May 5, 2015

Chris Blankenship - Firefighter Fatality - Tennessee

Firefighter Christopher Blankenship, age 41, died in the line of duty on May 3, 2015, at a hospital in Jackson, Tennessee.
Chris Blankenship

Firefighter Blankenship was a volunteer member of the Madison County Fire Department. He had 10 years of service. He worked out of Station No. 2. 

At about 1:30 a.m. on May 3, 2015, Chris responded to a motor vehicle accident and subsequent fire. Somehow the fire caused a nearby tree to break and a portion of it fell on Chris, trapping him underneath. 

His comrades were able to free him and administer first aid.  Chris was rushed to a local hospital where tragically he succumbed to his injuries. 

A benefit fund for the family has been established at the following locations:

Resource Federal Credit Union, 263 N. Highland Ave., Jackson, TN, 38305
Resource Federal Credit Union, 525 Old Hickory Blvd, Jackson, TN, 38305

Florian, Patron Saint of
Firefighters, pray for Chris
and for those who have lost him
The Madison County Fire Department is in mourning over the death of their brother. He was a quiet man with a pleasant demeanor.  He could always be relied upon. He helped others his entire life.  He volunteered for various training sessions and had recently been certified in emergency medical training. He will be forever remembered.

Chris' loved ones are devastated over his sudden and tragic death. He loved his wife and kids and was proud of them. He did his best. He will be forever mourned.

Chris is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his wife, Ashley; and their two children, Baily and Chase. 

Thank you for your service to the community, Chris. 

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

May 4, 2015

Esperanza and Juli Morales - victims of alleged drunk driving in Livermore, California

Esperanza Morales, age 40, and Juli Morales, age 14 months, died on May 2, 2015, in Livermore, California.

Livermore is a city in Alameda County, California on the eastern edge of the San Francisco Bay area. 

Esperanza and Juli (L); Brian Jones (Mid); Crash in backyard
During the evening of May 2, 2015, Esperanza and Juli were attending a family event and were in the backyard of an apartment building in Livermore. They were celebrating a family member's first communion and a birthday.

Just before 7:00 p.m., a car crashed into the yard striking Esperanza and Juli who both died at the scene. The driver had been speeding before the crash. The car knocked out a power supply box and sideswiped two trees before crashing into the backyard patio.

Brian Jones, age 35, was arrested on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. Reportedly, he had been at a wine festival before the crash. He was released on bail.

If you saw the accident, you are urged to contact the Police at 925-371- 4777.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the family with expenses. Both the
Gabriel, Archangel, who stands in
the presence of God, pray for
Esperanza and for Juli.
mother and child will be flown to Mexico for burial.

Brian Jones 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 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 family members of Esperanza and Juli are devastated over their sudden and tragic deaths. Oceans of tears will be shed for them. They will be forever mourned.

Esperanza and Juli are survived by many loving friends and family members including the husband and father; a 22 year old daughter and a 10 year old son.

Pray for justice for Esperanza and for Juli.

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

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

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

Pray that Esperanza and Juli are in heaven. Pray that they are at peace and are with God. Amen.

Brian Moore - Police Officer Fatality - New York City

Brian Moore
Officer Brian Moore, age 25, died on May 4, 2015, in a hospital in New York City.

Officer Moore was a member of the New York City Police Department. He was part of the anti-crime unit of the 105th precinct in Queens. He had five years of service.

During the early evening of May 2, 2015, Brian Moore and his partner were in plain clothes patrolling in an unmarked police car. They noticed a man tugging at the waistband of his pants and pulled up beside him. They asked him what he was carrying in his waistband. He responded by opening fire and shooting Brian Moore.

Brian was transported to the hospital and underwent surgery for wounds to his head and brain. Tragically he succumbed to his injuries two days later.

Demetrius Blackwell, age 35, was arrested several hours later and has been charged
Michael, Archangel, Patron
Saint of the Police, pray for
Brian and for those who
have lost him.
with murder. He has a lengthy criminal record including two prior charges for assaulting police officers.

