July 30, 2014

Mary Neal and her glimpse of Heaven

Mary Neal is a well-respected orthopaedic surgeon.

She lives with her family in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. 

Mary Neal and her son, Willie Neal
In 1999, in the Los Rios region of southern Chile, Mary was with friends and family members on a kayaking expedition. While cascading down a waterfall, her kayak became pinned at the bottom and she was immediately and completely submerged. Despite the rescue efforts of her companions, Mary was underwater for too long, and as a result, technically died.

Her companions immediately started rigorous CPR. They were determined not to lose her.

Mary felt herself drifting above her body and could look down and see the people below trying to revive her.

She then found herself in what she believes was Heaven. It was a beautiful place, full of intense color. She felt like she was home.

Two Angels came to her and welcomed her. She felt that she had known them forever. 

Angels of God, pray for us
However, she also got the feeling that she would not be staying in this place, because she still had work to do on Earth and others here were calling her back. 

And then the Angels told her something disturbing and tragic. They said that her eldest son, Willie, would die prematurely.

Mary Beal woke up, sputtering water and gasping for air, but alive. Her companions and loved ones thanked God for her survival.

Mary told others about her visit to Heaven but didn't tell anyone about the prediction of her son's death.

Then one night, years later, on a family trip, she told told him about this prediction, while weeping.

Tragically, Willie Neal, age 19, died on June 21, 2009, when he was hit by a car while roller-skiiing in Maine. He died at the scene of the accident. 

Willie is described as a spectacular young man, who was seriously into the preservation of the environment. He cared about our Planet and what was happening to it.

Willie is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his mother and father, Mary and William Neal; and his brother, Eliot Neal. 

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

Mary has written a book about her experiences entitled "To Heaven and Back".

Mary stated that the impact of her son's death was horrendous but that she knew that he had gone to a place of peace and beauty and that Willie's loved ones would one day connect in some way with him again. 

God grant us Heaven. Amen. 

Xinran Ji - a Chinese Student beaten to death in Los Angeles

Xinran Ji
Xinran Ji, age 24, died on July 24, 2014, at his apartment in Los Angeles, California.

Xinran is a Chinese name and is pronounced in English as "Shinran".

Xinran was a student at the University of Southern California.

At about 1:45 a.m., he was walking to his off-campus apartment after a group study session when he was attacked by four or five persons in a robbery attempt. They battered him with a baseball bat and a large wrench. He was beaten severely when he fought against his attackers and was then beaten a second time.

It is believed that his assailants then drove to Playa Del Rey and committed another robbery.

Xinran left a trail of blood on the street but managed to get to this apartment. His room-mate later found him dead of his injuries.  It takes a lot to kill a 24 year old man.  He was literally beaten to death.

All five of the assailants were later taken into custody and four are being held in connection with Xinran Ji's death.

Jonathan DelCarmen, age 19; Andrew Garcia, age 18; Alberto Ochoa, age 17; and Alejandra Guerrero, age 16; face one count of murder each in connection with Xinran Ji's death. They may also face robbery charges. The fifth suspect is a 14 year old girl who is being held in connection with the robbery at Playa Del Rey. However, it is believed that she too may have been involved in the beating of Xinran Ji.

The 19 and 18 year old male suspects could face the death penalty. They will certainly face
Light a candle for Xinran.
Light his way to Heaven.
the prospect of life in prison if proven guilty. These men have thrown away their lives on a whim.

Their girlfriends have, through their actions, given up the prospect of having a real job, being wives, 
mothers, having a home and living a useful and a happy life.  

Regret can last a lifetime. 

Fellow students at the University expressed concern that random attacks often happen on the streets in their vicinity. It could have been anyone who was attacked.

It is a sad fact of life, world-wide, that women and men cannot walk the streets in the dark and expect to be safe from attack from thieves, rapists and drunk or drugged up wing-nuts. Walking on city streets in the dead of night is no longer an option in any city. If you are walking on the street, in the dark, you are 10 seconds away from savagery.

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

Xinran is survived by many loving friends in America and family members in China.

Pray for justice for Xinran. 

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

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

Ann Nguyen - a store owner killed in Ville Platte, Louisiana

Ann Nguyen
Ann Nguyen, age 59, died on July 28, 2014, at her store in Ville Platte, Louisiana.

Just before noon, a man entered the grocery and meat market store and told all of the customers to leave. He shot Ann Nguyen multiple times in a robbery attempt.

