May 23, 2015

Ryan Burris - American Sailor died in Abu Dhabi

Ryan Burris
Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Burris, age 24, died on May 21, 2015, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Ryan died in a non-combat related incident at Zayed Military City during his first overseas deployment. He was part of American operations to defeat terrorists connected to ISIS (Islamic State).

The details of his death have not been released by the military as of this posting.

He was temporarily assigned to the Crisis Response Element of Joint Special Operations Task Force - Arabian Peninsula, Special Operations Command Central and U.S. Central Command.

Ryan graduated from Lisle High School in Lisle, Illinois, in 2009. In High School he was into football, wrestling and track and field. He also participated in War of Independence re-enactment groups.

He joined the Navy in March of 2012. He trained at the Great Lakes Naval Station in Lake County and was stationed in San Diego before leaving for his first deployment.

Many men in Ryan's family have served in the military. Ryan was determined to follow the family tradition.

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

Ryan's loved ones are devastated over his sudden and tragic death. He was a typical all-American guy. He was happy to serve in the military. He had a sense of humor. He liked to make people laugh. He reached out to others. He put others first. His family are extremely proud of him. Oceans of tears will be shed for this man. He will be forever mourned.

Ryan is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his mother and father and two sisters.

Thank you for your service to your country, Ryan.

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

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


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

May 22, 2015

Enrique Delos-Reyes - a store clerk killed in Woodstock, Georgia

Enrique Delos-Reyes, age 20, died on May 21, 2015, at hospital in Marietta, Georgia. 

Enrique Delos-Reyes
On May 20, 2015, Enrique was working the evening shift at a smoke shop located on a highway near Woodstock, Georgia. 

At about 11:45 p.m., the Police responded to a call regarding a robbery at that location. 

A friend of Enrique's drove up to the store to help him close down the shop when two men followed him in and tried to rob the place. 

Enrique was shot once and was transported to the hospital where tragically he died of his injuries. 

The suspects are described as black men of average height. One suspect also has a thick build. They allegedly left the store in a grey, four-door BMW that had a dealer's tag. 

A similar robbery occurred the day before at another smoke shop in Kennesaw and the vehicle spotted at that store was also a grey four-door BMW. 

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS or 404-577-8477. Callers can remain anonymous.

Mary, pray for Enrique and for
those who have lost him.
We put this question to the thieves who killed Enrique: What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul?

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

Enrique is survived by many loving friends and family members.

Pray for justice for Enrique. 

Pray for all who go to work and who die there.

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

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

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

    May 21, 2015

    Kerrie Orozco - Law Enforcement Fatality - Omaha, Nebraska

    Kerrie Orozco (L); Marcus Wheeler (R)
    Detective Kerrie Orozco, age 29, died in the line of duty on May 20, 2015, in Omaha, Nebraska.

    Detective Orozco was a member of the Omaha Police Department. She had over 7 years of service. She worked in the gang unit.

    During the afternoon of May 20, 2015, Kerrie and other members of the Metro Area Fugitive Task Force were attempting to serve a warrant on a man wanted for a shooting in September of 2014.

    The subject opened fire on the officers as they approached a house in Omaha. Kerrie was fatally struck. Members of the task force returned fire, fatally wounding the man.

    Kerrie was rushed to a local hospital where tragically she passed away.

    Also killed was the suspect, Marcus Wheeler, age 26, who passed away at the same hospital.  It was been reported that Marcus was a gang member who was wanted in connection with another shooting.

    Kerrie was on schedule to commence maternity leave shortly.  Her daughter had been born prematurely in February of 2015. Kerrie had delayed her maternity leave until her daughter was able to leave the hospital. 
    Michael, Archangel, Patron Saint of
    the Police, pray for Kerrie and for her
    husband and her children who
    have lost her. 
     
    The Omaha Police Department is in mourning over the death of their sister. She was a friend to all, a popular officer and highly regarded by her peers. She was very much into doing work for charity. She had established a baseball team to help get troubled youths off the streets and away from gang life. She volunteered for years as the baseball coach at the Omaha Boys and Girls Club. 
    Kerrie will be forever remembered.

