May 2, 2016

Richard Sheltra - Firefighter Fatality - Pineview, North Carolina

Firefighter Richard Sheltra, age 20, died in the line of duty on April 30, 2016, at a hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina. 
Richard Sheltra

Firefighter Sheltra was a volunteer member of the Pineville-Morrow Volunteer Fire Department. He had three years of service. 

After 9:00 p.m., Richard and other firefighters were working a fire at a strip mall in Pineville. Richard was inside of the building and may have gotten lost in the smoke and couldn't find his way out. 

Fellow firefighters removed him from the building and he was rushed to a hospital in Charlotte. Tragically, Richard died of his injuries. 

The circumstances of the fire are under investigation. 

Richard was training to be an Emergency Medical Technician. In January of 2016, he had been named Rookie of the Year by the Pineville Fire Department. He wanted a career in firefighting. That was his goal in life. 

Florian, Patron Saint of
Firefighters, pray for
Richard and for those
who have lost him.
Friends describe Richard as selfless. He was always willing to help others.

The Pineville-Morrow Fire Department is in mourning over the death of their young brother. He had a future in firefighting. He was an asset to his comrades. He will be forever remembered.

Richard's loved ones are devastated over his sudden and tragic death. He was a good kid who was just starting out in life. He did his best. He will be forever mourned.

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

Thank you for your service to the community, Richard. 

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 Richard is in Heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

April 27, 2016

Chaabane Tandji - a Store Clerk - killed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Chaabane Tandji
Chaabane Tandji, age 39, died on April 24, 2016, at a convenience store in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Chaabane was working the overnight shift at the store. About 1:00 a.m., a man and woman, both in their 20's, entered the store with the intention of robbing it. During the confrontation, Chaabane was fatally wounded and tragically, died of his injuries.

The names of the arrested man and woman have not been released by the Police as of this posting.

To the thieves who killed Chaabane Tandji, we ask this question: What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul?

Friends and customers describe Chaabane as hard-working, giving and caring. He
Pray for justice for
Chaabane.
had a good heart and welcomed everyone. Often if customers didn't have enough cash for their purchases, he would tell them that they could pay later.

Chaabane's loved ones are devastated over his sudden and tragic death. He was loving and was loved in return. He did his best. He will be forever mourned.

Chaabane is survived by many loving friends and family members including but not limited to his mother and his wife.

Pray for justice for Chabane.

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

Pray that Chaabane is in Heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

April 25, 2016

Anthony Santos Castellon-Rivera - a 6 year old victim of Hit and Run - Charlotte, North Carolina

Anthony Santos Castellon-Rivera, age 6, died on April 24, 2016, at a hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina. 
Anthony

Anthony was with his family at 1:30 p.m.  They were crossing a roadway in Charlotte on the way to a store when the boy was struck by a white work van. 

Anthony was rushed to a local hospital where, tragically, he succumbed to his injuries. 

The driver of the work van reportedly got out of the van after the collision, looked around and sped off. He is described as a Hispanic man in his mid-30s with curly black hair. The van had a ladder on top of it and may have been carrying South Carolina license plates. 

If you know anything about this tragic incident, you are urged to call the Charlotte Police at 704-432-2169 or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

Pray for Anthony's family
who have suffered a
terrible loss.
If you would like to make a donation towards funeral expenses, email: salmosbernabe@yahoo.com. 

Anthony was a loving boy who wanted to be a police officer when he grew up.

Anthony is survived by many loving family members who will forever mourn him. 

Oceans of tears have been shed for this boy.

Pray for justice for Anthony. 

Pray for Anthony's family who have suffered an unspeakable loss.

God save us from the hit and run drivers who strike us down on the road and then run away like wolves. Amen.

Anthony is playing in the fields of Heaven. 

April 23, 2016

Jason Cisneros - a Good Samaritan who died in Houston, Texas

Jason Cisneros, age 20, died on April 22, 2016, at a hospital in Houston, Texas. 

Jason Cisneros
At about 1:30 a.m., Jason was sitting in his vehicle on a street in southwest Houston. Details are incomplete, however, it seems that an argument was occurring between a young man and a young woman. The argument went from a house to the street near Jason's vehicle. 

Jason did not know the woman or man involved in the argument. 

Jason got out of his vehicle and tried to intervene to protect the woman who was being beaten. 

The man who was doing the assaulting, Hector Henriquez, age 18, pulled out a gun and shot Jason outright. 

Jason was rushed to a local hospital there, tragically, he succumbed to his injuries. 

Hector Henriquez fled the scene and was hiding under a bridge when he was apprehended by the Houston Police. He is being charged with murder. It has been reported that he has prior criminal drug charges and weapons charges. 

