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Donald Trump Blames FBI For Not Preventing Parkland School Massacre

Donald Trump is under scrutiny for a tweet he sent in response to the school shooting that occurred in Parkland, Florida, last week.

As previously reported, the mass shooting suspect, 19-year-old former student Nikolas Cruz, has been charged with 17 counts of murder for gunning down 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. As details surface about the former student’s mental and behavioral problems, Trump took to Twitter to blame the FBI for ignoring warning signs that may have prevented the incident.

“Very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter. This is not acceptable. They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign – there is no collusion. Get back to the basics and make us all proud!” he tweeted on February 17.

911 Dispatcher Who Spent Her Days Helping Others Killed By Pastor Driving The Wrong Way

On Saturday night, 911 dispatcher Jenna Bixby was fatally struck by a wrong-way driver on a highway in Minneapolis. The 30-year-old, who died on the scene, was hit head-on by an SUV driven by Richard J. Shaka, a retired 72-year-old pastor, reported Fox News

According to FOX9, police are saying that alcohol was a factor in the crash. Shaka survived, but was still in critical condition as of the weekend.

“We just want to know why,” Nikki Orlicki, Bixby’s sister, told FOX9. “We don’t understand. Why her? She was going to work to save people, and somebody decided to take her life and didn’t care.”

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey reacted to Bixby’s death with a statement that read: “Minneapolis’ Emergency Communications staff work day-and-night to keep people safe. As a 911 Dispatcher, that’s what Jenna Bixby did for years – and what she was on her way to do at

Read more at: http://www.oxygen.com/crime-time/911-dispatcher-killed-pastor-driving-wrong-way

Students From Florida School Massacre Recount Shooting, Speak Out Against Gun Violence

Following last week’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida, students are speaking out. Teenage survivors from the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are taking to the media to share their stories, with many urging for an end to gun violence. 

“He was shooting through the glass in the door,” Matthew Walker told ABC News of the incident. “It was really bad. There were bullet holes everywhere. Everyone was freaking out. I did not see the shooter, but he did shoot through my class. He couldn’t get inside because the door was locked.”

“It was really loud. Then I heard it again,” 15-year-old Michael Katz said. “Then I heard frantic screaming. I’ve never heard such loud screams in my life. Then we realized there was a shooting at my school.”

He added, “I feel total shock, confusion. I’ve never been more scared in my life.”

Suspect Nikolas Cruz, 19, was an expelled student from the school.

Read more at: http://www.oxygen.com/crime-time/students-florida-school-shooting-against-gun-violence

15-Year-Old Florida School Shooting Hero Survives Being Shot 5 Times

Anthony Borges, a 15-year-old student from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, has miraculously survived after being shot five times in last week’s shooting in Parkland, Florida.

He remains in the hospital, recovering, WPTV reported. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel posted a photo of him visiting the teen at the hospital on Twitter and Facebook on Sunday. The officer said that the boy will require more surgeries because of his injuries.

“Fortunately, he is recovering, but has a long road ahead with more surgeries needed,” reads the tweet. “Please join us in praying for the swift recovery of Anthony and all the other victims of this horrific criminal act.”

Borges is being called a hero for what he did when shots rang out on Valentine’s Day. According to NBC News, he was shot both in his back and in his legs as he locked a door and blocked a doorway with

Read more at: http://www.oxygen.com/crime-time/anthony-borges-15-year-old-florida-school-shooting-hero-survives

Gun-Wielding Pastor and His Family Accused Of Robbing, Attacking Sunday School Teacher Over Alleged Affair

A Toledo pastor, his wife and daughter are accused of an alleged robbery that occurred at St. Paul’s AME Zion Church in Toledo, Ohio over the weekend.  

The Toledo Blade newspaper reports Pastor Anthony Morris, 49, along with his wife Zelda Morris, 46, and 19 year-old daughter Kamali Morris are charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon which is a first degree felony.

The victim, Nickema Turner, 39, of Maumee was said to have been teaching Sunday school at the church, when Kamali grabbed her by the hair, and began attacking her. According to The Blade, police say Zelda then began punching Turner and Pastor Morris pushed her to the ground. 

Prescription bottles, a taser and a cellphone were allegedly stolen from Nickema Turner’s purse during the attack. Pastor Morris, according to police, also threatened to kill Turner. 

According to the Daily Mail, police quoted Zelda Morris as

Read more at: http://www.oxygen.com/crime-time/Pastor-Anthony-Morris-Accused-Of-Robbing-Sunday-School-Teacher

Students Plan National School Walkout To Protest Gun Violence After Massacre In Parkland, Florida

The country is still responding following the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Last week, a 19-year-old former student was charged with bringing a semiautomatic rifle and killing 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school. Victims of the shooting—and concerned students around the country—have organized a national walkout to protest gun violence. 