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

    Kerrie is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including her husband, Hector; her infant daughter, Olivia Ruth; and her two stepchildren - Natalia (age 8) and Santiago (age 6)

    Thank you for your service to the community, Kerrie. 

    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.

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

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

    May 20, 2015

    Bully of a gay Junior High School Student apologizes 20 years later

    ChadMichael Morrisette, age 34, of West Hollywood, California, was bullied as a teenager.

    He grew up in a small town in Alaska and was constantly bullied for being gay. 

    ChadMichael Morrisette (L); Louie Amundsen (R)
    In fact, he was extremely bullied and could not walk to classes alone but had to be accompanied by friends or teachers.

    The entire football team at his junior high school mocked him endlessly. There were times when he would walk down the hallway and groups of guys would follow him, intimidating him, calling him down and shoving him.

    ChadMichael was bullied for being gay, for being small in stature and for just being alive.

    He left school at age 15 and later moved from Alaska to West Hollywood and restarted his life. He now works as a brand consultant and visual designer.

    Earlier in May of 2015, out of the blue, ChadMichael received a Facebook message from a former school mate, Louie Amundsen.

    Louie stated: "Hey Chad. I was recently talking with my 10 year old daughter about
    Saint Bernadette of Lourdes, who
    said "I am ground like a grain of
    wheat", pray for all who are ground
    down by bullying. 
    bullies. She asked me if I ever bullied anyone and sadly I had to say "yes". What came to mind is how shitty and mean I was to you when we were in Jr. High. I want to apologize. If we lived in the same state I would apologize to your face. I don't even know if you remember, but I do and I am sorry.”

    ChadMichael was emotional over this apologetic message and responded: “I'm quite moved by this. Thank you and I accept your apology. In 20 years you are the only person to apologize for being a bully to me when we were younger. I hope you can tell your daughter that you have also apologized for it, and that we are good. It's amazing what 20 years and children can do to us, no? Thank you again, and I hope you stand up to bulling anytime you see it. Have a great day!”

    Louie Amundsen further stated: “You can’t change your past, but you do still own it. I can’t take back the names I called him, and the threats I made toward him, but I can apologize. It doesn’t excuse my behavior as a child in any way, but as an adult it’s the best I can do to try to make it up to him."

    There is a lesson here for all of us.  Two mature men manned up and did the right thing.  One man apologized for his behaviour 20 years earlier and another man accepted the apology without rancour. 

    Speak up against bullying wherever you see it. Let's teach our kids that human suffering is never cool and that knowing what is right doesn't mean much unless you do what is right. 

    God help all who are tormented. Amen. 

    Annie Baldock and Madison Cornwell - killed by an alleged drunk driver in San Diego, California

    Annie Li Baldock, age 24, of La Jolla, and Madison Elizabeth Cornwell, age 23, of Mission Viejo, died on May 16, 2015, on a highway in San Diego, California. 

    Annie Baldock (L); Madison Cornwell (R)
    It was about 1:30 a.m. when the two young women and three male passengers were driving on the highway and were struck head-on by a truck coming at them in the wrong direction. 

    Tragically Annie and Madison died at the scene. The other three passengers suffered injuries. 

    Jason King, age 21, has been arrested and charged with two counts of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and other related charges.  He was seriously injured in the collision.  He is an active duty Marine based at Marine Air Station Miramar, California. 

    The California Highway Patrol had received reports from other drivers that Jason King's truck was travelling the wrong way on the highway. 

    Annie and Madison were both students at the University of California - San Diego - School of Medicine, as were the three male passengers.

    Medical school officials describe Annie and Madison as very special young women who would have done wonderful things in the world. Annie Baldock was an incredible bright shinning star who had just finished the first two years of her PHD. 

    Madison Cornwell had just finished her second year and was about to venture to Malawi to study nutritional needs for children in Africa. Officials at Madison's high school stated that she was a giving woman with a huge amount of potential. She was bright, capable, and a good athlete. 
    Angels of God, pray for Annie and for
    Madison and for those who have
    lost them.

    Jason King is innocent unless proven guilty.

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

    Regret can last a lifetime.

    The loved ones of Annie and Madison are devastated over their needless and tragic deaths. Oceans of tears will be shed for these women. They will be forever mourned.

