November 29, 2012

Syrian Dictator cuts Syria off from the Internet

Bashar Al-Assad
Bashar Al-Assad, the Dictator of Syria, on November 29, 2012, cut off Internet services and some cell-phone services to Syria. 

He effectively removes Syria from the global Internet and from global connections. 

According to Syrian activists, the Syrian government often cuts Internet and phone services before launching major military operations, which prompted speculations of imminent offensives by government troops.

Syrian men weeping at the destruction
of their lives caused by Bashar Al-Assad.
God help them. 

40,000 Syrians have been killed in the civil war in Syria. 

Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have fled from Syria as refugees to foreign countries.  They will run anywhere to escape from this freak, Al-Assad. 


Pray that this Angel, who
is looking for Bashar,
finds him soon. 40,000
souls beg God for this
intention.
Bashar Al-Assad, hereditary dictator of Syria, will not prevail in the end. 

He will be ousted.  He will be physically beaten to death as was Moamar Kaddafi in Libya, if in the end, he is found in Syria. 

Alternatively, he may escape to Russia where he has hidden 6 billion U.S. Dollars as a "back-up" fund for him and his family. This is money he stole from the Syrian people.

God save Syria and the Syrians. Amen.

God deliver us from the dictators.  Amen.

Jersey Bridgeman - Murdered in Arkansas - pray for this child

Jersey Bridgeman, age 6, was murdered on or about November 20, 2012, in a vacant house in a trailer park in Bentonville, Arkansas. 
Jersey Bridgeman - pray
for her

It is believed that this poor child was raped and suffocated. 

Zachary Holly, age 28, the next door neighbor, has been arrested in connection with this crime.

The tragic death of this poor child has a pre-history. And a sad pre-history at that. 

In 2011, the father of Jersey Bridgeman, David Bridgeman and his wife, Jana Bridgeman, who was the stepmother of Jersey, were arrested for chaining the girl to a dresser in their home in the nearby town of Rogers. David Bridgeman told investigators that he restrained Jersey to keep her from getting into medication and other things in the house.

David Bridgeman (the father); Jana Bridgeman (the stepmother); Zachary Holly (the neighbor)

David Bridgeman is now serving an 18-year prison sentence after pleading guilty in June of 2012 to false imprisonment, permitting the abuse of a minor and endangering the welfare of a minor. The stepmother is serving a 12-year sentence, plus three years for a probation revocation, after pleading guilty to the same charges.

Jersey received something of a fresh start when she moved in with her mother and began kindergarten this Fall. However, this fresh start resulted in her death. 

A family friend stated that Jersey had a unique quality and that she was a "little, old soul". 

Jesus, pray for Jersey.  
And no wonder. She relied on the adults in her life to protect her and what did she get? Abusive parents and a murderous neighbor? If it wasn't the neighbor, it was someone else. 

Jersey is survived by many loving friends, well-wishers and relatives including her mother, DesaRae Bridgeman; and a younger sister. 

Pray without ceasing unto God, that the children in this world are saved from abuse and childhood death. They deserve to be allowed to grow up and to make their own life. Amen. 

God help us. Amen

Pray that Jersey is playing in the fields of heaven.  Amen. 

Let us pray that she is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Christopher Monahan Jr.

Cpl. Christopher M. Monahan Jr., age 25, of Island Heights, New Jersey, died on November 26, 2012, of injuries sustained when his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device, while on patrol in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

He was assigned to Combat Logistics Battalion 2, Combat Logistics Regiment 2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. 

Chris graduated from Central Regional High School in Bayville in 2005 and enlisted shortly thereafter in the Marines. 

This was his third overseas deployment. He had previously served two tours of duty in Iraq. 

Mary, pray for Chris
Family members stated that Chris was the guy everybody looked up to. He was well liked in school, played sports and volunteered for everything. They said that he wanted his kids to be proud of him. 

He wanted to make the military his career. He was scheduled to come home in 73 days. 

Christopher is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his mother; his sister and brother; and his 3 children - ages 6, 4 and 1. 

Thank you for serving, Christopher. 

Let us pray that Christopher Monahan Jr. is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

November 27, 2012

Karl Karlsen - arrested for murdering his son for money - New York State

Karl Karlsen - the
beneficiary of one
insurance policy after
another
Karl Karlsen, age 52, of Varick, New York, was arrested on November 24, 2012, for the murder of his son, 23 year old, Levi Karlsen, in 2008. 

