Terrorism in Ottawa, Canada: Cpl. Nathan Cirillo Shot to Death at his Post at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier … Update: Gunman Killed, ID’d as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau

Terrorism hits Canada …

24 year old Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was shot to death at at the National War Memorial at  his post at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Ottawa, Quebec. Following the murder, the gunman fled into Parliament building where it was reported that 30 to 40 shots were fired, watch the video below. According to accounts, the gunman, radicalized Muslim, was later shot dead inside the Parliament  building by the House of Commons sergeant-at-arms Kevin Vickers and RCMP. CBC News has confirmed the dead shooting suspect is Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a Canadian born in 1982.

What a shock, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau was a recent Muslim convert.

VIDEO – CBC (Shots fired inside Parliament)

CBC:

Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in an evening address that Canada would not be intimidated by Wednesday’s “brutal and violent attack” in Ottawa, in which an armed attacker shot and fatally wounded a Canadian Forces member at the National War Memorial before being shot dead in Parliament’s Centre Block.

The slain soldier is Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, 24, a reservist from Hamilton.

Moments after Cirillo was shot at his post by the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, MPs and other witnesses reported 30 to 50 shots fired inside the main Parliament building.

It was confirmed later that the gunman was shot dead inside the building, felled by the House of Commons sergeant-at-arms and RCMP, according to MPs’ accounts.

CBC News has confirmed the dead shooting suspect is Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a Canadian born in 1982. CBC News has learned that Zehaf-Bibeau has a criminal record in Quebec dating back 10 years on some drug-related charges. Court documents from that time show that he lived at an address in Montreal.

The Star: Remembering fallen Cpl. Nathan Cirillo.

A Parliament Hill security guard was wounded in the chaotic attack Wednesday just before 10 a.m. in the nation’s capital that police believe involved more than one assailant.

Cirillo, of Hamilton, was one of two Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada reservists standing guard in front of the monument when a gunman opened fire Wednesday morning. The shooter was killed inside the Parliament buildings after firing at least 20 shots.

Social media accounts and online photos paint a picture of Cirillo as a loving father to his young son, animal lover and fitness buff. Pictures depict him smiling, cuddling a dog, working out at the gym, and playing guitar.

Cirillo was part of a large family and attended Sherwood Secondary School.

VIDEO – CNN

17 Year Old Cassidy Charette Killed & 22 Injured During Gauntlet Haunted Night Ride at Harvest Hill Farms in Mechanic Falls, ME

TRAGEDY DURING HALLOWEEN HAYRIDE …

A mechanical failure is being blamed for the fatal crash that killed a teenager and injured many others during a haunted hayride in Mechanic Falls, Maine. 17 year old Cassidy Charette was killed and 22 other were injured Saturday night during the Gauntlet Haunted Night Ride at Harvest Hill Farms in Mechanic Falls, west of Lewiston, Maine. The accident took place when a hay wagon being pulled by a Jeep lost control and careened down a hill, where it struck a tree and overturned.

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The Saturday night crash claimed the life of 17-year-old Cassidy Charette of Oakland, Maine, according to the Maine Sate Fire Marshal’s office.

They say that two others were seriously injured. The operator, 54-year-old David Brown of South Paris is being treated at Central Maine Medical Center. A 16-year-old, Connor Garland of Belgrade, was transported to Boston Children’s Hospital for treatment.

Authorities say all 23 people on board were injured. The Fire Marshal says injuries include broken legs, arms, shoulders, and backs.

Many of those injured were treated and released Sunday, but some remain hospitalized.

A teenage girl was killed and 22 others were injured in a hayride crash in Mechanic Falls, Maine, on Saturday night.

At about 11 p.m., the Harvest Hill Farms/Pumpkin Land Facebook group posted:

“Emergency crews are on site and Life Flight was called in to transport those needing urgent care. The accident occurred at the Gauntlet Haunted Night ride, a separate venue from Pumpkin Land, our daytime Family Fall venue. However Pumpkin Land will be closed Sunday while authorities investigate the accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured.”

Thomas Eric Duncan, Dallas Patient Dies From Ebola … Jesse Jackson Looking to Cash In on Unfair Treatment … “We know there’s different treatment among blacks in this country.”