    Annie and Madison are survived by many loving friends, fellow students and family members.

    Pray for justice for Annie and Madison.

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

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

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

    Army Captain Steve Voglezon - A Good Samaritan in Chatham County, North Carolina

    On May 17, 2015, a serious head-on collision occurred on a highway in Chatham County, North Carolina.

    One vehicle flipped up in the air and both cars burst into flames. 


    Capt. Steve Voglezon and him in a red shirt dragging a victim to safety
    Mark Ricketts, age 59, of Cary, North Carolina, is believed to have crossed the highway center line and caused the collision.

    William Thompson, age 67, and his wife, Kathleen Thompson, age 63, also of Cary, were in the other vehicle.

    Deputy David Green, of the Chatham County Sheriff's Office, firefighters and local residents arrived at the scene.

    So did Army Captain Steve Voglezon of Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He was off duty and was headed to a local mall when he came across the crash scene and stopped to
    The Good Samaritan comes to the aid
    of strangers, selflessly.
    offer his assistance.

    Everyone put themselves at risk from the intense heat and the possibility of further explosions.

    Steve Voglezon used a fire extinguisher to break out several of the burning vehicle's windows and was able to pull William Thompson to safety.

    All three of the accident victims were rushed to nearby hospitals.

    Steve simply stated: "I was just at the right place at the right time. People do this every day at the fire department. I wasn't alone out there, there were at least 10 of us in the community working together."

    God bless Steve Voglezon. He is a Good Samaritan.

    God bless the law enforcement personnel and firefighters who daily put themselves at risk while coming to the aid of others.

    May 19, 2015

    Devon Doyle - An American sailor died by accident in Bahrain

    Devon Doyle
    Petty Officer 3rd Class Devon J. Doyle, age 21, of Alamosa, Colorado, died on May 16, 2015, in Manama, Bahrain.

    He was assigned to the Florida based destroyer, USS Farragut, homeported in Mayport, Florida. The Farragut was on duty in the Persian Gulf as part of the American campaign against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.

    Devon was on liberty (leave) when he fell from a hotel balcony and suffered severe head trauma. Tragically he passed away from his injuries.

    Devon was a graduate of Alamosa High School. He was an avid outdoorsman.

    If you wish to contribute, a funding page has been established to help the family with expenses.

    Devon's military comrades are in mourning over the death of their young brother. He
    Angels of God, pray for Devon
    and for those who have
    lost him.
    was an outstanding shipmate and a fine sailor who was well respected by his peers. He will be forever remembered.


    Friends describe him as a good kid who was just starting out in life. He will be forever missed.

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

    Devon is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his parents Brian and Leslie Doyle, and three sisters.

    Thank you for your service to your country, Devon.

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

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

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

    May 18, 2015

    Richard Martin - Law Enforcement Fatality - Houston, Texas

    Officer Richard Martin, age 47, died in the line of duty on May 18, 2015, on a highway in Houston, Texas. 

    Officer Martin was a member of the Houston Police Department. He was assigned to the Westside Patrol Division. He had 4 years of service. 

    Jeffery Conlin (L); Officer Richard Martin (R)
    Officers were pursuing a U-Haul van that had been car-jacked in North Houston. The driver may have been involved in an attempted robbery earlier. The van's driver fired several shots at officers during the pursuit and then bailed out.  He car-jacked a second vehicle and fled again. 

    At about 2:30 a.m., Richard was setting up spike strips at a highway intersection to try to disable the vehicle when the driver intentionally ran him down. Richard died at the scene. 

    The vehicle continued on and then stopped on a local freeway.  The driver tried to kill himself but was apprehended by the police.  He had a gunshot wound to the head and was transported to a local hospital 
    Michael, Archangel, Patron
    Saint of the Police, pray for
    Richard and for those who
    have lost him.

    Jeffery Ryan Conlin, age 33, is the driver who ran down Officer Richard Martin. If he lives, he will face capital murder charges. 

    If you wish to donate to Richard's family to help cover expenses, you can contact The 100 Club Survivors Fund.

    The Houston Police Department is in mourning over the death of their brother. Richard will be forever remembered.

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

    Richard is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his son and daughter.