State prosecutors allege that an insurance policy was taken out on Levi Karlsen, just days before his death, naming his father, Karl Karlsen as the sole beneficiary and not Levi's 2 young daughters. 

State prosecutors allege that Levi was working under a pick-up truck which was on jacks. His father caused the vehicle to fall off the jacks, crushing and killing Levi Karlsen.  Karl then left the home for four hours, came back, called 911 and pretended to be devastated by his son's death. 
Levi Karlsen 

Authorities also said Saturday they plan to re-examine the 1991 fire that killed Karl Karlsen’s first wife, Christina. Back then, Karlsen told authorities that he rescued his three children – including 5-year-old Levi – from the New Year’s Day blaze in California but could not save his wife.  The circumstances of the fire are suspicious. The children did not seem to be in the house at the time of the fire.  

Karl received $200,000. from his wife's death by fire. 

Karl Karlson supposedly had several vehicle fires also covered by insurance. 

Karl Karlsen formerly worked at Guardian Industries in Geneva, a glass manufacturer where his son was employed until the time of his death.

Karl Karlsen is innocent until proven guilty. However.....

God save us.  We don't need enemies when our mother or father will kill us. 

There are men and women in this world who live by making serial insurance claims. They crash cars, set fires to property, and kill people in order to get the insurance money. 
Light a candle for Levi Karlsen.
Light his way to Heaven. 

God save us from the psychopaths who murder others for money. Amen.

God save us from the Lost Ones who kill the children of their own body.  Amen. 

What does it profit a man who gains the whole world and loses his own soul? 

Pray for Levi Karlsen who lost his mother in a fire and then lost his own life.  Amen.

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

Maria Santos Gorrostieta - Murdered by the Mexican Drug Cartels

Maria Santos Gorrostieta, age 36, died sometime after November 12, 2012, in the Mexican state of Michoacan.  Her badly beaten body was found on a roadside on November 17, 2012, 

She had been the Mayor of the small town of Tiquicheo from 2008 to 2011. She had condemned the drug cartels and traffickers, who reportedly were the violent overlords of Tiquicheo, under the fear of which lived the ordinary population of the town. The local drug trade calls the shots and makes decisions about what happens in the Tiquicheo area. 

She was also a medical doctor.  She vowed to oppose the drug lords and they were not happy. They don't want opposition.  They want to run Mexico. 

Twice they tried to kill her and she was shot three times.  Her husband, Jose Sanchez Chavez was killed.  She ended up needing a colostomy bag because of the damage to her intestines.  She later remarried. 
Saint Bernadette of Lourdes,
who said,  "I am ground
like a grain of wheat", pray
for Maria, who was ground
down by evil

On November 12, 2012, she was in her car with her daughter and was dragged out of her vehicle and beaten.  Maria pleaded that her kidnappers leave her daughter alone, after which the ex-mayor was thrown in her kidnappers’ car.

She had said after one attempt on her life:  "What occupies my mind is my responsibility towards my people: the children, the women, the elderly and the men who break their souls every day without rest to find a piece of bread for their children......I will rise up however many times God allows me to, to keep on searching, negotiating plans, projects and actions for the benefit of all of society, but in particular, for the vulnerable ones. This is who I am."

Maria is survived by many loving friends, supporters and relatives. 

Maria is a modern day heroine.  She is a heroine of Mexico and of the World. 

God save us from the Lost Ones who stalk the Earth stealing away life.  Amen.

Let us pray that Maria Santos Gorrostieta is in heaven. Let us pray that she is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Cheryl Williamson - killed in Kentucky for stepping on a shoe

Cheryl Williamson, age 24, died on November 25, 2012, in Louisville Kentucky. 

Cheryl was in town for the Thanksgiving weekend. She had been partying at the Gillespie Nightclub in downtown Louisville on Saturday night. After midnight, she was shot and killed in the vicinity of the club. 

Cheryl was a student at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. She was taking fashion design and was set to get her college degree in May of 2013.

It has been reported that Cheryl accidentally stepped on a man's shoe at the Nightclub. She ended up outside the club arguing with that man and his friend. The argument escalated and Cheryl was shot in the chest.

A bystander took Cheryl to University Hospital, where she underwent surgery. She died within two hours of arriving at the hospital.