A note to the family and friends of the departed, do not disgrace his memory with a Jesse Jackson shakedown …

10  days after he was admitted to a Texas hospital, Thomas Eric Duncan died Wednesday from Ebola. Duncan became the first diagnosed case of Ebola when he traveled from Liberia to the United States to visit family and friends, departing Liberia on September 19 and became sick with the disease while in Dallas, Texas. Ebola has a 50% mortality rate and to date there is no known cure. Death is never easy to deal with, but lets keep this specific incident in perspective. Louise Troh, Duncan’s longtime partner, said through a public relations firm that she believes “a thorough examination will take place regarding all aspects of his care.” Enter Jesse Jackson, race-baiter, opportunist, shakedown artist and family spokesman said, “He got sick and went to the hospital and was turned away, and that’s the turning point here.” Hmm, is Jackson blaming Obamacare? What Jackson is looking to do is go for the out of court settlement with the hospital and get his stipend.

Let’s look and examine just how Thomas Eric Duncan came to find himself in Dallas, Texas. Duncan came to the United States after having lied on his exit documents in leaving West Africa that he’d had contact with the virus, even though he had direct contact an Ebola-stricken pregnant woman, who later died. Thomas Eric Duncan answered “no” to questions about whether he’d cared for someone with the virus. Let us also examine how he put so many unsuspecting individuals at risk because of this lie.

Several Ebola patients treated in the United States have survived, but the first person ever diagnosed with the deadly virus on American soil didn’t.

Thomas Eric Duncan died Wednesday at a Texas hospital, 10 days after he was admitted.

“Mr. Duncan succumbed to an insidious disease, Ebola. He fought courageously in this battle. Our professionals, the doctors and nurses in the unit, as well as the entire Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas community, are also grieving his passing,” hospital spokesman Wendell Watson said in a statement.

Duncan’s family is devastated, their pastor told reporters. And the woman he had planned to marry is haunted by “what ifs” about his care.

One question family members have asked repeatedly: Would the outcome have been different if doctors had admitted Duncan to hospital on September 25, the first time he showed up with a fever and stomach pain?

What if they had taken him right away? And what if they had been able to get treatment to him earlier?” Pastor George Mason of Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas told reporters.

“He got sick and went to the hospital and was turned away, and that’s the turning point here,” the Rev. Jesse Jackson, a spokesman for the family, told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.

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UPDATE I: At a news conference following the vigil, Jackson was asked if he thought there was an issue of racism at play.

Without coming out and saying it was racism, Jesse Jackson said that the treatment of Thomas Eric Duncan was racism. Good grief. I guess Jackson believes that Ebola is racist too.

“I don’t want to say that, only because that could become the headline,” he said. “Whether you are white in Atlanta or whether you are white in Nebraska or black in Dallas — we know there’s different treatment among blacks in this country.”

But his tone had changed since the morning. Before he left the city, Jackson spoke highly of Duncan’s care.

“I think they’ve done a marvelous recovery, and we want to embrace the hospital staff and work with them on his recovery,” he said.

However, Jackson added that he remains concerned that Duncan was sent home from the hospital the first time he sought help there.

UPDATE II: Nephew of Thomas Duncan Decries ‘Unfair’ Treatment.

Yup, here it comes … call the “wahmbulance … the Ebola patient who should never have been allowed in the United States, had he told the truth and received medical care received “unfair” treatment. UNREAL.

Ebola patient Thomas Duncan died in the hospital in Dallas Wednesday, after weeks of being treated for the virus, and just hours later his nephew, Joe Weeks, spoke out against the “unfair” way he believes his uncle was being treated by the hospital.

In comments to ABC News, Weeks says his uncle did not receive the same level of care as Ashoka Mukpo, the NBC freelance cameraman who returned to the U.S. for treatment after being stricken with Ebola. He questions why his uncle wasn’t moved to a hospital where two other Ebola patients were successfully treated.