As Vox shares, the National School Walkout is being planned to take place on March 14. Another walkout, March for Our Lives, is slated for March 24. 

We’re marching because it’s not just schools. It’s movie theaters, it’s concerts, it’s nightclubs. This kind of stuff can’t just happen. You know, we are marching for our lives, we’re marching for the 17 lives we lost. And we’re marching for our children’s lives and our children’s children and their children,” said Alex Wind, a survivor from the shooting.

With the theme “Enough,” the National School Walkout is being organized by the group who

Read more at: http://www.oxygen.com/crime-time/students-plan-national-school-walkout-to-protest-gun-violence-after-massacre-in-parkland

11-Year-Old Girl Found In Hotel After Allegedly Being Lured By Man She Met On Minecraft

An 11-year-old girl from Florida was allegedly kidnapped by a man she met while playing Minecraft. On Sunday, Alice Johnson’s dad noticed she was gone when he tried to wake up her for church.

The child was found on Sunday after police and FBI agents were able to track her down and find her in at a Holiday Inn in Georgia with 24-year-old John Peter Byrns, from Illinois, WESH 2 reports.

“This is someone that she’s been communicating with online under the guise of being a female and basically has just pulled her into a trap, so to speak,” the girl’s dad told the publication. He said he and Johnson’s mother believed she had made an online friend, a girl from Illinois.

 

Police said during a press conference on Monday, according to an ABC affiliate, that Byrns “lived in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, and he traveled quite a ways to get

Read more at: http://www.oxygen.com/crime-time/Alice-Johnson-Found-After-Being-Lured-By-Man-She-Met-On-Minecraft

13 Indicted By Mueller In Connection With Russian Election Meddling

Special counsel investigator Robert Mueller has indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian organizations who are now officially accused of conducting “information warfare” in attempts to influence to the 2016 United States Presidential election. Deputy Attorney General for the United States Department of Justice Rod Rosenstein has emphasized that the indictment does not indicate the attempts to influence the election ultimately effected the outcome of the election.

According to CNBC, a group called Internet Research Agency (a Russian org created in 2013) is now accused of creating false identities on social media in the hopes of swaying opinions. The actions of the accused began in 2014, ultimately culminating in a coordinated effort “supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump … and disparaging Hillary Clinton.”

“By in or around May 2014, the organization’s strategy included interfering with the 2016 U.S. presidential election, with the stated goal of “spread[ing] distrust towards the candidates

Read more at: http://www.oxygen.com/crime-time/Robert-Mueller-Indicts-13-Russian-Nationals-For-Election-Meddling

How To Talk To Children And Teens About Mass Shootings

On Wednesday, a former student killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. As CNN reports, the massacre is one of the deadliest mass shootings in modern history. Many parents are wondering in the aftermath, how to talk to their children and teens about mass shootings, dealing with complex emotions and safety.

According to Today, the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that parents usually wait until the child is of a certain age of understanding, approximately 8, before broaching the topic. “If it doesn’t directly affect your family, kids under 8 do not need to hear about this,” says Dr. Deborah Gilboa. Prior to this age, children may struggle with processing the impact of a mass shooting.

However, experts recommend that if a child is likely to hear about the shooting from peers and others, they should discuss it.

Some Parkland students spoke out

Read more at: http://www.oxygen.com/crime-time/how-to-talk-to-children-and-teens-about-mass-shootings

Suspect Who Says He ‘Snapped’ When Stabbing Friend To Death: ‘I F—ing Hate Myself’

Daniel Gross, 19, of Modesto, California is accused of stabbing 19-year-old friend and Carl’s Jr coworker Lizette Cuesta of Tracy, California, after having sex with her. 

“I didn’t plan to do this at all,” Gross told KTVU  in an exclusive jailhouse interview at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, “I feel like s—. I f—ing hate myself, you know? I wish I could go back in time and that this never happened.”
He declined to indulge the specifics as to how or why Cuesta ended up dead. According to authorities, she died of multiple stab wounds early Monday after she was found by motorists crawling on her stomach on Tesla Road outside Livermore.
Gross’s girlfriend, Melissa Jill Leonardo, 25, was also arrested in connection with Cuesta’s death. She is also an employee of Carl’s Jr.
When asked as to his girlfriend’s involvement, Gross said he’d rather not comment. Read more at: http://www.oxygen.com/crime-time/Daniel-Gross-Snapped-When-Stabbing-Lizette-Cuesta-To-Death