July 30, 2015

Walter Palmer - a Minnesota Dentist who likes to kill living things for fun

Walter Palmer, age 55, a dentist in Bloomington, Minnesota, has been universally reviled for his recent actions in Zimbabwe, Africa. 

Mr. Palmer is a hunter. He goes on hunting trips in Africa and pays huge amounts of money to do so - something in the range of $50,000.00 in American funds. 

Walter Palmer and dead antelope
Walter Palmer and dead buffalo
Walter Palmer and dead leopard
Walter Palmer and dead lion
Walter Palmer and dead rhinoceros
He apparently has done this for years. It is all legal.  He gets the necessary permits and pays the fees. And then he goes on a killing spree. 

The question that comes to mind is not about the legalities of doing this but rather - why would anyone want to do this? 

There is something very unsavory about killing anything for fun or for adventure.  It is perverse and self-serving. 

Mr. Palmer is a dentist who apparently makes so much money that he can frequently afford to spend $50,000. at a time on his hobby which is killing animals. 

It would be better for Walter Palmer and better for the world if he directed some of his skills to providing free dental services to the poor and to the homeless in Minnesota.  

And he wouldn't have to travel to Africa to find them. 

July 28, 2015

Caleb Collins and Shyheim Andrews - young soldiers who drowned in Hawaii

Spc. Caleb Michael Collins, age 22, and Spc. Shyheim Andrews, age  21, both drowned on July 25, 2015, in the waters off Halona Beach Park, Oahu, Hawaii. 

Caleb Collins (L); Shyheim Andrews (R)
Both men were motor vehicle operators assigned to the 524th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 25th Sustainment Brigade, 25th Infantry Division.  They were stationed at the Schofield Barracks, Oahu. 

Caleb, Shyheim and another friend were off duty and went to the beach.  At about 5 p.m. they were standing on shore taking photographs when a large wave knocked Shyheim into the ocean. Caleb immediately dove in to help his friend. 

Tragically both men drowned in the turbulent surf. 

The third young man was also knocked into the water but managed to get to shore despite being injured. 

Caleb graduated in 2011 from St. Augustine High School in New Orleans. In high school he was a member of the Marching 100 Color Guard and was an outstanding
Angels of God, pray for Caleb and
Shyheim. Pray for those who have lost
them. 
student. 

The military comrades of Caleb and Shyheim are in mourning over the deaths of their young brothers. They will be forever remembered. 

Caleb's and Shyheim's loved ones are devastated over their sudden and tragic deaths. 

Caleb was a caring and loyal young man.  His family is not surprised that he tried to rescue his friend. He is described as a wonderful son and a well-respected friend to many. He will be forever mourned.

Shyheim was a good kid. He did his best. He was greatly loved by his family and friends. He will be forever mourned. 

Caleb is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his mother, Dawn Collins and his father, Ernest Collins. 

Shyheim is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his mother, Inga Andrews.

Thank you for serving, Caleb and Shyheim. 

Pray for all who die by misadventure. They are with us one moment and are gone before we can say goodbye.

Pray for all who die while coming to the aid of others.  They are the true heroes of the modern era. 

Pray for all who die young.  They barely had a chance to live.

Pray that Caleb and Shyheim are in heaven. Pray that they are at peace and are with God. Amen. 

July 27, 2015

Luis Aleman-Mendoza - a Good Samaritan killed near Lewisville, Texas

Luis Aleman-Mendoza
Luis Mario Aleman-Mendoza, age 18, of Juarez, Mexico, died on July 26, 2015, at a hospital in Lewisville, Texas.

Lewisville is about 25 miles from Dallas.

Luis was visiting from Mexico and was spending the summer with family members.

Just after 4:30 a.m., Luis and his cousin Maria Mojica were returning home from celebrating a relative's birthday at an aunt's house in Dallas.

They came across a rolled over SUV on the highway and stopped to help. Another vehicle also stopped to help.

Luis was out of the vehicle and was attempting to help the crash victim when a fourth vehicle crashed through the accident site and into at least two of the cars and into Luis.

Luis was rushed to a nearby hospital where tragically he succumbed to his injuries.

