Farmworkers kill colleague with oranges

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1672617507Two men have been arrested after they allegedly assaulted a farmworker with oranges until he died on a farm outside Tzaneen, Limpopo police said on Wednesday.

The men, aged 27 and 30, were taken into custody on Tuesday, said Lt-Col Moatshe Ngoepe.

“Babanto Chauke, 38, and two men had a quarrel, the two [allegedly] started throwing loose oranges at him until he died.”

The men were Chauke’s colleagues at Lakota Farm. They would appear in the Tzaneen Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, Ngoepe said.

Man who worked in morgue admits to having sex with up to 100 corpses

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A man who worked in a morgue admitted to having sex with female corpses while at work, federal officials said.

WPTV_Kenneth_Douglas_1408201559401_7401261_ver1.0_640_480Kenneth Douglas, of Hamilton Co. , Ohio,  admitted in court that he sexually abused three corpses while he was drunk or on drugs, but he had sex with up to 100 bodies, he said in a deposition.

“I would just get on top of them and pull my pants down,” said Douglas, who worked the night shift at the morgue from 1976 to 1992.

A jury might conclude the former coroner and morgue director failed “recklessly and wantonly” to supervise Douglas, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday in allowing the suit to continue.

The panel cited evidence that Douglas’ supervisors were aware he was drinking and also having sex with live women while on the job,WCPO reported .

Douglas’ wife testified in a deposition that he reeked of sex when she picked him up from work. She said she called the coroner’s office and reported him, but the morgue supervisor told her to stop calling.
The families of the three victims sued the county in 2012.

Douglas, now 60, was convicted of gross abuse of a corpse in the cases of Karen Range, Charlene Appling and April Hicks in 1991 and 1992.

Douglas also admitted to having sex with bodies being stored while awaiting autopsies.

Douglas’ crimes didn’t come to light until 2008 when DNA connected him to semen found in Range.
Range’s killer, David Steffen, had admitted slaying her but denied raping her.

In 2008, Douglas pleaded guilty in the Range case and was sentenced to three years in prison.

In 2012, he pleaded guilty again in the Appling and Hicks cases.

Their families sued that year.

It was the fourth time the county was sued for failing to protect bodies in the morgue.

“I can’t explain this at all,”  Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said at the time.

Dr. Frank Cleveland was the coroner when Douglas sexually abused those three corpses. Cleveland died in 2011.

“If I hadn’t had anything to drink when I went to work, it wouldn’t happen,” said Douglas. “I would do crack and go in and drink and go in.”

Douglas’ wife said she called the morgue supervisor about her husband smelling like sex and alcohol after work.

“He said, ‘Whatever happens on county time and on county property is county business,'” said Douglas’ wife.

The county ignored the warning signs, according to Al Gerhardstein, one of the families’ attorneys.

“The county had plenty of notice that Douglas was coming to work and was present at work while he was under the influence of alcohol and drugs,” Gerhardstein said. “Had he been stopped, these women would not have been abused.”

The county argued it should not be held liable because the cases involved unknown criminal acts of an employee.

The appeals panel opinion upholds earlier rulings by a lower court, including rejecting federal constitutional violation claims by relatives of the women whose corpses were abused.

A vibrator stuck up your butt is no way to die

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ad_142886164-e1407855460563A 50-year-old man died after he got a vibrator stuck up his anus and left it too long to seek medical attention because he was embarrassed, an inquest has been told.

Southwark Coroners’ Court heard it took Nigel Willis five days to muster the courage to get help after accidentally lodging a dildo inside himself last year.

Mr Willis, who lived in Forest Hill with his mother, was taken to Lewisham hospital in December but succumbed to his injuries in February this year despite having the vibrator removed.

The sex object had pierced his bowel, which led him to suffer septic shock.

‘The history was that his friend or carer called an ambulance because he complained of dizziness, weakness and was unable to move from the sofa for five days,’ said Dr Adebowale Adesina, who works as a consultant at the south-east London hospital.

Mr Willis, who didn’t have a job and was single, cared for his elderly mother with the help of his neighbour.

