Liberty University President and Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr. expressed remorse Tuesday after it was revealed by Lynchburg, Va., authorities that a male student had been fatally shot after physically attacking a campus security officer at a women's-only dorm at the evangelical Christian private school.
"We have received reports that a Liberty University Emergency Services Officer was attacked by a male student in the lobby of a women's-only dorm early this morning," reads a late morning statement released by the Liberty University News Service. "The student was shot and killed and the officer was transported to Lynchburg General Hospital for treatment. The Lynchburg Police Department is investigating the matter and Liberty University is cooperating."
The news item relayed a statement from President Falwell, who said, "The Liberty University community is deeply saddened by this tragic event and is prayerfully supporting all those impacted." more >>
Even after NYPD Sgt. Mohammed Deen, 40, appeared to have been knocked unconscious, his attacker kept pummeling his face with his fists, kicked him repeatedly and banged his head on the street outside a restaurant and bar in Queens, N.Y., as his wife watched and screamed helplessly in horror.
Deen's attacker, later identified in news reports as Hayden Holder, 29, battered him outside St. John's Express restaurant and bar located on Liberty Avenue in Ozone Park, according to the New York Daily News.
And based on a graphic one-and-a-half minute clip of the incident posted to YouTube on Monday, Holder meted out his attack without compunction. more >>
It was one of the most disturbing discoveries in the recent history of the Americas. Hundreds and hundreds of bodies throughout an agrarian community, each led to their death by a charismatic leader.
Monday marked the thirty-fifth anniversary of the mass murder-suicide in South America of the Peoples Temple, a sect created in the United States by Jim Jones.
Jones, an ordained Disciples of Christ pastor who was also a professed atheist, led hundreds from his church in California to South America to create a new world called Jonestown. more >>
Former Virginia Senator Creigh Deeds was stabbed earlier this morning by his son, Austin "Gus" Deeds. The younger Deeds then fatally shot himself at the family home. Senator Deeds is still in the intensive care unit at the University of Virginia Medical Center.
"The news from this morning is utterly heartbreaking," Governor Bob McDonnell said in a public statement. "Creigh Deeds is an exceptional and committed public servant who has always done what he believes is best for Virginia and who gives his all to public service. In this tough and sad time, our thoughts and prayers are with the Deeds family."
The incident occurred around 7:00 a.m. this morning, and police quickly responded to the home, where they found Senator Deeds in critical condition and a second person dead at the scene. Only later did they release the news that it was Senator Deeds' son who had died. more >>
Respected Kentucky pastor of Holiness Tabernacle Church in Olive Hill, Scott Gilliam, shocked neighbors in his community last Friday when police arrested and charged him with being a kingpin in what investigators have billed the largest pill trafficking ring in that state's history.
Like chemistry teacher Walter White, the fictional lead character in AMC's cult classic series "Breaking Bad" whose alter ego was a ruthless and infamous methamphetamine producer, cops say they caught Gilliam, 42, in an investigation they aptly called: "A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing."
"[He] pastored a church while he was engaging in a major drug trafficking organization [which] is pretty heinous," the lead detective of the state's FADE drug task force, who could not be identified for security reasons, told WCHS-TV. more >>
Convicted murderer Joseph Paul Franklin is scheduled to die via lethal injection at 12:01 a.m. on Nov. 20; he famously shot Larry Flynt, leaving him paralyzed for life. Now, in a new interview, Franklin states that he felt he was "at war" with other races, which is what led to the shootings. Flynt, meanwhile, is working with the ACLU to stop the execution.
"I felt like I was at war," Franklin told CNN. "The survival of the white race was at stake. I consider it my mission, my three-year mission. Same length of time Jesus was on his mission, from the time he was 30 to 33. I figured once I started doing it and showed them how, other white supremacists would do the same thing."
From 1977 to 1980, Franklin targeted interracial couples, African Americans, and Jews for assassination. According to some reports, Franklin killed approximately 22 people but was only convicted of the murder of Gerald Gordon, whom he shot outside a synagogue in St. Louis, Missouri. more >>