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Florida man gunned down next to vigil for 2016 double homicide victims

Deputies with Florida's St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a deadly shooting in West Augustine.

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Lavert Durden, 28, was killed after an argument on Christopher and Aiken streets, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Deputies are now looking for 30-year-old Brandon Calloway and have located 20-year-old Traevon Watson in connection with the shooting.

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The men are wanted for questioning.

They were involved in a heated argument with Durden just minutes before the shooting, according to Detective Gene Tolbert, sergeant of the Major Crimes Unit.

Watson was located Saturday evening and is speaking with detectives, according to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office. 

Anyone who might know where Calloway might be is urged to call 824-8304 or 911.

ActionNewsJax reporter Courtney Cole spent the evening on the scene, speaking to neighbors and the aunt of the victim.

“What happened today and then for it to happen on the anniversary of my son’s death — you know, the family is torn to pieces,” said Annette Durden.

On Friday evening, she was gathering with family to remember the lives of her son Charles “Juvie” Durden and his friend, Stefon Larry.

"Me and my family, we still haven’t forgotten. It’s just like yesterday to us,” Annette Durden told ActionNewsJax.

They were shot, killed and burned inside a SUV in November 2016.

But just minutes before they could walk to the memorial, her nephew, Lavert Durden, was shot and killed in West Augustine.

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The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded to a shooting call at 5:03 p.m. at Herbert Street and Christopher Street.

Deputies arrived on the scene at 5:08 p.m.

Lavert Durden was already dead when officers arrived. The Sheriff’s Office said he was shot multiple times.

Neighbors poured into the streets, in disbelief.

“[I] lived in this community all my life, this is not something that we’d normally have going on in our community,” said the Rev. Ronald L. Stafford. He’s the pastor at New Mt. Moriah Christian Ministry, on the corner near the location of the deadly shooting.

Stafford not only lives in this community but also works in West Augustine.

“A bad situation to see a young man shot down like this,” Stafford said.

He told ActionNewsJax that it's normal to see St. Johns County deputies in his church parking lot.

“Years ago, you had drugs and things is this community, and the Sheriff’s Department worked very hard and cleaned it up,” Stafford said.

The Sheriff's Office says right now, this deadly shooting is not tied to drugs or gangs.

They believe it was an argument that got out of hand.

Annette Durden says their family needs answers — and closure — now more than ever. 

“There’s just a big hole in my heart. I really don’t how to really put it into words,” said Annette Durden.

Florida 'masseuse' steals $60K from casino patron, police say

A South Florida casino patron expecting a massage got rubbed the wrong way when the “masseuse” left his hotel room with more than $60,000 in cash, casino chips and valuables, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

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The woman approached the 52-year-old man from New Jersey at an elevator in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood on Tuesday morning, the newspaper reported, citing a police report. The woman, identified as Cassidy Reign Paris, 30, of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, told the man he looked stressed and offered to give him a massage, according to the report.

Paris went to the man’s hotel room, gave him a massage and told him to take his pants off, the Sun-Sentinel reported. The couple got in bed, and after a few minutes Paris headed to the bathroom, complaining of chest pains, the newspaper said.

Moments later, the man heard Paris exit the hotel room. Not only was the man alone, he also was without $10,000 in cash, $6,100 in poker chips and a $50,000 Patek Philippe watch, according to the police report.

Police were able to use video surveillance to discover that Paris had left the hotel in a red car, the Sun-Sentinel reported. Police at the hotel were able to trace the car through its license tag to an auto rental company, and the vehicle was equipped with a GPS device, the newspaper reported.

Police found Paris at a motel 4 miles east of the casino and arrested her, police said. She was charged on suspicion of committing grand theft greater than $20,000 and up to $100,000.

“Surveillance video is everywhere,” Gary Bitner, a spokesman for the Seminole Tribe of Florida, which owns the resort, told the Sun-Sentinel. “And combined with a GPS tracker on a rental car, police were able to arrest her the same day.”

Bond for Paris was set at $5,000, the newspaper reported.

Oregon inmates steal ATV after getting drunk on hand sanitizer, police say

Two Oregon inmates on a work crew Wednesday became intoxicated from the alcohol from hand sanitizer, then stole a four-wheeler before deputies caught them later in the day, The Bulletin reported.

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Christopher Galen Turre, 30, and Shawn Daniel McCallister, 34, were part of a four-inmate crew from the Deschutes County Adult Jail feeding rescue animals and cleaning a ranch east of Bend, The Oregonian reported. 