Child Sent To ICU After Laundry Detergent Pod Explodes In Her Mouth

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A 1-year-old boy has died after eating a laundry detergent pod while at a Kissimmee battered women’s shelter.

Laundry-PodPolice say Michael Williams was with his mother at the shelter when he ate the highly concentrated pack of laundry detergent and later died. Police are still investigating, but say they do not feel the poisoning was intentional. However, it will be up to prosecutors to file any charges once the investigation is complete.

According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, in 2012, poison centers received reports of 6,231 exposures to the highly concentrated packets of laundry detergent by children 5 and younger. As of July of this year, that number is 5,753. In July, Tide announced it will no longer package their detergent in clear packaging, using an opaque packaging that they hope will prevent kids from thinking it is candy.

That’s cool of Tide, but Terri Durdaller, a spokesperson for the Department of Children and Families, released a statement that I thought better addressed how to prevent such accidents from happening:

“The death of little Michael is a tragedy. It reminds all of us as parents the dangers of leaving household cleaning supplies around our little ones. Unfortunately, on average we lose 20 children each year to accidental poisoning in the state of Florida,” said Durdaller. “We have had prior history with this family and at this time our investigation is open and ongoing. We continue to work with law enforcement as the investigation moves forward into the circumstances surrounding the poisoning.”

Teen Tanning On Driveway Killed When Family Member Backs Over Her Head

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UPDATE: Marlie Hamblin has passed away from her injuries according to the family’s Facebook page, “Miracle for Marli.”

Marli-HamblinA Syracuse family is praying and hoping as a 15-year-old girl fights for her life in a hospital. Marli Hamblin was run over in her driveway Friday. She’s now in critical condition with a head injury.

“We’re hoping for the best for Marli, that some way a miracle will help her to pull through,” said her grandfather, Ron Hamblin. “But should that not be the case, we’ll just buck it up and carry on.”

Marli was listening to her iPod and sunbathing in the driveway of her Syracuse home Friday at around noon when a family member opened the garage, got into a Chevy truck, and backed up. Marli was run over in the process.

“It’s not an easy case for everybody involved–the officers, firemen, the paramedics,” said Syracuse Police Officer Erin Behm, who was one of the first on scene.”You can imagine, it was tragic,” said Behm.

“There’s just no words that can describe it or explain it at this point,” added Lance Hamblin, Marli’s cousin and LDS bishop.

“My phone hasn’t quit, people just wanting to help, wanting to do something,” he said.

Family members say Marli was getting ready to start high school and had a lot going for her. She had just made the cheer leading team at Syracuse High School.

“She’s been working diligently to perfect her skills in that area,” said Ron Hamblin.

She also plays piano and is the third of five children. This tragedy has brought her family, ward, and community together.

“They’ve been surrounded by all kinds of friends, not only family but at the hospital,” said Ron Hamblin. “My son’s a Little League football coach, and all the coaches are there supporting him. So it’s an awesome sight to see that happen.”

And all of these people are clinging to each other, trying to stay positive during a dark time “You gotta have faith, gotta have hope,” said Ron Hamblin.

“Just having faith that the Lord’s will will be done,” added Lance Hamblin. Marli’s LDS ward will be fasting for her Sunday. There’s a Facebook page supporting her called “Miracle for Marli.” Family members are posting updates there.

A fund has also been set up at America First Credit Union to help the family pay medical expenses.

Teenage Girl Died After Being Entangled In A Boat Propeller While Tubing

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Emily-FedorkoA 16-year-old girl was killed in a tubing accident off Greenwich Point Wednesday afternoon, and another teenage girl was seriously injured in what was called Greenwich’s first boating fatality in more than 20 years.

The teenagers were speeding atop the waters of Greenwich Cove, riding on a tube when the boat pulling them suddenly stopped, causing the riders to crash into the boat’s propeller.

“It’s a tragic sequence of events,” said Greenwich Police Lt. Kraig Gray. “The girls were out having a good time.”

There were two other teenage girls on the boat at the time, including the driver.

The lazy summer weekday at the point was blown away shortly after 2 p.m. as police and emergency personnel sped through the gate toward the Old Greenwich Yacht Club.