Ann had owned the store for a decade. She was just weeks from retiring. She was looking forward to joining some of her five children in California. None of her kids live in Louisiana.

Samuel Anderson, age 30, of Ville Platte, has been charged with murder and armed robbery. He has a criminal record that
Samuel Anderson
goes back 12 years and includes arrests for forgery, burglary, disturbing the peace, possessing an illegal firearm, driving while suspended, damage to property, sexual battery and numerous drug charges.

This dude is bad news from the word go. He has a rap sheet like Judas.

Friends say that Ann was always singing as she worked, all day long. She is described as a sweet woman and a hard worker.

Ann's family are devastated by her tragic and senseless death. She will be forever mourned.

Ann is survived by many loving friends and family members including her five children. 

Pray for Ann
Pray for justice for Ann. 

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

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

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

Eric Lee - a Good Samaritan in Landover, Maryland

Eric Lee
On July 25, 2014, at about 2:30 p.m., a 12 year old girl and her 8 year old brother were waiting to cross a local road in Landover, Maryland, to meet up with their father. 

They were approached by Michael McLong, age 25. He told the girl he was a police officer and tried to grab her by the arm and drag her to the back of a nearby shopping center.  

At that time, Eric Lee who works at a nearby apartment complex, was driving on his way to the shopping center to pick up some supplies needed at work when he saw McLong and the kids. He felt something was fishy and stopped the car and asked the kids if everything was okay.  The little girl asked for help and Eric got out of his vehicle. Both kids were crying and hollering. 

Eric asked McLong what he was doing and McLong repeated that he was a police officer.  Eric asked to see McLong's police badge.  McLong, of course, refused and Eric then told McLong to back away from the kids.  At that point, McLong ran. 
The Good Samaritan reaches
out to strangers in need
The children's father showed up at the scene and Eric was able to call 911. 

Michael McLong was apprehended by the police shortly thereafter. 

The Police describe Eric Lee as a Good Samaritan and a hero.  He interceded to prevent an abduction which may have lead to a sexual assault or murder.

Eric says that he didn't do anything spectacular.  He just did what he would hope others would do for his family in a similar situation.  He said that God put him in the right place at the right time. 

Eric is a Good Samaritan. 

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

Ommy Irizarry - U.S. soldier and his daughter killed in a tragic accident on a Florida beach

(Left to Right) - Oceana, Rebecca and Ommy Irizarry
Sgt. Ommy Irizarry, age 36, died on July 27, 2014, at Caspersen Beach in Venice, Florida.

His daughter, Oceana, age 9, died on July 29, 2014, at a local hospital.

Around 2:45 p.m., Ommy and Oceana were walking along the crowded beach looking for snails and shells, when a Piper Cherokee aircraft crash landed, striking them. Ommy died at the scene and his daughter was airlifted to a local hospital but succumbed to her injuries.

A Piper Cherokee is a small plane with one propeller. The plane involved in this tragedy had a pilot, Karl Kokomoor, age 57, and one passenger, David Theen, age 60, both of Englewood, Florida. The two men survived.

The details of the crash are sketchy. It is unclear what caused the plane to malfunction. It is believed that Ommy and Oceana were looking in the opposite direction and didn't see the plane descending.  It is also believed that the plane's engine had cut out so they wouldn't have heard it either. They were caught offguard.

Ommy was vacationing in Florida from his home in Georgia. He was stationed at Fort Stewart in Georgia. He was celebrating his ninth wedding anniversary. He was with his wife, Rebecca; his two daughters and a son from a previous marriage.

Ommy's mother, Isabel Medina, and her husband, were at the beach and sadly witnessed the tragedy.  Isabel was transported to a local hospital with cardiac issues.

A few hours before the tragedy, Ommy had written on his Facebook page, "Thank you for being with me through thick and thin. I love you with all my heart, mi Roma. I am very happy and can't wait to see what the next 100 years have in store for us."

Sgt. Irizarry was originally from Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. He had 12 years of service in
Mary, pray for Oceana and
Ommy.  Pray for Rebecca
who has lost them.
the Army and had been deployed twice to Iraq. He was stationed at Fort Stewart in 2010.

Friends describe Ommy as a great father to his kids.

An online fundraising page on GoFundMe.com is available to assist the Irizarry family with expenses.

Ommy's military comrades are in mourning over the death of their brother. He will be forever remembered.

Ommy and Oceana's family members are devastated by their sudden and tragic deaths. They will be forever mourned. Seas full of tears will be shed for them.