ISIS Video Shows Beheading of British Aid Worker Alan Henning … Threatens American Aid worker Peter Kassig Is Next

ISIS BEHEADS 4TH WESTERNER …

In an act of barbarism and cowardice, ISIS has headed yet another westerner, this time British aid worker Alan Henning. The murdering terrorist who executed Henning blamed the death on the United Kingdom for joining the United States led bombing campaign against the terror group ISIS. Henning was abducted the day after Christmas in 2013 by masked gunmen. He was part of a team of volunteers that traveled to Syria to deliver food and water to people affected by Syria’s civil war.  At the end of the VIDEO, an ISIS terrorist is seen threatening a man identified as an American aid worker Peter Kassig.

“Obama, you have started your aerial bombardment of Sham (Syria), which keeps on striking our people, so it is only right that we continue to strike the necks of your people,” the masked militant in the video said.

VIDEO – CNN

CNN – ISIS video claims to show beheading of Alan Henning.

A short video released by ISIS on Friday shows the apparent beheading of British aid worker Alan Henning, with the executioner blaming the death on the United Kingdom for joining the U.S.-led bombing campaign against the group.

Before he is killed, Henning speaks to the camera, referencing the British Parliament’s decision to participate in coalition of more than 40 countries who have banded together to go after the so-called Islamic State terror group in Iraq and Syria.

At the end of the video, ISIS shows American aid worker Peter Kassig and threatens his life.

“The brutal murder of Alan Henning by ISIL shows just how barbaric and repulsive these terrorists are,” UK Prime Minister David Cameron said, referring to the group also known as ISIS.

ISIS thratenes to kill American aid worker Peter Kassig next:

Kassig, a 26-year-old American now threatened by the Islamic State group, enlisted in the Army in 2004, and became a Ranger, ultimately serving in the 75th Ranger Regiment, an Army special operations unit.

According to his military record, Kassig trained at Fort Benning, Georgia in 2006, and deployed to Iraq from April to July 2007. He was medically discharged at the rank of private first class in September 2007. His home of record at the time of his enlistment was Indianapolis, Indiana.

His parents, Ed and Paula Kassig, issued a statement asking for the world to pray for their son.

“The Kassig family extends our concern for the family of Alan Henning. We have read about his work and his generous character with great respect and admiration,” the statement said. “We ask everyone around the world to pray for the Henning family, for our son, and for the release of all innocent people being held hostage in the Middle East and around the globe.”

His family said Kassig had been working for the relief organization he found, Special Emergency Response and Assistance, or SERA, when he was captured on Oct. 1, 2013, on his way to Deir Ezzour in eastern Syria. He converted to Islam while in captivity and the family has heard from former hostages that his faith has provided him comfort.

Henning, 47, nicknamed “Gadget,” had joined an aid convoy and was taken captive on Dec. 26, shortly after crossing the border between Turkey and Syria. Earlier this week, Henning’s wife Barbara Henning asked the militants in a televised plea: “Please release him. We need him back home.”

Four Memebers of North Central Texas College Softball Team Killed in Bus-Tractor Trailer Truck Crash

Just absolutely terrible, one second you are a college student with your whole life ahead of you, the next second, it is all over.

Four members of the North Central Texas College woman’s softball team were killed Friday night and several injured when their team bus was struck by a tractor-trailer truck that crossed the center median on Interstate 35 about 70 miles south of Oklahoma City, OK.  . The college bus/van was carrying 15 female students and one male coach, who was the driver. The fatal crash occurred at 9 pm Friday night, three of the girls dies at the scene and one later passed away at Arbuckle Memorial Hospital in Sulphur, Oklahoma. The team was heading home from a scrimmage against Southern Nazarene University, in Bethany,OK. The four members of the NCTC softball team that dies have been identified as 20 year old Brooke Deckard, 20 year old Jaiden Pelton, 19 year old Meagan Richardson and 18 year old Katelynn Woodlee.

Our hearts and prayers go out to their family, friends and the North Texas College student body.

Four members of a girl’s softball team for North Central Texas College in Gainesville were killed after a tractor-trailer crossed the center median and hit the team’s van Friday night in Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said.

Three of the victims died at the scene and a fourth died a short time later at Arbuckle Memorial Hospital in Sulphur, Oklahoma.

