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GOP senators press DHS for answers on Pensacola shooter’s visa approval

Three GOP senators are looking into how the Saudi Arabian national who killed three Americans in a shooting at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Fla., was allowed into the United States.

Sens. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Marco Rubio and Rick Scott, both of Florida, sent a letter to Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf asking how Royal Saudi Air Force 2nd Lt. Mohammed Saeed al-Shamrani was let into the U.S. before he killed three U.S. sailors and severely wounded eight other Americans in the Dec. 6 attack.

Attorney General William Barr said al-Shamrani was “motivated by jihadist ideology” as the U.S. was expelling 21 Saudi nationals living in America who, like al-Shamrani, trained with the U.S. military at facilities, including NAS Pensacola.

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The NAS Pensacola shooter was identified as Mohammed Alshamrani, a 21-year-old 2nd lieutenant in the Royal Saudi Air Force who was a student naval flight officer of Naval Aviation Schools Command. (FBI)

NAS PENSACOLA SHOOTING WAS AN ‘ACT OF TERRORISM,’ BARR SAYS; US TO EXPEL 21 SAUDI NATIONALS IN TRAINING PROGRAM

“According to other reports, the Saudi government allegedly believes that al-Shamrani may have embraced a radical Islamist ideology as early as 2015, two years before he entered the United States. Just before his attack, al-Shamrani visited the 9/11 Memorial in New York City,” the senators’ letter said.

The letter asks for a timeline of al-Shamrani’s vetting, whether or not there were any red flags in documents that Saudi Arabia provided about al-Shamrani before he was let into the country and how individuals like al-Shamrani are treated differently from other foreigners coming to the U.S. on a visa, among other things.

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The senators are asking for the information by Feb. 7 and a briefing by Feb. 21.

The shooting at NAS Pensacola also prompted a group of U.S. Navy instructor pilots to ask top military brass for permission to arm themselves.

Fox News’ Greg Norman contributed to this report.

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Utah boy arrested after shooting that killed 4, injured 1 in same family, police say

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A young male juvenile in Utah is accused of shooting and killing three children and a woman in Grantsville on Friday, and injuring a fifth victim who is now in the hospital, authorities said Saturday.

All of the victims are believed to be members of the shooter’s family, and the victims are all related, according to Deseret News. Initial reports said the accused is a teenager, but police have not released his name because he’s being charged as a minor.

The suspected shooter is reportedly facing 10 criminal charges, including aggravated homicide.

Grantsville Mayor Brent Marshall visited the scene to offer his condolences and said law enforcement is still trying to figure out what happened.

“It’s an unfortunate tragedy that has taken place here this evening,” he said Friday. “And I’m sure it will take days or even longer to try and piece together what brought all of this on and why it happened, if we ever get to know why it happened. It’s upsetting. This is normally a very quiet neighborhood, and any time you have children involved in something, it becomes very emotional, very fast.”

“We appreciate everybody’s thoughts and support,” Marshall added. “We ask that you continue to pray for the family and for these officers who are trying to figure out what happened.”

MINNESOTA MAN CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER IN SHOOTING THAT CRITICALLY WOUNDED OFFICER

Gov. Gary Herbert also offered his condolences on Twitter, just after midnight on Saturday. He urged citizens to lock up their firearms and said only love can help heal the wounds created by the shooting.

“Our hearts are broken by the horrible news coming out Grantsville tonight. We mourn over the loss of innocent lives,” he wrote. “Parents and grandparents, secure your firearms! Everyone, hug your loved ones tight. And remember love, not hate, will heal broken individuals and families.”

Grantsville Police Cpl. Rhonda Fields told The Associated Press that authorities are at a loss when it comes to the motive and are still investigating.

“We’re trying to make certain that we verify people’s relationships among the deceased and the survivor,” she said. “As for motive, we don’t have any of that.”

Fields also said the fifth victim, who sustained a gunshot, is stable and expected to survive.

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The unnamed suspect was arrested at the hospital and is currently being held at a youth detention facility.

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Utah boy arrested after shooting that killed 4, injured 1 in same family, police say

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A young male juvenile in Utah is accused of shooting and killing three children and a woman in Grantsville on Friday, and injuring a fifth victim who is now in the hospital, authorities said Saturday.

