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Utah student Mackenzie Lueck’s friends say her suspected killer was ‘hunting for women,’ fight claims she ‘deserved’ it

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Friends of University of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck said Sunday in a Fox News exclusive interview they believe the suspect arrested in her disappearance and murder was “hunting for women.”

Lueck, 23, disappeared after police said she met with the suspect identified as 31-year-old Ayoola Ajayi, who was arrested and charged with aggravated murder Friday. Authorities have yet to announce how they concluded she was murdered or how the killing occurred.

The student met with Ajayi around 3 a.m. on June 17 near a park in Salt Lake City after she had been dropped off by a Lyft driver, according to police. They said that Ajayi was the last person to communicate with Lueck before her disappearance and that phone records indicated they were both in the area around 3 a.m.

“There’s a lot of people that say she deserved this because she put herself in this situation and we don’t officially know that,” Kennedy Stoner, a sorority sister and friend of Lueck’s, told Fox News in an exclusive interview on Sunday.

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Two other friends, Ashley Fine and Katie Kvam, speaking to Fox News, called out people on social media who were blaming Lueck for her own death.

“No person regardless of their gender or dating life deserves to die,” Fine said. “Mackenzie is not responsible for the death and murder of Mackenzie. There’s only one person responsible for that, and we’re here to hold him responsible and we’re going to keep holding him responsible.”

“If Kenzie knew what was gonna happen she would not have met that individual at the park,” Kvam said. “Her death is not her fault… and for people to say things other than that is hurtful. It’s hurtful to us. It’s hurtful to her family. It’s hurtful to other victims out there. It just doesn’t make sense.”

In a Fox News exclusive, a Utah handyman who did work at Ajayi’s home in April said Friday the suspect asked him to build a secret, soundproof room in his basement, complete with strange hooks on the walls in a space that was roughly four feet wide and seven to nine feet long.

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Stoner said she thought the plan to build the room nearly three months before Lueck’s murder showed that Ajayi “was planning on doing this to someone.”

She added, “I don’t know if it was exactly Kenzie but there was definitely a plan there.”

In an emotional interview, the three girls reminisced about road trips to Lake Powell in the summer and longstanding plans to return to Park City for the 4th of July like they did every year, but would never have the chance to do again.

“All of her friends and her family can see what a huge light of our lives is,” Fine said, “and this man stole our friend away from us and she’s gone way too soon. And, it’s just not fair.”

Lueck’s friends said people closely following this case have speculated that Ajayi’s heritage as an African man who “survived a tyrannical dictatorship, escaped a real-life crime, traveled internationally,” according to an author page on Amazon, somehow played a role in his alleged crime, but the girls said his race was irrelevant.

“Evil comes in every color, every gender. Just because you know Mackenzie was white and he is African-American, the suspect, it doesn’t matter to me,” Fine said. “It doesn’t matter to me, it doesn’t play a part in this story, it never played a part in this story. Mackenzie’s death and murder did not have anything to do with race. It had to do with an evil person with bad intentions who is a danger to society.”

“I’d feel [a] strong amount of hate for not just him because of his color, that shouldn’t matter. Her color doesn’t matter. It was just an evil, sick person,” Kvam said.

“We are not holding him accountable because of his skin color,” Stoner added. “We are holding him accountable because of his actions and because he just murdered our best friend.”

Lueck’s friends, who quickly started making phone calls, hanging up missing person’s photos in the downtown Salt Lake area and spreading the word of her disappearance on social media when they got the news, said they will appear at every court hearing throughout Ajayi’s trial and plan to “advocate for the harshest, harshest punishment by law,” Fine said. However, she stopped short of declaring they would vouch for the death penalty, which is still an option in the state of Utah.

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Fine, Kvam and Stoner said that the community’s support and outpouring of help from families who also suffered the loss of a missing person have inspired them to start a non-profit organization they hope to call “Mackenzie’s Voice,” an ode to their friend who “didn’t have a voice through this process,” Stoner said. The girls said they hoped the organization would let others who’ve endured kidnapping, assault or other traumas get the support and resources they need to cope.

“I wish I could take all of her pain away from what she went through,” Stoner said, getting emotional. “I just don’t really know the words to say how I’m feeling.”

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Texas ‘mudding’ double date ends in apparent murder-suicide: report

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Two Texas men died early Sunday after a double date turned violent and apparently ended with a murder-suicide, a report said.

The identities of the men—both in their 30s—were not immediately released, but at some point during a “mudding” double date, the two men got into a heated argument that turned violent. They had been reportedly riding four-wheelers.

