Americans, Mexicans unite at vigil for mass shooting victims

first_imgnazarethman/iStock(EL PASO, Texas) — Thousands of Americans and Mexicans united in a torrent of tears in an El Paso, Texas baseball stadium Wednesday for a vigil honoring the 31 victims who perished in back-to-back mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio. Just 11 days after a 21-year-old man allegedly opened fire with a high-powered rifle at a Walmart store in El Paso, killing 22 people, including eight Mexican nationals, mourners from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border convened for the shared outpouring of grief and outrage. “The event that brings us together represents the lowest, saddest expression of our times,” Mexican Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for North America Jesus Seade told the crowd that packed the 8,000-seat Southwest University Park baseball stadium Wednesday night in El Paso.The bilingual service featured a mariachi band playing the somber song “Amore Eterno” (“Love Eternal”) and members of the El Paso Firefighters Pipes and Drums group performing the dirge “Amazing Grace.”On the baseball stadium’s infield were votive candles in white paper bags forming 22 stars for those who were killed in the Aug. 3 mass shooting in El Paso and nine circles representing those slain the following day in a shooting rampage that occurred in a bustling entertainment district in Dayton, Ohio.The somber event offered a pause from tensions between the two countries over calls by President Donald Trump, who visited El Paso last week, to strengthen the country’s southern border.Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, received loud applause in the predominantly Democratic border town as he addressed the crowd, saying his administration is taking action to “dismantle the purveyors of hate.”“As we gather tonight, we still cannot comprehend the evil that struck El Paso 11 days ago, the magnitude of the hate and racism, the sheer evil behind the act that took so many people,” Abbott said. “We may never fully understand the evil in this world or the hatred behind it, but here is what we do know: We know this evil will not overcome us. We will not allow our hearts to be hardened, and we will not allow hatred to stoke more hatred. Instead, we will conquer evil with goodness, and compassion and love for one another.”Earlier Wednesday, Abbott announced he is creating a new domestic terrorism unit to “root out the extremist ideologies that fuel hatred and violence in our state.” He also said the state will pour more resources into investigating white nationalists groups.The alleged El Paso mass shooter, Patrick Crusius, from a Dallas suburb more than 650 miles from El Paso, told investigators he was bent on killing as many Mexicans as he could when he stormed Walmart, where many parents and children had gathered for back-to-school shopping, police officials said.The majority of those killed had Hispanic surnames or were from Mexico, including five from El Paso’s sister city, Ciudad Juarez.Those killed ranged from age 15 to 90.The killing rampage is being investigated as an act of domestic terrorism by federal agents and could result in the death penalty if Crusius, who is facing state capital murder charges, is convicted. Investigators said that prior to the attack Crusius posted an anti-immigrant diatribe online.In a speech Wednesday in Oaxaca, Mexico, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he wants the United States to extradite Crusius to face justice south of the border.“Hate will never overcome our love. Hate will never overcome who we are,” El Paso Mayor Dee Margo said at Wednesday’s vigil.He implored the crowd to forever remember the victims, saying, “It is up to us not to let the world forget who they were.”Among those joining Margo and other leaders on stage where the law enforcement officers who arrested Crucius, detectives who are investigating the shooting and first responders who treated those wounded in the tragedy. Mourners showed them their appreciation by cheering and applauding.In a moving tribute to those slain, a sea of cellphones held up by mourners lit up the stadium as the names of the 22 El Paso victims were read aloud.“They were grandparents, fundraising for their grandchildren’s soccer league; mothers and fathers who cared for their children so much that they used their bodies as shields to protect them; families shopping on a normal Saturday morning; and a son who was getting ready to attend 10th grade at Horizon High School,” Margo said. “They represent generations of El Pasoans and Mexicans that have lived in unison and harmony throughout our 350-year history.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Wellington police notes: Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014

