When I first heard about this tragic story out of St. Petersburg, Florida, my heart just broke. I couldn't believe that a parent could be so careless over the life of a child they helped bring into this world. A 25-year-old father, John Jonchuck Jr., was stopped by a cop at a Tampa Bay bridge in Florida when he rushed over to the passenger side of his car, pulled out his 5-year-old daughter and then threw her over the bridge without a second thought. And then he just fled the scene!
It angers me that this beautiful child is now orphaned because of some low lives. Monica Spear's daughter Maya recently mourned her parents on the one year anniversary since their tragic and violent murder in Venezuela. Little Maya was able to survive the heartless crime, but Monica and her partner, Thomas Berry, were brutally robbed and shot to death in Caracas, Venezuela. Now, the 6-year-old lives with her maternal grandparents in Florida and they're revealing their granddaughter's mental state. Her number one wish in life will seriously make you cry and want the death penalty for her killers.
I can't believe it has been a year since Monica Spear was violently murdered in her home country of Venezuela. The most tragic part of the story was that her daughter, Maya, witnessed her parents being killed and managed to survive the fatal shooting. In the midst of all of that horror, Monica deserves to be remembered for her talent and beautiful spirit. For the year anniversary of her tragic death, Jencarlos Canela wrote and sang a heartfelt dedication to Monica titled, "Amiga." The song brought tears to my eyes.
If you fell for Ricky Martin's death hoax then you can finally breathe easy. I have to admit, this is probably the meanest thing anyone has done to me in 2015 so far. A fake YouTube video recently surfaced showing images of the Puerto Rican pop star killed in a car crash in San Francisco. The video was so convincing that lots of fans started expressing their condolences on social media. No, Ricky loves "Living La Vida Loca," but not crazy enough to get into a deadly accident on the freeway! Not my Ricky anyway. He responded to the ridiculous news in the best way possible.
A small plane crashed in Lyon County, Kentucky on Friday night and sadly killed four people, but left only one survivor. Mom, 45-year-old Kimberly Gutzler, dad, 49-year-old Marty Gutzler, their daughter, 9-year-old Piper and their cousin, 14-year-old Sierra Walder, died in the horrific crash that occurred after engine failure when the family was traveling back to Nashville, Illinois from their Key West, Florida New Years vacation. The only survivor? The Gutzlers' 7-year-old daughter, whose name is not being released out of respect for the family.
But the little girl was not only faced with the worst thing anyone could ever experience: seeing the dead bodies of her parents, big sister and cousin, she was forced to act. And act she did.
New Year's Eve was a somber day for this Utah family who made headlines back in September. Kathy Taylor, the woman who refused cancer treatment while pregnant with her sixth child, lost her battle with terminal cancer. The 34-year-old mother was diagnosed with melanoma six months into her pregnancy and did everything she could to make sure her unborn son was given a chance to live. It's so heartbreaking that baby Luke couldn't make it. He was born two weeks premature and passed away from an infection two weeks later on September 27. I don't know how this family is able to survive in the face of so much tragedy. Taylor's husband, Nathan, opened up about her death and his words will make you cry.
Veronica Rutledge, a 29-year-old mother from Idaho, was shot to death in a Walmart by her 2-year-old son. The mother was carrying a concealed weapon in her purse and at some point her son, who was in a shopping cart, managed to get the gun out of her purse and accidentally shoot his mother to death. I shouldn't even really have to say "accidentally" because at 2 years old there is no way that child could have shot his mother on purpose or with malicious intent.
I'll never understand why parents bring children into this world to treat them this way. A Florida baby starved to death in a car seat while her disgusting parents were feasting at an all-you-can-eat buffet. While Ruby Stephens and Roy Stephens were reportedly stuffing their faces, their innocent newborn daughter laid helplessly in her carseat. It turns out the baby had been neglected for days and the details are even more horrifying.
A tragic wave of events hit the New York City Police Department over the weekend. Two police officers on patrol in Brooklyn were fatally shot by a vengeful career criminal who wanted the cops to pay for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Ismaaiyl Brinsley reported shot Rafael Ramos and Wanjian Liu in the head then ran into a subway station and committed suicide on the platform. Two families and a community now mourn the deaths of the cops who risked their own lives to serve and protect. Now Ramos' son Jaden is speaking out about his emotional loss and his words are truly heartbreaking.
Three children in Raleigh, North Carolina have been through one of the most horrible experiences you can ever imagine. They hid themselves in a room of their home as their 32-year-old mother Martha Yses Campusano Cisneros and their 47-year-old father Emilio Rodriguez-Rizo fought. At some point during the argument the children heard gunshots that ended their parents' lives. The terrified children had to figure out what to do.