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  • ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A Texas teenager has a forever home in time for the holidays after being adopted by his former teacher.“I really couldn’t sleep last night,” Anthony Berry, 16, told reporters last week after being adopted by Bennie Berry, who became a first-time mom.“I told mom, I was like, ‘I don’t think I’m going to be able to sleep,'" he said. "She was like, ‘I don’t think I am either.’”Anthony of Beaumont first met Berry last November when she was his English teacher. By January, Anthony asked her to adopt him.“How many kids my age get adopted nowadays?” said Anthony, who had been in foster care since the age of 9.He did not think he ever wanted to be adopted, until he met Berry.Anthony asked his now mom to adopt him by asking her to look at a website. Berry told him to finish his work first."Finish your assignment and then you can show me the website,” she recalled telling Anthony. “Then later I found out that it was really an option to adopt him, so we pushed forward.”Berry described her son as an “ideal” and “model” student.“I have a son. I’m more than elated,” she said. “I have a son for the rest of my life.”Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez, who died in the line of duty on Sunday, will be remembered as a loving and giving family man, according to a longtime friend.Martinez, a native of El Paso, had been a border agent since August 2013."He would be the type of guy to give the shirt off his back and wouldn't ask for nothing in response," Emory Crawford, a lifelong friend of agent Martinez, told ABC affiliate KVIA Sunday.Crawford, who said the two were classmates at Irvin High School in El Paso, Texas, described him as caring person who wanted to make a difference in the world.“All he wanted to do was just help people and help the world and try to make a difference," he said. "I just wish him the best, that he rest in peace, I love him."  Martinez, 36, died in West Texas while on a patrol on Sunday morning, according to the federal authorities. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection did not provide many details about the incident, but Texas Senator Ted Cruz described it as an “attack.”“Our condolences and prayers go out to the family and friends of Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez, who was killed this morning in the line of duty. We are also praying for the full recovery of his partner, who was also attacked,” Cruz said in a statement.“This is a stark reminder of the ongoing threat that an unsecure border poses to the safety of our communities and those charged with defending them,” he added.  Meanwhile, Rep. Martha McSally, R-AZ., alleged that the Martinez had been "murdered.""The senseless death of Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez, who was murdered along our southwest border in Texas, should be a wakeup call to our country that we must have the resolve to secure our border and protect Americans from deadly threats like these," she said in a statement late Sunday.Officials said the agents were responding to activity while on patrol near Interstate 10 in the Big Bend Sector, which runs along the U.S.-Mexico border, when Martinez's partner reported that they were injured and in need of assistance. Responding agents provided immediate medical care, and transported both agents to a local hospital, where Martinez later died, according to the CBP. His partner is in serious condition, according to the agency.“Our thoughts and prayers are with Agent Martinez and his family, and with the agent who was injured,” CBP said in a statement.Crawford said he got the news of his death while on social media."Unfortunately, it was him," Crawford said. "He was such a good guy, it's so unfortunate."President Donald Trump tweeted his condolences on Sunday evening as he renewed his call to build a border wall. “Border Patrol Officer killed at Southern Border, another badly hurt,” Trump tweeted. “We will seek out and bring to justice those responsible. We will, and must, build the Wall!”The Border Patrol’s Special Operations Group and agents from CBP’s Air and Marine Operations are searching the area for potential suspects or witnesses, according to the CBP.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The father of the man who officials say gunned down worshipers Sunday at a rural Texas church has broken his silence. "We we are grieving, our family is grieving," Michael Kelley told ABC News Wednesday at his home in New Braunfels, Texas, located about 35 miles north of Sutherland Springs, where the worst mass shooting in Texas history occurred.  After Kelly's son Devin Kelley opened fire at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, 26 were left dead, according to police, who have included an unborn child in the death count.Authorities said 20 other people were injured, ten of them critically.Devin Kelley died after the shooting."I don't want our lives, our grandchildren's lives, destroyed by this media circus," Michael Kelly said, adding that the family has nothing else to say at the moment.As ABC News reported Wednesday, Devin Kelley is seen on video methodically walking into the pews and executing his victims, a law enforcement official told ABC News. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas) --  A south Texas pastor said he plans to carry a handgun when he preaches in the wake of the Sutherland Springs church massacre.Pastor Jaime Chapa of El Faro Bible Church in Sullivan City, Texas said he will be armed when he preaches to his small congregation of 50, and so will a few of his parishioners."There will be three armed [licensed] persons at all times at every service," Chapa told ABC affiliate KRGV on Monday. "Nobody needs to know who they are, but our church will be protected."  