrote in the email. "I've worked with kids for years who have been victimized and I couldnt [sic] in good conscience allow him to do it to anyone else while I had the means to stop him."

He added: "I know in this messed up judicial system that means I will face far more severe punishment for stopping him then he did for raping KIDS."

There have been calls from the public to raise money for legal defense for Fairbanks, who worked as a school corrections officer.

His wife, Kelly Tamayo, said Fairbanks probably killed Conduluci because he, "like all parents, was disgusted with that man's actions and wished justice."

She described her husband as "a protector who cared for some of the most vulnerable and victimized children."

She said "Developmental Services of Nebraska had to create a special award for him because he never had to restrain kids and was always able to verbally de-escalate them. Many of them were victims of sexual abuse."

Omaha Public Schools confirmed Fairbanks worked at Morton Middle School from 2016 to 2018 and most recently worked for the middle school alternative program.

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Two men were charged with double homicide a week after the bodies of Vanita Richardson and Truvenia "Bean" Campbell were found under a bridge in northwest Georgia.

Desmond Brown, 28, was taken into custody on Monday and charged with misdemeanor resisting arrest. His arrest was in connection with the investigation into the grisly murders.

Devin Watts, 36, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with counts of theft by receiving stolen property and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Both suspects were charged with murder in the deaths of the stepsisters on Wednesday.
Richardson, 19, and Campbell, 31, were last seen alive on May 12.

A road crew discovered the bodies under the east bypass bridge in Rome, Georgia on May 13.

Authorities are still searching for Richardson's car, a gold 1997 Toyota Corolla with Georgia tag RTJ 6295.

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The stepsisters were always together -- inseparable. Truvenia Campbell had epilepsy since birth. Richardson kept a close eye on her.

"They were very, very close. Very, very close," said Campbell's mother, Donna Campbell. She pleaded with mourners to space themselves 6 feet apart at a vigil for the victims outside Campbell's home in Rome on Monday.

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The Georgia Bureau of Investigations is still searching for the car 19-year-old Vanita Richardson and 31-year-old Truvenia Campbell were riding in hours before they were killed and thrown off a bridge in northwest Georgia.

The GBI is asking for the public's help to locate Richardson's 1997 gold Toyota Corolla with Georgia tag: RTJ 6295.

A road crew discovered the bodies early Wednesday, May 13, on the banks of the Etowah River under the east bypass bridge in Floyd County.

The woman had plastic bags over their heads and their clothes were torn. Investigators believe the killer misjudged the water's edge because it was still dark out when the bodies were dumped.

Police believe there are 2 killers. Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge Brian Johnston says the GBI is working around the clock to develop and follow leads in the case.

Johnston told Channel 2 anchor Justin Wilfon that agents believe the two women knew their killer or killers and it wasn't a random act of violence.

Family and friends attended a vigil on Monday night. Richardson and Campbell were half sisters. They shared the same father and different mothers.

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The stepsisters were always together -- inseparable. Truvenia Campbell had epilepsy since birth. Richardson kept a close eye on her.

"They were very, very close. Very, very close," said Campbell's mother, Donna Campbell. She pleaded with mourners to space themselves 6 feet apart at the vigil outside Campbell's home in Rome.

The sisters were last seen on Tuesday night, May 12. Richardson left her home, presumably to go pick up Campbell for a night out.

The coronavirus restriction had been lifted by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, and residents were cautiously venturing outside after being cooped up inside their homes for 2 months.

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Richardson was set to graduate from high school on Saturday, May 23.

Before she left, Richardson's mother, Vanita Allen, called out to her. "She pulled out of the yard and I said, 'You better make it back in tonight.'"

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Two women who were killed and dumped off a north Georgia bridge were stepsisters, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Vanita Nicole Richardson, 19, and 31-year-old Truvenia Clarece Campbell, aka Bean, were found Wednesday morning under the Etowah Bridge near Rome, a city northwest of Atlanta.

GBI Assistant Special Agent In Charge Brian Johnston told the Rome News-Tribune the women were "apparently dropped over the bridge".

A Georgia Department of Transportation crew doing routine maintenance on the bridge discovered the two bodies on dry land near the south bank of the Etowah River around 11 a.m.

The GBI told reporters the deaths are being investigated as homicides. No cause of death was given.

News of the brutal murders shocked the small community in Floyd County. Campbell was well known in Rome, a relative told a reporter.

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The GBI released an image of a car similar to the gold 1997 Toyota Corolla registered in Richardson's name. The two women were together in the Corolla the night before their bodies were found. The car has a Georgia license plate: RTJ 6295. Investigators believe the Corolla is somewhere in the Metro Atlanta area.

Richardson was set to graduate from Armuchee High School on Saturday, May 16.

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"Vanita will be remembered for being a fun-loving, humble, and motivated student who was making strong plans for her future," a Floyd County Schools spokesperson tweeted on Thursday.

"Even throughout the school closures, Vanita's passing is felt by all. In particular, the staff members whose lives she touched with her caring personality and big heart."

The spokesperson said the school social worker and counselor are available to students via email for virtual grief counseling, according to 11 Alive News.

Anyone who saw anything suspicious while traveling in the area of the East Rome bypass between 10:30 p.m. Tuesday and 11 a.m. Wednesday is asked to contact the GBI at 1-800-597-8477.

