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DC Reporter Shot Dead At 27 After Work Meeting

May 30th, 2015 - By Courtney Whitaker
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On Wednesday (5/27), 27-year-old Charnice Milton lost her life to a senseless act of violence.

The DC reporter was shot while waiting for the bus, after a leaving a business meeting at work. According to the Washington Post, a gunman drove by on a motorcycle and fired several shots in the air. One of the stray bullets hit Charnice, an unintentional victim.

Charnice’s father told my Fox DC,

 She had her own condition of Asperger’s and it was presumed because of her special condition, she would never excel and never achieve any great feat. Yet watching our daughter walk across the stage at Bishop McNamara High School with honors, then going to Ball State and graduating with honors, then graduating at Syracuse with honors, and then staying here in Southeast Washington D.C., when she could have gone anywhere.”

“What we do know is that out of cowardice, a young man grabbed my daughter and put [her] between the bullet and his life, We miss our daughter. We hurt that she is no longer with us it. But we also know that she is at a peaceful place.”

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser also stated,  We know that people were in and around the area. We have gotten very little information and we need the public to provide that information so Charnice’s killer can be captured.

Charnice’s death marked day 6, in a chilling new trend. 6 people have been killed in 6 days across the District of Columbia.

Our prayers are with the family of Charnice.

Lil Wayne Tour Bus Shot At In Atlanta

April 26th, 2015 - By Courtney Whitaker
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Jessica Alexander/Future Image/

Lil Wayne’s tour bus was shot early this morning in Atlanta. 

Reportedly, the rapper’s bus was shot at around 3:30 AM after leaving a performance at Compound Nightclub. The shooting took place after Lil Wayne’s two tour buses pulled away from the venue. 

In addition to Lil Wayne, several Young Money artists and executives were also aboard the bus. However, no one was injured. According to TMZ, after the bus left the venue, it drove straight to a local hotel and the police were called. Officers are currently investigating the incident. No arrests have been made. 

This story is still developing…

Five People Shot During Chris Brown Concert In CA

January 11th, 2015 - By Courtney Whitaker
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Five people were shot and injured early this morning at a Chris Brown concert in San Jose, CA.

During the performance of his hit song “Loyal”,  a fight broke out in the audience. Several seconds later a number of shots were fired. The shots sent the audience and everyone in attendance into a panic. In the above video, you can hear the shots and the see Chris’ reaction.

By the time officials arrived, four people were injured and an additional victim arrived at a local hospital later. Thankfully, there were no fatalities. According to reports, several people were detained at the venue.

As for Chris, he’s fine and was reportedly not involved in the shooting.

1-Year-Old’s Birthday Party Ends In Tragedy After Men Open Fire

May 12th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Source: Shutterstock


The birthday celebration for a 1-year-old this past weekend turned fatal after a group of gunmen opened fire, Masahble reports. The suspects fired “several shots” at a group of partygoers who were gathered by a play area in the California park where the party was held.

Seven people were shot. One man in his twenties was left dead due to his injuries. An exact motive for the shooting remains unknown; however, it appears that this was an organized hit. Investigators believe that the shooting may have been gang related. Police say that while the suspects arrived on foot, they fled the scene in “one or more” vehicles. Some of the victims drove themselves to nearby hospitals or were driven by friends or family members. Others were transported by ambulance.

“To see him just laying there. They took him away too early,” said the deceased man’s mother-in-law, Denise James. “They came in and shot my son-in-law,” she told the Sacramento Bee.

It has been confirmed that one of the victims was a 7-year-old boy. Thankfully, he’s expected to recover. The names of the victims have not been released. The identities of the shooters are currently unknown, but police say that they are still investigating the shooting. According the reports, they hope to recover footage of the suspects from home-surveillance cameras in the surrounding area.

Astonishingly Heroic 11-Year-Old Detroit Boy Shields 4-Year-Old Friend From A Barrage Of Bullets

July 26th, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Source: WDIV

Source: WDIV

Heroes come in an array of shapes and sizes, just ask Dovonta Andrews of Detroit, Michigan. The shockingly brave 11-year-old didn’t hesitate springing into action when he and a few of his younger neighbors were caught in the middle of a shootout. According to WDIV 4, the children were sitting on a neighbor’s porch, drawing in a coloring book when an altercation broke out at a house across the street. Reports suggest that the squabble began over money, taking a rather dangerous turn when one of the men involved pulled out a gun and began shooting.

“I heard some gunshots,” Dovonta told WDIV’s Chauncey Glover.