The four victims have been identified by NCTC Chief of Police James Fitch as 20-year-old Brooke Deckard of Blue Ridge, Texas; 20-year-old Jaiden Pelton of Telephone, Texas; 19-year-old Meagan Richardson of Wylie, Texas; and 18-year-old Katelynn Woodleeof Dodd City, Texas.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Capt. Ronnie Hampton said the Highway Patrol’s investigation should take several weeks including toxicology tests.

“Right now, it’s being investigated like a homicide,” Hampton said, adding that both drivers will undergo standard toxicology tests. Hampton said details of the crash were still not known but “something happened to cause (the semi-tractor driver) to depart the roadway and impact the other vehicle.”

North Central College Facebook.

 North Central Texas College Press Conference

French Hostage Hervé Gourdel Beheaded in Algeria by Islamic Jihadists Linked to ISIS

Another beheading from ISIS, this time is is Jund al-Khilafa who posted a video of French hostage Herve Gourdel being killed that  was entitled “Message of blood for the French government”. The group calling itself  Jund al-Khilafah,  Soldiers of the Caliphate,  released a video that appeared to depict the beheading of  55 year old Hervé Gourdel,  a mountain guide from Nice, France who had only arrived in Algeria the previous day. TheIslamic terrorists said that the murder of Herve Gourde was a response to his government’s action against Isis in Iraq, where France launched its first air strikes last Friday.

ISIS has now beheaded individuals from the United States (James Foley and Steven Sotloff) , Great Britain (David Haines) and now France.

France has confirmed that an Algerian jihadist group linked to Islamic State (IS) militants has beheaded tourist Herve Gourdel, seized on Sunday.

Jund al-Khilafa killed Mr Gourdel, 55, after its deadline for France to halt air strikes on IS in Iraq ran out.

French President Francois Hollande condemned the killing as a “cruel and cowardly” act.

He said that French air strikes which began on IS targets in Iraq last week would continue.

Speaking at the UN general assembly, Mr Hollande said that Mr Gourdel’s abduction and decapitation was a barbaric act of terrorism which presented a problem not only for the region but also for the world.

He said the fight against terrorism should know no borders and that France was now in mourning.

“It is not weakness that should be the response to terrorism but force,” he said.

 French tourist beheaded in Algeria by jihadis linked to Islamic State

The video shows Gourdel kneeling, with his arms tied behind his back, in front of four masked militants who read out a statement in Arabic criticising France’s military intervention. They then pushed him on his side and held him down.

The beheading is not shown, but one militant holds his severed head up to the camera. “This is why the Soldiers of the Caliphate in Algeria have decided to punish France, by executing this man, and to defend our beloved Islamic State,” one of the militants said in the video.

Gourdel briefly addressed his family before the militants gave their statement.

The release of the beheading video could have been timed to coincide with Barack Obama’s address to the General Assembly on Wednesday in which the US president urged the world to come together to defeat a jihadist “network of death” in Iraq and Syria.

36 Year Old Rob Bironas, Ex-Tennessee Titans Kicker, Killed in Car Crash in Nashville, TN … Rest in Peace (Update: Reported Missing Prior to Fatal Accident)

SAD NEWS FROM THE NFL …

36 year old Rob Bironas, former kicker for the Tennessee Titans, was killed in an overnight car crash in Nashville, TN. According to accounts, Bironas was involved in a single vehicle crash in the 800 block of Battery Lane around 11 p.m. Saturday when he lost control of his SUV, went off the road and hit a line of trees before coming to a stop upside down in a culvert. The accident occurred less than a mile from his home. Metro Police spokesman Don Aaron  said there was no evidence of alcohol on the scene. Rob Bironas was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Rob Bironas was a long time fan favorite for the Titans. Bironas kicked for the Titans from 2005 until 2013, when he was released on March 19, 2014 prior to the 2014 season.

Our hearts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Rob Bironas. May the peace of the Lord be with you during these difficult times. He was one of the good guys.

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January 29, 1978 – September 20, 2014, RIP

Former Tennessee Titans kicker Rob Bironas was killed in an overnight car crash in Nashville, Tenn.

He was 36.

According to Metro police, Bironas was involved in a single-vehicle crash in the 800 block of Battery Lane around 11 p.m. Saturday.