first_imgWellington Police notes for Tuesday, October 7, 2014:•1:28 a.m. Officers took a report of Suspicious Activity in the 1500 block N. B, Wellington.•8:45 a.m. Officers investigated dog at large and no tags on dog by a known owner in the 800 block N. H, Wellington.•10 a.m. Officers investigated a battery in the 200 block E. 3rd, Wellington.•10:50 a.m. Non-Injury, hit and run accident in the 900 block E. 7th, Wellington involved an unknown vehicle and a parked and unoccupied vehicle owned by Connie Jaramillo, Wellington.•11:30 a.m. Officers took a report of found wallet in the 100 block W. Lincoln, Wellington. It was returned to owner.•2 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of license plate in the 1400 block N. Olive, Wellington.•On October 5, 2014 at  2:28 p.m. Officers conducted an outside agency assist in the 900 block E. Lincoln, Wellington.•3:28 p.m. Officers took a report of a domestic dispute by a known subject(s) in the 300 block N. F, Wellington.•3:55 p.m. Officers took a report of children in need of care in the 1000 block W. College, Wellington.•Tammy L. DeBuhr, 43, Wellington was served a summons to appear for dog at large.•Gregg A. Finney, 39, Wellington was served a summons to appear for theft of services.•7:28 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the 900 block N. A, Wellington involving vehicles operated by Rebecca L. Ramsey, 62, Wellington and Kendra T. Woodward, 18, Wellington.last_img read more

Hiluta keeps Spanish title in English hands

first_img For the third successive year, the Spanish Amateur Championship is in English hands after Jack Hiluta beat Germany’s Marcel Schneider 4 and 3 in the 36-hole final at Alcanada, Majorca. The 22 year old from Essex maintained England’s recent monopoly of the event which has seen Sam Hutsby from Hampshire finish runner-up in 2009, Matt Haines from Kent beat Lancashire’s Tommy Fleetwood in the 2010 final, and Somerset’s Laurie Canter lifted the title last year after defeating Surrey’s Stiggy Hodgson, his England team mate.  Hiluta, who was ninth seed after the 36-hole stroke play qualifying, beat Spain’s Toni Ferrer 3 and 2 in round one then put out fellow Englishman Ashley Chesters from Shropshire 3 and 1 to reach the quarter finals.  A 2 and 1 win over Kenny Subregis of France booked a semi-final place where he edged past Dutchman Daan Huizing by 1 hole.  In the final, Hiluta lost an early lead and found himself behind after three holes. But he regained it by the turn and was 2-up at lunch. He increased that on the opening hole of the afternoon and although Schneider pegged him back to 1-up with nine to play, a concession at the 28th followed by a birdie at the long 29th restored his three-hole advantage.  A birdie-three at the 32nd put the Essex man 4-up and the title was secured at the next which they halved in par fours.  Hiluta, who has spent the last few years at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, was capped at under 16 and boys levels and represented GB&I against the Continent of Europe in the Jacques Leglise Trophy.  He was England boy captain in 2007, a member of the England A squad in 2009 and last year, when back from college, he finished third in the Berkshire Trophy.  Meanwhile, Jamie Clare, runner-up in last year’s English Amateur Championship at Woburn, reached the semi-finals of the South African Amateur at Mowbray Golf Club in Cape Town.  The Somerset teenager was beaten at the 19th by Brandon Stone having defeated England colleague Toby Tree 1-up in the round of the last 16. MatchPlay Results 5 Mar 2012 Hiluta keeps Spanish title in English hands last_img read more