Friends describe Cheryl as a rock for her family, an amazing person who genuinely liked being around people and having friends. 
Angels of God, pray for
Cheryl

Others say she had the promise of a bright future. 

If you have any information about this crime, please call the anonymous tip line at 502-574-5673.

Jesus, Mary, all saints and all angels pray for us. Now they will kill you over a scuffed shoe. 

Who are these freaks who place no value on human life?  Who goes to a club, carrying a gun? 

God save us from the Lost Ones who stalk the Earth stealing away life. Amen.

Let us pray that Cheryl Williamson is in heaven. Let us pray that she is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Kyle Deatherage - Law Enforcement - Illinois

Trooper Kyle Deatherage, age 32, of St. Jacob, Illinois, died in the line of duty on November 26, 2012, near Litchfield, Illinois.

Kyle was a member of the Illinois State Police. He had 8 years of service in Law Enforcement.

Kyle was making a traffic stop on I-55, at mile marker 62, near Litchfield and had parked his motorcycle on the shoulder and was speaking with the driver of the vehicle when he was struck by a tractor trailer and killed.

Kyle entered law enforcement as a Madison County sheriff’s deputy in 2004 and moved to the state police in May of 2009.  He had switched to motorcycle duty because it allowed him to move from the night shift to days, and see more of his growing family.
Michael, Archangel, Patron
Saint of the Police, pray for Kyle
Family members describe him as a wonderful person.  They are devastated by his loss. 

Police officials stated that Kyle was a very, very good police officer who was going places.  He was dedicated to his career.  Other police officials stated that Kyle was one of those men you love to be around. 

Kyle had been one of 29 Illinois troopers sent to New Jersey this month to help with cleanup efforts after Hurricane Sandy.

Kyle is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his parents, Barry and April Deatherage; 2 brothers and a sister; his wife, Sarah; daughter Kaylee (age 4); and son, Camden (age 10 months). 

Pray for all who die in the line of duty. 

Thank you for serving, Kyle. 

Let us pray that Kyle Deatherage is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Kevin Ebbert

Petty Officer 1st Class Kevin R. Ebbert, age 32, of Arcata, California, died on November 24, 2012, while supporting stability operations in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan.

Kevin Ebbert was assigned to an East Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

It was reported that Kevin was shot. 

Angels of God, pray for
Kevin

Kevin had been in the Navy for approximately 5 years.  This was his second deployment to Afghanistan.

He intended to return home early in 2013 to start medical school.

Military officials describe Kevin as a courageous patriot. 

Kevin is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his mother, Charlie Jordan; and his wife, Ursula. 

Thank you for serving, Kevin. 

Let us pray that Kevin Ebbert is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Zachary Shanafelt

Spc. Zachary A.Shanafelt, age 24, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, died on November 21, 2012, at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C.

Zachary was a combat medic in Afghanistan with the Attack Battery 1-84th Field Artillery at Combat Outpost Qaisar in the Fariyab Province. 

He was injured in an accident which occurred in Afghanistan in 2011. 

He attended Creston High School and was part of the ROTC program there for 4 years. ROTC officials describe him a great role model and a super kid. 

Family member describe him as a loving and dedicated husband, father, son, brother and friend. His wife was the love of his life and his son was the apple of his eye. 

Father, place Zachary on the
Stairway to Heaven
He is also described as a giving, unselfish man, full of life and an extrovert, with a sense of humor. 

Zachary is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his mother Gloria Shanafelt; his father, Patrick Shanafelt; his brothers Christopher and Silas Shanafelt; his wife Marina; and their 13 month old son, Daniel. 

Pray for all who suffer and linger. 

Thank you for serving, Zachary.

Let us pray that Zachary Shanafelt is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God.  Amen.

November 24, 2012

Mohamed Morsi, President of Egypt - Here comes another Pharoah

Mohamed Morsi, the 61 year old President of Egypt, on November 22, 2012, announced that he was giving himself sweeping new powers including having authority over courts. 

You would have to be an Egyptian Constitutional Lawyer to understand all of the implications of this new push for more and more power. It is all muddled. 

Ramses II, Absolute Monarch of Egypt, has risen from the grave
not once but twice
The president said he was acting to protect the revolution and advancement towards a new constitution for Egypt.

Many Egyptians fear the real agenda of President Morsi is not to protect the revolution, but to increase the power of President Morsi, and of the Muslim Brotherhood, and to promote the writing of an Islamist constitution for Egypt.