All of the victims are believed to be members of the shooter’s family, and the victims are all related, according to Deseret News. Initial reports said the accused is a teenager, but police have not released his name because he’s being charged as a minor.

The suspected shooter is reportedly facing 10 criminal charges, including aggravated homicide.

Grantsville Mayor Brent Marshall visited the scene to offer his condolences and said law enforcement is still trying to figure out what happened.

“It’s an unfortunate tragedy that has taken place here this evening,” he said Friday. “And I’m sure it will take days or even longer to try and piece together what brought all of this on and why it happened, if we ever get to know why it happened. It’s upsetting. This is normally a very quiet neighborhood, and any time you have children involved in something, it becomes very emotional, very fast.”

“We appreciate everybody’s thoughts and support,” Marshall added. “We ask that you continue to pray for the family and for these officers who are trying to figure out what happened.”

MINNESOTA MAN CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER IN SHOOTING THAT CRITICALLY WOUNDED OFFICER

Gov. Gary Herbert also offered his condolences on Twitter, just after midnight on Saturday. He urged citizens to lock up their firearms and said only love can help heal the wounds created by the shooting.

“Our hearts are broken by the horrible news coming out Grantsville tonight. We mourn over the loss of innocent lives,” he wrote. “Parents and grandparents, secure your firearms! Everyone, hug your loved ones tight. And remember love, not hate, will heal broken individuals and families.”

Grantsville Police Cpl. Rhonda Fields told The Associated Press that authorities are at a loss when it comes to the motive and are still investigating.

“We’re trying to make certain that we verify people’s relationships among the deceased and the survivor,” she said. “As for motive, we don’t have any of that.”

Fields also said the fifth victim, who sustained a gunshot, is stable and expected to survive.

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The unnamed suspect was arrested at the hospital and is currently being held at a youth detention facility.

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Dana Loesch: It’s disturbing that gun control advocates find properly trained, armed civilians ‘bad’

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Radio host and Second Amendment advocate Dana Loesch responded to critics of Jack Wilson, the Texas church congregant who killed an armed intruder during services last week.

Loesch said on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Friday that gun control advocates and some media outlets are misguided to claim Wilson was in the wrong when he stopped the intruder, who killed two people at the church in White Settlement before he was killed by Wilson.

Host Tucker Carlson noted Arizona Republic columnist Elvia Diaz wrote in USA Today that she was “terrified” at the prospect so many civilians in the church were carrying guns.

He also played a clip of now-former 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro claiming in September 2019 that “more guns are not the answer” to firearm violence.

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“This idea that a good guy with a gun is going to stop a bad guy with a gun, it doesn’t work that way,” the former San Antonio mayor claimed.

On Diaz’s column, Loesch remarked that she found it “horrifying” that the columnist would make such a claim.

“I find it horrifying that anyone at USA Today would actually find it horrifying to save lives, to defend innocent people,” she said. “My actual fear is that people find this bad.”

“Five other people [inside the church] also drew their lawfully carried, lawfully owned firearms and they held, they watched and waited and took in everything that was happening before them, which indicates a level of training and a skill set that shouldn’t horrify people,” she continued.

“In fact, it should encourage individuals because we were always told that if there is more than one firearm present in an area such as this, if there is a mass casualty incident or somebody armed comes into do murderous intent, that it would turn into the Wild West. It didn’t. It took Jack Wilson one shot and six seconds to neutralize this threat.”

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Loesch said it was important that armed civilians exercise their Second Amendment rights, be properly trained, and be prepared to defend themselves in dangerous situations.

“[W]e should encourage and empower people to do so instead of trying to shame them or smear them or malign their character. I find that disturbing,” she continued.

Loesch also pointed to the state of Maryland, claiming gun control laws passed in the state over the last 15 years have been part and parcel of the exponential spike in violence in the state’s largest city — Baltimore.

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Texas church shooter’s ex-wife says she’s ‘glad they stopped him’

The ex-wife of a Texas gunman who killed two people at a church service in a Fort Worth suburb Sunday before being fatally shot himself, said this week that she is deeply “sorry.”