Nelson Ultimate thrilled after amazing season on the frisbee pitch

first_imgThere is much to celebrate this year for the Nelson Ultimate Frisbee Association. The club was happy to host over 150 people from 10 teams July 21-22nd at Disc Break 2012, the revival of the Nelson Ultimate tournament and received rave reviews from all teams that participated and look forward to organizing the tournament next year, and for many years to come.Nelson Ultimate hopes to expand the tournament to include 16 teams to keep up with interest and align Disc Break 2013 with Nelson’s July Marketfest to show off Nelson in all its summer splendor.Nelson’s competitive touring team, Nelson Homegrown, made some major gains this year doing very well on the summer tournament circuit.  Homegrown played five tournaments including Nanaimo, Kelowna, Kamloops and Vernon and reaching the finals in two tournaments only narrowly missing top prize in both cases. The Canadian Ultimate Championships was held in Victoria, BC this August 16-19th and  Homegrown represented Nelson in the Open (men’s) division finishing 15th with one point losses to Vancouver and Toronto teams and were the Spirit Champions for their division.One final note of pride for Nelson Ultimate was the representation of three Nelson players on the Masters (over 33) winning team at the World Ultimate Frisbee Championships held this July in Sakai, Japan.Congratulations to Adam Chouchinoff, Greg Jewitt, and Anthony Maley for winning a gold medal for Canada. Currently, the Nelson Ultimate Frisbee Association is gearing up for our winter season.  We play indoor Ultimate Monday evenings at 8 p.m. at Soccer Quest.Nelson Ultimate is looking for players to commit to the full season so that we can boost our time slot and get a full two hours of play.  Anyone interested in joining, please email nelsonultimatefrisbee.ca or go to soccerquest.ca to sign up.  No experience necessary. Co-ed Ultimate Frisbee is a great way to stay fit, meet new friends and have fun!  See you on the field.last_img read more

Bombers drop opener, Lewis scores equalizer in 1-1 tie against Aldergrove

first_imgThe worst possible nightmare came true for the L.V. Rogers Bombers at the B.C. High School AA Boy’s Soccer Championships.A tired and weary Bomber squad, fresh from a weekend Whitecaps Regional camp, fell 3-0 to Okanagan Mission to open the 16-team tournament Monday in Burnaby.LVR managed to bounce back in game two, riding a Ryan Lewis goal to tie Aldergrove 1-1.”Got (to Burnaby) at 2 a.m. (Monday),” said coach Dave Spendlove, who along with son Jamie, form the sideline staff of the Kootenay champs.”It rained non stop and the boys did not play well losing the first game to Kelowna.”The Bomber worlds collided last week when tournament organizers moved up the AA championships two days. The decision meant most of the Bombers would be in Vernon Saturday and Sunday for the Caps training before traveling late Sunday night for the Lower Mainland. Added to the bad luck was the fact LVR was scheduled to open the tournament Monday at 9:30 a.m.”Against Kelowna we started off like deer in the headlights but came into the game and should have gone in half time two goals up,” Spendlove explained.In the second half, however, it was Kelowna going up early after LVR failed to clear the ball properly following an Okanagan Mission corner.OKM scored twice on defensive errors by the Bombers to put the game away. The goals cam after LVR missed on a three-on-one opportunity.Game two started like game one ended with Aldergrove granted a gift goal to open the contest.That was it for Aldergrove as the Bombers took over the game, pressuring the Fraser Valley team the rest of the game.The tying marker came following a six-way passing play with Lewis calmly depositing the ball into the vacant net.LVR returns to the pitch Tuesday to conclude the round robin draw with a game against West Van’s Sentinel.The playoff round follows Tuesday afternoon with the final seeding games set for Wednesday.last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY OCTOBER 16, 2016