Rioting and violence on the streets erupted three heartbeats after he make his announcement about more power for himself.  


The Egyptians are sick of these men who pop up like weeds, one after another, grubbing for power.  

In the West, these men are called Dictators.  In Egypt, these men are called Presidents. 

Mohamed Morsi must know something about democracy and human rights.  Two of his children are American citizens. 

God save Egypt from the Dictators.  Amen

Scott Ward - Law Enforcement - Alabama

Deputy Sheriff Scott Ward, age 47, died in the line of duty on November 23, 2012, in Fairhope, Alabama. 

Scott was a member of the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office. He had 15 years of service and had previously served with the Prichard Police Department.

Scott and two other deputies responded to a domestic disturbance call shortly after 4:00 pm.

The deputies were questioning a male subject on the home's front porch when the man suddenly produced a handgun and opened fire. Deputy Ward and one other deputy were shot before the subject was killed by return fire.

Michael, Archangel, Patron
Saint of the Police, pray for
Scott
All three deputies were wearing their vests. Both wounded deputies were flown to the University of South Alabama Medical Center in critical condition. Deputy Ward succumbed to his wounds.

Scott was a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. 

Friends describe Scott as a good family man who cared deeply for the community he patrolled.

Scott is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his wife.

Pray for all who die in the line of duty. 

Thank you for your service, Scott. 

Let us pray that Scott Ward is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

November 22, 2012

CT or CAT scans - don't do them

A CAT scan is a computed axial tomography.  

They cost shitloads of money and could be well over $1,000. for one scan. 

If you are not covered for this on your health plan, you will be billed for this amount. 

Each CAT scan gives you about 400 times the amount of radiation that you receive from a normal chest X-Ray.  

CAT scans can cause cancer. 

What does this mean?  I'm confused. 
Most radiologists and most surgeons look at CAT scans and then say "Duh?".  They haven't got a clue as to what they are looking at. You spend $1,000. and they are puzzled, confused, unfocused and non-committal.

Archaeologists looking at ancient Egyptian mummies have done CAT scans on them and can determine that someone born 3470 years ago had arthritis and what they had for lunch on the day of their death.   

And yet our doctors can look at your CAT scan and can't remotely figure out if you have arthritis or anything else for that matter. 

10 years ago I underwent a series of CAT scans for a medical problem.  They took the CAT scans for an abdominal problem.  They studied the CAT scans and said that I needed my appendix taken out.  My appendix was taken out and in the end, the appendix was not the problem at all. It turned out to be a ruptured diverticulitis issue. 

I had another CAT scan to no avail and then one more scan to position an abdominal drain in my guts.

I had something like 3 CAT scans or the equivalent of 1200 chest x-rays and it was all for nothing.  Not one of these CAT scans was used to diagnose my medical issue.  In  fact, CAT scans resulted in a mis-diagnosis of my issues. 

A country bumpkin doctor with a stethoscope and a smile and a dusty old medical book would have done as much good for me as these dudes, with less trauma. 

The moral of the story is:

Do not sign up for CAT scans unless you have no other choice and you are in a life threatening situation. 

Most surgeons and radiologists can't tell shit from shoe polish when they look at CAT scans. They look at CAT scans as if they were star-gazing.  They monkey around in the dying time of others.   

Don't spend $1,000. on an ineffectual diagnostic procedure. 

Don't expose yourself to horrendous amounts of cancer causing radiation for no real reason. 

God help us.  Amen.  

Juan Mendoza Vargas - soldier struck by a car

Sergeant Juan Mendoza Vargas, age 38, died on November 16, 2012, in Killeen, Texas.

Juan was off duty and at about 11:00 p.m., he was crossing South Fort Hood Street when he was struck by a vehicle driven by a 20 year old man. Juan was pronounced deceased about 40 minutes later. 

Juan listed his home town as Las Vegas, Nevada. 

He entered the military in August of 2006 as a chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear specialist. He had been assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, Phantom Command, III Corps, Fort Hood since September of 2012.

Juan had served two one-year long tours of duty in Afghanistan. 

Father, place Juan on the
Stairway to Heaven. 
Juan's awards and decorations include two Army Commendation Medals, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two Campaign Stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge, Air Assault Badge, and Driver and Mechanic Badge with Driver Wheeled Vehicles.