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The victim tried to intervene in a fight between the shooter and his wife, ABC local reported. The shooter opened fire on the victim after he tried to secure a four-wheeler on his trailer, the report said.

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The victim was found dead in a driveway, the report said. The gunman reportedly shot himself inside his home where he was found dead.

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Massachusetts mother drove into Rhode Island reservoir with 3 children on board, police say

A woman from Massachusetts was arrested Friday afternoon after driving her vehicle into a reservoir in Rhode Island with her three young children inside, according to police.

The Portsmouth Police Department said in a news release posted to Facebook the agency responded to the reservoir around 3 p.m. for a report of a vehicle submerged in the water.

When authorities arrived they discovered the driver, 30-year-old Amanda Nappi of Milford, Mass., was able to get access to the embankment of the reservoir and then intentionally drove into the water.

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Nappi’s three young children were also in the vehicle as she drove into the waterway, according to police.

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Amanda Nappi, 30, was arrested on three counts of cruelty to or neglect of a child. (Portsmouth Police Department)

“At that time, all the occupants were taken to a local hospital as a precaution,” police said. All four were not seriously injured in the incident.

The reservoir, which provides drinking water to area residents, is located just north of Newport.

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Nappi’s children were later turned over to the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families.

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After her release from the hospital, the 30-year-old was arrested on three counts of cruelty to or neglect of a child. Nappi, who failed to post bond, is behind held at the  Women’s Adult Correctional Institution in Cranston, R.I.

Police said she’s expected back in court at a later time.

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Good Samaritans, ex-rugby player praised for helping Texas police officer take down suspect

A police officer in Texas got a suspected criminal off the streets last week thanks to a group of good Samaritans, including one who put an end to a foot chase by literally tackling the man.

The Lewisville Police Department said on Facebook the incident happened on June 22 as Officer Jeff Carey spotted a man rummaging through a vehicle that turned out to be stolen. As Carey got out of his vehicle to approach the man, he started running and got away.

About two hours later, police said Carey spotted the suspect outside a restaurant and jumped out of his vehicle to take after him on foot.

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The foot chase was spotted by Michael Barrera, who’d just returned to the restaurant after having breakfast with family when his sister forgot something there. The former rugby player told FOX4 the opportunity to help out just presented itself to him.

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Michael Barrera and his uncle George Barrera (right) pose with officers also both helped end a foot pursuit earlier this month. (Lewisville Police Department)

“I played a lot of rugby in my days, you know, I’m a little older now, I still got little wheels,” Barrera told FOX4. “It’s like a rugby ball, go after it. You know, the game ain’t over ‘til it’s over.”

Carey said as he was chasing the suspect, he spotted a “blur” on his left side, which turned out to be Barrera tackling the suspect.

“As soon as I put the handcuffs on the suspect, my mind goes straight to my vehicle,” Carey said.

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Michael Barrera, a former rugby player, helped tackle a suspect during a foot pursuit on June 22. (Lewisville Police Department)

As Barrera went after the suspect, his uncle George stood guard over the empty the police cruiser.

“I wouldn’t want nobody to steal something out of my vehicle if I leave the door open, you know, so that was my instinct to stay behind,” he told FOX4.

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A third man, who was not named, also assisted in helping police catch the suspect.

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A third, unidentified man also helped police. (Lewisville Police Department)

Authorities said thanks to the help of the three men, they were able to recover a stolen vehicle and arrest the suspect, who was charged with two counts of evading arrest.

“We believe in community policing and these three men exemplify how working together can help keep our community safe,” the department said. “Thank you for being our other Brothers in Blue and our Green Guardian.”

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Barrera told FOX4 that stepping in to help was the least they could do.

“Once they get in that vehicle and start their day, they got our back,” he said. “Lending a hand to any officer is a blessing.”

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Virginia police say missing boy, 2, is dead; mom under arrest in disappearance

Virginia police who have been searching for a missing two-year-old boy since Monday now say they believe the child is dead.

Noah Tomlin was reported missing in Hampton, Va., by his mother, Julia Tomlin who told cops she last saw her son around 1 a.m. Monday when she put him to bed, police said. She called cops about the disappearance at 11:30 a.m. Monday.

Tomlin, 34, who served jail time in a 2010 child abuse case involving her then 12-month-old daughter, was arrested Friday in the boy’s disappearance, Hampton Police Sgt. R. C. Williams said.

The specific charges against her were pending, he said.