Ommy and Oceana are survived by many loving friends and relatives, including Isabel Medina and Rebecca Irizarry.

Thank you for your service to your country, Ommy.

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

Pray for the children who never got a chance to grow up.

Pray that Ommy and Oceana are in heaven. Pray that they are at peace and are with God. Amen.

July 28, 2014

Misty Holt Singh - an innocent bystander killed in a bank robbery in Stockton, California

Misty Holt Singh
Misty Holt Singh, age 41, died on July 16, 2014, in Stockton, California.

Misty had driven herself and her daughter, Mia, to a local bank to withdraw money for a haircut. Mia was waiting in the car while her Mom went in to do the banking. Misty entered the bank during a robbery being conducted by three men.

She and two bank employees were forced into a stolen SUV at gunpoint. The SUV sped off and was chased by the Police for an hour. Misty was the only hostage still in the vehicle an hour later when the vehicle stopped and a furious gun battle between the bank robbers and the police erupted. During the exchange of bullets, Misty Holt Singh was shot and killed in the back of the vehicle.

As of this posting, it is unclear if it was a bullet fired by the robbers or by the police that killed this poor woman.

Two of the robbers - Gilbert Renteria Jr., age 30, and Alex Gregory Martinez, age 27,
Angels of God, pray for Misty
and for those who have
lost her
were killed. Both had records with the Police as Stockton gang members. Jaime Ramos, age 19, another of the robbers, survived and is in custody.

Members of the Singh family very graciously expressed sympathy for the families of the dead robbers who have lost their loved ones.

Those wishing to donate to the Singh family can contact the The Misty Holt-Singh Memorial at the Bank of Stockton; or visit "gofundme.com/bplhfc".

Misty's family are devastated by her sudden and tragic death. She is described as a very involved mother who loved her husband and her kids. She did everything for her family.  She put herself last. She is also described as a community leader and a person who was loved by everyone.

A $50,000 reward is being offered for information about a fourth person who was driving the car that dropped the robbers off at the bank. Anyone with information about any additional suspects is urged to contact Stockton Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600 or their local FBI office.

Misty is survived by many loving friends and relatives including her husband, Paul Singh Sr.; her son, Paul Jr. and her daughter, Mia.

Pray for justice for Misty.

God save us from the thieves. Their greed is killing us, Father.

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

Tyler Zody - U.S. Military - died in a training accident

Tyler Zody
Sgt. Tyler A. Zody, age 20, died on July 24, 2014, at Fort Polk, Louisiana. 

Tyler was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans" at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, as a senior sniper.

Tyler died during training in a motor vehicle rollover accident. Three other soldiers were also injured. 

The incident is under investigation.

Tyler was a native of Fleming Island, Florida.  He enlisted in the Army in July of 2011.  He completed basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia, as an infantryman. After graduating from training, he was assigned as a grenadier in Company A, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment in December of 2011.  

Tyler had served one combat deployment with the Rakkasans.  He was in training for an upcoming deployment in the Fall of 2014 to Afghanistan.

His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, National Defense
Angels of God, pray for Tyler and for
those who have lost him
Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge and Expert Marksmanship Badge.

Military officials stated that Tyler was a dedicated and talented young Non Commissioned Officer, who will be greatly missed and forever remembered. 

Tyler's family members are devastated by his sudden and tragic death. He is described as an athlete who was into sports, hunting and fishing. He had wanted to join the military ever since he was a little kid. 

He will be forever mourned. 

Tyler is survived by many loving comrades, friends and relatives including his mother and father and his six siblings.

Thank you for serving, Tyler.

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

Pray for all men who die at age 20. Yesterday they were just boys.

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

July 26, 2014

Keith Williams - U.S. Military

Keith Williams
Pfc. Keith M. Williams, age 19, of Visalia, California, died on July 24, 2014, in Mirugol Kalay, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when his vehicle struck a roadside bomb.

He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado.

He had enlisted less than a year ago.  This was his first deployment.

Family members stated that Keith was a fun-loving kid who was just starting out in life.  

He loved his country and wanted to do his part to protect it. 

Friends said that Keith was excited that he was going to be able to return home in
Gabriel, Archangel, who stands
in the presence of God, pray for
Keith
October of 2014.  He said that he missed everybody. 

Keith's family members are devastated by his sudden and tragic death. He will be forever mourned.

Keith is survived by many loving comrades, friends and relatives including his father, Frank Williams.