Juan is survived by many loving friends and relatives. 

Pray for all who survive war only to be killed by accident and by misadventure. Amen. 

Pray for all who die before their time. Amen. 

Thank you for serving, Juan. 

Let us pray that Juan Mendoza Vargas is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Chris Good - Firefighter - Pennsylvania

Firefighter Chris Good, age 36, died on November 21, 2012, in Chester County, Pennsylvania. 

Chris was a volunteer member of the Good Will Fire Company, which is part of the West Chester Fire Department. He had 10 years of service.

On November 20, 2012, Chris attended at a house fire in West Goshen. He was not injured in the fire and returned to his full-time job at a metal plant the next day. His wife later found Chris in cardiac arrest. CPR was started and EMS responded, but all efforts to save Chris were unsuccessful. 
Saint Florian, Patron
Saint of Firefighters,
pray for Chris Good

His death comes just before a trip he had organized to the Jersey Shore to help in the Sandy recovery effort.

Chris had made a statement about why he joined the volunteer Fire Department as follows: "The brotherhood that is present in the firehouse, helping residents in our community, training younger members so they are prepared for the future. I love everything about the firehouse!"

Chris is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his wife and three children. 

Pray for all who die as a result of coming to the aid of others. Amen. 

Let us pray that Chris Good is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Rory Park-Pettiford - killed in carjacking - San Jose, California

Rory Park-Pettiford, age 22, of San Jose, California, died on November 16, 2012, in San Jose. 
Rory Park-Pettiford

Rory grew up in Campbell, a suburb of San Jose. He attended Marshall Lane School and Westmont High School. 

Rory and a friend had pulled into the lot of a 7-11 Store on Friday night around 9:00 p.m.. They were approached by 2 armed men who attempted to steal Rory's vehicle. Rory was shot during the altercation. 

Jonathan Wilbanks and an unidentified accomplice also opened fire on a San Jose Police Officer, who narrowly escaped injury.
Jonathan Wilbanks

It is believed that Jonathan Wilbanks and his accomplice were involved in 4 other incidents that night - the robbery of a Little Caesars Pizza, the robbery of a gas station, the robbery of a Jack in the Box restaurant, and the robbery of a spa. And then these men proceeded to the 7-11 to kill Rory Park-Pettiford. 

Jonathan Wilbanks was arrested after a brief car chase, but police are still searching for the second suspect.

Angels of God, pray for Rory
Family members describe Rory as an amazing young man who blessed all with his presence and his kindness. He will be forever missed. 
 
Rory is survived by his mother, Young-Ae Park; his father, Rory Pettiford and his brother, Dylan. 

God save us from the thieves. Amen. 

God save us from the Lost Ones who stalk the Earth stealing away life. Amen. 

Let us pray that Rory Park-Pettiford is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

November 20, 2012

Zykia Sanders - killed by a stray bullet in Philadelphia

Zykia Sanders, age 22, died on November 17, 2012, in the Powelton district of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

Friends said that Zykia was leaving a birthday party on Saturday, just after 2 a.m. She and a group were walking to a store when suddenly, several unknown suspects in a four-door sedan fired several shots. 15 to 20 shots were fired and one of them struck Zykia as she tried to run away. 

She was found along the 4000 block of Holden Street outside of an apartment complex. She was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where she was pronounced dead at 2:35 a.m.

Police state that Zykia was not the intended victim of this shooting and was killed by a stray bullet. She was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

God help us.  Can we not walk the streets in the night any more without taking our life in our hands? 
Mary, pray for
Zykia

Call the police anonymously at 215-686-TIPS if you have information about this horrible crime. There is a $20,000. reward for information leading to the conviction of Zykia's killer(s). 

Zykia was a student of the University of Phoenix and was due to graduate in 2013. 

Family members said that Zykia was single and had no children. She was fun to be around. Friends said that she had a bubbly personality and everyone loved her. 

Zykia is survived by many loving friends and relatives including her Grandmother, Barbara Sanders. 

God save us from the Lost Ones who stalk the Earth stealing away life. Amen. 

Let us pray that Zykia Sanders is in heaven. Let us pray that she is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Linda Ness - murdered on the job - Pennsylvania

Linda Ness
Linda Ness, age 55, of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, died on the job on November 18, 2012, at a gas station/convenience store in Silver Spring Township, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. 

