December 6, 2016

Frankie Williams - New Jersey State Trooper Fatality

Frankie Williams
Trooper Frankie Williams, age 31, died in the line of duty on December 5, 2016, at a hospital in Camden, New Jersey.

Trooper Williams was a member of the New Jersey State Police. He was assigned to Port Norris Station in Cumberland County. He had just under one year of service.

Around 7:00 p.m., Frankie was responding to a call for service and was on a highway near Millville. An oncoming vehicle crossed the grass median and plowed into Frankie's patrol car at a high rate of speed.

Frankie was flown to a hospital in Camden where, tragically, he succumbed to his injuries.

The driver of the vehicle that crossed the median, a 61 year old male, also died in the collision. There had been reports earlier that a car matching this vehicle's description, was being driven erratically. 

Frankie grew up in Florida and graduated from George Jenkins High School in Lakeland, Florida. 

Lakeland is a city of just under 101,000 people and is located 36 miles east of Tampa. 

Michael, Patron Saint of the
Police, pray for Frankie and
for those who have lost him.
Prior to entering law enforcement, Frankie had worked for more than 8 years at a Lowe's store. He had also earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Rutger's University-Camden. He was studying towards a master's degree in criminal justice as well. 

He graduated from the New Jersey State Police Class in late January of 2016. 

He had just gotten married in September of 2016. 

Friends stated that Frankie had always wanted to be a police officer. He was always smiling and joking. He had a kind spirit. 

All New Jersey State Troopers are in mourning over the death of their brother. He was a well-liked and well-respected member of the State Police. He had a future in law enforcement. He will be forever remembered.

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

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

Thank you for your service to New Jersey, Frankie. 

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

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

December 5, 2016

Daniel Wesley - a Good Samaritan in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

On November 27, 2016, after 5:00 p.m., April Peck, age 30, was in a vehicle with her former partner, when she was shot during a domestic argument.

April Peck; Daniel Wesley
The couple had broken up in recent weeks after a rocky 10 year long relationship.

Terrell Walker, age 48, was the shooter. He then threw April out of the vehicle onto the road.

Daniel Wesley, age 17, was driving by when he saw somebody on the roadway and stopped to offer assistance. His father is a retired EMS supervisor and Wesley had his dad's medical kit in the car.

Terrell Walker approached Daniel and said: "You're helping her? I'm going to kill you." Daniel was shot in the arm and later in the leg by Terrell Walker who also ran over Daniel's leg, fracturing it.

Terrell Walker ran over two other people who had stopped to help. He shot at an
The Good Samaritan comes to
the aid of strangers in danger.
Ambulance Crew who had been flagged down to help.

Terrell Walker then ran off and a few hours later was involved in a shootout with East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff's deputies who shot and killed him.

Terrell Walker had a rap sheet like Judas. He had been convicted of manslaughter, battery on a police officer and numerous other offences.

Daniel Wesley was rushed to a local hospital where he is recovering.

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

Daniel Wesley is a Good Samaritan.

Good Samaritans are the everyday heroes of the modern era.

God bless Daniel Wesley and all who step up in times of distress. Amen.

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

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

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

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

December 3, 2016

Brandy Vela - a Victim of Bullying in Texas City, Texas

Brandy Vela, age 18, died on November 29, 2016, at her home in Texas City, Texas. 

Brandy Vela
Texas City is located in Galveston County and has a population of just over 45,000. 

During the afternoon of that day, Brandy committed suicide by shooting herself in the chest. She died in front of her parents and grandparents. 

She had sent a text to members of her family just prior to her death, stating: “I love you so much just remember that please and I’m so sorry for everything.” 

Brandy was a senior at Texas City High School. She was the victim of bullying including online cyberbullying. She was told by others that she was fat and ugly. 

Bullies placed her photo on dating sites stating her cell phone number and saying she was looking for sex. 

Saint Bernadette of Lourdes, who
said "I am ground like a grain of
wheat", pray for Brandy and for
all who are ground down by
bullying. 
Brandy advised the Texas City School District of harassing messages being sent to her phone. The school district stated that the app being used was untraceable. She was advised to change her cell phone number. 

If you have any information about the persons involved in the harassment of Brandy, you are urged to call the Texas City Police at 409 945-TIPS. All information is anonymous. You can also contact them via email at tips@texas-city-tx.org.

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 and scorned.
~There is never anything cool about human suffering.

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.

Brandy's loved ones are devastated over her tragic and unnecessary death. She was a kind soul with a winning smile. Tragically, her spirit was crushed. She will be forever mourned.

Brandy is survived by many loving friends and family members including her parents, her grandparents and her siblings.

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

Pray for justice for Brandy.

God save us from those who take joy in tormenting others. They are killing us, Father. Amen.

