WASHINGTON, DC. (THECOUNT) — Tala Farea, 16 and her older sister Rotana Farea, 22, have identified two young Virginia women found dead along the Hudson River on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.
The sisters went missing from their Fairfax home on Aug. 24, according to the New York City Police Department.
Their bodies were found on Wednesday afternoon duct-taped together near West 68th Street in New York City’s Riverside Park. A police source suggested the women hadn’t been in the water for long, and their causes of death were still being investigated on Saturday morning. Continue reading
LOUISVILLE, KY. (THECOUNT) — Royce Buford has been identified as the victim who died after being dropped off at a Louisville hospital while suffering from gunshot wounds Tuesday.
Buford, 28, was rushed into surgery after being transported to KentuckyOne Health Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital, located at, Bluegrass Avenue, Louisville, KY, on Tuesday, by private car at around 10:45 a.m.
Life saving measure failed and Buford was later pronounced dead of injuries consistent with gunfire.
Louisville Metro Police Department spokesman Dwight Mitchell said Buford was dropped off around 10:45 a.m. The person who brought Buford to the hospital left in a car. Continue reading
LAWRENCE COUNTY, AL. (THECOUNT) — Wymon Leonard Hampton and John Willie Mays, have been identified as the two men found dead in a Lawrence County home Friday night, according to police.
Police have identified Hampton, 59, and Mays, also 59, as the two men found dead inside a home in North Courtland, in Lawrence County, AL, near the North Courtland Fire Department.
Authorities say that an investigation concluded the victims had been using a generator for heat and power purposes in an unventilated area.
Officers with the North Courtland Police Department responded to a call of an unresponsive person inside a home on Johnson Lane Friday night. After responding, they found 59-year-old Wymon Leonard Hampton and 59-year-old John Willie Mays dead. Continue reading
WASHINGTON, IN. (THECOUNT) — Keith Jones, known as one of the great on air voices in the Daviess and Knox County, Indiana, areas passed away Wednesday after an illness.
Jones, 63, passed away surrounded by his loving family at 6:55 pm on October 17, 2018 at his residence. Keith was born on August 23, 1955 in Washington the son of Dean Webster and Helen Maxine (Ivy) Jones.
Keith was a member of the Church on the Way and a dedicated member of the 20th Century Chevy Car Club. He also was a member of the VFW and American Legion Auxiliaries. Keith was in broadcasting for many years and owned and operated K Com and High Octane Trax.
Keith had worked for several area radio stations as a disc jockey working under his own name and several pseudo names including “Pete Moss the dirt-bag of radio. He was also very instrumental in getting sound ran and played at Eastside Park as well as downtown Main Street and that music is still being played today.
Keith recorded many Republican Party advertisements for area politicians for many years and had a major influence on all of the sounds of Washington and launched the careers of many musicians in Washington and the state of Indiana.
Survivors include his wife, Julie Jones of Washington; son, Joseph “Bobby” Jones and his wife Regina of Washington; sister, Linda Hauser and her husband Gary of Poplar Grove, IL; brother, Gary Jones and his wife Sherry of Washington; step-daughter, Melissa Padgett Green; step-son, Shawn Padgett; nine grandchildren, two great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Keith was preceded in death by his parents and his aunt Garnet Rainey. Continue reading
LAWRENCE, MA. (THECOUNT) — Godsmack frontman, Sully Erna, issued a sad statement announcing the death of guitarist Tony Rombola’s son, Joe Fay.
Fay passed away at the age of 34, causing the rock band to postponed their fall 2018 Europe tour, to give Rombola time to mourn.
Rombola, 53, performed with Godsmack during the band’s set at the Aftershock festival in Sacramento, California, over the weekend, which marked their last North American date of 2018.
Sully Erna: “With my deepest regrets, and on behalf of our guitarist Tony and his wife Sue, I am personally writing this message to all of our fans worldwide to inform you that Tony and his family have suffered a loss that no parent should ever have to endure.
Tony and Sue’s son Joe Fay passed away last week, unexpectedly, at the young age of 34. He was one of the kindest and most humble guys I had ever met. And most importantly, he was a FAN. Just like all of you. He literally lived the success of Godsmack through his Dad. He was always so excited and proud just to be around all of us, and we will all miss him deeply.
As we await more information on how this happened, we humbly ask that you respect Tony and his family’s privacy as they take time to process this and heal.
We appreciate all of your patience, prayers and support in this very trying time. And I promise you, we ARE coming back bigger and stronger in the beginning of 2019, and we WILL honor all of these tour dates in Europe and across this globe. So be ready!” Continue reading
MANHATTAN, KS. (THECOUNT) — David Howe, of Manhattan has been identified as the body found by the Riley Co. Police Department last week in west Manhattan, Kansas.
The body of Howe, 64, was found Tuesday in the 1100 block of Westloop Pl, in Manhattan, KS. A cause of death was not provided.
Official did said that foul play did not appear be a factor in the death without further elaboration.
Investigators identified him as David Howe, of Manhattan. They added the 64-year-old’s death was not suspicious. Continue reading
HOPEWELL, VA. (THECOUNT) — Two people killed in a double murder in Hopewell, VA, have been identified as Joseph Darnell Wooden, 31, and Alexander Allen III, 23.
The double-fatal incident occurred in the 100 block of Ruth Harris Street on Tuesday.
Police have said there is no outstanding threat to the general public. Continue reading
PORTLAND, OR. (THECOUNT) — HALESTORM frontwoman Lzzy Hale is speaking out on the death of HUNTRESS singer, Jill Janus. Janus passed away on Tuesday, August 14, and now Hale has called for improved awareness around mental health following the musician’s tragic death.
Earlier today, Hale took to her Instagram page to write: “It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to one of our peers. Jill Janus, has died today.”
“Jill was very open about her struggles with mental health and addiction. Now, more than ever, spanning across every age group, the suicide rate is extremely high.
“I’d like to take a moment to state again how important it is to talk about mental health, and remind all of you out there battling demons that you are not alone. I have to navigate my own dark labyrinth and I turn to music and writing for my lifeline. I want to encourage you to keep searching for your lifeline, something that makes you happy. It doesn’t matter if no one gets it but you… that’s okay!
“We need to stop trying to live up to expectations that society places in front of us to make us feel unworthy of love, beauty and success. We need to stop comparing ourselves to others. We need to stop trying to be ‘normal.’ And we need to stop being quiet about our mental well-being. Continue reading
BOULDER, CO. (THECOUNT) — Marguerite Banker, of Boulder, Colorado, has been identified as the body found in an east Boulder pond on Monday.
Banker, 33, was named by the Boulder County Coroner’s Office as the body found Monday after family member reported her missing when she didn’t show up for an appointment.
Banker had planned to go fishing at the pond, which is adjacent to East Boulder Dog Park in the East Boulder Recreation Center, earlier Monday, according to the family member. Continue reading
PAWNEE COUNTY, OK. (THECOUNT) — Agents with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation are trying to explain exactly how a young woman, arrested for public drunkenness, was found shot dead hours later in her jail cell Tuesday afternoon.
Brittany Weide DeVerges, 26, was arrested 3 a.m. Tuesday for public intoxication and possession of paraphernalia, and transported to the Pawnee County Jail.
Authorities say they checked on the young woman around 10:30 a.m. and determined that she needed to remain in the Oklahoma detox cell for an extended period of time.
At 12 p.m., officials say DeVerges was found deceased in her jail cell after suffering an apparent gunshot wound to the chest. A handgun was located on her stomach, authorities said.
Officials with the OSBI say the evidence indicates that DeVerges sneaked the weapon into the jail on her person. Continue reading