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Virginia police say Noah Tomlin, 2, was last seen when his mother put him to bed around 1:00 a.m. Monday. The mom was arrested Friday in her son’s disappearance. (Hampton Police Department)

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“Unfortunately to date, Noah has not been found,” Williams said. “However, based on the highly coordinated investigation we currently believe him to be deceased.”

Police said Noah was wearing a white and green pajama shirt and a diaper at the time of his disappearance, WTKR-TV reported.

Tomlin went to jail in 2010 after injuring her baby daughter.

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She was accused of sitting the child on a hot kitchen stove, causing severe burns.

Her stint in jail lasted five months, according to the newspaper.

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Police went to a landfill as part of the search for Noah, the Hampton Daily Press reported Friday.

The search has also involved the FBI.

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Jurors in father killer trial over cut off allowance say a can of coke was ‘aha moment’ that helped to find him guilty

Jurors in the Princeton University graduate trial say a can of coke was the “aha moment” that helped to find the man guilty.

Thomas Gilbert Jr., now 34, is facing a possible life sentence after the jury convicted him on Friday of killing his father after he cut his son’s weekly allowance of $1,000.

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Jurors in the Princeton University graduate trial, who fatally shot his 70-year-old father over cut off allowance, say a can of coke was the “aha moment” that helped to find the man guilty. (AP)

The jurors were split whether Gilbert could be found guilty, with one side suggesting he should be found not guilty by reason of mental defect, the New York Post reported.

“There was a lot of emotion, one side just yelling, ‘He’s guilty! He’s guilty!’ and the other side was like, ’He’s not, he’s sick,’” juror no. 11, Steven David Torres, told the paper.

But Gilbert’s request for his mother to go out and get him a can of coke on the night of the murder in 2015 broke the impasse among the jurors.

“The can of coke: it was really our ‘aha’ moment.”

— juror no. 11, Steven David Torres

“The can of coke: it was really our ‘aha’ moment,” Torres said.

Shelley Gilbert, the mother, testified in court that the son knew that she never kept the drink in the house.

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Another juror pointed out to others that Gilbert purposely asked for the beverage so that his mother would leave the house and he could shoot his hedge fund millionaire father.

“It was a lightbulb moment for me,” juror no. 8, Julie Thiry-Couvillion, told the Post.

“It was a lightbulb moment for me.”

— juror no. 8, Julie Thiry-Couvillion

Prosecutors argued that Gilbert had been living a lavish lifestyle of golf, surfing and travel – all paid for by his parents.

“The defendant rejected hard work, instead, preferring an easy life handed to him on a silver platter,” Assistant District Attorney Craig Ortner said in his closing argument earlier this week, according to the newspaper.

Beginning in 2014, the father began reducing the weekly payments by hundreds of dollars at a time – in hopes of inspiring the son to become more self-reliant. After making another reduction Jan. 4, 2015, the son shot his father in the head in the father’s New York City apartment, prosecutors said.

After the killing, the son placed the gun in his dead father’s hand to make it seem like a suicide, prosecutors said.

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The son fled the apartment, but his mother was home and called police just minutes after the shooting. The son was arrested later that same night, prosecutors said.

A jury convicted Gilbert Jr. on second-degree murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon. Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 9, authorities said.

Fox News’ Dom Calicchio contributed to this report.

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Alaska to receive $10M from Justice Department to combat violent crime, AG Barr says

Life in “The Last Frontier” may be harsher than a lot of Americans realize.

Attorney General William Barr on Friday declared a public-safety emergency in Alaska so the Justice Department could allocate more than $10 million toward fighting violent crime in some of the state’s rural communities.

In many areas, getting timely law enforcement responses to sexual assaults, child abuse and other violent crimes can be difficult.

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A 2013 federal report said that at least 75 Alaska Native communities had no law enforcement officers. Tribes have lacked authority to establish police forces since the 1971 Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act took effect, Reuters reported.

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Because of Alaska’s immense size (663,268 square miles) it can sometimes take hours for state troopers to reach a village from which a crime is reported.

Tribal leaders have told authorities that victims of sexual assault sometimes need to take boats or planes to reach medical facilities in more populated areas, the Associated Press reported.

Barr visited Alaska in late May to get a sense of the problems Alaskans have been dealing with.

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“In May, when I visited Alaska, I witnessed firsthand the complex, unique, and dire law enforcement challenges the state of Alaska and its remote Alaska Native communities are facing,” Barr said in a Justice Department statement. “With this emergency declaration, I am directing resources where they are needed most and needed immediately, to support the local law enforcement response in Alaska Native communities, whose people are dealing with extremely high rates of violence.”