Thank you for serving, Keith.

Pray for the 19 year old men who die in War. Yesterday they were just boys.

Pray without ceasing unto God for an end to this war in Afghanistan. It is enough. We are sick with grief for men like Keith.

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

Benjamin Prange - U.S. Military

Benjamin Prange
Staff Sgt. Benjamin G. Prange, age 30, of Hickman, Nebraska, died on July 24, 2014, in Mirugol Kalay, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when his vehicle struck a roadside bomb.

He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado.

Ben had served in the Army for six and a half years. This was his third deployment to Afghanistan.

Friends describe him as an incredible friend and a great leader.

Ben's family members are devastated by his sudden and tragic death. He will be
Father, place Ben on the stairway
to Heaven
forever mourned.

Ben is survived by many loving comrades, friends and relatives.

Thank you for serving, Benjamin.

Pray without ceasing unto God for an end to this war in Afghanistan. It is enough. We are sick with grief for men like Ben.

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

Donnell Hamilton Jr. - U.S. Military

Donnell Hamilton Jr.
Pfc. Donnell A. Hamilton, Jr., age 20, of Kenosha, Wisconsin, died on July 24, 2014, at Brooke Army Medical Center, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas.

He passed away from an illness contracted in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan.  The nature of the illness has not been reported as of this posting.

He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

He entered active duty service in October of 2012.

He had served in Afghanistan from July of 2013 to March of 2014.

His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, National Defense
Jesus, pray for Donnell
Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon.

Donnell's family members are devastated by his tragic death. He will be forever mourned.

Donnell is survived by many loving comrades, friends and relatives.

Thank you for serving, Donnell. 

Pray for all men who die at age 20. Yesterday they were just boys.

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

July 25, 2014

Craig Sytsma - killed by dogs in Michigan

Craig Sytsma
Craig Sytsma, age 46, of Livonia, Michigan, died on July 23, 2014, at a local hospital.

Craig had left work and decided to jog along a country road in Metamora Township in southern Lapeer County. Sometime around 5:30 p.m., he was attacked by two Cane Corso dogs who were running loose. The dogs severely mauled Craig.

Neighbors came to Craig's aid and shot at the dogs to scare them away. Craig was transported to a local hospital where sadly he died of his injuries.

Craig Sytsma worked for Eltro Services in Oxford, in Oakland County. He was a divorced father of three children. He lived alone. He had survived colon cancer in recent years.

Cane Corsos are a sub-species of mastiff. They have a huge head and jaws and the males can weigh 110 pounds. They are descendants of dogs bred by the ancient Roman Military as guard and attack dogs. They were called "Canis Pugnax" (Dogs of War). Later, they were used in Italy to hunt wild boar and for bear baiting. These dogs are popular with drug dealers for use at grow-operations as guard dogs. 

These dogs were never bred to be family pets. They are banned outright in numerous jurisdictions around the world and should be banned in the U.S.A.

The two particular dogs involved in Craig's death have a previous history of biting
Cane Corso dog
people. Biting incidents were reported to authorities in 2012 and 2013.

However, it seems that in Lapeer County dogs trump humans. Apparently dogs can run wild there and do what they want and everyone else can take their chances. However, local authorities believe that it would be in the best interests of the public to have these two dogs destroyed. No kidding?

Death by dog is not acceptable in a civilized country.

Craig's co-workers, friends and family members are devastated over his senseless and tragic death. He will be forever mourned.

Craig is survived by many loving friends and family members including his three children.

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

July 23, 2014

Blake Pryor - A Good Samaritan in Round Rock, Texas

Blake Pryor and his
friend, Maddy
Blake Pryor, age 21, is a Good Samaritan in Round Rock, Texas.

Round Rock is a part of the metropolitan area of Austin.

On July 17, 2014, Blake was driving across a bridge structure when he saw what he thought was a woman who was intending to jump. This structure is 100 feet high. This is equivalent to the height of an 8 storey building. If she had jumped, she would have died.

Blake approached the woman, grabbed her and gave her a hug. He told her "It's not worth it." He held her back and offered to talk to her as long as she wanted. She had told him that no one cared about her.

The Police arrived at the scene and credit Blake with saving the woman's life.

Blake is a modern day hero. Many people would have sped by, oblivious to the potential tragedy that was unfolding at the side of the road. Many of us only see what affects us and not what affects others.

