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O'Cyrus Breaux of Houston, Texas celebrated his 14th birthday on July 15, 2017. Tragically, a day later, he was shot and killed...
"He was a good kid. I can't say nothing but good things, like everybody else," his mother, Ellen Breaux, said in an interview after his death.
Police said O'Cyrus was hit while friends and family were hanging out in a driveway at around 2 a.m. Those in attendance claim the shots came out of nowhere and no one saw the shooter. O'Cyrus suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

The family was originally from New Orleans, but Ellen Breaux said she left in 2011 along with her three sons to escape violence that occurred to her. A shooter had sprayed bullets at her and her fiancé. She was shot four times and he was killed.
This is where the story takes a strange turn.

Last week, police arrested Ellen, 33, and her 17-year old son, Messiah Breaux, accusing both of a June 23 armed robbery. In the robbery, the Breauxs are accused of pulling a gun on a man and taking his money and white pick-up truck and authorities said Ellen had the man pistol whipped. Police were able to track the stolen truck to the family's home using GPS.

In another twist, after his arrest, prosecutors say Messiah Breaux voluntarily gave a statement about the shooting while being questioned about the robbery. He confessed he shot his brother O'Cyrus.
Ellen Breaux's sister, Juliette Jackson, said she is hurt and angry that family members didn't know what really happened to O'Cyrus.
"I'm your sister, you could have told me the truth," Juliette Jackson said.
She said she doesn't know what sparked the gunfire, but speculated: "I don't think he meant to kill him."...
Juliette Jackson said she plans to visit Messiah in jail. "At the end of the day, it's still my family," she said. "Maybe the state can teach him something his mother couldn't. Maybe, like O'Cyrus, he's just a victim of his circumstances."...
Our sympathies are with those who mourn O'Cyrus' loss. Rest peacefully...

#ocyrusbreaux #ripocyrus #longliveocyrus #instamemorials #stopthekilling #stoptheviolence #putthegunsdown #gonebutnotforgotten #restinparadise #gonebutneverforgotten #restinpeace

Tierra Bryant, 19, of Cleveland, Ohio went missing on March 30, 2015.

She was last seen in Middleburg Heights at a Motel 6 with an older man, Rashad Hunt. Before going missing, she sent a text message to a friend, "Ok we still on our way to the room he being weird." She then asked her friend to come to the room, but when the friend arrived, Tierra was gone.

In June of this year, Rashad Hunt, 39, was arrested in Sacramento, California. Police said he had a violent past and had spent 11 years in prison for attempted murder.
Even though her body was not found, on July 5th, Cuyahoga County prosecutors indicted Hunt for voluntary manslaughter, felony assault, gross abuse of a corpse and obstructing official business. The indictment was based on Hunt’s confession and evidence recovered throughout the investigation.

The charge of voluntary manslaughter says Hunt acted with "sudden passion" or a "fit of rage" leading to the death of Tierra.
On July 20th, in Elyria, Ohio, investigators uncovered skeletal remains in a wooded area where they had focused their search for Tierra. Investigators located the remains in a hole about four feet beneath the surface of the ground.

Yesterday, the coroner confirmed that the remains belong to Tierra. She was identified through dental records and tattoos.

Hunt reportedly confessed to killing her and helped lead investigators to her remains.

For two years, her family searched, posted flyers, and used social media to get the word out that Tierra was missing. We know they must be devastated that she won't be coming home. Our sympathies are with them during this difficult time. Rest well Tierra...

#tierrabryant #findtierrabryant #findtierra #BringTierraBryantHome #restinpeace #tierrabryantcomehome #gonetoosoon #instamemorials #justicefortierra #gonebutnotforgotten #restinparadise

De'Earlvion 'Earl' Whitley, 4, of San Antonio, Texas was sleeping in his home when he was struck by a stray bullet during a drive-by shooting on July 20, 2017.

Investigators say gunmen pulled up to the home and let loose a hail of gunfire, more than 50 bullets, hitting Earl in the face as he slept and striking his mother Cyntwanisha twice in the leg.

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said they arrested four men after the shooting who were in two separate cars, both “loaded with guns and ammunition.”
“The gang activity, or at least what we believe to be gang activity, is starting up again on the East Side in a small area,” he said during a press conference. “We don’t know whether this is inter-gang, gang versus gang or an individual issue with gang ties.”...
McManus has not given any indication as to why the Whitley household was targeted. He said it's unclear if the four suspects were leaving the scene of the shooting or headed to another location to carry out a retaliatory attack. McManus said there was another drive-by a few blocks away earlier that day...
"It saddens me that the streets have come to the point where innocent children are being killed in their sleep,” Earl's grandfather said. “The family is saddened by the loss of Little Earl. At this moment, we’re just trying to piece our lives back together, which is going to take a long time.” Cyntwanisha is asking for no retaliation for the murder of her son.
Earl is being remembered as a natural-born football player and though small, a boy with a heart as big as Texas. He would have celebrated his 5th birthday next month.
Our sympathies are with his mother and Earl's 7-year old brother who was in the home during the shooting and survived without injury. Rest peacefully Earl...