“Our launch driver heard the screams, so he went out to investigate and found the girls in the water,” said Tom Drake, the club’s commodore. “He was the first responder. He’s the one who called 911. He brought them back to the dock.”

Police Shoot and Kill Man for Playing with Toy Gun at Walmart

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On Tuesday night, 22-year-old John Crawford was shot dead by police at a Beavercreek, Ohio, Walmart.

Untitled-558x279He was allegedly killed for playing with a toy gun while in the store, after emergency dispatchers received a 911 call about someone waving a “rifle-like weapon” at customers in the store.

Family members have contacted civil rights organizations, including the NAACP and National Action Network, because they believe that police opened fire without justification.

The mother of Crawford’s two children, LeeCee Johnson, said the two of them were on the phone together when he was gunned down.

“We was just talking. he said he was at the video games playing videos and he went over there by the toy section where the toy guns were. And the next thing I know, he said ‘It’s not real,’ and the police start shooting and they said ‘Get on the ground,’ but he was already on the ground because they had shot him,” Johnson explained to theDayton Daily News. “And I could hear him just crying and screaming. I feel like they shot him down like he was not even human.”

Johnson just found out she was pregnant with their third child, but she never got the opportunity to tell Crawford before he died.

While the Beavercreek Police and the Ohio Attorney General’s Office refused to initially provide any information on whether he was armed with a toy or an actual weapon, it was later discovered that Crawford was carrying an MK-177 (.177 caliber) BB/Pellet Rifle. It wasn’t exactly a “toy” gun, but it wasn’t a real one, either.

“The response of the officers was instrumental in containing the situation, minimizing the risk to customers,” Beavercreek Police Chief Dennis Evers said.

Police kill unarmed 18 year old with shots to the back of the head and neck as he’s running away. Police spokesman: He was resisting

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53e85d70c7bd6.preview-620A calmer dawn broke Monday morning after a night of protest and looting in Ferguson left broken glass and at least one burned-out building.

Officer Brian Schellman of the St. Louis County police said two officers were injured overnight Sunday — one was hit by a brick and one suffered knee injuries. Police arrested 32 people for theft, assault or burglary.

The protests followed the fatal shooting on Saturday of Michael Brown, 18, by police. Authorities said Sunday that a police officer shot Brown, who was unarmed, after the teen attacked the Ferguson officer. After protests and a vigil earlier in the day, some people broke into stores and looted them, setting fire to a QuikTrip and leaving glass and other debris strewn about.

Schellman said the looting and destruction stopped and the area had quieted a down about 3:30 a.m. Monday.

He said the police helicopter was shot at once or twice, but was not hit. He said the night was a scary situation for even veteran officers.

Jennings school district canceled the first day of school today, saying it was concerned for student safety in the wake of Sunday night’s violence.

“Safety is our uppermost concern,” a Jennings release said. “At this time we do not feel it’s safe for our students to walk to school.”

Officials said they hoped classes could begin Tuesday.

On the lot of a QuikTrip that was looted and burned Sunday night, some men who said they had been there last night defended the damage as a response injustice.

DeAndre Smith, 30, of Ferguson was happy to justify the looting when a reporter asked him about it Monday morning.

“This is exactly what is supposed to be happening when an injustice is happening in your community,” he said, adding: “You have kids getting killed for nothing.”

He moved to St. Louis from New York in December.

“I don’t think it’s over honestly,” he said. “I just think they got a taste of what fighting back means.”

Others showed up to express dismay at the looting or help clean up.

Leonetta Hilliard, who works as a middle school English teacher, stopped by the QuikTrip. Using one of her school folders, she wrote a note to the store and take it to the side wall.

“Corporate neighbor: I am sorry this act of robbery and violence has happened. Please return soon.”

The note was taped over graffiti saying “187 county police,” the 187 a slang reference to murder.

She said she comes to the store to two or three times per week and has been doing so for about 15 years.

“This just doesn’t represent who we are as a community and I wanted just to say something to do something that was productive,” she said.