Brian's father and uncle are both retired police officers.

The New York City Police Department is in mourning over the death of their young brother. He will be forever remembered.

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

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

Thank you for your service to the community, Brian.

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

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

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

May 2, 2015

Freddie Gray - a man killed by the Police in Baltimore, Maryland

Freddie Gray
Freddie Gray, age 25, died on April 19, at a hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.

Freddie was killed during an arrest procedure. He died of cardiac arrest and a broken neck. Sometime during his arrest and transport to the Police Station, he was severely injured and tragically died of those injuries.

Six police officers were involved in Freddie's arrest.

Subsequently, six Baltimore Police officers have been charged with various offences relating to Freddie's death.

Freddie suffered a critical neck injury as a result of restraints placed upon him inside the police department wagon. He was generally manhandled during this entire procedure. Freddie also tried to smash his own head against the sides of the van. Everyone has seen the photos of Freddie being dragged to the police van, seemingly unable to walk.

The police have to be seen to not only enforce the law but to follow it.
Pray for justice
for Freddie Gray


Marilyn Mosby, the state's attorney for Baltimore, has said that Freddie Gray's arrest on April 12 was illegal and his death has been ruled a homicide.

Freddie Gray was no saint. He had a criminal record, mainly on drug possession charges and minor crimes. Freddie Gray had been involved in 20 criminal court cases, five of which were still active at the time of his death.

Regardless of this 25 year old man's history of poor judgement, he did not deserve to be mortally wounded in the back of a van.

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

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

Pray for justice for Freddie Gray.

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


May 1, 2015

Alyssa Morgan - a 12 year old girl bullied to death in Iowa

Alyssa Morgan
Alyssa Morgan, age 12, died on April 3, 2015, at her home in Pleasant Hill, Iowa.

Alyssa committed suicide.

Her mother states that Alyssa was bullied at Southeast Polk Junior High School.

Alyssa was in the seventh grade and was constantly bullied by her classmates for openly stating that she was bisexual. She was put down and told that she was disgusting.

She faced anguish every day that she went to school. She became depressed and started self-harming. Self-harming can often involve cutting oneself. 

Angels of God, pray for Alyssa
and for all who are tormented.
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.

To any teens who are reading this:

~ Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.
~ Do not contribute to another's downfall. Tomorrow or five years from now, it could be you who is being humiliated.
~There is nothing cool about human suffering.

School officials state that there are many anti-bullying programs in place at the school.

Other parents in the school district state that this is the 15th suicide of a student at this school in 12 years. This assertion is unconfirmed. However, if it is true, then an investigation should be conducted by state authorities. There is a poisonous atmosphere at a junior high school if a kid dies every year because they're unhappy there.

Alyssa's loved ones are devastated over her tragic death. She liked drawing, taking selfies, putting on makeup. She was just a typical 12 year old girl. She will be forever mourned.

Alyssa is survived by many loving friends and family members including her parents.

Pray for all who are tormented.

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

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

Autumn Marie Jenkins - Firefighter killed in car crash in Maryland

Autumn Jenkins
Autumn Marie Jenkins, age 20, died on April 28, 2015, on a highway in Nanjemoy, Maryland.

Nanjemoy is about 40 miles from Washington, D.C.

Autumn was travelling on Route 425 in Nanjemoy just after 9:00 p.m.  A Chevy truck coming from the opposite direction crossed the center line and crashed head-on into her vehicle. Autumn's vehicle came to a stop in a field.

Tragically, Autumn was fatally injured and died of her injuries at the scene of the collision.

Darren Windsor, age 23, was the driver of the truck. He may be charged with criminal offences if lab tests come back positive for alcohol. State troopers believe that alcohol was a factor in the crash.

Darren Windsor 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 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.

Autumn was a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician with the
Florian, Patron Saint of
Firefighters, pray for
Autumn and for those who
have lost her.
Nanjemoy Volunteer Fire Department. She had been with the department since she was 16. Her father is a lifelong member of the department as well.