first_imgRafael Bejarano63916914%54%$823,485 GORMLEY IN COMFORTABLE DRILL FOR JUVENILE            FrontRunner winner Gormley worked six furlongs under Chantal Sutherland for John Shirreffs at 8 o’clock Sunday morning for the $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita on Nov. 5.Working in company with regular workmate Veneto, Gormley was timed in 1:15 flat while Veneto was clocked in 1:17 flat.“Gormley went very well,” Shirreffs said. “We wanted to make sure he was comfortable next to the other horse. We put him in a different position to see how he handled it.“We weren’t looking for a fast time, just more of a comfortable, non-stressful work.”Victor Espinoza has ridden Gormely in his only two races, both front-running victories, but Sutherland has been working the son of Malibu Moon owned by Jerry and Ann Moss.“Chantal has really nice hands and she sits very still on the horse,” Shirreffs said in explaining why she works Gormley. “It’s nice to have a different rider on him sometimes, other than the rider who’s going to be on him in the afternoon.“Every time his regular rider gets on, Gormley tends to think, ‘Oh, we’re going to do something (serious).’ He can tell the difference between riders.”Sutherland is understandably impressed with Gormley, and would welcome the chance to ride the colt in competition.“The horse can do anything,” she said. “I wouldn’t mind if the Mafia came and tied Victor up to give me a chance to ride Gormley in a race.”The Juvenile will be decided at 1 1/16 miles, the same distance as the FrontRunner. Tyler Baze50104920%46%$377,520 INTANGIBLES KEY IN BREEDERS’ CUP SPRINTMasochistic worked four furlongs under Mike Smith Thursday in a bullet 45.40, handily from the gate for trainer Ron Ellis.It was the fastest of 46 drills at the distance as the California-bred son of Sought After prepared for the $1.5 million TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint at six furlongs Nov. 5.“I wanted to sharpen him up a little bit,” Ellis said in explaining the gate drill. “We might even do it one more time. He’s got two more works, one next Friday and probably on Saturday after that, a week before the race.”“All the Breeders’ Cup races except probably the Classic appear to be pretty wide open. They look very competitive. I would agree (with Bob Baffert) that the post position, the start, and other intangibles will be important in a race like the Sprint.” Norberto Arroyo, Jr.47115723%49%$429,260 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS (Current Through Saturday, Oct. 15) Peter Miller37105327%49%$296,200 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won SONGBIRD HAS HISTORY ON HER SIDE IN DISTAFFSongbird will be facing older fillies and mares for the first time when she runs in the $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff on Nov. 4.This late in the year, an age disparity might not make a difference, but since the undefeated two-year-old filly champion of 2015 would be facing older champions Beholder and Stellar Wind, it’s something to think about, in the opinion of Mike Smith, who has guided Songbird to dominating daylight victories in each of her 11 races.“I wouldn’t say the concept of three-year-olds handling older horses is overrated, especially with the older horses she’s going to have to face,” the Hall of Fame jockey said. “They’re extremely talented. They’re the cream of the crop, so Songbird is going to have to step up her game.”Dan Ward, assistant to Jerry Hollendorfer, who trains Songbird for Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farm, is a human version of Equibase, up to speed on research, which in this instance bodes well for Songbird: “Just look at the past results of the Distaff,” Ward said. “Ten three-year-olds have won it and most were facing older for the first time, so it’s a good gauge.