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

December 2, 2016

Reginald Gutierrez - Police Office Fatality - Tacoma, Washington

Jake Gutierrez
Police Officer Reginald Gutierrez, age 45, died in the line of duty on November 30, 2016, at a house in Tacoma, Washington.

He was called Jake by his family and friends.

Officer Gutierrez was a member of the Tacoma Police Department. He had 17 years of service.

Jake and other officers responded to a domestic disturbance call at a house in Tacoma. A male subject, Bruce Johnson II, age 38, started shooting and struck Jake. Jake was pulled from the house by other officers. Tragically, he died at the scene. 

A lengthy hostage/standoff situation ensued at the home. The shooter used two young kids as human shields. These kids may have been the shooter's children. He was shot dead by a Pierce County Sheriff's Office SWAT team member.  

Michael, Patron Saint of the
Police, pray for Jake and
for those who have lost him. 
Witnesses said that Jake saved the lives of his Police partner and the wife of the shooter.  When the shooting began, he repeatedly yelled for his partner and the woman to get out of the house. 

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

Friends describe Jake as a man with a kind spirit. He was caring, brave and funny. He was helpful to others.

The members of the Tacoma Police Department are in mourning over the death of their brother. Jake was a model officer who was dedicated to his profession. He was well-respected by his comrades. He was one of the good guys. He will be forever remembered.

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

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

Thank you for your service to the community, Jake. 

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

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

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

November 30, 2016

Thomas McQueen - Canadian Air Force Fatality

Captain Thomas McQueen, age 29, of Hamilton, Ontario, died in the line of duty on November 28, 2016, near Cold Lake, Alberta, Canada. 
Thomas McQueen

Captain McQueen was a member of No. 401 Tactical Fighter Squadron which is a Royal Canadian Air Force squadron based at Cold Lake, Alberta. He had 10 years of service with the Canadian Military. 

After 11:00 a.m., Tom was flying on a routine training mission when, for some unknown reason, his plane crashed on the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range, which straddles the Alberta-Saskatchewan border.

Tragically, Tom died at the scene.  

The cause of the crash is under investigation. 

Friends said that Tom had always wanted to be a pilot even as a kid. He is described as a hard worker and a man who was kind and generous in spirit. 

Tom had flown deployments in eastern Europe and had combat flight time in the Middle East. 

Tom was engaged to be married, and was about to begin training for a higher
Angels of God, pray for Tom and for those who
have lost him. 
command position.

All Canadian Air Force personnel are in mourning over the death of their young brother. Tom was energetic, bright and fully dedicated to the service of Canada. He will be forever remembered.

Tom'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.

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

Thank you for your service to Canada, Tom.

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

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

November 28, 2016

Cody Donahue - Colorado State Trooper

Cody Donahue
Trooper Cody Donahue, age 34, of Parker, Colorado, died in the line of duty on November 25, 2016.

Trooper Donahue was a member of the Colorado State Patrol. He had 11 years of service.

Around 2:00 p.m., Cody was investigating a minor traffic accident on a highway near Castle Rock. He was standing outside of his patrol car with another trooper when he was struck down by a truck. He was wearing a reflective vest at the time of the accident. 

The driver of the commercial truck is facing charges relating to careless driving resulting in death.

Tragically, Cody, died at the scene. 

Our advice to all drivers:  When you see an emergency vehicle (Police, Fire or Ambulance) pulled over to the side of a city street or a rural highway - wake up, slow down and watch what you're doing. These vehicles have pulled over for a reason. People's lives are at stake. 

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

Cody grew up in North Dakota before moving to Colorado. He loved outdoor activities - ATV's, snowmobiling and water skiing. 

All Colorado State Troopers are in mourning over the death of their brother. He was
Michael, Patron Saint of the Police, pray for Cody
and for those who have lost him. 
an exemplary trooper who stood up for his comrades. He was one of the good guys. He will be forever remembered.

Cody's loved ones are devastated over his sudden and tragic death. He was a gentle giant who loved kids and loved helping others. He was loving and was loved in return. He did his best. He will be forever mourned.

Cody is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his parents, his wife, Velma, and his two young daughters.

Thank you for your service to Colorado, Cody. 

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

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

Scott Dayton - U.S. Navy Fatality - Syria

Scott Dayton
Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott C. Dayton, age 42, of Woodbridge, Virginia, died in the line of duty on November 24, 2016, in Ayn Issa, northern Syria.

Scott died of wounds sustained from an improvised explosive device.

He was assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Two, which is based in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Scott was serving with Operation Inherent Resolve, which is the U.S. military action against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. 

Scott enlisted in the Navy in 1993 and was a surface warfare specialist until joining the Explosive Ordnance Disposal community in 2002.

Hi awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, seven
Gabriel, who stands in the presence
of God, pray for Scott and for those
who have lost him. 
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Unit Commendation, Navy “E” Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, two Iraq Campaign Medals, and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon. 