#deearlvionwhitley #stopthekilling #kidslivesmatter #stoptheviolence #gonebutneverforgotten #restinpeace #instamemorials #restinparadise #gonebutnotforgotten #gonetoosoon #putthegunsdown

UPDATE: A group of teens who recorded and mocked a man as he drowned in Cocoa, Florida will be charged for their role in his death, authorities said on Friday.

Cocoa Police Chief Michael Cantaloupe said there's no law requiring people to report to officials that someone is dying however, after someone has died, people are required to contact authorities, he said.

The chief told CNN on Friday afternoon that he will recommend the teens be prosecuted under a statute that requires the reporting of a death to a medical examiner.

Police are currently in the process of filing paperwork to the state’s attorney’s office, he said.
The chief's statement was a shift. In previous days, authorities said the teens wouldn't be charged because Florida does not have a law that obligates a citizen to render aid or call for help for anyone in distress.

Public outrage has mounted since Jamel Dunn, 31, was seen in the more than two-minute long video, where the five teen boys -- who are between the ages of 14 and 16 -- can be heard laughing as he struggles to stay afloat in a pond near his family's home.
The teens can be heard warning Jamel that he was "going to die" and they were not going to help him. At one point, one of the teen boys can be heard laughing, saying "he dead."
Instead of calling for help, the teens recorded the incident on a cell phone, laughing during Jamel's final moments.

They posted video of the incident on YouTube and did not alert authorities...
"At least one of the teens expressed no remorse while being interviewed by detectives," Cocoa Police Department spokeswoman Yvonne Martinez said.

Police say that on the morning Jamel drowned, he had gotten into a "verbal altercation" with his mother and "possibly his fiancee," during which he told his fiancee to "leave the house," Martinez said.
"(His fiancee) left the home at about 12:40 p.m. Based on the video, he went into the water at about 12:50 p.m. and then drowned. He was in the water struggling for one or two minutes for the video portion," Martinez told CNN. His family does not know why he went into the water.

Our sympathies are with his loved ones...

#jameldunn #ripjamel #instamemorials

Ari "Danger" Schultz, 5, of Massachusetts was the first person to have two successful heart surgeries before he was even born. Since then he's had five open heart surgeries and a heart transplant in March of this year.
Ari made news, in mid-June when his parents posted a video, titled "Ari's Going Home," of their son learning that after spending 189 days as an inpatient, 105 days since having the March 3 heart transplant, and 86 days since being in cardiac arrest, that he was being discharged in two days.

In the video, Ari wearing a Boston Red Sox jersey and swinging around a baseball bat -- is ecstatic to learn that instead of waiting weeks to be discharged, it's only a matter of days. When his father reminds him how long he's been hospitalized, Ari exclaims, "189 days? That's crazy!" When his father asks him what he wants to do after he's discharged, Ari says, "Maybe go to a baseball field and after go in the backyard and practice my golf swing."...
Ari loved sports and Red Sox catcher Christian Vasquez and shortstop Xander Bogaerts dropped off gifts and invited Ari to throw out the first pitch at a Red Sox game on Aug. 27.
Late last month Ari also met golf legend Hale Irwin at the U.S. Senior Open.

On Thursday, his parents said he suffered a seizure and he coded in the ER. After over 30 minutes of CPR he was placed on life support. Sadly, on Friday, July 21, 2017 little Ari passed away.
This little boy was such a brave fighter who endured so much in his short life, yet he kept smiling and inspiring so many. Our deepest sympathies are with his parents and loved ones. Fly high Ari...
#aridangerschultz #arischultz #ripari #congenitalheartdefect #hearttransplant #gonebutneverforgotten #restinpeace #gonebutnotforgotten #restinparadise #instamemorials #gonetoosoon

On Sunday, July 9, 2017 Jamel Dunn, 32, of Cocoa, Florida was last seen by his girl friend. His family said he was standing in the driveway as she drove off to go to the store. When she returned 15 mins later, he was no where to be found. He walked with a cane so she figured he hadn't gotten far on foot. She and the family searched but could find no signs of him.
On July 14th, a male was found floating in a pond. The medical examiner later identified him as Jamel and the cause of death as drowning.
A family friend notified police after finding a disturbing video online showing Jamel drowning and being laughed at by a group of teenagers.
Jamel had wading into a fenced off pond and when he began to drown he called for help. But instead of the teenagers calling 911 or helping to rescue him, they mocked, laughed and continued to film him.