Bironas lost control of the SUV he was driving while traveling at a high rate of speed, and the vehicle went off the road and hit several trees before ending up in a drainage culvert, upside down.

Bironas was transported Vanderbilt University Medical Center and pronounced dead on arrival.

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It is with heavy hearts that we confirm the passing of our friend, Rob Bironas. We appreciate your respect for the family’s privacy and your prayers at this time.

ESPN: Former Titan Rob Bironas dies.

Metro Nashville Police said Bironas, 36, lost control on a curve in his 2009 GMC Yukon Denali and crashed after 11 p.m. less than a mile from home. Police said in a statement on the department website that his SUV was speeding when it went off the road and hit a line of trees before coming to a stop upside down in a culvert.

Bironas was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Police said there was no evidence of alcohol or drugs at the scene.

The Titans released Bironas in March after nine seasons. The Tennessean reported Bironas had worked out earlier this week for the Detroit Lions and for Tampa Bay during the offseason.

Bironas married Rachel Bradshaw, daughter of Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw, in June. Police spokesman Don Aaron said a police chaplain was with her after the crash

Tennessee Titans Release Statement:

 ”We are deeply saddened to hear the tragic news from last night about Rob Bironas. Rob made a significant impact as a player in his nine years with the team and more importantly touched many lives in the Nashville community off the field. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Rachel, and his family during this very difficult time.”

UPDATE I: The Tennessean – Wife of Rob Bironas reported him missing Saturday night.

Rob Bironas’ wife, Rachel Bradshaw, did not realize her husband had left their Nashville home Saturday night, according to police records.

Former Titans kicker Bironas was killed in an overnight car crash in Nashville. He was 36. According to Metro police, Bironas was involved in a crash in the 800 block of Battery Lane around 11 p.m. Saturday.

Bradshaw called police Saturday night to report her husband was missing. She told a police officer that she and her husband had been watching a movie earlier that night at their home with a female friend.

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Disturbing: Body Found Inside 55 Gallon Cement Sealed Drum in Sorage Unit Likely Missing 22 Year Old Theresa DeKeyzer

22 year old Theresa DeKeyzer has been missing since Monday, June 16, 2014 in Warren, Michigan.  Theresa has not been seen after being dropped off  about four blocks from her home her boyfriend near 9 Mile Road and Van Dyke Avenue. Also, her cellphone has not been used has her bank accounts been accessed since that day. Police have previously interviewed DeKeyzer’s 37-year-old boyfriend, Scott Wobbe, who is currently jailed in a drug case.  They’ve also searched his home with cadaver dogs, but found no evidence to show that he was involved in DeKeyzer’s disappearance.

Now police have made a gruesome discovery in a Plymouth Township storage unit, the Travel Trailer Storage Facility, on Ann Arbor Road. While serving a search warrant on Thursday, police found a woman’s body inside a 55-gallon blue plastic drum that was filled with sand, sealed with cement and wrapped in plastic. The individual inside the 55 gallon drum is believed to be that of missing Theresa DeKeyzer. Although, authorities used tattoos, jewelry and clothing to help identify the body, they are awaiting the Wayne County medical examiners confirmation for a positive identification.

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Theresa DeKeyzer

Dental records will be examined over the weekend to determine if a decomposed body found in a 55-gallon plastic drum is that of a missing Macomb County woman.

Warren Police Commissioner Jere Green tells The Associated Press Friday that there are “strong indications” the victim may be 22-year-old Theresa DeKeyzer.

“It was quite disturbing to see a 22-year-old young gal stuffed in a 55-gallon drum and cement poured over her in the fetal position,” Green told WWJ’s Mike Campbell.

The Wayne County medical examiner’s office says Friday that autopsy results are pending.

Warren police were executing a search warrant Thursday at the Travel Trailer Storage Facility, on Ann Arbor Road, when they found a woman’s body inside a 55-gallon blue plastic drum that was filled with sand, sealed with cement and wrapped in plastic. The barrel was apparently bolted to the floor of a small utility trailer at the facility.

The Detroit News: The storage lot was rented by a man nine days after the Warren woman disappeared.

