Category Archives: Murder

August 28, 2014

Police: Vietnamese gang suspected in brutal abductions of three men, killing of two in Philadelphia

One by one, they were brought out of the van, and stabbed again on the riverbanks, sources said. The two brothers’ throats were slit and their legs were chained to buckets filled with tar before they were tossed into the shallows.

The two brothers were being held, bound and beaten, in a garage behind a Southwest Philadelphia house when their captors allowed one to make a phone call, law enforcement sources say.

They needed $100,000, he told the friend who answered, or they would be killed.

Their captors – members of a violent Vietnamese drug crew, law enforcement sources say – had given them the money to buy drugs, but the brothers had instead gambled it away at a casino.

The friend, a 23-year-old Northern Liberties man originally from Vietnam, said he could muster only $40,000. That, the brothers said, would be enough to save their lives.

But when their friend arrived at the house on the 2400 block of 72nd Street early Wednesday, he was robbed, bound, gagged, and stabbed alongside the brothers, sources said.

In the pre-dawn hours on Wednesday, sources said, all three men, still alive, were loaded into a van and driven to a parking lot on Kelly Drive, near the rowing grandstands on the Schuylkill.

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August 24, 2014

Deadly square: 43 people shot in Miami’s Liberty Square area in 2014

Despite lower crime elsewhere, 43 people have been shot and seven of them have died in a rash of violence in and around a Miami public housing project.

Antwan Washington was shot twice. So was Marquise Riley-Asbury, whose life the second bullet ended. Another man was shot as he got off a bus, and still another while in bed at home.

In the first seven months of this year, 43 people living in a 13-square-block area surrounding Miami’s Liberty Square housing project have been shot, police records show. Seven have died.

The victims range in age from 10 to 67. They are men, women and children. Three teenage girls were shot after getting into a fight with three other girls. One man heard gunfire and didn’t know he was shot until he looked down at his ankle.

A pastor was killed fighting off attackers grabbing for his fake gold chain. A grandmother was gunned down outside a grocery store.

Although serious crime is at historically low levels in Miami and across the nation, the number of shootings so far this year in and around the city’s most notorious housing project — one built to create a better life for black residents in Coconut Grove and Overtown following the Great Depression — is staggering compared to recent years.

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August 23, 2014

Jurors choose death penalty for Marine in double-murder

“To me, the four of them are a waste of humanity, They get what they deserve,” Henryka Varga said today after a jury recommended the death penalty for the fourth man convicted of murdering her son, Marine Sgt. Jan Pietrzak, and daughter-in-law, Quiana Jenkins-Pietrzak.

Jurors have recommended the death penalty for the last of four Camp Pendleton Marines convicted of murdering a U.S. Marine Corps sergeant and his wife in their French Valley home in 2008.

The mothers of the victims clasped hands and exhaled deeply as the death verdicts were read Thursday afternoon in a Riverside courtroom.

Kesaun Kedron Sykes, 27, was found guilty earlier this month of murder and allegations of robbery and sexual assault. Sykes had faced the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole for what prosecutor Daniel DeLimon called “a prolonged and sadistic murder.”

Sykes’ sentencing is set for Nov. 7.

“To me, the four of them are a waste of humanity,” said Henryka Varga, mother of Sgt. Jan Pietrzak, 24. “They get what they deserve.”

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August 21, 2014

Black cop kills white man, media hide race (Video)

Limbaugh: ‘A black person can never be the oppressor’.

While national news media continue to focus on race in Ferguson, Missouri, where a white police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teenager, they apparently don’t think a similar case in Utah with the races reversed is that newsworthy.

Police in Salt Lake City are continuing their probe into an Aug. 11 shooting outside a 7-Eleven convenience store, when a black police officer, whom local media are referring to as “not white,” shot and killed 20-year-old Dillon Taylor, who was unarmed at the time, according to his supporters.

Police Chief Chris Burbank said the entire incident was captured on the body camera of the officer who shot Taylor.

“You will see on camera … the actions of everyone involved, including up to the point where our officer utilizes deadly force and his response thereafter,” Burbank told reporters.

He said the video, along with the officer’s identity, will be released at the “appropriate” time, adding it could be days, weeks or months.

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August 14, 2014

British rapper turned ISIS jihadist poses with severed head as they seize more key towns close to Syrian border with Turkey (Video)

Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, 23, was pictured holding severed head in Raqqa. He uploaded image to Twitter along with shockingly nonchalant caption. Photograph was uploaded just days after the seven-year-old son of an Australian jihadist posed with a severed head in exactly the same location.

A British rapper who travelled to Syria to fight for ISIS has posted a photograph on Twitter showing himself posing with a severed head.

The sickening image was taken in the city of Raqqa – the capital of ISIS’ self-declared caliphate – and uploaded to the social media site along with the caption ‘Chillin’ with my homie or what’s left of him.’

The photograph shows masked former rapper Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, 23, holding the decapitated head while standing in Raqqa’s central square – the same location where the seven-year-old son of Australian jihadist Khaled Sharrouf was seen holding a different severed head earlier this week.