The teenagers, thought to be aged between 14 and 16, can be heard laughing behind the camera as the father-of-two shouted for help, before he disappeared under water.
One shouted: “Get out the water, you gonna die.” Another can be heard saying: “Ain’t nobody fixing to help you, you dumb b***h.”
Another teen asked his peers if they were “scared to see a dead person” as a scream is heard in the background. Moments later one announced “he just died”, before the rest erupted in laughter. They left the park shortly after without reporting the incident to the authorities.

Cocoa Police Department, said: “He started to struggle and scream for help and they just laughed. They didn’t call the police. They just laughed the whole time.”...
The teens were later identified and questioned by detectives, but the Brevard County State Attorney’s office said that although the incident was a "tragedy" they will not be charged, given that they were not directly involved in his death. "Good Samaritan" laws cannot be applied to the case, police said.

Jamel will be laid to rest on July 29th. Our sympathies are with his children and loved ones. This is such a heartbreaking tragedy. Rest well Jamel...

#jameldunn #longlivejamel #ripjamel #instamemorials #restinpeace #restinparadise #drowning #gonebutnotforgotten

TMZ reports Chester Charles Bennington, 41, the lead singer of the rock band Linkin Park, has died of an apparent suicide in his Southern California home.
He was found at a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates in Los Angeles County before 9 a.m. today.

He was also the lead singer for Dead by Sunrise and fronted Stone Temple Pilots from 2013 to 2015.
He was married and has six children.

The singer had struggled with drugs and alcohol for years. He said in the past that he'd considered committing suicide because he had been abused as a child.

In an interview, he revealed that he suffered sexual abuse from an older male friend when he was seven years old. He was afraid to ask for help because he did not want people to think he was gay or lying, and the abuse continued until the age of 13. The abuse and situation at home (his parents divorced and his father gained custody) affected him greatly. He was also bullied at school.
To comfort himself, he drew pictures, and wrote poetry and songs. Later, he revealed the abuser's identity to his father, but chose not to continue the case after he realized the abuser was a victim himself.

He recently performed during the funeral services for Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, who died of an apparent suicide in Detroit after performing a show. Today,
would've been Cornell's 53rd birthday.

Our sympathies are with his wife and children. Be at peace...
If you or a loved one is feeling distressed, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The crisis center provides free and confidential emotional support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to civilians and veterans.
#chesterbennington #ripchesterbenington #linkinpark #ripchester #depression #suicideprevention #suicideawareness #instamemorials #suicidal #itsokaynottobeokay

Chloe Bell, 17, of Hammond, Indiana was shot and killed Wednesday, July 19, 2017 while answering the door to her home.
At about 11:30 p.m., Chloe was fatally shot when she got up to answer a knock on the front door as she and her family were watching movies in the living room.
As Chloe was about to ask who it was, shots rang out, family members said. She was shot in the face and chest before she could even open the door.
The front door of the home could be seen riddled with bullet holes. Her parents and several young children were in the house. There were at least six bullet holes in the front door and at least three in an upstairs window.

Chloe, who was the youngest of four siblings, had hopes of going on to study criminal justice.
No one is in custody and there is no known motive for the shooting.
Her relatives said they don't believe she was the intended target and don't know who would want to harm their family. "Chloe never had any enemies. She made friends with pretty much everybody. She was the energy to our family," said Skylar Bell, Chloe's aunt.

Friends say Chloe loved to laugh and she was class president. Her tragic loss has left many devastated. Our sympathies are with her loved ones and friends...

#chloebell #ripchloe #ripchloebell #instamemorials #gonetoosoon #gonebutneverforgotten #restinpeace #gonebutnotforgotten #restinparadise #justiceforchloe #stoptheviolence

Delaney DeVerna was born on April 24, 2014.
In October 2015 the unexpected happened, Delaney was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. During that year she went through multiple rounds of chemo and she received a bone marrow transplant.
Delaney was a fighter, and nearly 10 months later, she was in remission.
In November 2016 the family received devastating news that Delaney's Leukemia had returned.
Delaney loved the movie Frozen. She loved singing, especially the song 'Let it go.'
On March 23, Delaney's family was told that the leukemia was no longer responding to treatment and Delaney was placed under hospice care and given two months to live.
Today, July 19th, Delaney, 3, passed away surrounded by her loved ones.
She is remembered as vibrant, full of joy and with a sweet personality. Our deepest sympathies are with her parents and loved ones. Rest well Delaney...
#delaneydeverna #ripdelaney #leukemia #leukemiaawareness #instamemorials #childhoodcancerawareness #morethan4 #childhooodcancer #acutemyeloidleukemia

This little angel is seven-weeks old Mau'rion Williams of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
He was born healthy but on June 27, 2017, he died suddenly at his home.
His grieving parents suspect black mold in their rental unit was the cause of his death and they want an investigation and answers.
The report from the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office said Mau'rion was on a fold-out couch bed next to a 10-year-old sibling. The final cause of death was listed as "undetermined."...
The medical examiner said they will be performing further testing to determine how Mau'rion died.