At one point during the day, Turre and McCallister drank the sanitizer from a container in the jail van, commandeered the four-wheeler belonging to the Sheriff’s Office and broke through a ranch entrance gate, the newspaper reported.

“When the deputy turned to look where they were, he didn’t see them,” Sgt. William Bailey told the Bulletin. “The gate was closed. They hit it with the quad and forced it open.”

The amount of alcohol in hand sanitizer ranges from 45 percent to 95 percent, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers. Wine has 10 percent to 15 percent alcohol, and beer contains 5 to 10 percent.

Authorities used an Oregon State Police plane to help find McCallister, Turre and the ATV, the Oregonian reported. They discovered that the ATV had been abandoned and found the two inmates moments later as they tried to hide in a field, according to the newspaper.

Turre was sentenced in September to 100 days in jail for driving under the influence of intoxicants and fourth-degree assault. His driver's license was also suspended for life, court records show. He is now accused of first-degree criminal mischief, second-degree escape and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

McCallister faces the same accusations, as well as driving under the influence of intoxicants, attempt to elude, reckless driving, reckless endangering and driving while suspended. He was in the middle of serving a 90-day jail sentence after being convicted in August of first-degree theft, heroin possession, reckless endangering and driving while suspended, the Oregonian reported.

Both inmates were scheduled to be released from jail within 30 days, Bailey told the Bulletin.

Police: Ohio woman with pants down asks, 'You wanna play?' 

Ohio police arrested a woman they found rolling on the ground with her pants and underwear pulled down who asked authorities “You wanna play? We’ll play,” WKBN reported.

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Denise Ruth Molina, 58, was arrested Wednesday by Youngstown police and charged with assault as well as dog ordinance after having been found in a city street with two dogs, the television station reported.

When police responded to a call Tuesday night, they said they found Molina on the ground with what appeared to be white foam on her mouth, WKRC reported.

Molina stood up, but fell down and kept telling officers, "You wanna play? We'll play," according to a police report.

She lunged at one officer with clenched fists, WKBN reported, citing the police report. After police called an ambulance, they said Molina kicked a paramedic in the throat, the television station reported.

After being treated at a hospital, Molina was booked into the Mahoning County Jail after it was discovered she also had an outstanding arrest warrant, the Youngstown Vindicator reported.

Hero security guard shot by cop was working to buy infant son’s Christmas gifts, family says

A black Chicago-area church musician and security guard killed by a white police officer as he tried to stop a shooting at the bar where he was working was covering extra shifts to buy his infant son Christmas presents, his loved ones said. 

Jemel Roberson’s girlfriend, Avontea Boose, told CNN that the 26-year-old part-time security guard was trying to earn extra cash to make their 9-month-old son, Tristan’s, first Christmas a special one. Boose is pregnant with the couple’s second child. 

Roberson was on duty at Manny’s Blue Room Lounge, in Robbins, just after 4 a.m. Sunday when a man walked in and started shooting. Roberson, who was armed, had subdued the gunman outside the bar when officers from Robbins and nearby Midlothian arrived on the scene. 

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A Midlothian police officer shot and killed Roberson. Boose told CNN that she was stunned when she learned he would not be coming home.

“A family member called me and told me. I just broke down crying in the bathroom,” Boose told the network. “For a long time, I was in the bathroom.”

Midlothian Police Chief Daniel Delaney on Thursday praised Roberson for his actions when gunfire broke out at the bar. 

“What we have learned is Jemel Roberson was a brave man who was doing his best to end an active shooter situation at Manny’s Blue Room,” Delaney said in a statement posted on Facebook. “The Midlothian Police Department is completely saddened by this tragic incident and we give our heartfelt condolences to Jemel, his family and his friends. There are no words that can be expressed as to the sorrow his family is dealing with.”

The investigation into Roberson’s killing was immediately turned over to the Illinois State Police, while the Cook County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting inside the bar. Four people, including the gunman, suffered injuries that were not life-threatening. 

A news release from the Illinois State Police states that the preliminary investigation showed the unnamed gunman entered Manny’s and opened fire, striking multiple patrons. Officers from Midlothian, Robbins and other suburban departments converged on the scene while the incident was ongoing. 

“Upon his arrival, a Midlothian police officer encountered a subject in plain black clothing with no markings readily identifying him as a security guard, armed with a gun in the west parking lot,” the news release said. “According to witness statements, the Midlothian officer gave the armed subject multiple verbal commands to drop the gun and get on the ground before ultimately discharging his weapon and striking the subject.”

