3 Americans Killed In Syria Suicide Blast ID’d Friday As Jon Farmer Shannon Kent Scott Wirtz

SYRIA. (THECOUNT) — Three of the four Americans who were killed in a suicide blast near a U.S.-led coalition patrol in Syria were identified Friday.

The fourth American killed in the attack was an interpreter working for the Defense Department and his name wasn’t released, reports FoxNews.

Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan R. Farmer, 37, of Boynton Beach, Florida, Navy Chief Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive) Shannon M. Kent, 35, of upstate New York and Defense Department civilian Scott A. Wirtz of St. Louis, Missouri were all identified as the American victims in the explosion. Continue reading

Brazilian Barrel Hunter Marcus Biju Found Dead In Haleiwa HI Banzai Pipeline Thursday

OAHU, HI. (THECOUNT) — Marcus Biju has been identified as the victim in a deadly water accident at Banzai Pipeline, on the North Shore of Hawaii.

Biju, aka, “The Brazilian Barrel Hunter,” was found dead in Haleʻiwa, floating in the water at Pipeline on Thursday morning.

The accident took place at 7:30 am which meant lifeguards were still not on duty at Ehukai Beach Park. It’s not known exactly what caused his death, according to surfertoday.

However, Biju could’ve hit the reef with his head before losing consciousness. The surf at the time was three-to-five feet.

Beachgoers and surfers pulled Biju from the water and performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) until the paramedics arrived and transported him to the Kahuku Medical Center, reports surfertoday.

“We lost a brother, friend, and one of the biggest wave barrel lovers I have ever met. His joyful spirit and contagious positive vibes will remain in our hearts forever,” said lifeguard and former world bodyboarding champion, Guilherme Tâmega. Continue reading

ME Man Gregory Simmons ID’d As Victim In Thursday Roxbury Fatal Snowmobile Accident

ROXBURY, ME. (THECOUNT) — Gregory Simmons, of Andover, Maine, has been identified as the victim of a fatal snowmobile accident in Roxbury, a town in Oxford County, Maine, on Thursday night.

Simmons, 47, was involved in a deadly snowmobile crash Thursday in the Oxford County town of Roxbury, according to the Maine Warden Service.

An area snowmobiler discovered Simmons’s crashed four-wheeler at about 9 p.m., Maine game wardens said.

Reports say, Simmons was killed after he lost control of his snowmobile on Interconnecting Trail System 84 and was thrown from the vehicle, WMTW reports.

Wardens said they believe Simmons had been at a local restaurant having dinner and was riding his snowmobile home when the crash occurred.

Speed appears to be a factor in the crash, officials noted in a report.

The Warden Service said this was the second deadly snowmobile crash this season.

Roxbury is a town in Oxford County, Maine, United States. The population was 369 at the 2010 census. Ellis Pond is popular with recreational fishermen, according to Wikipedia.

Arrest Made: IN Portage HS Student Alayna Oritiz ID’d As Victim Killed In Fatal Griffith Shooting

GRIFFITH, IN. (THECOUNT) — Alayna Oritiz has been identified as the Portage High School student shot and killed last week.

Oritiz, 18, was shot in the head near an apartment complex in Griffith on Jan. 9., and police in northwest Indiana are are holding a news conference on the deadly incident Thursday.

Relatives say she and a group of other people were there to drop off a friend.

A Griffith officer working at Park West Apartments heard what sounded like a crash, then saw an SUV speed off, reports wgntv.

Oritiz was a passenger in that vehicle.

According to the pressor, a manhunt is on for the suspects involved. Continue reading

UT Man Stephen Keddington ID’d As Victim In Wednesday Sandy Fatal Head-On Crash

SANDY, UT. (THECOUNT) — Stephen Keddington, of Murrah, Utah, has been identified as the victim in a two-vehicle crash in Sandy, Utah, Wednesday morning.

Keddington, 33, was operating a Honda Civic traveling west on 9000 South, when for unknown reasons, crossed centerlines and veered into oncoming traffic near 900 E, & 9000 S, in Sandy, UT, on Wednesday.

Keddington struck a Mazda head on.

The 36-year-old male driver of the Mazda received minor injuries and was not transported, according to ABC4.

Keddington was transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced dead on multiple blunt force injuries consistent with the violent crash.

Police are still investigating the crash and why the driver crossed the center line but they have not said if drugs or alcohol were factors, reports ABC4.

Friends and family members took to Facebook to remember Keddington:

The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with possible information on the crash should contact police at 911.

Sandy is a city in Salt Lake County, Utah, United States. The population was 87,461 at the 2010 census, making it the sixth-largest city in Utah. Sandy is home to the Shops at South Town shopping mall; the Jordan Commons entertainment, office and dining complex; and the South Towne Exposition Center, according to Wikipedia.