Luis had recently graduated from high school and wanted to attend college.

Angels of God, pray for Luis
and for those who have lost
him.
It is believed that drunk driving may have been a factor in the crash that killed Luis and also in the original roll-over crash. However, reports are conflicting.

All participants in this tragedy are innocent unless proven guilty.

However we offer this advice to all drivers: If you find that you are wasted, drunk or doped up on street drugs or prescription drugs or if you are falling asleep on your feet, do NOT drive. Call a family member or a friend for a ride; or take a taxi or a bus; or stay where you are until you sober up; or crawl home on your hands and knees. It will be better for you and for the world if you do.

Regret can last a lifetime.

The loved ones of Luis are devastated over his sudden and tragic death. He was a good kid with a kind heart. He was always smiling. He is his family's hero. He will be forever mourned.

Luis is survived by many loving friends and family members who will forever miss him.

Pray for justice for Luis. 

God save us from the drunk and the doped up drivers. They are killing us, Father.

Pray that Luis is in heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Kirby Tott - Canadian Soldier died while on training in Shilo, Manitoba

Private Kirby Tott, age 25, of Prince George, British Columbia, died on July 25, 2015, at the Shilo Military Base in Manitoba, Canada. 

Kirby Tott
Kirby was undergoing a training exercise to become an Infantry soldier when he collapsed.  He had left his home province two weeks ago to go on this month long training exercise. 

There were no vehicles and no guns involved in his death. The cause of Kirby's death is under investigation.

Kirby was a member of the Rocky Mountain Rangers, a Reserve Regiment of the 39 Canadian Brigade Group. The Brigade is a force generator that recruits, trains, and retains reserve soldiers and leaders to support Canadian Armed Forces in domestic emergencies and expeditionary operations.

In 2012 Kirby had joined the Canadian Armed Forces as a reservist with the Rocky Mountain Rangers in Prince George, British Columbia.

He worked full time at the Prince George Regional Correctional Centre. He had taken a month off of work to attend the military course.

Kirby was excited about the training.  His ultimate goal was to join the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. He was happy to work with his military comrades.

Kirby's military comrades are in mourning over the death of their young brother. He
Light a candle for Kirby. Light
his way to Heaven.
will be forever remembered. 

Kirby's loved ones are devastated over his sudden and tragic death. He was a good kid and was happy and good-natured. He liked to joke around and laugh. He was into hockey and slo-pitch.  He will be forever mourned.

Kirby is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his mother and father and his sister.

Thank you for serving, Kirby. 

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

Pray for all who die suddenly.  They are with us one moment and are gone before we can say goodbye.

Pray that Kirby is in heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

July 25, 2015

Carolyne Sue Lamp - killed by dogs in Red Bird, Oklahoma

Carolyne Sue Lamp and unnamed child
Carolyne Sue Lamp, age 68, of Coweta, Oklahama, died on July 24, 2015, on a roadway in Red Bird, Oklahoma. 

Coweta is a suburb of Tulsa and has a population of just under 10,000. Red Bird is 7 miles away and has a population of 137.  Both towns are in Wagoner County. 

During the morning of July 24th, Carolyne Sue Lamp was in her car in Red Bird and was collecting aluminum drink cans from ditches. She wanted the cans in order to cash them in for extra money. 

Three or four dogs travelling in a pack attacked her in a ditch and bit her so badly that she died. One of the dogs may be a pit bull cross breed mutt; some of the others may be Rottweilers. 

One of the local residents ran off the dogs and tried to give Carolyne some water, but she was too badly injured to live. Tragically, she died of her injuries. 

The dogs involved are being held at an animal shelter in Coweta pending further investigation. 

Locals do not believe that these dogs are ownerless.  They believe that the dogs
All dogs who are allowed to run in packs
are potentially life-threatening.
belong to local residents who let the dogs run wild. It is also believed that Carolyne had perhaps fed these same dogs about a year ago. 

Local officials are aware that dogs are a big problem in the area.  Local residents in this small town have noticed up to 20 dogs a day just roaming around in packs or singly, doing exactly what they please. 