Angela Holloway, who divorced the gunman, Keith Kinnunen, in 2010, told FOX 4 in Dallas she had tried to encourage him to get his life together.

“It’s hard on all of us. Only thing I can tell them numerous times, I’m sorry. I’m so sorry,” she said. “We tried to encourage him. He’s popped in and out of our lives for years. He’s kept in contact with my oldest son, my two younger kids and everybody kept telling him, you need to get right. You need to do right.”

TEXAS CHURCH SHOOTING IS LATEST OF MANY ATTACKS AT US HOUSES OF WORSHIP IN RECENT YEARS

Kinnunen had reportedly been a drug addict with a long criminal history.

West Freeway Church of Christ’s senior minister, Britt Farmer, told The Christian Chronicle he recognized the shooter after seeing a photo of him.

“We’ve helped him on several occasions with food,” Farmer told the Chronicle. “He gets mad when we won’t give him cash. He’s been here on multiple occasions.”

Kinnunen was fatally shot by Jack Wilson, a member of the volunteer security team, after he opened fire in the church.

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Residents embrace near police and fire cars that surround the scene of a shooting at West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019. (Yffy Yossifor/Star-Telegram via AP)

“I’m glad they stopped him when they did,” Holloway told FOX 4.

Deacon Tony Wallace and volunteer security team member Richard White died of their injuries at a hospital.

The investigation into the gunman’s motive is ongoing.

The church announced services will be held this Sunday in the fellowship hall.

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“We knew he was crazy but not like this,” Holloway told Fort Worth’s KXAS-TV. “I don’t wish this on anybody. I feel sorry for the victims. I really do.”

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Texas church shooting is latest of many attacks at US houses of worship in recent years

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Two men were killed and another man was injured in a shooting at a church in Texas on Sunday — the latest in a string of attacks at houses of worship in recent years.

Sunday’s shooting unfolded around 9:57 a.m. at the West Freeway Church of Christ, which is located in the city of White Settlement, just outside of Fort Worth.

A spokeswoman for MedStar Mobile Healthcare, an ambulance service, told The Associated Press that two people had been shot and killed, one of them the gunman; a third person, in critical condition, suffered cardiac arrest but was revived.

An elder at the church told the New York Times that one of those killed was a security guard who responded to the shooter, calling him a dear friend. “He was trying to do what he needed to do to protect the rest of us,” Mike Tinius said.

SUSPECT IN HANUKKAH STABBING AT NY RABBI’S HOME PLEADS NOT GUILTY ON ATTEMPTED MURDER CHARGES

At least 13 deadly shootings have occurred in American houses of worship in recent years:

  1. June 2015: Charleston, South Carolina: Dylann Roof, 21, shoots and killed nine black church members during a Bible study group inside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Police contend the attack was a hate crime. A jury sentenced him to death in January 2017, and he’s now on death row in Terre Haute, Indiana.
  2. August 2015: Waynesville, North Carolina: Wade Allen Baker, of Clyde, North Carolina, dies after an exchange of gunfire with police, who had responded to a 911 call claiming that people had been shot at the Maple Grove Baptist Church in Waynesville, North Carolina; no one else was, in fact, injured in the gunfire.
  3. September 2015: East Selma, Alabama: A man was charged with three counts of attempted murder after shooting his girlfriend, their baby and a clergyman inside the Oasis Tabernacle Church in East Selma, Alabama.
  4. October 2015: Detroit, Michigan: A Detroit pastor shot and killed a man during Sunday services, when the man went after the pastor with a brick, according to police. The pastor whipped out his Glock handgun and fired several shots, killing the man, Detroit police said.
  5. February 2016: Dayton, Ohio: A gunman opens fire at St. Peter’s Missionary Baptist Church in Dayton, Ohio, killing the pastor. More than 20 people were reported to be inside the church at the time of the shooting,
  6. April 2017: North Wales, Pennsylvania: Authorities say a dispute between two members at Keystone Fellowship Church in a Philadelphia suburb during a Sunday worship service ended with one person shooting and killing the other. Authorities didn’t say what the disturbance was at the evangelical church.
  7. May 2017: Kansas City, Missouri: A church greeter was shot while welcoming parishioners at a church in south Kansas City, police said. The suspect entered the House of Refuge Family Worship Church through a rear door and fired multiple shots, according to police. Greeter Montell Bruce was struck in the head, but his injury was not life-threatening, authorities said.
  8. June 2017: Oakland, California: Police arrested a man who they allege fired eight bullets into a religious statue outside St. Felicitas Catholic Church in Oakland, California. They investigated the shooting as a hate crime. No one was injured, but police a police spokesman said that officers struggled with the male subject when he was taken into custody. The name of the person arrested was not immediately released. He was described as white male in his mid-30s.
  9. September 2017: Nashville, Tennessee: One woman was killed and seven other people were hurt after a suspect identified as a Sudanese immigrant opened fire at a Tennessee church, police said; the FBI confirmed it launched a civil rights investigation into the shooting.
  10. November 2017: Fresno, California: A man waiting at a church parking lot shot and killed his estranged wife and her boyfriend after they emerged from Mass at St. Alphonsus Church. The husband, Manuel Garcia, 64, then drove to the family home 11 blocks away and, as SWAT officers massed outside, took his own life.
  11. November 2017: Sutherland Springs, Texas: 26 people were killed and 20 others wounded in a shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs. Devin Patrick Kelley fired at least 450 rounds inside the church, authorities have said. A nearby resident shot and wounded Kelley before the killer drove away and ultimately ended his own life, according to authorities.
  12. October 2018: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: A man opened fire in the Tree of Life synagogue in an anti-Semitic attack, killing 11 people and injuring six others.
  13. April 2019: Poway, California: One person was killed, and at least three were wounded by a shooter at the Chabad of Poway synagogue.

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Fox News’ Stephen Scarola and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Frank Miles is a reporter and editor covering geopolitics, military, crime, technology and sports for FoxNews.com. His email is Frank.Miles@foxnews.com.

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US mass killings hit new high in 2019

The first one occurred 19 days into the new year when a man used an ax to kill four family members including his infant daughter. Five months later, 12 people were killed in a workplace shooting in Virginia. Twenty-two more died at a Walmart in El Paso in August.

A database compiled by The Associated Press, USA Today and Northeastern University shows that there were more mass killings in 2019 than any year dating back to at least the 1970s, punctuated by a chilling succession of deadly rampages during the summer.

In all, there were 41 mass killings, defined as when four or more people are killed excluding the perpetrator. Of those, 33 were mass shootings. More than 210 people were killed.

Most of the mass killings barely became national news, failing to resonate among the general public because they didn’t spill into public places like massacres in El Paso and Odessa, Texas; Dayton, Ohio; Virginia Beach, Virginia; and Jersey City, New Jersey.

The majority of the killings involved people who knew each other — family disputes, drug or gang violence or people with beefs that directed their anger at co-workers or relatives.

In many cases, what set off the perpetrator remains a mystery.

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That’s the case with the very first mass killing of 2019, when a 42-year-old man took an ax and stabbed to death his mother, stepfather, girlfriend and 9-month-old daughter in Clackamas County, Oregon. Two others, a roommate and an 8-year-old girl managed to escape; the rampage ended when responding police fatally shot the killer.

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Daniel Munoz reaches for his injured back during an interview, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, in Odessa, Texas. Munoz was injured in the shooting. The tattoo on his right hand is a biblical reference, that the wages of sin are death and God’s gift is everlasting life. (AP)

The perpetrator had had occasional run-ins with police over the years, but what drove him to attack his family remains unknown. He had just gotten a job training mechanics at an auto dealership, and despite occasional arguments with his relatives, most said there was nothing out of the ordinary that raised significant red flags.

The incident in Oregon was one of 18 mass killings where family members were slain, and one of six that didn’t involve a gun. Among other trends in 2019:

— The 41 mass killings were the most in a single year since the AP/USA Today and Northeastern database began tracking such events back to 2006, but other research going back to the 1970s shows no other year with as many mass slayings. The second-most killings in a year prior to 2019 was 38 in 2006.

