A year after former NFL player Aaron Hernandez was convicted for the murder of Odin Lloyd, his friend also entered a guilty plea for being an accessory to the June 2013 killing.
Four to Seven Years Jail Sentence
Carlos Ortiz, an associate of the ex-New England Patriots tight end, pleaded guilty to the accessory charge before the Bristol Superior Court. He is now expected to face a jail time of four and a half to seven years. Hernandez's pal had a deal with prosecutors to enter a guilty plea in exchange for the dropping or murder charges against him. more >>
A Muslim man in eastern Uganda tied his 9-year-old son to a tree and lit it on fire after his son converted to Christianity and refused to fast during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, a Christian persecution watchdog group is reporting.
Morning Star News reports that 9-year-old Nassif Malagara, who lives in the Kamuli District of the Kisozi subcounty, was severely burned by his father, 36-year-old Abubakar Malagara, who caught him breaking the Ramadan fast after going two days without food on June 9.
Just four days earlier on June 5, the child decided to give his life to Christ after a neighbor took him to a church outside the village. more >>
A Christian mother from Texas who was shot dead by police after she gunned down her two adult daughters in the street as her husband watched in horror last Friday allegedly had a history of mental illness, according to local law enforcement officials.
Caitilin Espinosa, spokesperson with the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office, told PEOPLE that prior to the heartbreaking scene which unfolded on Friday, police had been to the home of the deceased mom, 42-year-old Christy Sheats, "for previous altercations" involving her "mental crisis."
When they responded again on Friday, the crisis was fatal. more >>
Twin brothers loyal to the Islamic State brutally stabbed their parents and older brother Friday because they were trying to stop them from joining the radical terrorist group.
According to multiple media reports, radicalized 20-year-old twin brothers, Khalid and Saleh Al Areeni, stabbed their mother, father and brother early last Friday morning in Riyadh, Saudia Arabia.
The twins' 67-year-old mother, Haila Al Areeni, died after being stabbed several times. After they killed their mother, they stabbed their father and brother, Sulaiman. Both were left critically wounded and were later taken to a nearby hospital where they are being treated. more >>
Close to 70 Muslim and LGBT groups in America have come out with a joint statement in the wake of the Orlando massacre, the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history where a gunman killed 49 people at a gay nightclub, and vowed not to attack each other.
"In this moment of immense sadness and outrage, we stand together united against fear, hate and violence. We will not lose hope in the people and communities around us because we know we are stronger together," the joint statement read.
"In standing together, hand in hand, across every faith, we send a powerful message to those who seek to divide us using hatred and violence: love is stronger than hate and hope will defeat fear," it added. more >>
Fans of murdered 22-year-old Christian singer and former "The Voice" contestant Christina Grimmie, who was fatally shot in the head by a crazed fan two Fridays ago in Orlando, Florida, are now pushing for Nintendo to name a character in the upcoming fantasy game Legend of Zelda in her honor.
Two change.org petitions collectively amassing nearly 80,000 signatures are asking the world's largest video game company by revenue to honor the late singer with a character in the upcoming edition of the series in 2017 because she loved the game.
"No mere words will be able to properly define the loss today with the passing of Christina Grimmie. She was an amazing singer, songwriter, daughter, sister and friend. She was impossibly bright, loving and talented and will continue to inspire us all," began one petition started by Ian Tan in Chicago, Illinois, with nearly 60,000 signatures. more >>