A funding site has been set up to help Jason's family with expenses. 

The Good Samaritan reaches
out to strangers in distress.
Friends describe Jason as young man with a big heart. He was outgoing but humble. He worked two jobs while attending college. He was a hard worker and greatly loved his family and friends. 

Jason's loved ones are devastated over his sudden and tragic death. He was loving and was loved in return. He did his best. He will be forever mourned.

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

Jason Cisneros is a Good Samaritan. 

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

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

Pray that Jason is in Heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

April 20, 2016

Jenna Gazzola - a murder victim in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Jenna Gazzola, age 34, died on or before April 18, 2016, at her apartment in the Corktown District of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. 

Jenna Gazzola
Hamilton is about 45 miles southwest of Toronto, Canada. 

Tragically, Jenna was found deceased on April 19, 2016.  Her dog had been found wandering the hallways of the apartment building which led the caretaker to call the police. 

Shane Shakeshaft, age 27, who lived on the same floor of the apartment building as Jenna, has been charged with first degree murder. 

It has been reported that Jenna's door was forced in. It is not believed that Jenna had any relationship with this man, other than possibly to say hello when passing in the hallway. However, as of this posting, their relationship is uncertain. 

However, how does it happen that a door is forced in, in an apartment building, and no one hears the commotion?  No one steps outside of their apartment door to see what is happening on their floor? No one intervenes or calls the police? 

God save us from an increasingly disconnected and unconcerned society. 

If you have any information about this crime, you are urged to call the Hamilton Police Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit tips online at crimestoppershamilton.com.

Jenna was originally from Guelph, Ontario. 

She was a teacher of English for adults at the St. Charles Adult and Continuing Education Centre in Hamilton.  
Holy Mother, pray for Jenna
and for those who have
lost her. 

Friends describe Jenna as a wonderful person and an outstanding teacher. She cared about others. She had a smile for everyone. 

Jenna's friends and family are devastated over her sudden and tragic death. She was greatly loved. She did her best. She will be forever mourned.

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

Pray for justice for Jenna. 

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

Pray for Jenna's loved ones who have suffered an unspeakable loss. 

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

Pray that Jenna is in Heaven. Pray that she is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Jose Barraza - United States Border Patrol - Texas

Border Patrol Agent Jose Barraza, age 29, of El Paso, Texas, died in the line of duty on April 18, 2016, on a highway between Fort Hancock and Esperanza, Texas.
Jose Barraza

Agent Barraza was a member of the United States Border Patrol. He had almost 8 years of service. He was assigned to the Sierra Blanca Station. Jose was a canine handler.

He was known as Joey to his family and friends. 

At about 7:30 a.m., Jose was at the end of his shift and was headed towards his home in El Paso. 

For an unknown reason, Jose's truck collided with the rear of a semi-trailer. Tragically, Jose died at the scene of the accident. 

The circumstances of the accident are under investigation.

A funding site has been set up to help the family with expenses.

Friends describe Jose as a man who was passionate about his family and his job. 

The U.S. Border Patrol is in mourning over the death of their brother. Jose was a professional who did everything with a smile. He will be forever remembered.

Jose's loved ones are devastated over his sudden and tragic death. He was loving
Michael, Patron Saint of the Police, pray for
Jose and for those who have lost him.
and was loved in return. He did his best. He will be forever mourned.


Jose is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his mother, his wife, Donna, and two young sons.

Thank you for your service, Jose.

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

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

Pray that Jose is in Heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

April 18, 2016

Ryan Barron - a victim of hit and run in Vancouver, Canada

Ryan Barron
Ryan Barron, age 30, died on April 17, 2016, at a hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

After 2:30 a.m., Ryan and a friend were skateboarding on a quiet residential street in South Vancouver. He lived in the area and it is believed he was skateboarding to his home.

A car was speeding down the street and struck Ryan. The driver sped off and did not stop. Neighbors report that cars often speed through this area's residential streets.

Ryan's friend performed CPR on Ryan and a resident of the area phoned 911. Other neighbors came out to the street to offer assistance and first aid.

Ryan was rushed to a local hospital where, tragically, he succumbed to his injuries.

The hit and run vehicle was an older model Mitsubishi car which sustained damage to the driver's side front end.

If you have any information about this tragic incident, you are urged to call Vancouver Police Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Ryan was originally from Windsor, Ontario. He was employed in the Vancouver area and was an avid member of Vancouver's skateboarding community and the heavy metal and punk
Angels of God, pray for Ryan
and for those who have lost him.
rock music scenes.

Friends describe Ryan as positive, kind, helpful to others and a friend to many. He had a sense of humor and a big heart.

Ryan's loved ones are devastated over his sudden and tragic death. He will be forever mourned.