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

The Nanjemoy Volunteer Fire Department is in mourning over the death of their young sister. Autumn had a bubbly personality and loved what she did. She was full of life. Her comrades are shaken over this tragedy. She will be forever remembered.

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

Autumn is survived by many loving friends and family members including her mother and father; and her boyfriend.

Thank you for your service to the community, Autumn.

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

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

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

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

April 29, 2015

Carlos Blanco, Antonio Blanco and Lucas Blanco - killed by an alleged Drunk Driver in California

Carlos Blanco, age 21, Antonio Blanco, age 19, and Lucas Blanco, age 15, died on April 25, 2015, on a highway in Sutter County, California.

The Blanco brothers
The county seat is Yuba City with a population of just under 95,000. 

Carlos, Antonio and Lucas were riding in a 1991 Honda Accord just before 4:00 in the afternoon when their vehicle was struck by a truck.  A minute or so after the collision the Blanco family's vehicle burst into flames. 

Local area residents and witnesses who saw or heard the crash ran out to help. People tried to water down the car and to use fire extinguishers to stop the fire but to no avail. 

Tragically, Carlos, Antonio and Lucas died at the scene. The brothers were pinned under the burning car. 

Michael Jones, age 38, of Oroville, lost control of his truck, veered onto the wrong side of the road and struck the Blanco family's car, flipping it. 

Michael Jones was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI and manslaughter. It is claimed that he had a blood alcohol reading of more than 4 times the legal limit. He also has no driver's license. He had been arrested in February of 2015 on an alcohol related offence. He states that he does not have a problem with alcohol. 

Mary, pray for Carlos, Antonio
and Lucas and for those who
have lost them. 
Michael Jones 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 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.


A fundraising site has been set up to help the family with three funerals. 

Lucas was a high school student. Carlos leaves behind a baby daughter. Antonio leaves behind a son and a pregnant wife, due any day.

The loved ones of Carlos, Antonio and Lucas are devastated over their sudden and tragic deaths. These young men were good guys, great parents, and were greatly loved by their family. These men will be forever mourned.

Carlos, Antonio and Lucas are survived by many loving friends and family members who will forever miss them.

Pray for justice for Carlos, Antonio and Lucas. 

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

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

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

Pray that Carlos, Antonio and Lucas are in heaven. Pray that they are at peace and are with God. Amen.

Derek Pagan - a victim of hit and run in Texas

Derek Pagan
Sgt. Derek Pagan, age 29, died on April 26, 2015, on a highway in East Austin, Texas.

Derek was walking on the highway at about 2:30 a.m. when he was struck by a vehicle. Derek was fatally injured and the driver did not stop. Tragically, Derek died at the scene of the collision.

Several Good Samaritans stopped to provide aid and to protect Derek's body until the police arrived.

It has not been determined as of this date if Derek was struck by more than one car.

Derek was assigned to the 589th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division, based at Fort Hood. He had just re-enlisted in the Army and had been based at Fort Hood for four years. He entered the military in April of 2011 as a radio and communications security repairer.

His awards and decorations include the Army Achievement Medal, Army Good
Saint Jude, pray for
Derek and for justice
for him.
Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and Air Assault Badge.

Anyone with information regarding this tragedy is urged to contact the Austin Police Department at 512-0974-8164.

Derek Pagan is originally from Kunkletown, Pennsylvania.

Derek's military comrades are in mourning over the loss of their brother. He was humorous and smart and had lots of potential. He will be forever remembered.

Derek's loved ones are devastated over his sudden and tragic death. He was a good man who served his country well. He was very much loved by his family. He will be forever mourned.

Derek is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his mother, Linda; and his sister.

Pray for justice for Derek.

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

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

April 27, 2015

Islamic State Terrorists kill 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya

Ethiopians being led to their executions
On April 19, 2015, a video was released by "Islamic State" showing Islamic State militants killing Ethiopian men who were working in Libya.

No one knows how many men were actually killed.

It has been reported that 12 Ethiopians were beheaded on a beach and 16 were shot in the head at a desert location.

All of the men were Christians.