Leonetta Hilliard, who lives nearby, left a note at the QuikTrip, taped over graffiti that said “187 county police,” a refere

Pamela Richardson, 51, of Jennings, came to Ferguson on Monday morning and started picking up trash left by the looters at the QuikTrip store. A bit of smoke was still coming from the burned-out building. She rounded up beer cans and discarded Powerball tickets and crushed soda cans from the lot.

“It sends the wrong kind of message,” she said of the looters. “Don’t destroy other people’s property that they worked hard for because something else has happened. One doesn’t outweigh the other, you know. No connection between the two.”

Our earlier story:

FERGUSON • A day of protests and vigils Sunday for an unarmed black teenager who was shot to death by a Ferguson police officer erupted Sunday night with confrontations, looting and gunshots.

Authorities said Sunday that a police officer shot an unarmed black teenager after the teen attacked the Ferguson officer. But pressure for a deeper explanation grew locally and nationally through the day.

Hundreds of people gathered at the shooting site Sunday night for a vigil for Michael Brown, 18, who was to begin technical school classes today.

While some people prayed, others spilled onto West Florissant Avenue, choking off traffic. Looting was reported at a QuikTrip at 9420 West Florissant Avenue about 9 p.m. and soon spread from there. Most of the businesses being targeted were mainly along West Florissant.

Around 11 p.m., looters smashed into a Wal-Mart in the area near Interstate 270, as well as cell phone, clothing and dollar stores. A large fire was burning at West Florissant and Northwinds Estates Drive. A civilian was reported beaten near West Florissant and Chambers.

Jimmy Muhammad, 32, said he and his colleagues had just fended off a gang of masked young men with guns who tried to break into his uncle’s store, United Mart, in the 10300 block of West Florissant. The front door was shattered.

“It’s bad,” said Muhammad, still gripping a pistol. Sirens blasted from all the police vehicles speeding by to other crime scenes. “I don’t blame the police, but they can’t keep up.”

Silas Chung, 53, didn’t get to his small store, Up N Up Fashion, in the 11600 block of West Florissant, soon enough to defend it.

“I feel bad,” said Chung, cleaning up the damage. “This world is getting worse and worse.”

At Ferguson Avenue and West Florissant Road, about 150 demonstrators also blocked traffic. They were taunting police officers, who were lined up in riot gear, carrying shields and batons.

“It could have been one of your kids,” yelled Charles Staton, 35, of Ferguson, at the officers. “Protect and serve. They aren’t protecting.”

At the same time, about 100 people remained in front of the Ferguson police station, where South Florissant Road was also blocked by demonstrators. There the emphasis was on keeping the peace.

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar promised a thorough outside investigation.

“It’s turning into something it’s not supposed to be,” said Darryl Jones of Pine Lawn as the looting began.

Late Sunday, County Executive Charlie Dooley came to the line and tried to convince raucous demonstrators to leave. His efforts were yelled down. Eventually, officers moved their line forward with the help of barking dogs on tight leashes.

“It’s time to leave,” the officers said. Reporters on the scene said the area calmed down shortly after as action moved elsewhere.

Some people were caught in the crowds, though, and couldn’t easily leave. J.R. Grace came for the vigil but never made it because of the blockade. He was disheartened by the events playing out.

“The businesses didn’t kill that man. That’s not going to solve anything,” he said. “That’s only going to make things worse.”

Gunshots were reported in the area late Sunday, and a SWAT team was seen in the area. Hundreds of police officers from surrounding communities reported on the scene.

“We have officers from just about every department around here,” said St. Louis Police Capt. Ed Kuntz. “Obviously we don’t want to use force. We are hoping that just the presence is enough.”

By 1 a.m. today, he said pockets of stores had been looted from north of Interstate 270 to the city’s northern border. Kuntz, who has worked in policing for 34 years, said of the level of looting: “This is the first time I can remember this ever happening here.”

Benjamin L. Crump, a civil rights lawyer known for representing the family of Florida shooting victim Trayvon Martin, announced Sunday night that he had been hired to represent Brown’s family. Crump is based in Tallahassee, Fla.