Blake graduated from Georgetown High School in 2011. He is currently attending
The Good Samaritan comes to the
aid of strangers, selflessly.
Tarleton State University and is majoring in criminal justice. He intends on enrolling in a police academy close to home upon graduation.

Blake has already proven that he has the motivation and the ethics to be a police officer if he pursues this career path. Despite being only 21 years old, he acted in a mature fashion, stepped up to the plate and averted a tragedy.

Blake stated that his parents always taught him to help others. Especially those in distress.

God bless Blake and all who come to the aid of strangers. 

They are the true heroes of our era.

God knows we need more men like him in this World. 

Pray for the woman who was suicidal. God give her peace. Amen.

Nicole Gates - a Store Clerk murdered in Battle Creek, Michigan

Nicole Gates and her three children
Nicole Gates, age 27, of Hastings, Michigan, died on July 23, 2014, in Battle Creek, Michigan. 

Nicole was an employee of a gas station/convenience store just west of Battle Creek's downtown. She was working the overnight shift. She had just started the job on July 3rd. 

She told friends that she had been taunted by a man and his three friends outside of the gas station on July 22, the night before.  Nicole knew her assailant but it is unknown at this time if they were in a romantic relationship.  

Shawn Pike
In the early morning hours of July 23, Nicole was found stabbed to death in a back room.  Beer, cigarettes and lottery tickets had been stolen from the store and her car was stolen. 

Shawn Pike, age 30, has been arrested in connection with this tragedy. He is facing charges of murder and armed robbery.  A 21 year old man was also arrested and may be charged with accessory to murder. 

Shawn Pike has a prior criminal record including sexual assault. He is only 30 years old and yet he is racking up a rap sheet like Judas. 

Angels of God, pray for Nicole
and for her children who
have lost their mother
If you have any information about this crime, you are asked to call Battle Creek Police at 269-966-3322 or Silent Observer at 269-964-3888.

Nicole was a mother of two young sons and a young daughter.

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

Nicole is survived by many loving friends and family members including her three children who have been robbed of a mother. 

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

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

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

James Boergers Jr. - a victim of murder in Ohio

James Boergers
James Boergers Jr., age 31, of Jacksonville, Florida, died on July 19, 2014, in Hocking Hills, Ohio.

James was in the company of Kimberly Napoli, age 32. They were renting a cabin at Hocking Hills. 


Michael Napoli
Michael Napoli, age 33, of Westerville, Ohio, who is the ex-husband of Kimberly Napoli, found James and Kimberly together. He shot and killed James Boergers. He shot at and injured his ex-wife but she managed to escape. She was transported to a medical facility.

Michael Napoli was apprehended on July 20, 2014, at a hotel 70 miles away from the scene of the murder. After a standoff, he was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the head. He was transported to a medical facility in Dayton, Ohio.

If he survives, he will be charged with aggravated murder, aggravated burglary and attempted murder.

James Boergers graduated from Jacksonville University in 2005 and started his employment with the St. Johns County Public Works Department in St. Augustine, Florida, in 2006.

He worked as a systems analyst providing technical support to the Department with respect to large public works projects.

The St. Johns County Public Works Department is in mourning over the death of their co-worker. James is described as a friend to all. He was well-liked and was a hard worker.

Neighbours of Michael Napoli, (the shooter), describe him as a nice guy, pleasant and
Light a candle for James.  Light his way
to Heaven.
outgoing. However, when a marriage breakdown occurs, all bets are off. Some people brush off divorce like a minor inconvenience and some people are mentally devastated. They feel as if their lives are over. Or alternatively, they get the notion into their heads that "if I can't have you, nobody will", which seems to be the case here.

If you are experiencing a relationship breakdown and feel that you are getting out of control because of it:


~ Speak to a friend or a family member who you know is calm and who will not exacerbate the situation.
~ Speak to a priest, a pastor or someone you trust.
~ Go to the local hospital's emergency room and say that you are losing it and that you need help. You may need strong prescription drugs to calm you down. You may need psychiatric counselling.
~ Turn yourself in to the local Police, saying that you feel violently out of control and that you don't trust your own actions. They won't arrest you but they may detain you long enough to calm you down or they may refer you to a nearby medical facility.
~ Do anything you can to prevent yourself from committing murder, thereby depriving someone else of life and destroying your own life in the process. 

Regret can last a lifetime.

James' loved ones are devastated over his senseless and tragic death. He will be forever mourned.

James is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members.

God save us from the Lost Ones. They are killing us, Father.

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