Once the gunshots rang out, Dovonta acted as a human shield, blocking his 4-year-old friend from the barrage of bullets that were heading their way.

“I pushed my little friend KJ out the way, then the bullet hit me.”

“It went through me and out,” he went on to say about the bullet, which entered through his shoulder and came out through his back.

Although his act of bravery left him injured, the pint-sized hero says had he not stepped in, his friend would’ve been hit in the head by the bullet.

“He would’ve got hit in the head. He would’ve died,” a serious Dovonta told WDIV.

When asked how he felt about being referred to as the neighborhood hero, he sheepishly smiled, admitting that he “felt good” about it. As for his shooter, Dovonta believes that he acted irresponsibly in the presence of children.

“It was kids on the porch. He should’ve never been shooting,” he said of the assailant.

So far, no arrests have been made in connection to the shooting. It’s a miracle that none of the children were gravely injured. Had Dovonta acted a second earlier or later, this story could’ve ended differently.

Turn the page for footage of Dovonta recounting the tale of his heroic deed.

Trina’s Brother Gunned Down In Miami

April 24th, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Source: The YBF

Source: The YBF

Unfortunately, we have some sad news to report on this morning. Rapper Trina’s brother Wilbrent “Gonk” Bain was shot and killed Tuesday morning in broad daylight in Miami. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to NBC 6, Bain was shot by his longtime friend, Rob Dobson following a feud that spiraled out of control. A police affidavit suggests that following a dispute between the two men, Bain was getting off of his bicycle when Dobson pulled a gun out of his waistband and shot Bain multiple times.

After he was arrested, Dobson confessed to his involvement in Bain’s shooting death. He is currently facing second-degree murder charges. Friends, family and neighbors mourn the loss of Bain, fondly remembering him as a “good kid.”

“Now, I’m hurt because this man is gone for no reason at all. He was a close friend to me,” said neighbor Demetrius Hammond.

“He’s a very good kid. It’s unfortunate. It’s a terrible tragedy,” said Rev. Gary Johnson.

“It hit me hard because I just talked to him. This killing has to stop. It has to. All of us grew up together and that’s just senseless,” said neighbor Trimel.

It’s unfortunate that Wilbrent’s life was senselessly snatched away. We send our prayers to the Bain family.

Turn the page to watch NBC 6’s full report.

Family of Unarmed Chicago Woman Fatally Shot By Off-Duty Cop Could Receive $4.5 Million In Settlement

March 11th, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Last March, 22-year-old Rekia Boyd was fatally shot in the back of the head after a gun was fired by an off-duty Chicago police officer. Detective Dante Servin is said to have opened fire on an unarmed crowded following his confrontation with Boyd’s friend.  Now, her family is slated to receive a hefty payout from the city, reports the Northwest Herald.

Following Rekia’s death, her family filed a police conduct lawsuit against the city and according to reports, The City Council Finance Committee met today to consider paying a proposed $4.5 million settlement to the deceased woman’s family. If the settlement is approved, along with a few other settlements that  are scheduled to be reviewed today, the city’s police misconduct payout for the year thus far, would add up to a grand total of $44 million, reports the Chicago Tribune.

“The family and the city were interested in getting this case resolved without years of litigation. The city recognized they had significant issues with this case. Ultimately, justice would have been delayed,” revealed the Boyd family’s attorney, Melvin Brooks.

According to the lawsuit filed by Boyd’s family, on March 21st, Rekia and a group of friends were walking in an alley near Servin’s home. Servin got into an argument with the group and police alleged that Cross actually opened fire on Servin, and a bullet bounced from his hand and struck Rekia in the head. That claim was eventually disaffirmed when it was revealed that officers did not find a gun at the scene of the crime. Some reports suggest that Cross was simply reaching for his cellular phone and Servin mistook it for a gun. Brooks says that Servin fired five shots during the incident and was the only person to fire a weapon.

“Antonio didn’t know he was a cop. All witnesses denied hearing Servin (say) … he was working within the scope of his employment,” said the family’s attorney.

In January, the Independent Police Review told ABC that they are investigating the case and that they’ve placed Servin on administrative duty.

Rekia’s brother, Martinez Sutton revealed that Servin is extremely apologetic and approached him two months following his sister’s death, saying he was sorry and asking for a hug.

“As he hugged me, he said, ‘I’m so sorry. I didn’t mean for that to happen. It shouldn’t have been your sister that died. I didn’t mean to shoot her.’ He was telling me how sorry he is and how apologetic he is. He said we deserve the right to know what happened,” Sutton told ABC.

