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  • ABCNews.com(PARKLAND, Fla.) -- The distraught father of a 14-year-old gunned down in her Florida high school was overcome with emotion as he spoke of her death at a place where "she was supposed to be safe.""My job is to protect my children," Fred Guttenberg said at a vigil Thursday, his voice cracking. "And I sent my kid to school."Seventeen people, including students, a teacher and a football coach, lost their lives in the Valentine's Day rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The suspect, a former student, was arrested and has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder.Jaime Guttenberg, 14, was among the dead."In the morning sometimes things get so crazy, she runs out behind and she's like, 'I got to go, Dad, bye.' And I don't always get to say, 'I love you,'" Guttenberg said at the vigil. "I don't remember if I said that to Jaime yesterday morning.""Jaime was such a special kid. All of the kids here are. What is unfathomable is Jaime took a bullet and is dead," he said, his voice trembling. "I don't know what I do next. My wife is home. We are broken. But I can tell you -- don't tell me there is no such thing as gun violence."To the children at the vigil, Guttenberg said, "When you look at us parents like we are crazy, like we are trying too hard to protect you, like we are trying too hard to tell you what not to do ... just remember it's because we love you and we never want to go through the tragedy of losing you."To the parents, he said, "love your kids, hold your kids, kiss your kids. And don't ever, ever miss the chance to tell them how much you love them."
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- A Chicago on-duty police officer was shot and killed after engaging with a suspect near the Thompson Center in downtown Chicago on Tuesday.Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said at a press conference Tuesday afternoon that there was a report of a suspicious person spotted by a police officer who was patrolling the grounds by the Thompson Center, otherwise referred to as the State of Illinois Building, which has businesses on the first floor and a food court on the floor below.An officer made initial contact with the suspect, but the person fled. Commander Paul Bauer, a decorated officer, spotted the suspect and engaged him, but was shot multiple times, Johnson said.The suspect -- a 44-year-old South Side Chicago man with a 24-year history of drug, gun and armed robbery convictions -- was arrested in the aftermath of the shooting, according to ABC affiliate WLS-TV. A weapon was recovered at the scene.Bauer was rushed to Northwestern Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.Johnson, who broke into tears while describing the incident, said Bauer is survived by his wife and daughter.Bauer's body was led out of Northwestern Hospital by a convoy of mourning cops to the medical examiner's office.Already, there has been a flood of support for the fallen commander.Gov. Bruce Rauner initially offered thoughts and prayers to "the family and colleagues of the officer tragically lost in a shooting at the Thompson Center today."Then the governor honored Bauer by name.Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel also extended his condolences.In a tweet, the mayor asked "every Chicagoan" to keep Bauer's family "in their thoughts and prayers."
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  • Clackamas County Sheriff's Office(PORTLAND, Ore.) -- The climber who was rescued Tuesday afternoon on Mount Hood and transported to a Portland, Oregon, hospital has died, Clackamas County Sheriff’s spokesman Brian Jensen told ABC News.