Scott's comrades at the Little Creek Base are in mourning over the death of their brother. He was a true patriot and a highly regarded member of his Unit. He will be forever remembered.

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

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

Thank you for your service to America, Scott. 

Pray for all who die while far away from their loved ones.

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

Pray, without ceasing, unto God for an end to all War. It is enough.

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

November 24, 2016

Colin Rose - Police Officer Fatality - Detroit, Michigan

Colin Rose
Police Officer Collin Rose, age 29, died in the line of duty on November 23, 2016, at a hospital in Detroit, Michigan.

Officer Rose was a member of the Wayne State University Police Department. He had five and one-half years of service. He served as a canine officer.

On November 22, 2016, at about 6:30 p.m., Colin was patrolling an area near the University's downtown campus that had experienced a number of thefts from vehicles. He radioed in that he was approaching a suspicious person on a bicycle. Colin attempted to detain the man but the subject shot Colin.

The shooter fled the scene. A suspect, DeAngelo Davis, was arrested later that night. He has a prior history of run-ins with police officers.

A $5,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the location of the crime weapon. Call 1-888-ATF-TIPS.

Colin was rushed to a local hospital where, tragically, the next day he succumbed to his injuries.

A funding site has been established to help Colin's family with expenses.

Colin graduated from Ferris State University in 2010. He had been president of the
Michael, Patron Saint of
the Police, pray for
Colin and for those
who have lost him. 
Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. Colin had served as a cadet with the New Baltimore Police Department. He then worked as an officer with the Village of Richland before joining the Wayne State University Police Department.

Colin was engaged to be married.

Colin's interests included cycling and dog training.

Comrades describe Colin as a true hero. He had an impeccable work ethic and loved what he did for the community.

The members of the Wayne State University Police Department are in mourning over the death
of their brother. Colin served with distinction. He will be forever remembered.

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

Colin is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his parents and his fiancée.

Thank you for your service to the community, Colin. 

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

Pray for justice for Colin.

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

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

November 23, 2016

Eric Ellsworth - Fatality - Utah Highway Patrol

Eric Ellsworth
Trooper Eric Ellsworth, age 32, died in the line of duty on November 22, 2016, at a hospital in Murray, Utah.

Trooper Ellsworth was a member of the Utah Highway Patrol. He had 7 years of service.

On November 18, 2016, Eric had responded to a call reporting low hanging power lines on a highway in Box Elder County. He arrived at the site and was directing traffic while waiting for power company employees who were dispatched to repair the lines.

Eric noticed a semi trailer approaching and got out of his patrol car to warn the driver of the obstruction when he was struck down by a vehicle coming from the opposite direction.

Eric was flown to a hospital in Murray, Utah, where, tragically, he died of his injuries four days later.

An account has been set up to help Eric’s family with expenses at "America First Credit Union" called the “Eric Ellsworth Charitable Account.”

Eric's first two years with the Highway Patrol were spent in Green River. His next five years were with Section 1 serving Box Elder County and Northern Utah. Eric's father,
Michael, Patron Saint of the
Police, pray for Eric and
for those who have lost him.
Ron, had also served with the Highway Patrol.

The members of the Utah Highway Patrol are in mourning over the death of their brother.  Officials stated that Eric will be remembered for his great professionalism, his courage and the very caring way he provided his service to help those in need. He will also be remembered for his smile and the genuine friendship he offered to those he served with. 


Eric's loved ones are devastated over his sudden and tragic death. They forgive the driver who struck Eric down and have asked all drivers, everywhere, to slow down and move over when they see law enforcement personnel on the side of a roadway. Eric was loving and was loved in return. He did his best. He will be forever mourned.

Eric is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his mother and father; his wife and his 3 young sons.

Thank you for your service to Utah, Eric.

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

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

November 22, 2016

Michael Curry - Firefighter Fatality - Savannah, Georgia

Master Firefighter Michael Curry, age 42, died in the line of duty on November 19, 2016, at a hospital in Savannah, Georgia. 
Michael Curry

Master Firefighter Curry was a member of Savannah Fire and Emergency Services. He was a technical rescue operator with the Department and had 13 years of service.  

Late in the afternoon, a ramp to a ferry boarding dock suddenly collapsed. Dozens of people fell into the Savannah River. Michael was one of the firefighters who helped to rescue these people. 

During the rescue operation, Michael suffered a medical emergency and was rushed to a local hospital where, tragically, he passed away. 

Florian, Patron Saint of
Firefighters, pray for
Michael and for those
who have lost him.
Everyone who fell into the river was rescued.

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

Michael was a highly regarded Scoutmaster with the Cub Scout organization in Pooler, Georgia. 

The members of Savannah Fire and Emergency Services are in mourning over the death of their brother. Michael was a valued member of the Department. He will be forever remembered.