The Ethiopian Government has confirmed that the men killed in the video are their citizens.

Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL)  is a terrorist organisation which claims religious and political authority over all Muslims. Its ambition is to establish a caliphate to control Muslim regions of the Middle East including Iraq, Syria, Palestine, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon, Cyprus and parts of Turkey. They are also attempting to expand into the North African Muslim countries of Libya, Tunisia and Algeria.

Libya is a total mess and Islamic State and other groups are grappling for control of
Angels of God, pray for an end
to this murderous insanity.
the country which is rich in oil. Everyone wants a piece of the very rich oil pie.

In February of 2015, a similar mass murder video was published by Islamic State terrorists in which the deaths of 21 Egyptian Christians was broadcast.

In that video, a terrorist stated: “You will not have safety, even in your dreams, until you embrace Islam.”

In this more recent video, the victims were described by the terrorists as "followers of the cross from the enemy Ethiopian Church." They also stated: “To the nations of the cross, we are back again…telling you Muslim blood that was shed under the hands of your religion is not cheap.”

Pray for the Egyptian and Ethiopian men who were so brutally murdered for no reason.

God save us from the religious extremists of every religion.

God save us from the barbarians who place no value on human life. 

God grant us peace in this world. Amen. 

April 25, 2015

Kirsten and Koby Draper - kids killed by an alleged drunk driver in Texas

Kirsten Draper, age 10, and Koby Draper, age 15, died on April 22, 2015, on a highway near Liberty Hill, Texas.

Liberty Hill is a city in Williamson County with a population of just over 1600 people. 

Kirsten Draper; Koby Draper; John Alvarado
During the evening, Crystal Draper, age 37, and her four children were driving on a local highway and trying to make a left turn towards home when a pickup truck slammed into the back of their vehicle.

Tragically, Kirsten Draper and Koby Draper both died at the scene of the collision.

Crystal Draper and her sons Kris, age 13, and Kody, age 16, were rushed to a nearby hospital with serious injuries. They are recovering.

The family has set up a fundraising site to help with medical and other expenses.

John Alvarado, age 45, of Austin, Texas, has been charged with intoxication related manslaughter and driving without a valid license. Family members reported that he had been drinking before the collision. The Police stated that hours after the crash, John Alvarado was still slurring his words.

John Alvarado has several previous alcohol-related offences on his police record.
Angels of God, pray for Kirsten and Koby and for those who
have lost them.


John Alvarado 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 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.

School friends and teachers of both Kirsten and Koby are in mourning over these kids.

Kirsten and Koby's loved ones are devastated over their sudden and tragic deaths. Both were good kids who always had a smile on their faces and who were always having fun. They loved their family and they were loved in return. The family is now broken. Kirsten and Koby will be forever mourned.

Kirsten and Koby are survived by many loving friends and family members who will forever miss them.

Pray for justice for Kirsten and Koby.

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

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

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

Pray that Kirsten and Koby are in heaven. Pray that they are at peace and are with God. Amen.

April 24, 2015

Ha Tran - a victim of robbery and murder in Houston, Texas

Ha Tran, age 40, died on April 22, 2015, at a hospital in Houston, Texas. 

Ha Tran
At about 9:30 p.m., Ha Tran drove home to the apartment complex where she, her husband and their four children lived in southwest Houston. 

A man approached her and demanded her cash and cell phone.  Ha Tran resisted the robber and he shot her twice.  

Ha Tran's husband ran out of the apartment complex when he heard the shots in an attempt to save his wife.  

She was rushed to a local hospital where tragically she died of her injuries. 

A half hour before this tragic incident, another woman near the apartment complex was held at gunpoint and two robbers demanded her purse.  The woman gave up the purse and the suspects ran off. It is unknown at this time if the suspects had anything to do with the second robbery. 

The suspect is described as a black male in his early 20's.  He wore a red cap and black shirt and fled in a white four-door car. 

Anyone with information in this case is urged to contact the Houston Homicide
Light a candle for Ha Tran. Light
her way to Heaven. 
Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS. 

We put this question to the thief who killed Ha Tran: What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul?

