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Public Defender Asks to Drop School Shooting Suspect

Nikolas Cruz is set to inherit $432K

(Newser) - The public defenders for the Parkland school massacre suspect unexpectedly asked to withdraw from the case Wednesday, saying the 20-year-old man will soon inherit nearly a half-million dollars and no longer qualify for free legal representation. The Broward County Public Defender's Office filed the unexpected notice late Wednesday, saying... More »

Tears Flow as Mass Shooting Is Remembered

The Columbine community gathers, 20 years later

(Newser) - Community members in suburban Denver marked the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting Saturday with a remembrance ceremony that celebrated the school's survival and by volunteering at shelters, doing neighborhood cleanup projects, and laying flowers and cards at a memorial to the 13 people killed, the AP... More »

NZ Shooting Suspect 'Has No Emotion' During Hearing

Man charged in mosque shootings ordered to undergo mental health check

(Newser) - A New Zealand judge has ordered that the man accused of killing 50 people at two Christchurch mosques undergo two mental health assessments to determine if he's fit to stand trial. High Court judge Cameron Mander made the order during a Friday hearing in which 28-year-old Australian Brenton Harrison... More »

Tight Restrictions Surround Mosque Shooting Suspect

Brenton Tarrant will make 2nd court appearance Friday

(Newser) - Police say the man accused of the Christchurch mosque attacks will face 50 murder charges and 39 attempted murder charges at his second court appearance on Friday. Australian citizen Brenton Harrison Tarrant was charged with one representative count of murder after his arrest the day of the March 15 massacre,... More »

Wife of Sandy Hook Dad Who Took His Life Speaks Out

Jennifer Hensel posts note to GoFundMe in wake of Jeremy Richman's suicide

(Newser) - The wife of the Sandy Hook Elementary School parent who committed suicide on Monday has spoken out on her husband's death in a note published to a GoFundMe campaign started in support of her family. Jennifer Hensel and Jeremy Richman's daughter, Avielle, was one of the 20 students... More »

'Heartbroken' Father of Girl Killed at Sandy Hook Dies

Jeremy Richman started a foundation for research to prevent violence

(Newser) - The father of a first-grader killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings was found dead Monday. Police say the cause of death isn't known yet, the Hartford Courant reports, but it appears that Jeremy Richman killed himself. Avielle Richman was one of the 20 first-grade students and six... More »

New Zealand Falls Silent for Muslim Call to Prayer

'New Zealand mourns with you. We are one'

(Newser) - New Zealanders observed the Muslim call to prayer Friday in reflecting on the moment one week ago when 50 worshippers at two Christchurch mosques were slain —an act that an imam told the crowd of thousands had left the country broken-hearted but not broken. In a day without precedent,... More »

2 Separate Massacres, 2 Acts of Kindness Out of Pittsburgh

Jewish group fundraises for NZ mosque victims after Muslims did the same for Tree of Life victims

(Newser) - When the Tree of Life synagogue shooting took place last October, killing 11, Muslims in the Pittsburgh area rallied to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the victims and their families. Now, in the wake of the massacre at two Muslim mosques in New Zealand that has taken the... More »

NZ Mass Shooting Suspect 'Doesn't Want a Lawyer'

Homes of Tarrant's mother, sister searched

(Newser) - The Australian man accused of massacring 50 people in two New Zealand mosques has decided to represent himself, according to the duty lawyer he was assigned after his arrest. Richard Peters, the New Zealand system's equivalent of a public defender, tells the New Zealand Herald that Brenton Tarrant seemed... More »

New Zealand Wastes No Time on Gun Control

PM Ardern will move Monday to tighten laws in wake of tragedy; little opposition expected

(Newser) - The New Zealand PM's promise of tightened gun laws in the wake of the Christchurch mosque shootings has been widely welcomed by a stunned population, reports the AP . Jacinda Ardern said her Cabinet will consider the changes on Monday. She has said options include a ban on private ownership... More »

Guns Used in Massacre Had Reference to 11-Year-Old Girl

She was killed in 2017 terror attack, and her father is angry gunman cited her

(Newser) - Stories are filtering in about what took place Friday during the mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, that killed at least 49, and by all accounts they're terrifying. ABC News reports on worshippers diving under benches and leaping over fences to get away from the gunfire,... More »

Trump, AOC Draw Headlines With Their New Zealand Tweets

'49 innocent people have so senselessly died,' writes Trump

(Newser) - President Trump took to Twitter Friday morning to respond to the mass shootings in New Zealand , tweeting , "My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes [sic] out to the people of New Zealand after the horrible massacre in the Mosques. 49 innocent people have so senselessly died, with so many... More »

Toll Hits 49 in NZ Mosque Shootings

Alleged shooter praised Norway mass killer

(Newser) - The death toll in Friday's mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, has now hit 49, making it the country's deadliest outbreak of violence since a WWII POW camp riot. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who described Friday as one of New Zealand's "darkest days,... More »

PM: 40 Killed, 20 Hurt in NZ Mosque Shootings

3 men, 1 woman in custody

(Newser) - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed that at least 40 people were killed and 20 injured in Friday's horrific mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch. Three men and one woman were arrested after the shootings, which Ardern described as a terrorist attack, the New Zealand Herald... More »

Dad Charged With Giving Gun to Mass Shooting Suspect

He knew son was mentally ill, prosecutors say

(Newser) - The father of a man accused of killing four people at a Waffle House in Tennessee last year has been charged with unlawful delivery of a firearm in Illinois, a prosecutor announced Thursday. Jeffrey Reinking's son, Travis Reinking, has been held without bond on first-degree murder charges since the... More »

One of NZ's 'Darkest Days': 2 Fatal Mosque Shootings

Multiple casualties are reported

(Newser) - This is "one of New Zealand's darkest days," said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in the wake of fatal shootings at two mosques in the city of Christchurch. Police said there were multiple fatalities and one person was in custody, but no details were immediately available, per... More »

On His Internship's First Day, He Died in Workplace Shooting

Victims of shooting at Henry Pratt Company are identified

(Newser) - One of the five victims in Friday's deadly workplace shooting in Aurora, Ill., was a college student who had started an internship at the Henry Pratt Company that very day. Trevor Wehner, 21, was set to graduate from Northern Illinois University in May with a degree in human resource... More »

Police: Aurora Attacker Shouldn't Have Had a Gun

Gary Martin had a 1995 felony conviction for aggravated assault

(Newser) - Police say the fired worker who killed five people at a warehouse in Aurora, Illinois, was able to buy the gun he used because an initial background check didn't catch that he had a prior felony conviction in Mississippi, the AP reports. Aurora police Chief Kristin Ziman said Saturday... More »

6 Dead, 5 Officers Wounded in Workplace Shooting

Gunman among the dead in Aurora, Illinois

(Newser) - Six people are dead and five officers are wounded after a shooting at a business in suburban Chicago, per the AP . The gunman, identified as 45-year-old Gary Martin, was among the dead at the Henry Pratt Co. building in Aurora. The Chicago Sun-Times talks to Martin's mother, who... More »

Alex Jones to Be Deposed in Sandy Hook Suit

Ruling celebrated by plaintiff Mark Barden

(Newser) - Another loss for Alex Jones: The Infowars host must sit for a five-hour deposition by lawyers representing the families of Sandy Hook victims, who allege defamation over his claims that the 2012 school shooting in Newtown, Conn., was a hoax. Bridgeport Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis issued the blow on... More »

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