“Beholder won when she was three (in 2013), Untapable (2014) won when she was three, Ashado (2004) won when she was three, Blind Luck was second (in 2010),” Ward pointed out.Other three-year-old winners of the Distaff were Sacahuista (1987), Dance Smartly (1991), Hollywood Wildcat (1993), Ajina (1997), Spain (2000), Unbridled Elaine (2001) and Royal Delta (2011)“This is a race Songbird will really have to run to win,” Smith said, “but in saying that, I think she’s ready for it. I certainly wouldn’t trade places with anybody, I know that.” Richard Baltas3956313%36%$318,880center_img TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Kent Desormeaux3393527%52%$329,925 Flavien Prat50117822%52%$942,715 Doug O’Neill52581010%44%$277,768 FINISH LINES: Songbird galloped Sunday morning and is scheduled to work Thursday for the Distaff . . . Multiple graded stakes winner Tara’s Tango worked five furlongs Sunday in a minute flat, fastest of 59 drills at the distance under Rafael Bejarano for the $1 million Filly & Mare Sprint at seven furlongs Nov. 5. “Perfect” is how Jerry Hollendorfer assistant Dan Ward summed up the drill. “It was a good finish, a good gallop out, just the way you want it. She’s a very good work horse.” . . . Ashleyluvssugar, winner of the Grade II John Henry Turf Championship on Oct. 2, had “a lovely work” in the dark for the $4 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf at 1 ½ miles Nov. 5, going four furlongs in 48.40 for Peter Eurton, while Sprint contender Drefong went six furlongs in a bullet 1:12.20 handily from the gate with Martin Garcia aboard. “He went good and he needed it,” Bob Baffert said. “It was a good work for him,” the fastest of 15 at the distance . . . Runhappy, winner of last year’s Grade I Malibu Stakes, is set to arrive at Santa Anita next Sunday, Oct. 23,   from The Thoroughbred Center in Lexington, Ky., to prepare for the $1 million Las Vegas Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile on Nov. 4 under trainer Laura Wohlers . . . Point Piper, a longshot for the Dirt Mile, went four furlongs for Hollendorfer in 50.80 . . . The jury was still out Sunday morning on why Long Hot Summer finished a disappointing fifth and last by 13 lengths as the 13-10 favorite in Saturday’s California Distaff Handicap. “We’ll evaluate her day to day,” said trainer Phil D’Amato, who sent out Enola Gray to win the race in her turf debut. “Something’s not right. We’ll take Long Hot Summer’s blood tomorrow to see if she could be getting sick on us, because that was not the performance we were expecting from her. On the other end, Enola saved the day for us with a really nice grass performance.” As to Obviously‘s Breeders’ Cup status, D’Amato said he would cross-nominate him to the Mile and the Turf Sprint “and kind of decide after that.” D’Amato has Grade I winner Midnight Storm as a leading candidate for the Mile . . . Trainer Jeff Bonde was pleased as punch with the debut victory of Princess Karen in yesterday’s second race, but revealed no imminent race for the two-year-old Kentucky-bred filly by Stay Thirsty, who won by nearly two lengths under Mike Smith. “We’re hoping for good things from her,” Bonde said. . . . Congrats to clocker Toby Turrell of The Yellow Sheet on picking Sundar Creek ($25.40) as his best bet Saturday. The Bob Hess Jr. trainee won by 5 ¼ lengths under Fernando Perez in the ninth race, cementing a Pick Six carryover of $67,281 into Sunday’s races. Turrell wrote in part, “Can’t ask for a softer spot than this. Play: $100 win . . .” for a juicy return of $1,250. GORMLEY WORKS ‘VERY WELL’ FOR BC JUVENILEDISTAFF HISTORY BODES WELL FOR SONGBIRDINTANGIBLES CRUCIAL IN BREEDERS’ CUP SPRINTSPRINT CONTENDER DREFONG IN ‘GOOD WORK’ROSE MENTIONS ‘CHROME’ ON FOX POST GAME SHOW Jerry Hollendorfer2643315%38%$215,735 ROSE MENTIONS CALIFORNIA CHROME ON FOX SPORTS POST GAME SHOW            Pete Rose, who along with fellow retired hardball greats Alex Rodriguez and Frank Thomas works as an analyst on Fox Sports NLCS baseball coverage, worked in a mention of superstar California Chrome following last night’s Cubs vs. Dodgers game at Wrigley Field.In an unscripted moment approaching midnight Central Time, Rose asked diminutive field reporter Ken Rosenthal, who had just finished an on-field interview with a Cubs’ player who easily exceeded 6′ 5″, “Are you gonna ride California Chrome?” A bit of uncertainty followed, with Rose being informed by anchor Kevin Burkhardt that “Ken isn’t a jockey.” Unbowed, Rose then pointed out that California Chrome would be running soon in the Breeders’ Cup.THANKS PETE!! Philip D’Amato3340512%27%$361,970last_img read more