FL Woman Alexis Michaela Marshall ID’d As Victim In Thursday Fort Walton Beach Fatal DUI Crash

FORT WALTON BEACH, FL. (THECOUNT) — Hilton Robert Smith, Fort Walton Beach, Florida, has been charged with DUI manslaughter in an early Thursday crash that killed one young adult and seriously injured another.

Smith, 20, was drunk when he slammed into the passenger side of another vehicle operated by 24-year-old, Shelby Lynn Byington, also of Fort Walton Beach.

Byington’s 26-year-old passenger, Alexis Michaela Marshall, was pronounced dead at the scene of multiple blunt force trauma injuries suffered in the violent crash.

Byington received serious injuries and was taken to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, according to nwfdailynews.

A crash report noted both victims were wearing seat belts.

Smith, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was uninjured.

Smith was charged with DUI manslaughter, DUI serious injury, underage drinking and possession alcohol early Thursday.

Shelby Lynn Byington, 24 of Fort Walton Beach, was traveling south on Mary Esther Cut-Off in a Toyota SUV at 1:50 a.m., according to a press release from Florida Highway Patrol. As Byington approached the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard, along with 26-year-old passenger Alexis Michaela Marshall of Mary Esther, a Toyota Highlander entered the intersection and collided with the right side of Byington’s vehicle. The Highlander was driven by Hilton Robert Smith of Fort Walton Beach who, according to the press release, had been drinking.

Anyone with possible information on the crash should contact police at 911.

Friends and family members took to Facebook to remember the beloved young woman:

Mary Esther is a city in Okaloosa County, Florida, United States. The population was 3,851 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Fort Walton Beach–Crestview–Destin Metropolitan Statistical Area, according to Wikipedia.

Cleveland Man Arrested In Beating Death Of Slavic Village Great-Great-Grandmother Eusebia Garcia

CLEVELAND, OH. (THECOUNT) — Cornelius L. Pames Jr. has been identified as the suspect arrested Wednesday in the murder of 94-year-old, Eusebia Garcia, of Cleveland, Ohio, Slavic Village.

Pames, 25, was arrested in the brutal beating death of Garcia in a Gertrude Avenue home invasion that also injured her 74-year-old daughter.

Pames, who was recently released from prison after serving time for rape, kidnapping, aggravated robbery and felonious assault, appeared in court Thursday and pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder charges. The judge issued $1 million bond, reports FOX8.

According to records, Pames dislodged a window air conditioner to gain access to Garcia’s home. Once inside, he violently assaulted the women who had been sleeping. He then ransacked the house, stealing electronics, cash and a coin collection. Continue reading

Kirk Woodman Canadian Man Kidnapped In Burkina Faso Found Dead

BURKINA FASO. (THECOUNT) — CTV News is reporting, Kirk Woodman, the Canadian man kidnapped in Burkina Faso, has been found dead.

Woodman was working for Vancouver-based Progress Mineral Mining Company when he was kidnapped this week.

On Wednesday, after Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said she was aware of “serious reports” about the kidnapping, Woodman’s family issued a statement relating their faith in Canadian authorities to secure his safe release.

A spokesperson for Burkina Faso’s security ministry said Woodman was abducted during a raid of a local mining site in the northern party of the country.

Woodman’s son Matt is an employee of CTV News, based in Edmonton, according to ctvnews.ca.

Burkina Faso is a landlocked country in West Africa. It covers an area of around 274,200 square kilometres and is surrounded by six countries: Mali to the north; Niger to the east; Benin to the southeast; Togo and Ghana to the south; and Ivory Coast to the southwest, according to Wikipedia.

Kenya Wadau TV Host Odu Cobra ID’d As Victim In Nairobi Kenya Hotel Blast

KENYA. (THECOUNT) — Odu Cobra, a football journalist, a marketer with LG Company as well as a TV host with the online channel, Wadau TV, has been identified as one of the victims in the attack on a hotel complex in Nairobi this week.

James Oduor Radido, well known in the football circles in Kenya and surrounding areas, was among those killed in a deadly hotel attack in Nairobi Wednesday.

The East African operation of LG Electronics is mourning the death of Radido, who was the employee killed in the attack on a hotel complex in Nairobi.

LG said in a statement that Radido had a “valuable impact” on colleagues over the past four years. It described him as “a truly inspiring and genuine human being,” source. Continue reading

MO Man Deonte Gainwell ID’d As Victim In Thursday Fatal Columbia Shooting

COLUMBIA, MO. (THECOUNT) — Deonte Gainwell of Columbia, has been identified as the man found fatally shot early Thursday morning.

Gainwell, 20, was discovered suffering from at least one gunshot wound after police responded to a call of shots fired after midnight in the 3700 block of Weymeyer Drive, in Columbia, MO, on Thursday.

No suspect or motive information was provided by officials of the deadly shooting.

Detectives and the Forensic Evidence Unit were called to process the scene and collect evidence. Continue reading