According to Oklahoma state law an animal control officer is only assigned to areas with a population of over 250,000, so small towns like Red Bird have no one to call.

If Oklahoma does not have the money to provide animal control officers in their counties, then they should enact legislation giving the sheriffs of individual counties the authority to shoot dogs running wild or in packs. 

It is pathetic that dogs are running wild in Oklahoma and nobody gives a damn. 

Death by dog is not acceptable in a civilized country.  Wake up, Oklahoma, and get with the 21st century.  This isn't 1870.  

Carolyne's loved ones are devastated over her sudden and tragic death. She will be forever mourned.

Carolyne is survived by many loving friends and family members who will forever miss her.

Pray for all who die by misadventure. They are with us one moment and are gone before we can say goodbye. Amen.

Pray that Carolyne is in heaven. Pray that she is at peace and is with God. Amen.

July 24, 2015

Bobby Fulks - a Good Samaritan in Omaha, Nebraska

Bobby Fulks
On July 23, 2015, Bobby Fulks, age 20, was walking with friends across the Bob Kerry Pedestrian Bridge in Omaha, Nebraska. 

Just after midnight, Bobby and his friends noticed a man standing on the ledge of the bridge looking as if he was about to jump. 

Bobby Fulks told his friends to stand back as he approached the suicidal man on the ledge. 

The man didn't want any interference and kept saying "Why do you care?". 

Bobby assured the man that he did care and that he wanted to help him to safety.

Not too long ago, Bobby had lost his grandmother, Vonna Fulks, who had died from a heart attack. 
The Good Samaritan comes to the aid
of strangers in distress. 

Bobby said that his grandmother would have helped a stranger because she cared about others and so does he. 

Bobby told the man: "Everything will be alright. You can trust me." 

Bobby was able to convince the man to grab his hand and to come off of the ledge. 

The suicidal man was taken by emergency crews to a local hospital.  He had not taken his depression medication and had wanted to die.

God bless Bobby Fulks. He is a Good Samaritan.

God bless all who come to the aid of strangers. Amen.

Scott Lunger - Police Officer Fatality - Hayward, California

Scott Lunger
Sergeant Scott Lunger, age 48, of Brentwood, California, died in the line of duty on July 22, 2015, at a hospital in Castro Valley, California. 

Sergeant Lunger was a member of the Hayward Police Department. He had 15 years of service. 

Hayward is a city located in Alameda County with a 2014 population of almost 150,000. 

Just after 3 a.m., Scott had observed a male driving a truck erratically and was conducting a traffic stop near a city intersection. As he approached the truck the male driver opened fire striking Scott. 

Another officer on the scene opened fire at the fleeing vehicle. The vehicle was found abandoned a short time later. The driver was wounded and was taken into custody. 

Scott was rushed to a nearby medical center where, tragically, he was pronounced deceased.

Mark Anthony Estrada, age 21, of Oakland, California, is the suspect. He has no prior
Michael, Archangel, Patron Saint of the Police,
pray for Scott and for those who have lost him.
criminal convictions but may be involved with a gang. 

The Hayward Police Department is in mourning over the death of their brother. Scott is described as a leader in the department. He was a great friend and an ideal police officer who was well-respected by his peers. He was a kind man who had strength of character. He will be forever remembered.

Friends describe Scott as laid back, helpful and giving. 

Scott played baseball with the Tri-Valley A's, a team for men 45 years of age and older. He also coached a girl's softball team at Freedom High School in Oakley, California. 

Scott's loved ones are devastated over his tragic death. He did his best. He will be forever mourned.

Scott is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members who will forever miss him.

Thank you for your service to the community, Scott.

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

God save us from the Lost Ones who bring death to strangers. Amen.

Pray that Scott is in heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

July 20, 2015

Four young women killed by an alleged drunk driver in Long Island Limo Crash

A terrible tragedy occurred on July 18, 2015, on a roadway on Long Island, New York.

Eight young women who were part of a batchelorette party were on a winery tour and had hired a limousine to drive them from place to place. They did not want to drive after consuming alcohol and while partying.

The young women had been friends since childhood. 