After the fact, the officers learned Roberson was a security guard subduing someone he believed to be involved in the initial shooting, the news release said. Officers provided first aid to multiple gunshot victims at the scene, including Roberson. 

The news release contradicts previous reports in which witnesses said Roberson was in some type of uniform, which included a hat with the word “Security” on it. Witness Adam Harris told WGN-TV that Roberson had the alleged gunman on the ground, holding him there with a knee to the back, when he was shot by the police officer. 

“Everybody was screaming out, ‘Security! He was a security guard!’ Harris said. “And they still did their job and saw a black man with a gun and, basically, killed him.”

CNN reported that Delaney said the unnamed Midlothian officer, who has been placed on administrative leave during the investigation, has been with the department nearly four years. A patrol officer, he also leads a regional SWAT team, the chief said. 

The man also has three years’ experience with a different agency.

Roberson’s family has filed a lawsuit in his death seeking $1 million in damages. The family’s attorney, Gregory Kulis, said he feels that the officer who shot the young musician did not make a proper assessment before firing his gun. 

“Jemel was trying to save people’s lives,” Kulis said, according to CNN

The ACLU of Illinois issued a statement from Karen Sheley, director of the organization’s Police Practices Project, that said Roberson should still be alive. 

“Working as a security guard while black should not be a death sentence,” Sheley said in the statement. “In this case, police were more dangerous to him than an active shooter who he apparently subdued. 

Sheley said the police shooting was avoidable. 

“Here, a police officer’s assumptions about Mr. Roberson, apparently impacted by bias rather than a clear-headed assessment of the situation, resulted in a tragedy,” she said

Roberson was a gospel musician who played keyboard and drums at several churches in the Chicago area. According to CNN, he was scheduled to perform at one of those churches later on the morning he was killed. 

Boose described him as a “protector of everybody.”

“To anybody he knew, he got close to, he was a protector,” she said. 

Roberson planned to become a police officer, his friends and family said. 

“He was getting ready to train and do all that stuff, so the very people he wanted to be family with took his life,” the Rev. Patricia Hill of Purposed Church told WGN

Boose said life will never be the same for her son, who keeps asking for his father. 

“My baby’s not going to have his father for Christmas, his birthday, any holidays anymore,” she told CNN

Alabama nurse accused of poisoning husband with insulin

A former Alabama nurse accused of poisoning her private investigator husband had a preliminary hearing Thursday, at which time the shocking details of the crime were revealed for the first time.

Marjorie Nicole “Nikki” Cappello, 32, of Huntsville, is charged with murder in the September death of her husband, New York native Jim Cappello Jr. AL.com reported that Jim Cappello, who was reported missing by his wife, was found dead at the couple’s south Huntsville home Sept. 22. 

The registered nurse surrendered her license six days later, Alabama Board of Nursing records show

Nikki Cappello, who jail records show is out on $100,000 bond, waived her right to appear at the preliminary hearing, but members of Jim Cappello’s family were in the courtroom as prosecutors and investigators laid out their case. 

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“Honestly, the family gets a lot of respect from me,” Assistant Madison County District Attorney Tim Douthit told WAFF 48 News. “I don't know if I would be able to sit there and listen to all of that and keep a straight face the way that they did. The evidence that came out today was pretty clear and horrendous.”

Lead investigator Mike DeNoon testified Thursday that the investigation showed Jim Cappello, 37, had become suspicious that his wife was abusing narcotics. According to WAFF, he had begun gathering evidence against her, so he could file for divorce and obtain custody of their 4-year-old daughter, Ryleigh.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Jim Cappello worked for Posey Investigations for several years before opening his own business, Cappello Investigative Agency, in 2012.

DeNoon testified that Nikki Cappello reported her husband missing Sept. 21. The detective said that Jim Cappello’s co-workers had become concerned because he had not shown up for work.

When they went to the couple’s home, however, Nikki Cappello would not let them inside, DeNoon said. Jim Cappello’s car was parked outside the house.

According to WAFF, DeNoon testified that Nikki Cappello called a friend, Crystal Anderson, the following day and admitted she had killed her husband with insulin. Anderson told investigators that her friend asked her to come and help her get rid of the body.

DeNoon said that Nikki Cappello put Anderson on hold for a few moments before returning to the line and telling her not to worry, that another friend was on the way to help her. 

A concerned Anderson called police, WAFF reported. Police officials are trying to determine who the other friend was, the news station said.  