— The 211 people killed in this year’s cases is still eclipsed by the 224 victims in 2017, when the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history took place in Las Vegas.

— California, with some of the most strict gun laws in the country, had the most, with eight such mass slayings. But nearly half of U.S. states experienced a mass slaying, from big cities like New York, to tiny towns like Elkmont, Alabama, with a population of just under 475 people.

— Firearms were the weapon in all but eight of the mass killings. Other weapons included knives, axes and at least twice when the perpetrator set a mobile home on fire, killing those inside.

— Nine mass shootings occurred in a public place. Other mass killings occurred in homes, in the workplace or at a bar.

James Densley, a criminologist and professor at Metropolitan State University in Minnesota, said the AP/USA Today/Northeastern database confirms and mirrors what his own research into exclusively mass shootings has shown.

“What makes this even more exceptional is that mass killings are going up at a time when general homicides, overall homicides, are going down,” Densley said. “As a percentage of homicides, these mass killings are also accounting for more deaths. ”

He believes it’s partially a byproduct of an “angry and frustrated time” that we are living in. Densley also said crime tends to go in waves with the 1970s and 1980s seeing a number of serial killers, the 1990s marked by school shootings and child abductions and the early 2000s dominated by concerns over terrorism.

“This seems to be the age of mass shootings,” Densley said.

EL PASO SHOOTING LEAVES 20 DEAD, 26 INJURED

He and James Alan Fox, a criminologist and professor at Northeastern University, also expressed worries about the “contagion effect,” the focus on mass killings fueling other mass killings.

“These are still rare events. Clearly the risk is low but the fear is high,” Fox said. “What fuels contagion is fear.”

The mass shootings this year include the three in August in Texas and Dayton that stirred fresh urgency, especially among Democratic presidential candidates, to restrict access to firearms.

While the large death tolls attracted much of the attention, the killings inflicted a mental and physical toll on dozens of others. The database does not have a complete count of victims who were wounded, but among the three mass shootings in August alone, more than 65 people were injured.

DAYTON, OHIO, SHOOTING THAT LEFT 9 DEAD, 27 HURT HALTED IN ‘UNDER A MINUTE’ BY COPS WHO SHOT SUSPECT: MAYOR

Daniel Munoz, 28, of Odessa, was caught in the crossfire of the shooting that took place between a 10-mile stretch in West Texas. He was on his way to meet a friend at a bar when he saw a gunman and the barrel of a firearm. Instinctively, he got down just as his car was sprayed with bullets.

Munoz, who moved to Texas about a year ago to work in the oil industry, said he had actually been on edge since the Walmart shooting, which took place just 28 days earlier and about 300 miles (480 kilometers) away, worried that a shooting could happen anywhere at any time.

He remembers calling his mother after the El Paso shooting to encourage her to have a firearm at home or with her in case she needed to defend herself. He would say the same to friends, telling them before they went to a Walmart to bring a firearm in case they needed to protect themselves or others during an attack.

BEFORE MASS SHOOTING, TEXAS GUNMAN ‘WAS ON A LONG SPIRAL DOWN’, INVESTIGATOR SAYS

“You can’t just always assume you’re safe. In that moment, as soon as the El Paso shooting happened, I was on edge,” Munoz said.

Adding to his anxiety is that, as a convicted felon, he’s prohibited from possessing a firearm.

A few weeks later, as he sat behind the wheel of his car, he spotted the driver of an approaching car wielding a firearm.

“My worst nightmare became a reality,” he said. “I’m the middle of a gunfight and I have no way to defend myself.”

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In the months since, the self-described social butterfly steers clear of crowds and can only tolerate so much socializing. He still drives the same car, still riddled with bullet holes on the side panels, a bullet hole in the headrest of the passenger seat and the words “evidence” scrawled on the doors. His shoulder remains pocked with bullet fragments.

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Mexico authorities arrest police chief on suspicion of link to cartel massacre that killed 9 Americans

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Mexican small-town police chief has been arrested on the suspicion of being linked to the brazen massacre of nine women and children from a Mormon community by drug cartel members last month, authorities said Friday.