Stephanie Belli (top L); Brittney Schulman (top R);
Amy Grabina (bottom L); Lauren Baruch (bottom R)
At about 5 p.m., the limousine was attempting to make a u-turn at a flashing light on a roadway in Cutchogue, Long Island, when a pick-up truck slammed into the side of the limo, almost cutting it in half.

Three of the women died at the scene and the fourth was transported to a local hospital where she passed away from her injuries. The bride-to-be was one of those who survived.

Tragically deceased are:

Brittney Schulman, age 23, of Smithtown, New York
Lauren Baruch, age 24, of Smithtown, New York
Stephanie Belli, age 23, of Kings Park, New York
Amy Grabina, age 23, of Commack, New York

Four other young women were injured and were transported to a nearby hospital. The limo driver was also injured and hospitalized.

Steven Romeo, age 55, also of Long Island, the driver of the pick-up, was somewhat injured and stayed at the scene for about 15 minutes and then fled into nearby woods on foot. He was apprehended by the police soon after. He has been charged with driving while intoxicated. Further charges may be filed against him. His lawyer has denied that Steven Romeo was intoxicated.

Steven Romeo is innocent unless proven guilty.

However we offer this advice to all drivers: If you find that you are wasted, drunk or doped up on street drugs or prescription drugs or if you are falling asleep on your feet, do NOT drive. Call a family member or a friend for a ride; or take a taxi or a bus; or stay where you are until you sober up; or crawl home on your hands and knees. It will be better for you and for the world if you do.

Regret can last a lifetime.

The loved ones of these young women have suffered an unspeakable loss and are devastated. Oceans of tears will be shed for them.

Brittney, Lauren, Stephanie and Amy are survived by many loving friends and family members who will forever mourn them. 

Angels of God, pray for Brittney, Amy, Lauren and Stephanie and for those
who have lost them.
Pray for justice for these women.

God save us from the drunk drivers and the doped up drivers. They are killing us, Father.

Pray for all who die by misadventure. They are with us one moment and are gone before we can say goodbye. Amen.

Pray that Brittney, Lauren, Stephanie and Amy are in Heaven. Pray that they are at peace and are with God. Amen.

July 18, 2015

Matt Hickling - a Good Samaritan male nurse "marries" 4 year old cancer patient in Albany, New York

Abby, a 4 year old cancer patient "married" her favorite male nurse on July 16, 2015. 

Abby is a patient at the Albany Medical Center in Albany, New York and Matt had been one of her main nurses during her cancer treatments in the past year. 

Abby and Matt
Abby takes a chemotherapy pill every day and is subjected to a spinal tap once every three months. She has a year and a half of treatments remaining. 

Abby asked Matt Hickling if he would "marry her" and he agreed. 

Matt heard from Abby's mother that she was excited to go for treatment this week because she was getting married. 

Pray for Abby
Matt and his colleagues stepped up and arranged a ceremony.  Abby was given a white princess gown to slip over her clothes and Matt wore a Tuxedo T-Shirt. The staff at the Melodies Center for Childhood Cancer hummed the wedding march.  Abby was walked down the aisle by her mother and two nurses who acted as bridesmaids. There were rose petals scattered on the floor. 

Abby's doctor, Dr. Jennifer Pearce, officiated at the wedding.  Matt then pushed Abby in a hot pink car with a "just married" sign on it with tin cans tied to the back. 

Then everyone had cake and a good time. 

Abby said it was the "best day ever". 

Matt and the staff at the Center hope that this gesture on their part will keep the little girl's spirits high during her ordeal. 

Pray for Abby.  Pray that she recovers her health fully and that she goes on to lead a long and happy life. Amen. 

God bless Matt Hickling.  He is a Good Samaritan. Amen. 

Vernell Brown Jr. - Police Officer - New Orleans, Louisiana

Police Officer Vernell Brown, age 47, died on July 17, 2015, at a hospital in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

Vernell Brown Jr.
Officer Brown was a member of the New Orleans Police Department. He worked out of the 6th District. He had 17 years of service. 

On July 12, 2015, Vernell was training two police recruits at the scene of a car fire. Two other vehicles in the vicinity were involved in a collision causing one of the cars to veer off the roadway, striking Vernell. 