A foul odor and a freshly dug grave

Patrol officers were dispatched to the Cappello home, where one officer went to the front door and a second went around back, WAFF said. DeNoon testified that the officer at the front door smelled the odor of a dead body when Nikki Cappello answered the door.

The officer around back found what appeared to be a freshly dug grave, DeNoon testified. The officers detained Nikki Cappello on the front porch and called detectives in. 

WAFF reported that DeNoon, who was one of the investigators called to the scene, testified he also smelled the odor of human decomposition when he arrived. He said he asked a visibly nervous Nikki Cappello for permission to search her home.

She gave permission for the investigators to search everywhere but the garage, the news station reported. DeNoon said Nikki Cappello was taken to the police station for questioning and he obtained a search warrant for the entire property.

Jim Cappello’s body was found sprawled on a tarp on the garage floor, his feet on the floorboard of a car as though someone had tried to move him into the vehicle. 

DeNoon told the court that the defendant acted as though nothing was wrong when she was told about the discovery, according to WAFF

“You know I went inside. You know I found him, right?” DeNoon testified that he asked her. 

“Yes, I knew he was there,” Nikki Cappello allegedly responded. 

Though Jim Cappello’s final autopsy report is pending, the medical examiner told DeNoon the private detective was poisoned using insulin, WAFF reported

DeNoon told the court that investigators went to the hospital where Nikki Cappello was a charge nurse and spoke to her co-workers, who said she often talked about her problems with her husband and said she would only be rid of him if he were dead, the news station said. 

Hospital workers who looked through their medication supply found that some insulin was missing, WAFF reported. DeNoon said Nikki Cappello told him she’d accidentally brought a bottle of the diabetes drug home with her. 

Jim Cappello apparently found the bottle and took a photo of it before texting the photo to a friend, WAFF said. At the time, he appeared not to know what the drug was. 

Madison County District Judge Claude Hundley III ordered that the murder case go before a grand jury. 

‘Please make today like your last’

Jim Cappello’s obituary described him as an asset in multiple facets of his life, especially to the legal community.

“He was an avid car enthusiast, passionate about helping people and providing for his family (was a) priority,” the obituary read. “Jim was a well-known proud father who cherished every smile and laugh from his baby girl.”

Jim Cappello’s father and sister sat through Thursday’s testimony. Afterward, they told WAFF they felt it was important to be there, even though they had to come from out of state. 

“It was pretty intense but I'm glad it’s going to move on,” Jim Cappello Sr. told the news station. "We want to be part of the whole thing. He didn’t deserve this, but he deserves justice. He’s my son and I miss him.”

The younger Jim Cappello’s sister, Jamie Weast, said she’s hopeful the family can get some closure through the legal process. 

“He’s shining down on us right now. He’s with us every step of the way,” she said. “We’re doing everything that we're capable of every day to remember and honor him.”

The family started a Facebook page, Legacy of James Cappello, for relatives and friends to share memories of him so Ryleigh, who is being cared for by the Cappello family, will remember her doting father. Many friends shared memories addressed directly to the little girl.

“Your dad worked at McDonald’s during high school,” one man wrote. “Happy Meals included a Beany (sic) Baby doll. He used to complain about being surrounded by these furry toys.

“Yet he fell in love with them when you came along. You were his hero. With or without fries.”

Weast posted a text message her brother sent her on Mother’s Day, in which he said a friend’s mother had died and he was helping the friend out. He told her he was thinking of the people in his life and things happening to them.

“So please make today like your last,” he wrote, according to Weast. “We don’t know. Enjoy it. And have everyone around you enjoy it. Love you so much. Can’t handle the thought of you not there.”

 

Ex-Alabama trooper shoots DA in face, is killed by police

A west Alabama district attorney on Thursday survived what authorities are calling an “ambush-style shooting” by an unlikely suspect -- a former state trooper, who was subsequently killed by police. 

Steven Smith Jr. was shot dead by officers who had just eaten lunch with Greg Griggers, the district attorney for the 17th Judicial Circuit, according Capt. Jason Roberts, of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s State Bureau of Investigation. The 17th Judicial Circuit includes Marengo, Greene and Sumter counties.

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“It’s very, very shocking,” Roberts said during a news conference Thursday

Roberts said the shooting took place around 12:45 p.m. on the main street in Demopolis, Marengo County’s biggest city. Griggers and the officers had returned to his office after eating at a nearby café.

The Tuscaloosa News reported that as Griggers opened the door of his truck to exit it, Smith began firing at him with a shotgun from across the street. The two officers with the district attorney fired back, killing the 60-year-old former trooper. 