The storage lot where Theresa DeKeyzer’s body was discovered Friday in a concrete-capped barrel was rented by a man nine days after the Warren woman disappeared.

Doris Temple, manager of Travel Trailer Storage on Ann Arbor Road in Plymouth Township, wouldn’t identify the man who rented the space, citing privacy.

Boone Police Find Body Near Appalachian State University Campus … Could Be Missing 18 Year Old Anna Marie Smith (Update: Boone PD Believe It Is, NC Driver’s License & APP St. ID Found)

Police in Boone, NC have found a body and are confirming that they are working to identify the body found near campus of Appalachian State University on Saturday morning. Neighbors said someone called authorities Saturday to report a suspicious odor in a heavily wooded area off Poplar Grove Road, on the west edge of the Watauga County university town.  It is believed to be that of missing 18 year old Anna Marie Smith, but there has been no official confirmation yet.  Anna Marie Smith was last seen on September 2, 2014.

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UPDATE I: The family on Facebook, Find Anna Marie Smith, says “At this point we do not have confirmation that Anna was found.  I realize there are many news reports out there now, but again the family DOES NOT have confirmation.”

UPDATE II: But …   The Watauga Democrat is reporting that according to area law enforcement, the body of missing student Anna Smith was found Saturday morning in a wooded area off of Poplar Grove Road.

Scanner traffic also indicated that a body had been found in the Poplar Grove Road area. Boone Police vehicles blocked a section of Poplar Grove Road and redirected traffic at the intersections with Bodenheimer Drive and Water Street.

At 11:54 a.m., however, Boone Police Sgt. Shane Robbins said he could not confirm the report at the time. At 1:43 p.m., Boone Police issued the following statement:

“At approximately 10:30 a.m., Boone Police officers responded to a report of a deceased individual located in a wooded area adjacent to Poplar Grove Road, on the west end of town. Boone Police investigators are processing the scene. The identity of the individual is unknown at this time. More information will be released when it becomes available.”

Calls and emails to university spokespersons were not immediately returned Saturday morning. Around 2:45 p.m. ASU posted the following message on its Facebook page from Chancellor Sheri N. Everts:

“Dear members of the Appalachian community, I am deeply saddened to share that the Boone Police Department has confirmed that a body was discovered mid-morning (Sept. 13) at an off-campus location in Boone. The town of Boone and State Bureau of Investigation are in charge of the investigation. While the media is reporting that it might be the body of missing freshman Anna M. Smith, the investigating agencies have not made an identification. As more developments take place, we will send you further updates. I ask that you keep in mind this is an incredibly difficult time for Anna’s family, and keep their wellbeing foremost in your thoughts.”

UPDATE III: Police believe body found in Boone is missing Anna Smith.

The Boone Police Department believes a body found in a wooded area in the western section of the town Saturday is missing 18-year-old High Point student Anna Smith.

The Boone police said late this afternoon that “Initial evidence located at the scene indicates that the deceased is Anna M. Smith.”

A North Carolina driver’s license and an Appalachian State University student Identification card belonging to Smith were found at the scene.

A State Medical Examiner is at the location of the body. The body will be transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center for an autopsy, according to police.

UPDATE IV: Police Confirm the Body of missing ASU student found near campus.

Police in Boone have confirmed the body found around this morning near the Appalachian State University campus is that of missing student Anna Smith.

Police responded to a report of a deceased individual in the woods near Poplar Grove Rd. at around 10:30 Saturday morning. An ASU identification card and a North Carolina driver’s license belonging to Smith were found at the scene.

The cause of death was not immediately available, but Boone Police said an autopsy at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem will yield more information.

Atheist Unhappy that Arkansas State Football Team Wore Cross Decal Remembering Deceased Player Markel Owens & Equipment Mgr. Barry Weyer, Jr … University Just Handed Atheists a Major Victory

WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO THE COUNTRY I GREW UP IN?