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

Pray for justice for Ryan.

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

God save us from the drivers who strike us down on the road and then run away like wolves. Amen.

Pray that Ryan is in Heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

John Ulmschneider - Firefighter Fatality - Maryland

Firefighter John Ulmschneider, age 37, died in the line of duty on April 15, 2016, at a hospital in Clinton, Maryland. 
John Ulmschneider

Firefighter Ulmschneider was a member of the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department. He had 13 years of service. 

During the early evening of April 15th, the Fire Department received a request to do a welfare check on a man at a home in Temple Hills, Maryland. Temple Hills is a suburb of Washington, D.C. Relatives were concerned that a diabetic man in his early 60's was not responding to phone calls. 

About 7:30 p.m., John and several other firefighters arrived at the house and checked for open doors or windows. They banged on the door and called out but got no response. They decided to force entry in case someone inside was passed out. 

As they entered, the resident shot at the firefighters, striking John Ulmschneider, Kevin Swain and one of the resident's own relatives who had come to the scene. 

John was rushed to a hospital where, tragically, he succumbed to his injuries. 

Kevin Swain and the wounded relative of the shooter will survive their injuries.  

The shooter has been questioned and released by Police. He stated that he thought he was being robbed and therefore shot in self-defense.

That is the lamest of excuses. Is it pitch dark at 7:30 p.m. in Temple Hills? Do you not see your own relative coming in with men dressed in Fire Department gear? Do you shoot first and then look to see who you've shot?  
Florian, Patron Saint of
Firefighters, pray for John
and for those who have
lost him.

The Prince George's County Fire Department is in mourning over the death of their brother. John was a hard working country boy who loved his job. He had always wanted to be a firefighter. He was dedicated to his profession. He will be forever remembered.

John's loved ones are devastated over his tragic death. He was a caring and loving man and he was loved in return. He did his best. He will be forever mourned.

John is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his wife and two year old daughter.

Thank you for your service to the community, John. 

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

God save us from those who shoot first and ask questions later. Amen.

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

April 16, 2016

Nathaniel McDavitt - Air Force Fatality - Southwest Asia

Nathaniel McDavitt
Airman First Class Nathaniel H. McDavitt, age 22, of Glen Burnie, Maryland, died in the line of duty on April 15, 2016, in Southwest Asia.

The exact location of this tragic accident has not been reported as of this posting. 

Airman McDavitt was working in a building which sustained structural damage during a severe windstorm. Nathaniel was fatally injured during the incident. 

He was assigned to the 52nd Equipment Maintenance Squadron at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany.

Nathaniel graduated from Severna Park High School in 2011. He completed basic training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, in 2014. 

Nathaniel's squadron is in mourning over the death of their young brother. He will be
Angels of God, pray for
Nathaniel and for those
who have lost him.
forever remembered.

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

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

Thank you for your service to your country, Nathaniel.

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

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

Pray that Nathaniel is in Heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

April 15, 2016

Captives of Terrorist Group Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines

Four captives are in the hands of the terrorist group, Abu Sayyaf, in the Philippines.

The Abu Sayyaf group have pledged allegiance to the Islamist terrorist group ISIS. 


Captives of Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines
In September of 2015, two Canadians at a resort in Samal, province of Davao del Norte, Philippines, were kidnapped at gunpoint by 11 men in speedboats. The kidnapped Canadians are John Ridsdel, age 68, and Robert Hall, age 50.

The manager of the resort, a Norwegian citizen named Kjartan Sekkingstad was also kidnapped as was Marites Flor, a Filipino citizen who is a girlfriend of Robert Hall.

The Abu Sayyaf group is threatening to behead one or more of these captives on April 25, 2016, if a ransom of 300 million Philippine pesos, or $8.3 million Canadian is not paid by the Canadian Government.

The Canadian and Norwegian governments are not openly responding to these demands. These governments may be working behind the scenes to resolve this potential tragedy. Abu Sayyaf was identified by the Canadian government as a terrorist group as far back as 2003.

If you are a Canadian, you may contact your Member of Parliament to voice your concerns about this issue.

If you are a Norwegian, you may contact your Member of the Storting to voice your
Pray for John, Robert,
Kjartan and Marites.
concerns about this issue.

The world has changed drastically in the past 10 years. Terrorism has become a sad part of our way of life.

It is not advisable to go to countries in which the potential for terrorist attacks is very apparent. This includes vacationing in these countries, retiring to these countries and looking for employment in these countries.

However....many citizens of the "western world" stubbornly refuse to accept this fact. On March 18, 2015, a terrorist attack occurred at the Bardo Museum in Tunis, Tunisia. People were running for their lives amid gunfire. 22 people were killed and 50 wounded. Most of those killed were European tourists. 