Four men entered the store late that night, spoke briefly with Linda, and shot her, and left without stealing anything. 

Police believe that robbery was the motive. 

Linda Ness was considered a valued employee by those she worked for. She had worked at the store for three years. Customers say she was polite, cheerful and helpful.

Tyler Bradshaw, Christian Conway, Brandon Mathna, and Shante Rice have been arrested in connection with this crime. They range in age from 17 to 20. 

Linda is survived by many loving friends and relatives including her three sons. 
Up Left: Tyler Bradshw (age 19);
Up Right: Christian Conway (age 20);
Lower Left: Brandon Mathna (age 17);
Lower Right: Shante Rice (age 19)

God save us from the thieves. Amen. 

God save us from the Lost Ones who stalk the Earth stealing away life. Amen. 

Let us pray that Linda Ness is in heaven. Let us pray that she is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Majad Awnallah - (Omar) - murdered on the job in Stockton

Majad Awnallah, age 37, died on November 17, 2012, at a supermarket in Stockton, California. 

Majad was known as "Omar" to his neighbours and customers.

Majad was working at the convenience store on the late shift when he was shot by one of two men wearing hoodies who entered the store. Majad was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.  The suspects remain at large as of this posting. 

Customers and neighbors describe Majad as the nicest guy in the world. He is also described as a good man who took care of everybody. He will be missed.

Angels of God, pray for Majad
He had been working at the market for 6 months. His family lived in San Bernardino. He was saving money to bring his family to Stockton.

Majad is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his five children. 

God save us from the thieves. Amen. 

God save us from the Lost Ones who stalk the Earth stealing away life. Amen. 

Let us pray that Majad Awnallah is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Dale Means

Lance Cpl. Dale W. Means, age 23, of Jordan, Minnesota, died on November 18, 2012, of injuries sustained from an improvised explosive device, while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. 

He was assigned to Combat Logistics Battalion 2, Combat Logistics Regiment 2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

Dale graduated in 2007 from New Prague High School in New Prague, 35 miles south of the Twin Cities.  He also attended Dakota County Technical College. He enlisted in the Marines in early 2011.  This was his first tour of duty in Afghanistan. 

Father, place Dale on the Road
to Heaven
Family members said Dale joined the Marines because he wanted to do something important in his life. He had a love of life.

Dale was married on October 15, 2011 to his high school sweetheart, Andrea. 

Friends said that Dale loved big trucks, 4 wheelers and snowmobiles.  They describe him as bright, passionate about what he did, funny, kind-hearted and honest.

Dale is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his sister, JoLyn Means; and his wife, Andrea Means.

Thank you for serving, Dale.

Let us pray that Dale Means is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

November 19, 2012

Elahmadi Goba - murdered on the job - in Chicago

Elahmadi Goba, age 40, died on November 13, 2012, in a convenience store located in Chicago's Gresham neighborhood. 

Elahmadi, known as "Eli" to the locals, was a clerk at the N & A Food Market. He was working his evening shift when he was shot and killed during a robbery of the store. 

Police are still looking for the gunmen as of this posting. Two men were shown on video cameras inside the store and several more milling around outside.

A protective glass partition near the register wasn't enough to stop the bullets. Elahmadi was shot in the chest while his hands were up in the air. 
Angels of God, pray for Elahmadi

Elahmadi was from Yemen and was working to send money back to his wife who lives there. He had been working at the store for about 5 months. 

Local residents are very upset. They describe him as a kind, considerate, caring and helpful man. It was also said that he sometimes gave patrons food for free if they didn't have enough money to pay him. 

God save us from the thieves. Amen.

God save us from the Lost Ones who stalk the Earth stealing away life. Amen. 

Let us pray that Elahmadi Goba is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Joseph Richardson

Spc. Joseph A. Richardson, age 23, of Booneville, Arkansas, died on November 16, 2012, in Paktika Province, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device and small arms fire.

He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas.

Gabriel, Archangel, pray for Joseph
Joseph arrived at his Fort Riley unit in October of 2008. He had previously served one tour of duty in Iraq. This was his first deployment to Afghanistan. 

Joseph is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his mother, his father and his wife.

Thank you for serving, Joseph.

Let us pray that Joseph Richardson is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Channing Hicks

Sgt. Channing B. Hicks, age 24, of Greer, South Carolina, died on November 16, 2012, in Paktika Province, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device and small arms fire.