His family believes his death may be linked to black mold in the home. "Mold started growing. Like, we had an inspector come out and they found mold in the air and everything," said Maurice Williams, the baby's father.
City inspectors stopped by the house on Wednesday, July 19th to inspect. The family said the inspectors told them the house would not be condemned, but there would be work orders.
They said their son's death was not the first time they called an inspector for mold. In February, a 37-year-old relative died after suffering breathing problems in the house. They said that death was attributed to asthma.

The parents told Fox6 that they've placed their other children with relatives outside the home while they figure out what to do next.

Building inspection officials haven't yet released what they found after their visit to the duplex today.

We hope these grieving parents find the answers as to why their baby boy died. Rest well Mau'rion...
🔺Black mold is toxic with the most common affect being respiratory issues, such as, coughing and sneezing, irritation to the eyes, mucus membranes of the nose and throat, rashes, chronic fatigue, severe lung infections, worsening of allergies and persistent headaches. Mold is particularly dangerous for infants and children...

#maurionwilliams #ripmaurion #instamemorials #toxicmold #moldtoxicity #blackmold #gonebutnotforgotten #restinparadise #gonebutneverforgotten #restinpeace

Tamara Harris, 33, and Dequalan Harris, 35, from Cedar Hill, Texas, had been in the process of getting a divorce when Tamara was reported missing Friday, July 14, 2017.
Cedar Hill Police were notified by relatives who hadn't heard from Tamara or seen her young child in several days.
To try and find Tamara, officers used the OnStar system in her 2015 Chevy Traverse. They were able to locate her car in Mansfield, Ohio, about 1,150 miles away from Cedar Hill.
Mansfield Police found the SUV parked on the street and Dequalan inside one of the homes with another woman on Saturday morning.
Officials said he had gone to Mansfield, Ohio on Friday 'for love' or 'an internet connection', according to WFAA.
Demika Rucker, Dequalan's girlfriend, who lived on the street where Tamara's car was found, said he arrived around 3.30pm Friday after the approximately 17-hour trip.
Dequalan told police he hadn't seen Tamara since Thursday when he picked up their son from her home.

Before towing Tamara's car, officers checked the trunk and found her body inside.
Police say Dequalan had driven from Texas to Ohio to meet another woman with Tamara's body in the trunk and her child in the car.
Dequalan is being held on charges including resisting arrest, obstructing official business and abuse of a corpse in Ohio. Further charges are pending in Texas.

Their young child, who was found with Dequalan, is in custody of Children's Services in Ohio until being reunited with family in Texas.
An autopsy is pending to determine Tamara's cause of death.

Tamara was a nurse. She was a hard-working and loving mother of three children. Her friends describe her as a blessing, someone who was always smiling and positive no matter what she was going through.
Our deepest sympathies are with her children, loved ones and friends. Rest well Tamara...
#tamaraharris #riptamara #stopdv #gonebutneverforgotten #restinpeace #gonebutnotforgotten #restinparadise #instamemorials #domesticviolence #domesticviolenceawareness #enddv

Umar Muhammad, 30, of Durham, North Carolina was described by friends as a "bright light" and someone who gave a voice to many who felt like they didn't have one.
Umar was driving a motorcycle at about 11:40 a.m. on Monday, July 17, 2017 when he collided with the front corner of a Cadillac driven by Rodney McLaurin.

Umar passed away shortly after in hospital.
McLaurin was charged with death by vehicle, failure to yield right of way and driving with a revoked license. He was also served with an outstanding warrant for misdemeanor possession of a schedule III controlled substance.

Umar was a community organizer with the Southern Coalition for two years. He recently became lead organizer and campaign strategist for Forward Justice.
In that role, he planned to work on national issues through the Formerly Incarcerated, Convicted People’s & Families Movement.
Umar demanded better relationships between police and the community. He had spent five years in prison for robbery and upon his release in 2012 he advocated for those who had been incarcerated and their families.

He worked to push barriers aside so people like himself could have a second chance.

His friends said he gave people hope. “He would constantly talk to folks about getting their (criminal) backgrounds checked and cleaned up, and getting folks empowered and understanding the power within the community,” a friend said.

He helped raised twin boys and he was the father of a 2-month old baby girl.

Our thoughts are with his loved ones, friends and all those whose lives he touched. Rest well Umar...

#umarmuhammad #ripumar #gonebutneverforgotten #restinpeace #gonebutnotforgotten #restinparadise #instamemorials #formerlyincarcerated

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