Griggers, 52, was struck in the face, WVTM 13 News in Birmingham reported. His wounds were minor and he was treated and released from a hospital. 

Roberts said that Smith, who was hired as a trooper in 1982, was fired in 1996. The News reported that while still a trooper, Smith was investigated after two shotgun blasts were fired into the home of 17th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Eddie Hardaway. 

AL.com reported that Hardaway was the first black judge to preside over the 17th Judicial Circuit. 

Smith at that time owned a white Mitsubishi that matched witnesses’ descriptions of the shooter’s car, AL.com said. Smith was also called before a special grand jury to testify.

The then-trooper complained publicly and to the news media about the handling of that investigation, which the News reported included authorities questioning his then-girlfriend. He was fired after speaking to reporters about the case, AL.com said

The case was ultimately dismissed in 1997 after the grand jury was dismantled.

The News reported that Smith’s termination was upheld by the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals. Roberts said Smith’s records show he was not eligible for rehire. 

The motive for Griggers’ shooting was not yet known, the investigator said. 

“We’re very early in this investigation,” Roberts said. “All we know at this point is that the district attorney was fired upon in an ambush-style shooting and we will be investigating it as an independent investigation.”

Watch Thursday’s news conference below, courtesy of WTOK-TV. 

Demopolis Police Chief Tommie Reese asked that residents keep Griggers, who has served as district attorney since 2003, in their prayers. 

“His family is very important to us, and he’s important to our circuit,” Reese said. “This is a heinous crime and the city of Demopolis will do everything we can to get it resolved.”

The crime was an oddity for Demopolis, which the 2010 U.S. Census put at just under 7,500 residents. Reese said, however, that a shooting of a public official can happen anywhere in America. 

“We’re kind of shocked that it happened in the city of Demopolis,” Reese said. “We don’t know the motive behind this case right now.”

The chief said that Griggers, who he’s known for 20 years or longer, has been a great friend and prosecutor, but the job of district attorney can sometimes make a person some enemies. 

“Otherwise, beyond that, Greg is a great person in the community,” Reese said. “He’s well liked, well respected.”

Jay E. Town, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Alabama, sent his thoughts and prayers to Griggers and his family. 

“District Attorney Griggers is a dedicated public servant and an honorable man,” Town said in a statement. “This serves as yet another reminder of the perils and dangers that law enforcement at every level face daily.”

Second member of Jacksonville rock band accused of sex crimes

The lead singer in a Florida-based rock band was arrested Nov. 8 on charges of sex crimes involving a teenager. 

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Chad Valeu, 42, of Jacksonville, was charged with unlawful sexual activity with a teen, between the age of 16 and 17, and possession of child porn.

Valeu is the second member of the band, Near Empty, arrested on child porn charges. 

Police said the victim’s mother came forward after finding explicit pictures on her daughter’s phone.

The report said the victim met Valeu through Facebook and he came to her house, where they had consensual sex.

Police said they found sexually explicit photographs that the suspect and victim sent to each other.

Valeu was the lead singer in Near Empty. Following his arrest, the band posted on Facebook that the group was parting ways.

The post said in part, “The time has come for us to say goodbye [sic]. We would like to thank each and everyone of you for all of your support over the past couple years.”

In June, 42-year-old Adam Ingram, the band’s bass player, was arrested after police said he produced child porn.

A member of Near Empty said Ingram was kicked out of the band immediately after his arrest.

Pregnant woman slain with crossbow; unborn son survives 

Imtiaz Muhammad was putting a cardboard box in his family’s garden shed Monday morning when he found his wife’s ex-husband hiding there -- with a loaded crossbow. 

When all was said and done, Muhammad’s pregnant wife, Sana Muhammad, 35, was dead and their tiny son, born by emergency Cesarean section, was fighting for his life. 

The morning was a typical one in the family’s home in Ilford, London, until Imtiaz Muhammad came across Ramanodge Unmathallegadoo in the shed, the grieving widower told London’s Evening Standard

“He stared at me. He was going to shoot, so I ran into the house,” Imtiaz Muhammad told the Standard. “My wife was doing the washing up, (and) I was shouting, ‘Run, run, run!’”

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Sana Muhammad was shot before she could get away. Her other five children, ages 1 to 17, witnessed the shooting, the Standard reported

The Daily Mail reported that the three oldest children are Sana Muhammad’s children with Unmathallegadoo. The two youngest are from her second marriage. 