Fidel Alejandro Villegas, the police chief of Janos in the state of Chihuahua, was arrested by federal authorities on suspicion of involvement in the Nov. 4 attack in the Sonora state, Reuters reported. His role in the killings was not clear.

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Authorities said Villegas has ties to organized crime. His arrest is the fourth in the aftermath of the killing of three women and six children, who were members of the Lebaron family and held dual Mexican and American citizenship.

The victims lived in the religious community of La Nora in the Sonora state, founded as part of an offshoot of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They were killed after their convoy came under fire during a daytime ambush that shocked the United States and Mexico, which has seen an increase in cartel violence.

President Trump considered designating Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations following the massacre and raised questions about Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s strategy in taking on the ruthless criminal groups.

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Authorities believe the family came under attack after becoming caught up in a dispute between local drug cartels waging a deadly battle for control of the area.

Law enforcement efforts to curb violence throughout Mexico have proven unsuccessful. It took Mexican national guard troops 10 hours to arrive at the scene following the massacre, Julian LeBaron, a cousin of one of the victims, told The New York Times.

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The arrest of Villegas confirmed that Mexican law enforcement cooperates with drug gangs, LeBaron said.

“They have a monopoly on security and they get paid a wage for protection and later we find out that they participate in the murder of women and children,” LeBaron told the newspaper.

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Illinois man who delivered tens of thousands of crosses to victims of tragedy retires

An Illinois man who became a fixture in the aftermath of numerous tragedies when he began crisscrossing the country and making wooden crosses more than two decades ago to honor the those who were killed is retiring, his daughter said Thursday.

In a Facebook post, Susie Zanis said her father, Greg Zanis, will no longer be making the crosses, citing the financial and emotional toll it has taken on the family.

“My dad Greg Zanis will no longer be doing his ministry Crosses For Losses. He will be retiring,” she wrote. “He asked me to thank everyone for their support.”

Zanis started making the crosses after his father-in-law was murdered in 1996. He has since placed more than 27,000 memorials for others who have been killed. He has honored victims of Chicago gun violencemass shootings, hurricaneswildfires and other natural disasters.

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Susie Zanis said her father’s work has taken “a huge toll on our family, from missing my dad and worrying about him while he was away to the financial burden it caused on our family.”

Greg Zanis most recently traveled to El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, over the summer to honor those killed in separate mass shootings that occurred hours apart in August.

“I just feel it’s so important to be here for the families,” Greg Zanis had told Fox News from El Paso, days after a gunman killed 22 people inside a Walmart. “We’re talking about the gunman, but today it’s going to change — we’re going to start talking about the families and the victims.”

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Susie Zanis said her father will focus on paying off the debt he’s accumulated over the years during his work.

“He has been funded through some of it; however, he has mostly used his own money to continue his ministry,” she wrote. “I am extremely proud of him for following his heart but I am more proud of him for realizing it is time for him to take a break and focus on himself.”

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Parkland school shooting trial pushed back months from planned January start

Parkland school shooting defendant Nikolas Cruz on Thursday had his day in court pushed back to at least next summer, following a judge’s order to postpone the trial date that was originally slated for later next month.

Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer delayed the original Jan. 27 start date after Cruz’s attorneys asked for more time, and the prosecution agreed, The Associated Press reported.

Cruz, 21, faces 17 counts of first-degree murder and 17 counts of attempted murder after the Feb. 14, 2018, shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida that left 17 people dead and 17 others injured. If found guilty, he could face the death penalty.

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Nikolas Cruz with attorney Gabe Ermine in Judge Elizabeth Scherer’s courtroom at the Broward County Courthouse on Dec. 19 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Michael Laughlin/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, Pool)

His lawyers reportedly said their client would plead guilty in return for a life sentence, but the offer was roundly rejected by the prosecution.

Earlier this month, a state commission investigated the Parkland shooting; its initial report recommended arming teachers who would volunteer to take firearm training classes in an effort to provide added security for students.

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The 458-page report also took aim at the missteps of school security, law enforcement, assistant principals, Broward County Sheriff’s deputies, social service providers and the FBI for their failure to prevent and stop the massacre from occurring, the Miami Herald reported.

The Associated Press and Fox News’ Amy Lieu contributed to this report 

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