While it certainly will not bring Rekia back, hopefully the settlement gives the Boyd family some form of closure.

So Sad: Son Of CT School Teacher Kills At Least 18 Children And 8 Adults In Shooting Rampage

December 14th, 2012 - By Brande Victorian
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Source: AP

Source: AP

Teachers, students, and faculty at  Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, had anything but a normal Friday today when a gunman went on a shooting rampage inside of a Kindergarten classroom that, so far, has resulted in the death of 18 children and eight adults.

The shooter, Ryan Lanza, is reported to be the son of one of the teachers at Sandy Hook, and was reportedly killed in the midst of the rampage. Lanza is also said to have killed his father in Hoboken , NJ, before heading to the school. According to The Huffington Post:

The masked gunman entered the school administration office around 9:40 a.m., about 30 minutes after the school day began. The first 911 call was received by police one minute later.

Investigators said the gunman fired his weapon at least 100 times.

Students inside the building were escorted out in a single-file line. There are about 626 students enrolled in kindergarten through fourth grade classes at Sandy Hook Elementary, with another 46 faculty members, Newtown Patch reported.

Lanza was reportedly wearing dark clothing, a mask, and a bulletproof vest, and was carrying four guns. So far, police have not confirmed whether there was an additional gunman besides Lanza, but another person has been taken into custody for questioning. Names of the victims have also not been released yet, but one parent who claims to have witnessed the attack told CNN that principal Dawn Hochsprung and a school psychologist were killed.

President Obama is expected to make a statement on this situation, which has already been labeled the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history, at 3:15 pm. We’re definitely praying for the family and friends of all those affected by this tragedy.


Sad News: Legendary Actor Larry Hagman of television show Dallas Has Passed

November 24th, 2012 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Even if you didn’t watch the show when you were younger (for some, you may not have even been born yet), there’s little chance that you’ve never heard of the primetime, classic soap opera Dallas. On Friday, the iconic show lost one of its legendary actors.

Larry Hagman, best known as J.R. Ewing on Dallas, died at the age of 81 years old.  His family released a statement saying that his final moments were very peaceful and he was surrounded by family members. Hagman announced last year that he was battling stage two throat cancer; no word has been given on the cause of death.

Hagman as J.R. Ewing was one of the most loved and most hated villain in the history of television, with Dallas airing from 1978 to 1991.  In fact, the “new” Dallas made its debut on TNT earlier this year and Hagman reprised his original role.  The show is currently filming the second season so they’ll undoubtedly take very good care of incorporating his passing.

In addition to his role on Dallas, Hagman also played Major Anthony Nelson in I Dream of Jeannie, which ran in the 1960s. His costar Barbara Eden released a statement via her Facebook page sending condolences to his family and adding, “Goodbye Larry, there was no one like you before and there will never be anyone like you again.”

Larry Hagman is survived by his wife of 54 years, Maj, their two children and grandchildren.

Rest in Peace, Larry Hagman…we tip our cowboy hats to you.


The Rundown: Minorities in the Media, Telecommuting and A Shooting at the Empire State Building

August 24th, 2012 - By Tonya Garcia
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-A survey from the Radio and Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) finds that minority hiring in the media increased in 2012. Minorities working on TV increased one percent to 21.5 percent, and on radio the figure went up four percent to 11.7 percent. Fox affiliates have the highest percentage of minorities (28.2 percent), NBC affiliates, the lowest at 17.4 percent. The number of African Americans is up a bit on TV to 10.2 percent. And on radio, up from 3.9 to 5.2 percent.

-Gawker has gotten its hands on more than 950 pages of financial statements, audits and other documents that reveal some of the secret investments and taxes paid by Mitt Romney and Bain Capital, the private equity firm he ran between 1984 and 1999/2002. We’re still working our way through it, but it’s kind of incredible so far. Separately, Rep. Paul Ryan (WI), the presumptive GOP VP candidate, has, over the past few days, been talking a bit more about economic and financial policy. Also, he likes asparagus.

-One-fifth of the world’s workers telecommutes, which is having an impact on corporate culture, an important factor for retaining talent, hiring and productivity. Tools are developing to foster culture digitally.

-Model Alek Wek made a trip home to what is now a free South Sudan. She recounts her journey out of Sudan as a teenager, her beginnings as a model in London and her work with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for The Daily Beast.

-Someone opened fire outside of the Empire State Building this morning, shooting multiple people. The suspect was killed along with one bystander, according to NBC News. That network is also reporting that the gunman could have been a disgruntled Empire State worker. However, the investigation is ongoing. Some info here.