Let me just say the following, we are not a better country, nor a better people by continually allowing political correctness and Atheist thugs to dictate how we live our lives. The below story will show you just how far as a country we have fallen because every time a secular Atheist troublemaker makes waves, we cower. This has nothing to do with the “establishment clause” of the US Constitution, but instead everything to do with secularism looking to impose their ways on others and the others. If you think things have not changed in this country, and for the worse … think of the following. Think back to Nov. 14, 1970 and the plane crash that took the lives of nearly the entire Marshall football team and devastated a community. Remember the scene in the movie ‘We are Marshall’  where the coaches go to West Virginia and visit then Mountaineer head coach Bobby Bowden? That was a true story, discussed HERE by Bowden, and how so many years later he was brought to emotion. Do you remember the helmets that the University of West Virginia players were wearing, they had what on them? Who thinks back then any Atheist dare tell Bobby Bowden to remove the crosses from those helmets?

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That was then, This is Now ... The Arkansas State University football team in Jonesboro Arkansas wore a small cross on the back of their helmets with the initials MO and BW in honor of their fallen team member and equipment manager, Markel Owens and Barry Weyer. Sadly, Weyed died in a car accident in June and Owens was shot to death in January 2014. The players thought it would be a special way to remember and honor both of them by placing a decal featuring their initials on the arms of a cross.  According to Barry Weyer Sr., the father of one of the deceased being honored, “the players knew they were both Christians so they decided to use the cross along with their initials. They wanted to carry the spirits of Markel and Barry Don onto the field for one more season.” This is what sports and team work inspires.

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But that was not acceptable to some trouble-making atheists who had no connection with the team, the players or those being remembered. An attorney contacted Arkansas State and told them they he was “uncomfortable” with the players wearing a cross decal and wanted it removed.  Louis Nisenbaum, an attorney in Jonesboro, Arkansas, saw the team playing on television recently. He is the trouble maker who reached out to the university’s legal counsel to complain about the cross. Sadly, the gutless wonders and the legal department crumbled and allowed themselves to be bullied by atheist terrorists. When the hell are schools actually going to stand up for what is right, instead of acting like a bunch of ball-less wonders in the fact of secularism and Atheists?

Arkansas State University attorney Lucinda McDaniel agreed that the symbol was problematic, recommending that athletic director Terry Mohajir order it removed or alter it. Mohajir says after speaking with the university’s legal counsel they will modify the sticker removing any religious symbols, but keeping the initials. Gutless, just simply gutless.

In a statement released by the university, Mohajir stated:

“I am 100 percent in support of our coaches’ and players’ expression of faith, as well as their choice to honor the two individuals associated with our team who passed away by voluntarily wearing a cross decal on the back of their helmets. Unfortunately, we have received a complaint that use of the cross violates the Constitutional prohibition against separation of church and state.”

“After consulting with University counsel, we have been advised to either modify the decal or remove it completely. Thus, in order to ensure that we are in full compliance with Constitutional law, we will be modifying the decal to still honor the two individuals who are no longer with us.”

HOW IS THIS CROSS WITH INITIALS OF FALLEN TEAMMATES “ESTABLISHING A RELIGION?” It is not. It is honoring individuals who had died, nothing more, nothing less.  The players VOLUNTARILY wore the decal on their helmets, THEY WERE NOT FORCED TO!!!  The only thing that the player have been forced to do, is not wear the cross decal because of a belligerent, trouble-making and narrow minded atheist.

From USA Today:

Athletics director Terry Mohajir said he wanted to fight the decision because the decal was intended to honor former player Markel Owens and equipment manager Barry Weyer, who both passed away this year. However, Mohajir said he had little choice but to follow advice from the university’s legal counsel to remove or modify the symbol.

“My job is to support our players and our coaches in their expression of any type of grief, and that’s what I was doing,” Mohajir told USA TODAY Sports. “Yes, it is unfortunate, and I am disappointed. However, we’re also going to uphold whatever legal advice we got, and that’s what we did based on the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution. That’s what we were told we needed to do. So that’s what we did.”

Arkansas State, you might want to fire your legal council and get a backbone. At some point someone, some institution is going to have to stand up to these bullies. This cannot continue to happen.

Thanks Arkansas State, all you did by caving to Atheist thugs was to promote secularism and Atheism as seen by Freedom From Religion Foundation attorney Rebecca Markert comments when she told the outlet that the decision to remove the symbol is “great news” and that “putting religious imagery on public school property is unconstitutional.”

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