    Thank you for your service to the community, Richard. 

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

    Six American Marines killed in a helicopter crash in Nepal

    Six American Marines died on May 12, 2015, in Nepal.

    Two Nepalese soldiers, Tapendra Rawal and Basanta Titara, also died at the same time.

    The eight military personnel were on board a Huey helicopter which was involved in delivering food and medical supplies to victims of Nepal's May 2015 earthquake disaster which killed more than 8,000 people.

    The helicopter had dropped off relief supplies in one location and was heading toward a second drop off site when it crashed. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

    The wreckage age was found on May 15, 2015, at a location about 80 kilometers northeast of Kathmandu.

    The aircraft was part of Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469, which is based in Camp Pendleton, California.

    Tragically deceased are:


    Capt. Dustin Lukasiewicz (L); Capt. Christopher Norgren (Mid); Sgt. Ward Johnson IV (R)
    Capt. Dustin Lukasiewicz, age 28, of Wilcox, Nebraska, was a helicopter pilot. He was called Dusty by his friends. He was married with one child and one on the way. He graduated from Wilcox-Hildreth High School in 2003 and from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2007. He played football in high school and loved to drive old pick-up trucks and going hunting with his buddies. Friends describe him as intelligent and hard-working. He had wanted to go into the military since he was a kid.

    Capt. Christopher Norgren, age 31, of Wichita, Kansas, was a helicopter pilot. He loved to fly. He was a compassionate and caring person who wanted to help people. He was a star high school football player and studied aerospace engineering and mathematics at the University of Science and Technology at Rolla, Missouri. He joined the Marines in 2009 and served one tour of duty in Afghanistan.

    Sgt. Ward Johnson IV, age 29, of Altamonte Springs, Florida, was a crew chief. He had previously been deployed to Afghanistan. He had attended Seminole State College of Florida and earned two degrees. He was married with two children. 

    Sgt. Eric Seaman (L); Cpl. Sara Medina (Mid); Lance Cpl. Jacob Hug (R)
    Sgt. Eric Seaman, age 30, of Riverside County, California, was a crew chief. He was married with two children. His loved ones describe him as a wonderful husband, a great father and a great Marine. He loved his country and wanted to help the people of Nepal in their time of tragedy.

    Cpl. Sara Medina, age 23, of Aurora, Illinois, was a combat photographer. She was a 2010 graduate of East Aurora High School, where she excelled academically. She enlisted in the Marines soon after graduation. She was engaged to a fellow Marine from Colorado. She is described as the best daughter a mother could have. She was a bright and happy person whose dream had been to join the Marines. She wanted to help others. She loved her family and she was loved in return.

    Lance Cpl. Jacob Hug, age 22, of Phoenix, Arizona, was a combat videographer. He was called Jake by his family and friends. He graduated in 2012 from Barry Goldwater
    Angels of God, pray for Dustin, Christopher, Ward,
    Eric, Sara and Jacob and for those who
    have lost them. 
    High School. He was a role model to his younger siblings. He was a kind and thoughtful young man who loved his family. He was committed to the Marines and loved his work.

    The military comrades of these Marines are in mourning over the deaths of their brothers and sister. They will be forever remembered.

    Their loved ones are devastated over their sudden and tragic deaths. Oceans of tears will be shed for these men and for this woman. They will be forever mourned.

    Thank you for your service to your country, Marines.  

    Pray for all who do their duty and who die because of it.

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

    Pray that Dustin, Christopher, Ward, Eric, Sara and Jacob are in heaven. Pray that they are at peace and are with God. Amen.

    Pray that Tapendra Rawal and Basanta Titara are in heaven. Pray that they are at peace and are with God. Amen.

    May 16, 2015

    Southwest Airlines staff prevented a woman from phoning her suicidal husband

    Andrew Evers
    Andrew Evers, age 52, died on April 3, 2015, at his home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

    Andrew committed suicide.

    He was known as Andy to his family and friends.

    On April 3, 2015, his wife, Karen Momsen-Evers was on a flight from New Orleans back to her home in Milwaukee. She had been holidaying on a girl's weekend with friends.