The shocking image of Bary emerged as ISIS militants seized a number of key towns and villages close to Syria’s northern border with Turkey.

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6th Suspect in Alton Murder to be Formally Charged (Video)

The 28-year-old Mexican national now in custody is the sixth suspect in the case. Authorities arrested him in Mission earlier this week.

The last suspect in an Alton murder case is behind bars. He’s expected to be arraigned later today.

The crime happened at an Alton convenience store in November 2013. Authorities said a group of men drove up to Jose Luis Gonzalez’s vehicle, boxed him in and opened fire. Gonzalez drove away but was found dead in his vehicle about a mile away.

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August 12, 2014

Another gang member charged in ‘Fast & Furious’ murder of border agent

Ted Cruz, August 10 at 2:06pm: Good news. But where are the indictments for those who allowed the ?#?FastAndFurious? gun walking to occur in the first place?

A seventh defendant has been charged in the 2010 murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry, whose killing exposed a botched Justice Department gun-running sting operation known as Fast and Furious.

Rosario Rafael Burboa-Alvarez was indicted on first-degree murder and other charges by a federal grand jury Thursday in Tucson, where he was already in custody.

Attorney General Eric Holder called the indictment “another important step to keep our commitment to bring those responsible for his murder to justice.”

“When Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry lost his life in the line of duty, in 2010, our nation incurred a tremendous debt to this American hero — and his family — that we can never fully repay,” he said. “We will continue to be aggressive in our pursuit of anyone — anywhere — who commits an act of violence against an American law enforcement official. And we will do everything in our power to ensure that they will face justice in an American courtroom. This is our solemn obligation.”

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August 10, 2014

Border Patrol Union Fights For Agent Killed by Illegal Aliens

Officials with the National Border Patrol Council are pushing to have U.S. Customs and Border Protection classify the murder of agent Javier Vega, who died Sunday while defending his family from two illegal aliens who tried to rob them at gunpoint, as a line of duty death.

Vega had been fishing with his parents, wife, and children in a fishing spot on the southern side of Willacy County when two illegal aliens tried to rob them at gunpoint setting off a fierce firefight that mortally wounded Vega and injured his father.

The two aliens, originally from Matamoros but living in South Texas, had a lengthy criminal history with one of them having been deported four times prior.

Both men, 40-year-old Ismael Hernandez and 30-year-old Gustavo TIjerina, are currently facing capital murder charges and could get the death penalty if the Willacy County District Attorney’s Office pushes for it. Both men have been tied to a series of armed robberies targeting fishermen in South Texas.

Vegas’ fight to the end in order to protect his family falls right in line with the tradition of the U.S. Border Patrol, and it is something that any American would expect of their agents, said the vice president of the National Border Patrol Council, Shawn Moran.

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August 8, 2014

‘My ex killed Jim Morrison’, Faithfull tells interview (Video)

“And he went to see Jim Morrison and killed him. I mean I’m sure it was an accident. Poor bastard. The smack (heroin) was too strong? Yeah. And he died… everybody connected to the death of this poor guy is dead now. Except me.”

British singer Marianne Faithfull has told an interviewer her former boyfriend accidentally killed iconic rock singer Jim Morrison of The Doors 43 years ago.

Morrison was found dead aged 27 in July 1971 in the bathroom of his Paris apartment, and no autopsy was performed on his body.

Faithfull told Mojo magazine that her then-boyfriend Jean de Breteuil, known as the heroin dealer to the stars, had accidentally killed Morrison by giving him drugs that were too strong.

The couple had travelled to Paris, and on their arrival de Breteuil said he had to visit Morrison’s apartment. Faithfull stayed behind at their hotel.

“I could intuitively feel trouble,” Faithfull told the magazine. “I thought, I’ll take a few Tuinal (barbiturates) and I won’t be there.”

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August 5, 2014

Off-duty Border Patrol agent killed; 2 held

Two suspects pulled up in a vehicle to approach the agent and his father before gunfire followed a “discussion,” Spence said. The agent’s father returned gunfire, disabling the suspects’ vehicle.

Two Mexican nationals are in custody after authorities said they confessed to killing an off-duty U.S. Border Patrol agent and wounding the agent’s father.

Willacy County Sheriff Larry Spence said Border Patrol agent Javier Vega Jr., 36, of Kingsville, died of a gunshot wound to the chest and Javier Vega Sr., of La Feria, was hospitalized with a shot to his hip.

Spence said authorities arrested Gustavo Tijernia, 30, of La Villa, and Ismael Hernandez, 40, of Weslaco, both Mexican nationals from Matamoros, in connection with the Sunday evening shooting.

The men face charges of capital murder, attempted capital murder, four counts of aggravated robbery and tampering with evidence, Spence said.

The Vegas were shot while gar fishing with the agent’s wife, his mother, two children and another child in the Santa Monica area off FM 1420 about 3 ½ miles east of the north levee, Spence said, adding the location was “their favorite spot.”

The suspects confessed to committing other robberies but investigators did not know if they were behind a series of robberies around Cameron County fishing spots, Spence said.

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