“I can’t help thinking she took my arrow,” Imtiaz Muhammad told the Standard. “Maybe it should have hit me.

“The kids were all there; it was horrific.”

Officials from the Metropolitan Police said Sana Muhammad was shot in the abdomen. She died a short time later at a hospital. 

Unmathallegadoo has been charged with murder, police officials said. He remained in police custody Thursday. 

No motive for the crime was given. The Daily Mail reported that friends of the Muhammads said Sana Muhammad, who went by the name Devi Unmathallegadoo during her first marriage, was previously Hindu and that her first marriage had been an arranged one. 

Her marriage to her second husband, for whom she converted to Islam, was one of love, the Mail reported

Medical staff were able to deliver the couple’s son, who the arrow missed by inches. The Mail reported that the projectile was still lodged in Sana Muhammad’s abdomen even as the baby was removed from his mother’s body. 

“The arrow went up into her heart but did not touch the unborn baby,” Imtiaz Muhammad told the Mail. “The baby was due in four weeks. They operated with the arrow still in, because it would have been too dangerous to take out.”

The baby, who has been named Ibrahim, was initially listed in critical condition, but Scotland Yard officials told the Standard that he has been upgraded to stable condition. 

Unmathallegadoo is expected to stand trial for murder sometime next year. 

Neighbors described the scene for the newspaper. 

“I can hear the man screaming a lot, saying, ‘Help, help,’” one man told the Standard. “He’s knocking the doors, on the neighbors as well, he’s asking for help, screaming for help.”

Nisa Khan, who lives across the street, called the homicide a terrible thing. She was friends with Sana Muhammad. 

“She was more like a sister than a friend. I knew her for a good seven years, ever since they moved there, we’ve known them,” Khan told the Standard. “She was just a lovely lady, lovely mother, lovely wife. I never saw her being upset, she always had a smile on her face even in the hard times.

“It’s just horrible. Everyone goes from this world, we all go, but the way she’s gone, it just hurts.”

GoFundMe page established by the Newbury Park community in Ilford is raising money to help Sana Muhammad’s family. A local Muslim cemetery, Gardens of Peace, has offered its services to the family free of charge.

“Nothing can replace any loss, but we have come together as friends and as a community to provide additional support to the family,” the page said.

Accused Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz accused of attacking jail guard

Nikolas Cruz, the ex-student accused of killing more than a dozen students and teachers at his Florida high school in February, is now accused of attacking a jail guard.

Cruz, 20, is charged with aggravated assault on an officer, battery on an officer and the use of an electric or chemical weapon against an officer, Broward County Jail records show. The newly added charges bring the total number of charges Cruz faces to 37. 

The former Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student already faced 17 counts of premeditated murder and 17 counts of attempted first-degree murder in the Valentine’s Day massacre at the Parkland school. Cruz has been in the jail, located in Fort Lauderdale, since the mass shooting. 

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Court records show that Broward County Sgt. Raymond Beltran was monitoring Cruz while he used the dayroom alone just before 6 p.m. Tuesday, at which time Beltran asked the inmate not to drag his sandals as he walked around the room. 

“Cruz responded by displaying his middle finger to Beltran,” the affidavit said. “Beltran advised that as he began to stand up, Cruz rushed him and struck him in the face.”

The pair started scuffling, which resulted in Beltran being knocked to the ground. Cruz managed to grab the deputy’s stun gun, which discharged during the struggle. 

Read the four-age booking report and arrest affidavit below. 

The entire exchange was caught by a surveillance camera, the affidavit said. In the footage, Cruz could be seen rushing at the guard and striking him with his left fist.

Cruz took Beltran to the ground and, while on top of him, struck him several more times in the head as the guard tried to regain control of the inmate. It was after Beltran got on top of Cruz that Cruz momentarily grabbed the stun gun from the deputy’s holster. 

Cruz kept striking Beltran until the deputy used his right hand, which now held the stun gun, to hit Cruz in the face. 

“After being struck by Beltran, Cruz retreated to one of the seats located in the dayroom area, at which point Beltran was able to take him into custody,” the affidavit said. 

Broward County Sheriff’s Sgt. Anthony Marciano, a union representative for the county’s jail guards, told NBC News that no one was injured by the stun gun. He told the news agency that Cruz was separated from the rest of the inmates, but was allowed a few hours in the dayroom, alone, each day. 

After the latest incident, Cruz will now spend 23 hours a day in his cell, Marciano said

Cruz is facing the death penalty for the Feb. 14 massacre at Stoneman Douglas. 

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