Barr and other officials visited the communities of Galena, Bethel and Napaskiak on May 31, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

Alaskan members of Congress said they were pleased by the attention Barr was directing toward their state.

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U.S. Rep. Don Young, an Alaska Republican who lives in Fort Yukon, a small community above the Arctic Circle, said he was glad Barr released the money.

“I’m cautioning people, though, because money just doesn’t solve the problem,” the 86-year-old Young said Friday. “There should be recognition that this problem can only be solved by support by the communities themselves.”

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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Authorities seize thousands of weapons and explosives in international weapons trafficking bust

Authorities in Florida and Argentina arrested more than two dozen suspects and seized 5,300 firearms and explosives in a crackdown on an elaborate global weapons trafficking ring, officials said Friday.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) initiated “Operation Patagonia Express” after investigators discovered the shipping of weapons and weapon parts from South Florida to Brazil and Argentina. Once in South America, the components were assembled and sold to criminal groups, authorities said.

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Anthony Salisbury, special agent in charge of ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Miami, announces the results of an international weapons trafficking operation with U.S. law enforcement partners in Argentina and Brazil. (Pedro Portal/Miami Herald via AP)

In total, authorities seized the equivalent of 52 AR-15 assault rifles, 30,000 rounds of caliber ammunition for various weapons, 189 long arms, 156 handguns, five vehicles, a hand grenade, a motor round and $110,000 in cash. Twenty-five people were arrested.

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“South Florida does seem to be a hub and now we have the largest Argentine firearms seizure in their history so South Florida does seem to be a hub for weapons trafficking into South America,” Anthony Salisbury, special agent in charge of ICE’S Homeland Security Investigation in Miami, said in a news conference.

Authorities in Argentina said the weapons seizure is the largest in the country’s history.

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Authorities seized thousands of weapons during an investigation into an alleged weapons trafficking ring with roots in Florida.  (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement )

Among those taken into custody were former Broward County residents John James Peterson, 60, and Brunella Zuppone, 67, for allegedly exporting AR-15 components without a required license from the State Department, officials said in a news release.

Both are charged with conspiracy to violate and attempted violations of the Arms Export Control Act and International Traffic in Arms Regulations.

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It was not clear how long the alleged trafficking ring had been operational.

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Kentucky father shot on the way home from hospital after birth of twins not expected to survive: family

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A Kentucky man who was shot while walking home from the hospital after the birth of his twins is on life support and not expected to survive, family said.

Tyrese Garvin, 20, witnessed the birth of his first children at University Hospital in Louisville on Sunday. The new father was gunned down in what police called a random shooting after he left the hospital while walking down a nearby street around 6 p.m., Louisville’s WAVE reported.

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Garvin was transported to the same hospital where his twins were born to be treated for multiple gunshot wounds in his body and head. Doctors contacted trauma surgeons and neurosurgeons but do not expect Garvin to make a recovery, according to the family.

“He was very excited about becoming a father, and for something like this to happen and his children will never get to know him, that’s sad.” Garvin’s grandmother told WLKY. The family told the outlet they brought his newborn twins to visit him before they plan to take him off life support in the coming days.

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Louisville Metro Police arrested three juveniles between the ages of 14 and 17 connected to the shooting, but the charges against them were not immediately known. Their names have not been released due to their status as minors. In a recent press conference Thursday, homicide Lieutenant Emily McKinley referenced Garvin’s shooting as she spoke about a recent spike in drive-by shootings and related car thefts carried out by teenagers over the past few weeks within the city, the Courier Journal reported.

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Family of Utah student killed by ex-boyfriend files suit against university

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The family of a Utah college student who was killed by her ex-boyfriend last October is bringing a $56 million lawsuit against her school for “deliberate indifference” to her calls for help before her death.

Lauren McCluskey, 21, was shot seven times by her ex-boyfriend, convicted sex offender Melvin Rowland, 37, while she was walking back to her dorm from an evening class on October 21. He later killed himself.

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McCluskey reported Rowland’s “abusive,” “dangerous,” and “threatening” behavior to campus police and Salt Lake City police for three weeks but no effort was made to stop his harassment or keep him off the campus, the complaint filed Thursday said, according to The Daily Beast.

“No one has been disciplined or held accountable in the campus police or housing,” her mother told ESPN, according to Deadspin. “The same culture prevails in the campus police. There is no significant change.”

The 21-year-old’s student relationship with the much older Rowland ended when she found out he had lied about his name, age and background.

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Utah released recommendations to the university regarding student safety after her murder, but did not find “any reason to believe this tragedy could have been prevented,” Deadspin reported.

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