    As the plane was commencing the flight, Karen received a text message from Andy stating "Karen, please forgive me for what I am about to do, I am going to kill myself."

    Karen panicked and texted him back "No". When she tried to call him, a flight attendant "slapped the phone down" and told her to put it on airplane mode.

    She explained what was happening at home but the flight attendant stated that federal aviation regulations prevented all cell phone calls.

    When the plane reached cruising altitude, Karen asked another flight attendant if she could phone her husband and she was again told no.

    Karen cried in her seat during the entire two-hour flight. When the plane finally landed in Milwaukee, she called the police and rushed home to find that her husband 
    had committed suicide.


    An ironic Southwest Airlines Advertisement
    Southwest Airlines stated: We are extremely saddened to learn of Mrs. Evers’ loss, and the Southwest Family extends our deepest condolences.

    Flight attendants are supposed to notify the pilots when there is a passenger emergency. However, the Southwest pilots on this flight were not told of Karen's emergency.

    An exception could have been made in this case and Karen should have been able to make a call or the pilots could have radioed the nearest control tower to have them contact the Milwaukee Police to go to Andy's home quickly.

    Karen has stated that she hopes that other passengers never have to suffer like this again.

    If you are considering ending your life or if you just need someone to talk to, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, day or night. A skilled counselor will be able to help you.

    Andy is survived by many loving friends and family members who will forever mourn him.

    Pray for Andy. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

    God save us from those who turn their faces away from our suffering. Amen. 

    Bryce Leek - a U.S. soldier killed in New Jersey

    Bryce Leek
    Staff Sergeant Byrce E. Leek, age 35, has died in mid-May, 2015, at a hospital in New Jersey.

    The exact date of Sergeant Leek's passing is not available as of this posting.

    Bryce was assigned to the 10th Mountain Division's 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team based at Fort Drum, New York.

    On May 1, 2015, Bryce and three other soldiers were travelling in a Humvee on the New Jersey Turnpike. They were part of a 12 vehicle military convoy. The men were travelling from Fort Drum in New York to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst which is 18 miles southeast of Trenton, New Jersey.

    A car behind them tried to pass the Humvee, clipping it and sending it veering off the turnpike into a tree. Bryce was the driver of the Humvee and was thrown from the vehicle. All three passengers were injured.

    Another soldier in the vehicle, John Levulis, age 25, was rushed to a nearby hospital where tragically he succumbed to his injuries 6 days later.

    Ramdel Magloire, age 43, of Hackensack, New Jersey, has been charged with
    Father, place Bryce on the Stairway to
    Heaven.
    reckless driving. A passenger in his car was also hurt in the crash.

    Bryce's military comrades are in mourning over the death of their brother. He was a decorated combat veteran. He was well-respected by his peers. He will be forever remembered.

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

    Bryce is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his wife and three children.

    Thank you for your service to your country, Bryce. 

    Pray for all who do their duty and who die because of it.

    God save us from the speeding and reckless drivers. They are killing us, Father. Amen.

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

    May 15, 2015

    Sonny Smith - Law Enforcement Fatality - Arkansas

    Reserve Deputy Sonny Smith, age 42, of Clarksville, died in the line of duty on May 15, 2015, at a hospital in Johnson County, Arkansas. 

    Sonny Smith (L); Fred Kaufield (Kauffeld) (R)

    Johnson County is in northwest Arkansas.

    Deputy Smith was a Reserve Deputy with the Johnson County Sheriff's Office.  He had eleven years of service. 

    At about 2:30 a.m., Deputy Smith and several other deputies were searching for a burglary suspect 15 miles east of Clarksville. 

    Sonny confronted the subject and the subject commenced firing.  During the exchange of gunfire, Sonny was struck.  The suspect received only minor injuries.  

    Sonny was transported to a local hospital where tragically he succumbed to his
    Michael, Archangel, Patron Saint of the Police, pray for
    Sonny and for those who have lost him.
    injuries. 

    The suspect, Fred Kaufield, (also reported as "Kauffeld"), was taken into custody. 

    The Johnson County Sheriff's Office is in mourning over the death of their brother. Sonny will be forever remembered.

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

    Sonny is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his wife and children.

    Thank you for your service to the community, Sonny. 

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