He was rushed to a local hospital where he remained in a coma for five days. Tragically, he succumbed to his injuries. 

The accident is under investigation and no charges have been filed as of this date.

The New Orleans Police Department is in mourning over the death of their brother. Police officials describe Vernell as one of the best fatality reconstruction investigators the department has ever had. He was professional, soft-spoken, humble but confident in what he was doing. He will be forever remembered.

Vernell's loved ones are devastated over his tragic death. He did his best. He will be forever mourned.


Michael, Archangel, Patron Saint of the Police, pray
for Vernell and for those who have lost him.
Vernell is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including but not limited to his father, Vernell Brown Sr.; his fiancée; and five children.

Thank you for your service to the community, Vernell.

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

Pray for all who go to work and who die because of it. 

Pray that Vernell is in heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

July 17, 2015

Four Marines killed in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Four U.S. Marines were gunned down on July 16, 2015, at a naval reserve facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Thomas Sullivan (top left); Skip Wells (top right)
David Wyatt (bottom left); Carson Holmquist (bottom right)
Tragically deceased are:

Gunnery Sergeant Thomas Sullivan, of Hampden, Massachusetts. He had nearly 18 years of service in the military, including two tours of duty in Iraq. He had been awarded two Purple Hearts.

Lance Corporal Squire "Skip" Wells, of Cobb County, Georgia. He had attended Georgia Southern University. He enlisted in February of 2014 and was a field artillery cannoneer.

Staff Sergeant David Wyatt, of Burke County, North Carolina. He had 11 years of
military service and had been deployed twice to Iraq.

Sergeant Carson Holmquist, of Wisconsin. He graduated from Grantsburg High
Light a candle for Thomas, Skip, David
and Carson. Light their way to Heaven.
School in 2008 and enlisted in the Marines in January of 2009. He was an automotive maintenance technician.

The murderer is Mohammed Youssef Abdulazeez, age 24, who opened fire on a military recruiting station in a shopping mall and then raced to the second military site where the killings took place. He was killed by the police. It is unknown at this time if he had direct links to a terrorist organization or if this was a "lone wolf" attack.

The loved ones of these men are devastated over their sudden and tragic deaths.

Their loved ones have suffered an unspeakable loss.

Oceans of tears will be shed for these four men. They will be forever mourned.

God save us from the psychopaths. They are killing us, Father. Amen.

God save us from this insanity. Amen. 

Pray that Thomas, Skip, David and Carson are in heaven. Pray that they are at peace and are with God. Amen.

John Whelan - Firefighter Fatality - Denver, Colorado

Firefighter John Whelan, age 46, died on July 15, 2015, at a hospital in Denver, Colorado. 

John Whelan
Firefighter Whelan was a member of the Denver Fire Department. He had 15 years of service.  His rank was that of Engineer. 

On June 28, 2015, John was at the scene of a dumpster fire that broke out near an abandoned building in Denver.  He was on the roof of the building checking for damage when he fell through a skylight. He fell 20 to 25 feet and sustained several injuries including a broken arm, broken ribs and unspecified internal injuries. 

John was rushed to a local hospital and underwent several surgeries. He was released from the hospital but returned because of shortness of breath.  Sadly he passed away an hour later from cardiac arrest.  

Florian, Patron Saint of
Firefighters, pray for John
and for those who have
lost him.
A Memorial Fund for John has been created through the DFD Credit Union and members can deposit or transfer funds into the Memorial Fund Account by calling 303-228-5300. Checks can be made payable to the John Whelan Memorial Fund and deposited or mailed to The DFD Credit Union at 2201 Federal Blvd. Denver, CO. 80211. 

The Denver Fire Department is in mourning over the death of their brother. John showed pride and professionalism in his years with the Department. He will be forever remembered.

John's loved ones are devastated over his tragic death. He had always wanted to be a firefighter. He was a good husband and father. He did his best. He will be forever mourned.

John is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his wife and young son.

Thank you for your service to the community, John. 

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

Pray for all who die suddenly. They are with us one moment and are gone before we can say goodbye.

Pray that John is in heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.