Michael's loved ones are devastated over his sudden and tragic death. He was a loving father. He did his best. He will be forever mourned.

Michael is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his mother and his young son, Cole.

Thank you for your service to the community, Michael. 

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

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

Eric Oliver - Deputy Sheriff Fatality - Nassau County, Florida

Deputy Sheriff Eric Oliver, age 32, died in the line of duty on November 22, 2016, in Yulee, Florida. 
Eric Oliver

Deputy Sheriff Oliver was a member of the Nassau County Sheriff's Office, based in Yulee. He had 7 years of service. 

Around 7:00 a.m., Eric and another deputy were at a gas station in Yulee. Several U.S. Border Patrol agents were at the gas station as well and were interviewing a group of men riding in the back of a pickup truck. The Border Patrol Agents asked Eric and his partner for assistance. 

One of the men being questioned by the Border Patrol fled the scene on foot. Eric and the other deputy ran after the man. Eric was struck by a vehicle as he ran across the roadway. 

Tragically, Eric passed away at the scene due to his injuries. 

The man being pursued remains at large.  

Michael, Patron Saint of
the Police, pray for Eric
and for those who have
lost him. 
Eric was a U.S. Navy veteran and served from 2004 to 2009. 

He was originally hired as a Detention Deputy with Nassau County in July of 2009. He became a Patrol Deputy in 2014. 

Friends stated that Eric had a smile that could light up a room. He will be forever missed. 

The members of the Nassau County Sheriff's Office are in mourning over the death of their brother. Eric was a valued member of their team. He will be forever remembered.

Eric's loved ones are devastated over his sudden and tragic death. He died doing what he wanted to do. He was loving and was loved in return. He did his best. He will be forever mourned.

Eric is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his wife and his 6 year old daughter.

Thank you for your service to America and to the community, Eric. 

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

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

November 21, 2016

Benjamin Marconi - Police Officer Fatality - San Antonio, Texas

Benjamin Marconi
Detective Benjamin Marconi, age 50, died in the line of duty on November 20, 2016, in San Antonio, Texas.

Detective Marconi was a member of the San Antonio Police Department. He had 20 years of service.

At about 11:45 a.m., Ben was conducting a traffic stop at a downtown intersection. He was sitting inside his patrol car writing a traffic ticket when a man pulled his vehicle up behind the patrol car. The man walked over to the passenger side of the patrol car and shot Ben in the head. The subject then leaned into the patrol car and shot Ben a second time.

The subject fled the scene and has not been apprehended as of this date. 

Tragically, Ben died of his injuries.

If you have any information about this crime, you are urged to call Crime Stoppers at 210-224-STOP. There is a $10,000. reward for information leading to the arrest of the subject.

The members of the San Antonio Police Department are in mourning over the death
Michael, Patron Saint of the Police, pray for Ben
and for those who have lost him. 
of their brother. He was one of the good guys. He will be forever remembered.

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

Ben is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his two children and a grandchild.

Thank you for your service to the community, Ben.

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

Pray for justice for Ben.

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 psychopaths. They are killing us, Father. Amen.

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

Patrick Carothers - U.S. Marshal Fatality - Georgia

Patrick Carothers
Deputy Commander Patrick Carothers, age 53, died in the line of duty on November 18, 2016, at a hospital in Georgia.

Deputy Commander Carothers was a member of the United States Marshals Service. He had 26 years of service.

Patrick served with the The Southeast Regional Fugitive Force (SERFTF) which operates out of offices in Atlanta, and Macon, Georgia.

Patrick and other members of SERFTF were attempting to serve a warrant on Dontrell Carter who was situated in Long County, Georgia. The subject was wanted in South Carolina for the attempted murder of police officers, domestic assault and weapons violations. He was located at a trailer park outside of Ludowici. Ludowici is a town of under 1,500 in Long County, Georgia.

As the arrest team approached the residence, the subject opened fire, hitting Patrick several times.

Other members of the arrest team returned fire and killed the subject.

Patrick was rushed to a nearby hospital where, tragically, he died of his injuries. 


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Patrick Carothers' honor may be made to the U. S. Marshals Survivors Benefit Fund, P. O. Box 11730, Bozeman, MT 59719, or online at usmarshalsfund.org.

Michael, patron saint of the
Police, pray for Patrick and
for those who have lost him. 
Patrick was born at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He was a 1982 graduate of Luray High School in Luray, Virginia. He graduated in 1986 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology from Florida State University. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and attended the Buford Church of God in Buford, Georgia. He and his family lived in Flowery Branch, Georgia. 

All members of the U.S. Marshals Service are in mourning over the death of their brother. He was a hero. He will be forever remembered.

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

Patrick is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his father, James; his wife, Terry, and five children.

Thank you for your service, Patrick. 

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 psychopaths. They are killing us, Father. Amen.

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