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Three family members have been charged in the shooting death of a Family Dollar security guard (right) who told a woman to wear a face mask while in the store.

Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton announced the arrests of Sharmel Lashe Teague, 45, her husband Larry Edward Teague, 44, and Sharmel's son Ramonyea Travon Bishop, 23.

All three are charged with the death of Calvin James Munerlyn, 43, who was employed at a Family Dollar store just north of downtown Flint, Michigan.

According to a news release, Sharmel entered the store around 1:40 p.m. on May 1 without a face mask on and Munerlyn told her she had to wear a mask while in the store.

She began yelling and spitting at Munerlyn who ordered her to leave the store and instructed a cashier not to serve her.

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She left the store and returned a short time later with her husband and son, later identified as Larry Teague (right) and Ramonyea Bishop.

Police say it was Bishop who confronted Munerlyn, and then pulled a gun and shot the security guard in the back of the head.

Munerlyn was transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

A candlelight vigil for Munerlyn was attended by about 150 mourners on Sunday. The mourners included his mother, Bernadett Munerlyn, and his son Maalik Mitchell (pictured below).

"From all indications, Mr. Munerlyn was simply doing his job in upholding the Governor's Executive Order related to the COVID-19 pandemic for the safety of store employees and customers," Leyton wrote in a post on Facebook. "It is important that the Governor's order be respected and adhered to and for someone to lose their life over it is beyond comprehension."

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Denver police have charged a woman with fatally shooting a fellow postal worker during an argument near her home.

Jenny Nguyen, 27, was charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Jamal Zachary Thompson, 26.

Police responded to calls of shots fired and a vehicle crash at the intersection of 54th Avenue and Yampa Street at 12:10 a.m. Saturday.

Thompson was found by police in a wrecked Ford Fusion that had rolled into a field. He was deceased with a gunshot wound to the neck and "had been thrown about the interior of the vehicle," according to a police report obtained by CBS4.

Police found Nguyen's driver's license on the passenger seat of the car. Officers recovered 9mm shell casings on 54th Avenue. A homeowner there told police an angry Asian-American woman was driving the car a half hour earlier.

The man identified Nguyen as the angry female driver after police showed him the driver's license.

Thompson's mother told police her son and Nguyen had been in an on-again, off-again relationship.

Nguyen and Thompson were both employed by the US Postal Service but they worked at different locations, according to CBS4.

Police executed a search warrant at Nguyen's residence on Saturday morning near 54th and Tower Road.

Investigators recovered a disassembled 9mm handgun in a bedroom heater vent. The gun's barrel was missing. Recordings from the home's video surveillance camera had been deleted.

Thompson leaves behind a 4-year-old son. A GoFundMe account raised over $4,000 to help pay Thompson's funeral expenses.

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Authorities arrested a man in the shooting death of a postal worker who was gunned down while delivering mail in Indianapolis.

Police and federal agents arrested Tony Cushingberry on Wednesday in connection with the shooting death of Angela Summers, the US Postal Service said in a statement.

Cushingberry, 21, allegedly shot Summers, 45, as she delivered mail on Monday afternoon near his home on North Denny Street, according to

Alondra Salazar, 19, was sleeping in her home on North Denny Street when she heard a loud bang. She said she looked through her peephole and didn't see anything. When she opened the door, she found Summers slumped on the porch, suffering from a gunshot wound.

There was blood and undelivered mail beside her, along with a small bottle of hand sanitizer and a can of pepper spray, Salazar said. There was a bullet hole in her door.

Salazar said she held Summers's hand and comforted her as they waited for paramedics.

"She couldn't speak, she was hyperventilating," Salazar said. "I think she said something about her kid and that's when I started crying."

Paul Toms, head of a letter carriers union, said Summers complained about aggressive dogs at a residence on North Denny Street. He said the shooting took place at a residence where Summers had issues with dogs.

Summers wrote a Facebook post complaining about a chihuahua barking at her two days before her death.

"This dog is a nasty devil that I've actually had to spray -- twice!"

Toms said there were several complaints made about the dog that resulted in dog warning notices sent to the home. A third dog warning typically means suspension of mail delivery service to the home, Toms said.

Summers wrote that the family threatened her when the post office stopped delivering their mail due to the dog complaints.

Summers wrote that she felt "seriously unsafe" after the threats.

FYI: This post was updated to reflect the fact that the "aggressive" dog was in fact a chihuahua.

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Tulane star guard Teshaun Hightower was charged with murder near his hometown southeast of Atlanta. The former University of Georgia standout was arrested by the Henry County police as one of six men charged with murder in connection with a homicide earlier this month.

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The Henry County Police Department released the names of six men who are suspects in a homicide that occurred April 8 in Stockbridge, Georgia, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

The victim, Devante Anthony Long, 24, was shot at approximately 11 a.m., and died of his injuries at a hospital later that day, according to the AJC.

Three of the six men were arrested on Friday and Hightower was arrested late Saturday. His brother, Jeffrey Hightower, is one of the two suspects who remain at large.

The Tulane mens basketball program announced it dismissed Hightower from the team hours after the news broke.

Hightower transferred to Tulane from UGA last year and announced on April 18 he would enter his name in the NBA draft.

Hightower, who is originally from Lithonia, is being held without bond in the Henry County Jail.