Chapa said he made the decision after hearing about the attack at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on Sunday morning, which left 26 people dead, including an unborn child, and at least 20 others injured."What happened in Sutherland will not ever happen in our church," Chapa said. "This was not supposed to happen."Authorities said the alleged gunman, Devin Patrick Kelley, was wrongly able to purchase firearms after the Air Force failed to report his domestic violence court-martial to an FBI database.Kelley was court-martialed in 2012 on charges of assaulting his spouse and their child, records show. Kelley received a bad conduct discharge, confinement for 12 months and a reduction of his military status.  Chapa said this new plan will be the right protection for his congregation, especially since he can’t afford to pay security officers. Others see tighter gun control as the real solution.Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, on Tuesday announced plans to introduce legislation that he says will strengthen the national background check system."Under existing law this atrocity should have been prevented," Cornyn said in a speech from the Senate floor. "We need to better understand why our existing laws didn’t work in this instance and that’s what my proposed legislation will do."Some Democrats said those efforts would not go far enough to effectively curb gun violence, but called the proposal a step in the right direction.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • Obtained by ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The man accused of plowing into people on a lower Manhattan bike path Tuesday had apparently been planning the attack for a number of weeks, police officials said Wednesday."He did this in the name of ISIS, and along with the other items recovered at the scene was some notes that further indicate that," John Miller, deputy commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism of the NYPD, said Wednesday morning of the attack that killed eight. "He appears to have followed almost exactly to a 'T' the instructions that ISIS has put out in its social media channels before with instructions to their followers on how to carry out such an attack."-- The suspect, identified as 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov, was shot in the abdomen by a police officer and was transported to a hospital for treatment.-- Authorities are calling the incident a suspected terror attack. Saipov is believed to have worked alone, law enforcement sources said.-- A handwritten note in Arabic were reportedly recovered from the scene. Miller said, "The gist of the note was that the Islamic State would endure forever."-- Investigators have talked to Saipov, who is expected to survive. It’s unclear what, if anything, investigators learned from him, though one official told ABC News the suspect seemed “proud” of the attack.-- According to sources, Saipov rented a truck about one week ago in what may have been part of advanced planning.-- Investigators spent the overnight hours collecting video and still images from traffic and surveillance cameras along the route of the attack, sources said. Those images show that Saipov drove carefully and at moderate speed until he entered the jogging path and accelerated; investigators believe that suggests the suspect knew where he wanted to begin the attack. Authorities are pouring through toll records and other digital records to see if Saipov had scoped out the location beforehand, sources said.THE ATTACKAuthorities said Wednesday that the suspect allegedly rented the truck from a Home Depot in Passaic, New Jersey, around 2 p.m. Tuesday. According to license plate readers on the George Washington Bridge, he exited the bridge at 2:43 p.m. and drove southbound on the West Side Highway.According to police, shortly after 3 p.m., the suspect started mowing down cyclists and pedestrians on a bike path near West Houston Street and the West Side Highway. The suspect drove south for about a mile, leaving strewn bodies and disfigured bicycles in his wake.Witness Eugene Duffy described one victim's body as "mangled," saying he was "traumatized" from what he saw."Everybody was running," Duffy told ABC New York station WABC-TV. "Everything was happening so fast."The suspect crashed into a school bus near Chambers Street, just across from Stuyvesant High School.After colliding with the bus, he emerged from the car with a paintball gun and a pellet gun, allegedly shouting "Allahu Akbar," before being shot in the abdomen by NYPD police officer Ryan Nash. The suspect was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive.According to authorities, six victims were pronounced dead at the scene and two more died in the hospital. Twelve were injured, including two students and two staff members on the school bus.THE VICTIMSFive of the people killed have been identified as natives of Argentina. According to the country's consulate, they were visiting New York City to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their high school graduation. The five Argentinians killed were identified as Hernan Diego Mendoza, Diego Enrique Angelini, Alejandro Damian Pagnucco, Ariel Erlij and Hernan Ferruchi, the consulate said.Argentina’s president, Mauricio Macri, said the victims were from the city of Rosario."They were five young entrepreneurs, model citizens in Rosario society and I can only imagine with beautiful families,” Macri said in Spanish.Ann-Laure Decadt, 31,
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