In Washington, a spokesperson said Attorney General Eric Holder asked civil rights lawyers in the Justice Department to monitor the case. In St. Louis, Special Agent Cheryl Mimura said, “I can confirm that the FBI is working closely with the St Louis County PD to review the matter at this time.”

Protesters complained that the killing was emblematic of deep tensions between black residents of North County and a predominantly white Ferguson police force. Officials have not revealed the race of the officer who killed Brown.

“We have to stick together because we are targets,” said Robert Brefford, 26, an African-American musician from Berkeley who spoke in front of the police station Sunday night. He said police in the area pull over, poke and prod black drivers to provoke them.

“The bleeding began long before Michael Brown,” said Pastor Traci Blackmon of Christ the King United Church of Christ, in nearby Florissant.

She passed a petition seeking a dialogue with officials. “We come in peace,” she said. “But we are angry and in need of action and answers.”

Shontell Walters, of Berkeley, complained to stone-faced police outside their headquarters: “This child was ready to go to college and you killed his dream.” She added, “He is not coming back. He could have owned a business and made money for Ferguson someday, but you killed him.”

Dooley also visited protesters around noon Sunday to acknowledge their “justifiable anger” and implore them to “channel this anger into justice.” But the group turned on him for expressing confidence in the ability of county police to do a fair investigation, buffeting him with heated rhetoric and questions.

“How can we protect our children?” one mother screamed at him.

The shaken Dooley responded, “This is not the way to console the family right now.”

The NAACP and State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, joined a chorus seeking a federal investigation.

State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, said of the gathering in front of the Ferguson police station: “This demonstration has to happen to release all the negative energy people are feeling on the inside. And we are doing it peacefully.”

Activist Zaki Baruti said the presence of police dogs near demonstrations reinforced the perception of bias against black people. “It sends a very negative message, and it is a very insensitive reaction to the outrage of the people,” he said.

Another protest was scheduled for 10 a.m. today outside the police station. And the St. Louis County NAACP is planning a mass public meeting at 6 p.m. today at Murchison Tabernacle Church, 7629 Natural Bridge in St. Louis.

The Rev. Al Sharpton, a New York-based civil rights leader, called the shooting “very disturbing” and said he planned to meet here with Brown’s family today or Tuesday.

The demonstrations Sunday drew national news media attention to two sites: the police station, at 222 South Florissant Road, and the street where Brown fell, in the 2900 block of Canfield Drive.

Brown’s stepfather, Louis Head, sat cross-legged, head in hands, sobbing Sunday morning before a memorial on Canfield that would grow exponentially though Sunday with teddy bears, flowers and tributes.

“Ferguson killed my son,” he said. “Ferguson flat-out murdered my son in the street, a cold-blooded murder.”

In a news conference Sunday morning, Belmar, the county police chief, said the Ferguson officer had an encounter with two “individuals” about noon Saturday and that Brown pushed the officer back into his car and “assaulted” him in the vehicle.

Belmar said one shot was fired by the officer’s gun inside the car during the struggle, hitting no one, and that the officer then fired multiple times as Brown ran away. Brown fell dead in the street. Belmar said the crime scene covered a distance of just 35 feet.

Belmar did not describe the reason for the initial contact, nor indicate whether police think the shooting was justified. He also did not provide any details about the person who had been with Brown.

He said the shots that hit Brown were “more than just a couple but I don’t think it was many more than that.” He said an autopsy was pending.

The chief said the investigation’s results will be forwarded to St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch, whose office would decide whether criminal charges were justified.

Belmar noted that as Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson arrived at the scene Saturday, he called Belmar to ask for a county investigation.

Jackson sat beside Belmar but did not speak in a short news conference at 10 a.m. at the community’s firehouse.

Belmar emphasized that the outside investigation and consultation with the FBI — which has jurisdiction over allegations of civil rights violations by police — are “standard protocols.”

The officer who fired, whose name has not been disclosed, is now on administrative leave. Belmar said that officer has been on the Ferguson force for six years and appears to have “no other issues” in his past.

Belmar and Jackson abruptly left the news conference as reporters continued to call out questions.