One would think that this would be a wake-up call to not go on a vacation to Tunisia.

Not so. Many more tourists flew to Tunisia for a holiday in this terror zone and three months later, on June 26, 2015, a terrorist attack occurred at Port El Kantaoui, Tunisia, which is a beach resort. 38 people were killed and 39 wounded. Most of those murdered were British tourists.

What is our first clue that certain countries are off limits? 

How many more incidents have to occur in countries known to harbor terrorists, before people stop going to these countries for holidays, retirement or employment?

Pray for John Ridsdel, Robert Hall, Kjartan Sekkingstad and Marites Flor. Pray that they are freed and are not harmed.

God help them. Amen.

April 13, 2016

Steven Smith - Police Officer Fatality - Columbus, Ohio

Police Officer Steven Smith, age 54, died in the line of duty on April 12, 2016, at a hospital in Columbus, Ohio. 
Steven Smith

Officer Smith was a member of the Columbus Division of Police. He had 27 years of service. He had served in the Patrol Bureau, Strategic Response Bureau, Helicopter Unit, Narcotics Bureau, S.W.A.T. Unit and the Dive Team.

Late on April 9, 2016, a SWAT team was assigned to serve an arrest warrant against Lincoln Rutledge, age 44, of Columbus.  Officer Smith was part of the SWAT team. 

Lincoln Rutledge had attempted to set his estranged wife's home on fire and had verbally threatened her with a gun. Co-workers and friends had stated that he had been losing control for months and was steadily getting worse. 

The SWAT team, in an armored vehicle, approached the apartment building where Lincoln Rutledge lived. Steven was riding in the turret of the vehicle. Lincoln Rutledge opened fire, striking Steven. 

Steven was rushed to a local hospital where, tragically, he succumbed to his injuries on April 12th. 

Lincoln Rutledge was arrested and will be charged with murder. 

The Columbus Police are in mourning over the death of their brother. Steven was a dedicated professional who always wanted to get the job done. He was there for others. He would give the shirt off of his back to his comrades. He will be forever remembered.

Steven's loved ones are devastated over his tragic death. He did his best. He was
Michael, Patron Saint of the Police, pray for
Steven and for those who have lost him.
loved. He will be forever mourned.

Steven is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his wife, Lisa, and two adult children - Jesse and Brittany.

Thank you for your service to the community, Steve. 

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 Steven is in Heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

April 11, 2016

Stephanie and Jeremy Byington - victims of impaired driving in Texas

Jeremy and Stephanie
Stephanie and Jeremy Byington, both age 42, died on April 5, 2016, in The Colony, Texas. 

The Colony is a city of under 40,000 and is about 30 miles north of downtown Dallas. 

At about 8:00 p.m., Stephanie and Jeremy were driving on their motorcycle on a service road near the Colony, Texas. 

They were struck by an SUV which had run a red light. 

Tragically, both Stephanie and Jeremy died at the scene of the collision. They had recently celebrated their 22nd anniversary. 

Their 21 year old son was riding on a motorcycle behind his parents and witnessed their deaths. 

funding site has been set up to help the Byington family with expenses. 

The driver of the SUV is reported to have had a blood alcohol level just over the legal limit. It is not known, as of this posting, if charges will be laid. 

The driver of the SUV is innocent unless charged and proven guilty. 

Angels of God, pray for Stephanie
and for Jeremy; and for those
who have lost them. 
However we offer this advice to all drivers: If you find that you are wasted, drunk, wired 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.

Stephanie and Jeremy's loved ones are devastated over their sudden and tragic deaths. They were loved. They did their best. They will be forever mourned.

Stephanie and Jeremy are survived by many loving friends and family members including their son and daughter.

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

Pray that Stephanie and Jeremy are in Heaven. Pray that they are at peace and are with God. Amen.

April 9, 2016

Jessie Pugh - a Good Samaritan in Orlando, Florida

Jessie Pugh
On April 5, 2016, after 9:00 p.m., Kirsten Telan and her daughter were shopping at a drug store in the College Park district of Orlando, Florida. 

As they were loading bags into their Land Rover, a man approached them screaming that he loved them and tried to steal the vehicle. When the women resisted, he started punching and fighting. 

The daughter called out for help.

Jessie Pugh, age 42, and his wife were also shopping in the vicinity and noticed the confrontation. Jessie intervened and pulled the man out of the vehicle. 

The attacker, Russell Ullom, age 53, was arrested shortly after the incident.  He is charged with carjacking and assault. 

Kirsten Telan is extremely grateful to Jessie Pugh for his help in her time of need. She encourages everyone to step up when you see others in trouble. 

God bless Jessie Pugh and his wife. They are Good Samaritans. Amen.  

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