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4 Killed in Fort Hood Shooting, Gunman Dead, 16 Injured

UpdatePosted 04/03/2014 06:05AM

4 Killed in Fort Hood Shooting, Gunman Dead, 16 Injured

Originally posted 04/02/2014 09:45PM

All-clear sirens have sounded at Fort Hood as the lockdown was lifted hours after a deadly shooting at the Texas Army post.

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Man Accused of Shooting Moviegoer for Texting Sent Text to Son Minutes Before

UpdatePosted 03/15/2014 02:45PM

Florida Man Accused of Shooting Moviegoer for Texting Sent Text to Son Minutes Before

Originally posted 03/14/2014 11:45AM

A former police officer accused of killing a man in a movie theater during a dispute over texting had used his own phone to send a message to his son minutes before the shooting, according to documents released Thursday by Florida prosecutors.

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Teen Wounded in Colorado School Shooting Has Died

Teen Wounded in Colorado School Shooting Has Died

Originally posted 12/21/2013 08:45PM

A suburban Denver high school student who was shot in the head by a classmate died Saturday afternoon, hospital officials said in a statement.

Claire Davis, 17, was in critical condition after being shot at point-blank range at Arapahoe High School on Dec. 13. Friends and well-wishers had posted prayers online and raised money to help pay for her medical care.

"It is with heavy hearts that we share that at 4:29 p.m. this afternoon, Claire Davis passed away, with her family at her side," the statement from Littleton Adventist Hospital.

"Despite the best efforts of our physicians and nursing staff, and Claire's fighting spirit, her injuries were too severe and the most advanced medical treatments could not prevent this tragic loss of life. Claire's death is immensely heartbreaking for our entire community, our staff and our families."

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Colorado School Shooting: Alleged Gunman Dead, Student Injured

UpdatePosted 12/13/2013 04:15PM

Colorado School Shooting: Alleged Gunman Dead, Student Injured

Originally posted 12/13/2013 03:45PM

A student was critically injured Friday after a gunman opened fire at a high school in suburban Denver, Colo., before apparently killing himself.

Authorities say that the suspect, who's been identified as 18-year-old Karl Pierson, was a student at the school, Arapahoe High School, which is located in Centennial. He had reportedly sought to confront a teacher.

The victim, a 15-year-old female student, remains in critical condition after suffering a gunshot wound. The victim's identity has not been released.

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Daughter of Slain Sandy Hook Principal Pays Tribute to Mom on Wedding Day

Erica Lafferty, Daughter of Slain Sandy Hook Principal Dawn Hochsprung, Marries

Originally posted 07/14/2013 02:55PM

Erica Lafferty, the youngest daughter of Sandy Hook Elementary principal Dawn Hochsprung, who was killed in December's mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., recently marked a joyous occasion.

On July 6, she married fiancé Christopher Smegielski, at her mother's lake house in the Adirondacks.

That morning, , Lafferty, 27, paid a visit to her mother's grave. And she wore her wedding dress.

"I wanted to let her know how much I missed her," Lafferty says. "No daughter should ever have to do that on her wedding day … and I make sure she is always part of every day, like she always had been."

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Newtown Donations: $7.7 Million to Be Divided Among Families

Newtown Donations: $7.7 Million to Be Divided Among Families

Originally posted 07/12/2013 08:00AM

A community foundation given the task to divide up donations received after the Connecticut school shootings made preliminary recommendations on $7.7 million that call for giving $281,000 to each of the families of the 26 children and school educators killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School last year.

The families of 12 surviving children who witnessed the Dec. 14 shootings would each get $20,000; two teachers who were injured would get $150,000 between them.

The foundation was asked to divide up $11.4 million that was raised with the help of the United Way. The foundation previously decided to divvy up $7.7 million to the families and survivors and to have committees decide on uses for the remainder of the donations, including whether to use some of it for future mental health care and other needs.

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Judge Accepts Aurora Shooter's Plea of Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity

Judge Accepts James Holmes's Plea of Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity

Originally posted 06/04/2013 12:25PM

A judge on Tuesday accepted James Holmes's plea of not guilty by reason of insanity, setting the stage for a lengthy mental evaluation of the Colorado theater-shooting suspect.

Holmes is accused of opening fire in a packed Denver-area movie theater last summer, killing 12 people and injuring 70. He is charged with multiple counts of murder and attempted murder, and prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

The mental evaluation could take months.

Holmes's lawyers repeatedly have said he is mentally ill, but they delayed the insanity plea while arguing state laws were unconstitutional. They said the laws could hobble the defense if Holmes's case should ever reach the phase where the jury decides if he should be executed.

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Tony Lusardi III Struggles to Move on After Losing Girlfriend in Sandy Hook Shooting

Tony Lusardi III Struggles to Move on After Losing Lauren Rousseau in Sandy Hook Shooting

Originally posted 03/03/2013 11:00AM

Initially it was Lauren Rousseau's smile that caught Tony Lusardi III's attention on a dating website. He sent her a jokey message, she sent a "ha-ha-ha" back, and a month later they had their first date at a wine bar.

"We hit it off right off the bat," says Lusardi, 30, a sales rep for a tech company. "I am a giant, awkward nerd when I first meet people, but at one point I said, 'Can I kiss you?' " Rousseau, 30, a substitute elementary school teacher, turned red and said, "Yes." When their lips locked, says Lusardi, "I knew she was perfect for me. I thought, 'She's the one.' "

About five weeks later, they made it Facebook official: They were "in a relationship." Young, smitten and feeling they had all the time in the world, 13 months later they were just beginning to hatch plans to move out of their respective parents' homes. "We were thinking we would move in together, get a dachshund – we wanted to name it Pork Chop – and see what happened."

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James Mattioli and Jessica Rekos Laid to Rest

UpdatePosted 12/18/2012 03:15PM

Newtown's James Mattioli and Jessica Rekos Laid to Rest

Originally posted 12/18/2012 08:15AM

As students in Newtown returned to class Tuesday, James Mattioli and Jessica Rekos were laid to rest.

"Heaven gained an angel today," read a sign outside the funeral procession for Mattioli, 6, who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings Friday.

As the vehicle carrying his casket arrived at the St. John's Cemetery in Darien, Conn., after the noon funeral service at Saint Rose of Lima Church in Newtown, onlookers wiped away tears as the entire community continued to cope with what amounts to unbearable grief.

Earlier in the day, for a 10 a.m. service, the casket for Rekos, also 6, was also carried into Saint Rose of Lima Church prior to her burial at St. Rose cemetery.

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How to Help Those in Newtown

How to Help Those in Need After Shooting in Newtown

Originally posted 12/18/2012 02:30PM

Even as some sort of routine is being reestablished in Newtown, Conn., after the horrific events of Dec. 14, help for those directly involved is being offered from far and wide.

Counseling services are available through Friday, according to the Newtown Public School District website. Those in need can also call 211.

"We are grateful for all the prayers, thoughts and outpouring of support offered to our community during this difficult time," reads the school district's message.

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