Ferguson police and demonstration leaders were forced late Sunday morning to tamp down a rumor that a youth who had been with Brown in the police encounter was found dead.

It apparently began on social media and was still circulating Sunday afternoon despite a promise from Baruti, a demonstration organizer, that it was not true.

About a block from the police station, at Wellspring Church, Pastor F. Willis Johnson Jr. urged Sunday morning that frustration and anger be channeled into constructive acts, such as praying and volunteering in schools.

“We can’t act unjust in the name of justice. We can’t act uncivil, and then cry for civility,” Johnson preached.

Brown, a 2014 Normandy High School graduate, was scheduled to begin classes today at Vatterott College.

Parents killed, cooked and packed into lunchboxes

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A man killed, salted, and cooked his parents before dismembering them and stuffing their remains into lunchboxes.

ChinaFlag_largeThe horrendous crime occurred in China where a court heard the man had told friends he believed he was a psychopath.

Henry Chau Hoi-leung, aged 30, and his friend Tse Chun-kei, aged 36, are accused of killing Chau Wing-ki, 65, and his wife Siu Yuet-yee, 62, before dismembering, salting, and cooking them. Their heads and organs were discovered in two refrigerators on March 15 last year.

The other remains were found in a rubbish bin, cooked and packed into lunchboxes with rice to make it look like discarded food, in an attempt to hide the crime after the pair ran out of space in the fridges.

Chau claims to have killed his parents with the help of Tse in the middle of an emotional breakdown, but prosecutors allege that the murder was carefully planned.

Prosecutor Michael Arthur told the court that Henry Chau and Tse had planned the murders for more than three months, buying knives, refrigerators, microwave ovens, and a rice cooker.

The prosecutor said Chau admitted to friends that he had killed his parents and told them he was a psychopath in messages sent to a WhatsApp chat group while he was giving a statement at police headquarters in Wan Chai on March 14.

“I am a psychopath,” Henry Chau wrote in a message. “I cannot empathise with a normal person’s pain because of the experience of my childhood and adolescence.

“My process of emotion is different from a normal person.”

Chau told police after his arrest that he and Tse killed his parents on March 1 last year because “they felt ready”, the court heard. Both men have denied two counts of murder in court.

Chau initially told police his parents were missing after going to the mainland “to have fun”.

Police searched a flat at 38 Fuk Chak St in Tai Kok Tsui and found the dismembered bodies, as well as notes and receipts that suggested the pair had pre-planned the killings.

Prosecutor Arthur said: “Their crime was greatly premeditated. Their planning was extensive. Their preparation gathered pace in January and February. And on March 1 last year, they carried out the killings as they had planned.”

After his arrest, Chau told police he and Tse killed his parents, but that it was only Tse who cut up the bodies, treating it as though he was “chopping barbecued pork”, before packing the remains in rice boxes along with some rice and throwing out in the rubbish.

He said he killed his parents as they had no emotional connection.

Marielle Dalimata Drowned In Mop Bucket Days Before Her First Birthday

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Mariella-DalimataA baby girl just 10 days shy of her first birthday drowned Saturday evening after falling into a bucket of water at her family’s Creston home.

 

Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry said Mariella Dalimata accidentally tipped headfirst into a five-gallon bucket that was being used for mopping.

The incident was reported at about 10 p.m.

While the body was sent to the state Crime Lab in Missoula, Curry said what happened “is consistent with an accidental death.”

Brook Schwab, the girl’s aunt, said the girl’s parents, Kayla and Mark Dalimata, and the rest of the family are devastated.

“We were planning to have a birthday party. We weren’t planning to have funeral expenses,” said Schwab, who is helping to organize a fundraising effort to pay for the funeral.

Schwab said Kayla Dalimata wanted to communicate to all parents with young children “to be aware of just how quick drowning can happen” and that children shouldn’t be left alone around water, even momentarily.

Mariella was left unattended “for not even four minutes,” Schwab said.

A memorial fund will be managed through St. Matthew’s Catholic Parish, the family’s longtime church.

Those interested in contributing can also go to an online memorial that can be found at:www.gofundme.com/ci2eug