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  • Cumberland County Sheriff's Office(FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.) -- A Fort Bragg soldier was charged with kidnapping and raping a 16-year-old girl and then leaving her for dead several years ago in Texas, authorities said.Levi Austin Goss, 24, has been charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child and aggravated kidnapping in the horrific 2013 cold case, in which he allegedly hit the victim with an ax, sexually attacked her and then hit her with the ax again, according to court documents.Police were able to link Goss to the case by a DNA match provided to the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences by the U.S. Army, Harris County authorities said on Tuesday.Goss' DNA sample was uploaded into the Army's databank because he was under investigation for an alleged sexual assault that took place while he was in the Army, the officials said. The circumstances and disposition of that case were not immediately clear.In a statement, Master Sgt. Jose Colon, of Fort Bragg, said Goss, a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division was in "civilian confinement," according to ABC Raleigh-Durham station WTVD."He is under investigation by civilian law enforcement for an allegation that may predate his military service," Colon said. "We are cooperating with civilian law enforcement in this matter."ABC News could not immediately reach an attorney for Goss. Records indicate he joined the military in 2016 and was listed as active duty.On Feb. 5, 2013, a 16-year-old girl was walking on Spring Cypress Road in Harris County when she was kidnapped and dragged into a wooded area, Harris County Chief Deputy Edison Toquica said in a press conference Tuesday afternoon. Authorities allege that Goss struck the girl in the head with an ax before raping her, according to a criminal complaint obtained by ABC News.The teen had been walking for about 30 minutes and was on the right side of the road -- opposite of the school -- when she was attacked, the document states. The teen turned around after she heard something behind her, and was "immediately attacked by a masked man."The attacker used the blunt side of the ax blade to strike the teen, according to the complaint. The man then dragged her into a nearby field away from the road, stripped her of her clothes and raped her, authorities said.After the sexual assault was over, the attacker pulled the teen to her feet by her arm and struck her with the ax again, in the back of her head. After she was hit, the teen said she only heard a loud ringing in her ears and fell to the ground.The teen pretended to be dead by lying on the ground facing up, staring at the sky, as the attacker stood over her for some time to make sure she was dead, the document states.Covered in blood from head to toe and without any clothing, the teen ran to a movie theater about a half a mile away once she believed her attacker was no longer in the area, authorities said.The teen was taken to a local hospital, where she was treated for an open skull fracture to the back of her heard. There, she told deputies that she had had an argument with her foster mother and was walking to Cypress Woods High School because she "wanted to be alone," according to the complaint.The suspect was described as being in his early 20s and wearing dark clothing, including a "ninja-style" mask over his face and head, authorities said. The teen did not believe she knew her attacker, and the only part of his face that the teen saw were his eyes, which she described as "possibly green," the document states.It is unclear why Goss was in Harris County, Texas, at the time of the alleged assault, but investigators said he has a "very close family member" who lives less than a quarter-mile away from where the assault occurred.On Jan. 22, the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences informed the sheriff's office that it received a match from the Department of the Army U.S. Investigation Laboratory, according to the complaint.Two days later, a sheriff's deputy intervie
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  • moodboard/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- Christian Desgroux is awaiting his fate after being indicted for impersonating a U.S. general because he reportedly wanted to impress a woman.The 57-year-old rented a helicopter and picked up an unnamed woman from her job at SAS, a North Carolina technology company. He told security at the company that he was there to pick up a woman and take her to Fort Bragg for a classified briefing.This all started on Nov. 6, when Desgroux went to Charlotte Helicopters to rent a helicopter. Reini Grauen, the owner of Charlotte Helicopters, had already encountered Desgroux in the past.“He rented from us sometime last year,” Grauen told ABC News. “When he said he was a general I had no reason to question it.”Along with a pilot, Desgroux flew the helicopter over to SAS.SAS did not respond to requests for comment.Desgroux instructed the pilot to land the plane on the company’s soccer field, according to a summary by the North Carolina State Attorney’s office.The woman had known Desgroux for 20 years and knew he was trying to impress her, according to the state’s summary.After returning to the helicopter with his female companion, Desgroux had the pilot fly them over Raleigh, North Carolina, for about 30 minutes.The pilot, according to Grauen, thought the woman looked uneasy and a little uncomfortable.After the pilot returned the woman to SAS, Desgroux explained that he wanted to rent the helicopter, again. He reportedly said that he wanted to land it on a ship at Norfolk and at the Pentagon.He assured the pilot that he would get the right clearance.The charade was quickly thwarted, as the suspicious guards at SAS called the local police and a joint terrorism task force joined the investigation.If Desgroux is convicted he could face a maximum of three years in prison.He currently has a few other outstanding state charges, according to the state’s summary, including domestic violence and fleeing an officer to elude arrest.
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