Ha Tran and her husband had moved from Vietnam to America to work towards a better life.  

Neighbors stated that Ha Tran was a kind and loving woman. She was quiet, kept to herself but often asked neighbors about themselves and their kids. 

Neighbors also said that the family was planning on moving out of the complex soon after their children were finished with testing at school. 

Ha Tran's loved ones are devastated over her sudden and tragic death. They are lost without her. She will be forever mourned.

Ha Tran is survived by many loving friends and family members including her husband, Bobby, and their four children. 

Pray for justice for Ha Tran.  

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

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

The Magnitude of the Universe

NASA released new photos to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the launching of the Hubble Space Telescope. 

This is one of the photos:


This is a photo of a stellar cluster known as Westerlund 2. 

Theoretically, if one was to board a spaceship and fly to Westerlund 2, you would have to travel at 186,000 miles per second for 20,000 years.  And you'd be there. 

Photos like these demonstrate how vast and wondrous the Universe is and how insignificant we really are. 

God grant us the intelligence to save our own planet from war and from environmental collapse. Amen. 

April 22, 2015

Jonathan Krueger - a student murdered by thieves in Lexington, Kentucky

Jonathan Krueger
Jonathan Krueger, age 22, of Perrysburg, Ohio, died on April 17, 2015, at a hospital in Lexington, Kentucky.

Jonathan and a friend were walking down a city street just after 2:00 a.m. They were heading home after a party. They were approached by two men who attempted to rob them. The friend was able to run to a nearby house to get help. During the confrontation, Jonathan was shot in the chest and fatally wounded. The suspects fled the scene in a red van.

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

Justin Smith, age 18, and Efrain Diaz, age 20, have been charged with murder in connection with Jonathan's death. It is not believed that these men knew Jonathan.

Jonathan was a student at the University of Kentucky, studying account management. He was a photo editor for the student newspaper. He was also a
Father, place Jonathan on the stairway to
Heaven
member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity.

A scholarship fund in Jonathan's name will be established by the student newspaper for a promising photographer.

Friends and fraternity brothers describe Jonathan as a hard worker, a skilled photographer and a creative journalist. He was pleasant to be around and had an upbeat personality. He had a sense of humor and could make everyone smile. He will be forever remembered.

Justin Smith and Efrain Diaz are innocent unless proven guilty.

However, we put this question to the thieves who killed Jonathan: What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul?

Jonathan's loved ones are devastated over his needless and tragic death. He was a good kid. He did his best. He will be forever mourned.

Jonathan is survived by many loving friends and family members including his mother, Mary Krueger.

Pray for justice for Jonathan. 

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 thieves. They are killing us, Father. Amen.

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

Anonymous Good Samaritan donates part of his liver to save twin girls in Ontario

The twins
Binh and Phuoc, two 3 year old twin girls, suffer from a rare genetic disorder that damages their livers. 

The girls are the daughters of Michael and Johanne Wagner of Kingston, Ontario, who adopted the girls from Vietnam in November of 2012. The couple have a total of nine children. 

In early February of 2015, Michael Wagner donated part of his liver to one of the girls. It was not medically possible for him to donate to both kids.  

The couple pleaded with the public for help for the other daughter, knowing full well that they were asking a total stranger to endure a serious operation and a painful and
The Good Samaritan comes to the
aid of strangers, selflessly.
protracted recovery period. 

Hundreds of people contacted the Living Donor Transplant Program at Toronto General Hospital and applied to be a donor. After many screenings and tests, an ideal donor was found and the operations were performed several weeks ago.  

The donor chose to remain anonymous and has recovered. 

Both Binh and Phuoc are now doing well and are expected to thrive.  

Michael and Johanne held a press conference to express their thanks to the anonymous donor. Their voices broke with emotion and tears welled up as they thanked the person who put his life on the line for their child.

God bless the anonymous donor who gave part of his liver to save the life of a stranger's child. He is a Good Samaritan. 

God bless all who come to the aid of strangers.  They are the true heroes of the modern era.