Omar Mateen, the man behind the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history who took the lives of 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, praised Allah and pledged his allegiance to the Islamic State terror group in a 911 call on the night of the massacre, transcripts reveal.
"In the name of Allah the merciful, the beneficial," Mateen said in Arabic in his call to police.
"Praise be to Allah, and prayers as well as peace be upon the prophet of God. I let you know, I'm in Orlando and I did the shootings," he added, signaling his confession. more >>
A week after she was fatally shot in the head by an obsessed fan, several hundred friends, family and supporters gathered to remember 22-year-old Christian singer and former "Voice" contestant Christina Grimmie at her home church in New Jersey last Friday.
The public memorial service, which took place just a day after she was laid to rest at a private funeral last Thursday, was held at the Fellowship Alliance Chapel in Medford where Grimmie once served as a female lead vocalist, according to CNN.
Reuters reports that the memorial opened with a recording of the beloved singer's cover of the song "In Christ Alone," followed by a host of family members and friends sharing memories of her. more >>
Hundreds of local residents, some of them dressed as angels in white linen, blocked members of the Westboro Baptist Church extremist group who were heard shouting phrases like "Why did God destroy Sodom?" as they picketed the funerals of Pulse gay nightclub shooting victims.
"Seeing the hand of God sitting heavy upon Orlando with much death and sorrow, Westboro Baptist Church will protest against the proud sin that has brought great wrath from God such that God is bereaving you of your children, AS HE PROMISED… GOD STILL HATES FAGS & WILL NEVER HAVE SAME-SEX MARRIAGE," said the Kansas-based group in a statement on its website, announcing their plan to disrupt the funerals of the victims of the deadliest mass shooting in recent U.S. history.
As expected, Westboro protesters arrived at the funeral of 32-year-old Christopher Andrew Leinonen's at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke. However, the counter-demonstrators, chanting "We love you!" and "Orlando Strong!" guarded the service, according to Aol.com. more >>
Hundreds of people paid tribute on Sunday to 41-year-old British Labour Party MP Jo Cox, who was shot and stabbed to death last week by a man who suffered from mental illness and allegedly opposed to her support for Britain to stay in the European Union.
The Rev. Paul Knight of St. Peter's Church in Birstall said during a church service honoring Cox on Sunday that she was "someone with whom Jesus would have been so pleased."
The massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history that has captured the world's attention, was a "symptom" of the country's spiritual condition, asserts the Rev. Franklin Graham.
During a prayer rally held Wednesday in Madison, Wisconsin, a stop on the evangelist's "Decision America" tour, Graham said that America brought the mass shooting upon itself because it has become a "godless nation," reports The Cap Times.
Graham began the rally, which drew nearly 6,000 to Madison's Capitol Square, with prayer for the Orlando massacre's 49 dead, 53 injured, affected families and those in attendance. more >>
A Grammy-nominated gospel singer who is also an Orlando pastor has a prophetic word about some of the recent violence that has taken place in his city.
"I know most of you will not understand what in the world I'm talking about. As a resident of Orlando and a pastor in Orlando with a prophetic edge I feel like standing on top of the biggest thing I can with the loudest megaphone and shouting this as loud as I can," 39-year-old Pastor William McDowell of Deeper Fellowship Churchwrote on Instagram. "IT'S HAPPENING!!!!!!Those with a spiritual awareness will know exactly what I am talking about!"
While McDowell did not elaborate much further for those without such a spiritual awareness, he did call for prayer amid the devastation. more >>