He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas.

He was known as "Bo" to his family and friends. 

Light a candle for Channing.
Light his way to Heaven.
Channing graduated from Greer High School in 2006, where he played football.  High school officials describe him as a quiet and respectful.

Channing joined the Army in June of 2006. He previously served two deployments to Iraq with the 1st Infantry Division.  This was his first deployment to Afghanistan.

Family members stated that he wanted to serve in the military even as a kid.  He had planned on making the military his long term career. 

He is described as a good man and a patriot who was well loved by his family. 

Channing is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his father, Chan Hicks Sr.; his brother, John Hicks; and two young children ages 6 and 7.

Thank you for serving, Channing. 

Let us pray that Channing Hicks is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

November 17, 2012

Gary Stouffer, Lawrence Boivin, Joshua Michael, William Lubbers - soldiers killed by a train

Angels of God, pray for Gary,
Lawrence, Joshua and William.
Pray that they are in Heaven. 
Four U.S. Army veterans died on November 15, 2012, in Midland, Texas. 

They were attending a parade in support of wounded veterans. They were on a float inching across a railroad track when the crossing gates began to lower and a freight train that seemed to come out of nowhere was suddenly bearing down on them, its horn blaring. Within moments the train crashed into the parade float killing these 4 men and injuring 16 others. The train was moving at 62 mph at the time of the crash, short of the 70 mph speed limit. 

There must have been a "parade permit" granted by the City to this group. Did the City not question that this parade, with numerous flatbed floats, would be travelling over a railroad track with frequent trains on it? Did the parade organizers not take into consideration that the parade would cross over railway tracks? 

We have attended many parades in our lifetimes and have never seen one that crossed over railroad tracks or over a bridge, for that matter. Parades are meant for unobstructed main drags and not for routes that have obstacles or impediments. 

Deceased are:

Lawrence Boivin
Army Sgt. Maj. Lawrence Boivin, age 47, retired from the Army after 24 years of active duty service. Deployed to Iraq several times, as well as Monrovia, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Afghanistan. 

He is the recipient of numerous medals of commendation. He was heavily injured from an I.E.D. and shrapnel while on duty in Iraq. 

Lawrence is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his wife Angela; his two step-daughters and his grandson, Nate, who he greatly loved. 

Thank you for serving, Lawrence.

Let us pray that Lawrence Boivin is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Army Sgt. Maj. William Lubbers, age 43, served 24 years in the Army, 21 of which were with special forces. William served 4 tours of duty in Afghanistan and a one year tour in Pakistan. 

William Lubbers
He was injured by a gunshot wound to his arm that shattered the bone. 

William Lubbers earned the Special Forces and Ranger Tabs, Master and Freefall Parachutist Badges and was awarded three Bronze Stars, a Purple Heart and other awards.

William is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his wife, Tiffanie; and their children Zachary, age 18 and Sydnie, age 11.

Thank you for serving, William. 

Let us pray that William Lubbers is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Army Sgt. Joshua Michael, age 34, medically retired from the U.S. Army after nearly 10 years of service.
Joshua Michael

He was a Paramedic before the Army and enlisted because of the tragedy of 9/11. 

He served 2 tours of duty in Iraq. While his wife was undergoing cancer treatments back home, Joshua was hit by an Improvised Explosive Device on three separate occasions. 

Joshua is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his wife, Daylynn; and his children Ryan and Maci. 

Thank you for serving, Joshua. 

Let us pray that Joshua Michael is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Army Sgt. Maj. Gary Stouffer, age 37, served as an active duty Chief Warrant Officer 3 in the U.S. Marine Corps until his death.

He joined the Marines during college and served 17 years, including deployments to Albania, Kosovo, Afghanistan and twice in Iraq.

Gary Stouffer
He was hit by an Improvised Explosive Device and suffered numerous traumas from this incident. 

His awards include two combat action ribbons, multiple personal commendation medals, campaign medals from Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and numerous unit awards. Approval for a Purple Heart is pending.

Gary is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his wife, Catherine Kennedy; and their children, Shannon, age 16 and Shane, age 12.

Thank you for serving, Gary. 

Let us pray that Gary Stouffer is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

God help the men who are wounded in War and who are then killed by misadventure.  Amen. 

God have mercy on the loving survivors of these men, who will miss them forever. Amen. 

God help us all.  Amen.