I would like to ask all my friends and readers to join me in prayer today for a family in great need.
My friend LYN BOCANEGRA'S son, Henry and his girlfriend, Julie were in a motorcycle accident last night.
Henry says he is okay but his girlfriend Julie was airlifted to the hospital with A 50/50 chance of surviving as she has swelling and bleeding around the brain.
I ASK YOU TO SAY THIS PRAYER WITH ME TODAY FOR THIS FAMILY AS THEY GO THROUGH THIS DIFFICULT TIME:
DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER WE COME TO YOU IN HUMBLE PRAYER THIS DAY TO ASK YOUR MERCIFUL BLESSING ON THIS FAMILY IN NEED OF A MIRACLE. LORD YOU SAID ALL WE NEEDED WAS TO ASK AND IT WOULD BE GIVEN. WE JOIN IN PRAYER FOR THOSE IN NEED TODAY. MAY THE BLOOD OF JESUS, OUR SAVIOUR, WASH OVER HENRY AND JULIE AND MAY THEY BE BLESSED BY THE POWER OF HIS HEALING HANDS. AMEN.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi reportedly raped the aid worker, whose death was confirmed in February
Government officials have told the family of a U.S. hostage who died in Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) captivity earlier this year that she was repeatedly sexually abused by the group’s leader.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-styled “caliph” of the extremist group, raped Kayla Mueller repeatedly, counter-terrorism authorities told ABC News. Her parents, Carl and Marsha Mueller, confirmed officials had informed them of the abuse. “We were told Kayla was tortured, that she was the property of al-Baghdadi,” they said in the interview.
Kayla Mueller was 26 when her death, first reported by ISIS, was confirmed in February. She was captured in northern Syria in the Summer 2013.
Deputies were called to the home in the 3507 21st Street SW shortly before noon Tuesday. It all started when Dorla Pitts walked in on the scene while she was on the phone with her husband. Her scream was the last thing Dorrien Pitts heard. He then called a family friend who went to the home and discovered the bodies.
The 18-month-old daughter of Starlette and Michael was found unharmed. Detectives are not sharing details on whether the child was near the bodies.
Hyde, 19, is charged with three counts of second-degree murder and faces a charge in the death of Starlette Pitts' unborn child. He was arrested Tuesday for driving without a license. At the time of his arrest, he had blood on his body and clothes, according to LCSO.
Michael's mother, Sherri Flemming, said Hyde is Starlette's cousin and Dorla's nephew who had been staying at the home after recently moving here from Belize. According to LCSO, Hyde is in the country illegally and is awaiting a court hearing as an illegal immigrant, having crossed the Texas border earlier this year.
Lt. Matt Sands said it was an "extremely violent scene, even for us. All homicide scenes are normally violent, but this scene was what we considered unimaginable."
He said there is evidence all the victims tried to defend themselves.
At the same time deputies were working the Lehigh scene, Fort Myers Police received a call for a reckless driver. Hyde was pulled over in a white Range Rover for driving on the opposite side of the road, at which time he was arrested for driving with no license. The Range Rover was registered to the Lehigh address, as were two other sets of keys Hyde had with him. Detectives say a bloody palm print found at the scene matched Hyde's.
LCSO is still investigating a motive.
Investigators are not releasing specific details on the murder weapon, only stating that the victims were hit several times with a sharp object.
FIRST COURT APPEARANCE
Hyde made a brief first court appearance on Friday morning.
The state is requesting he be held without bond because the people killed were family members and there would be a concern for the community if he were released. The public defender representing Hyde pointed out that Hyde was found with no weapons and did not admit guilt.
The hearing was over in less than 10 minutes. His arraignment is scheduled for Sept. 15.
FAMILY LEFT TO PICK UP THE PIECES
Michael's mother, Sherri Flemming, said Thursday that when she met Brian Hyde, she felt something was off, but accepted him because he is Starlette's cousin. She said the young couple took him in because they were good, caring people.
"This could happen to anybody, so be careful who you bring into your house. It could be your own family member," Flemming said.
She said Hyde was made to feel like family by Starlette and Michael, who invited him to his family's gatherings, but Flemming said she felt uncomfortable when Hyde came around.
While it helps to know how they died, it's the why that leaves Flemming emotional. "They was innocent people, how could you do this?"
Michael's sister, Derquiasha Henderson, said they were just picking out baby names for the new baby. "We were just doing all of that, we were supposed to hang out."
She said now they'll have to show the surviving 18-month-old, found unharmed in a bedroom, how much her parents loved her.
"I can picture her trying to go to her mom and my brother and wake them up, because that's the type of baby she is. She love her parents, she loved them and they loved her," Henderson said.
The surviving grandparents from both families are in the process of figuring out how to care for the little girl, and say what they need most right now is time to heal.
WHO IS BRIAN HYDE?
Authorities in Brian Hyde's native country of Belize say he is no stranger to them.
Hyde was recently wanted in connection to a recent robbery of a cell phone store there before fleeing the country.
Hyde first came to the U.S. in January, illegally entering through Texas, according to investigators.
Since then, Hyde had been staying with his relatives, the Pitts, in Lehigh Acres.
According to Belize media outlets, Hyde was also arrested in November of last year for assaulting a police officer, a charge he later disputed.
His trial was set to start in January, but he was not present and it resumed without him. A representative for the Belize Police Department said he was found guilty in March and was sentenced to six months in jail, a sentence that is still outstanding.
Other reports show Hyde and two other men were suspects in a double murder case dating back to October 2013. He was only charged with a lesser crime of "handling stolen goods."
A newspaper reporter said Hyde comes from a known "criminal" family.
His uncle, Russell Hyde, was considered a suspect in the brutal murders of two Belize nationals in May. Both men were found decapitated and dismembered.
To date, Russell Hyde has not been charged with their murders.
According to sources in Belize, police do not have the technology to analyze DNA and other forensic evidence like the U.S. does, which may be one reason they had such a hard time connecting Russell Hyde to those deaths.
As for Brian Hyde, he remains in Lee County Jail and faces trial here.
Attorney Michael Raheb said if Hyde is found not guilty, he'll face an immigration judge and most likely be deported.
Once deported, Belize police say he would face his six-month sentence stemming from the charge of assaulting a police officer.
But if found guilty, "then he may be serving life in prison, in which case the whole point of deportation becomes moot because he won't be released from Florida state prison," Raheb said.
Officials at the Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement have not yet responded to NBC2's requests for comment.
Eating delicious food is something actress Sherri Shepherd compares to "a religious experience." When the dish is particularly delectable, she says, one can't help but quiet down and let the flavors do the talking.
Shepherd is the host of a new Cooking Channel show called "Holy & Hungry" that explores the spiritual dimensions of food. Over the course of six episodes, premiering Aug. 23, the formerco-host of "The View" visits a bistro run by a pastor, a kosher deli, a halal butcher, a Catholic bakery and more -- all along the way asking the chefs about their spiritual journeys with food.
"For every single restaurant or chef I visited, food is their calling and it’s how they minister to people,” Shepherd told The Huffington Post.
Take the example of Veniero's, a pastry shop run by Catholic bakers in New York City. There Shepherd learned how to make Sfingi, a fried pastry stuffed with ricotta cream and topped with crushed pistachios.
“The love that went into making this, it wasn’t just stirring the cream," Shepherd said. "They felt they were doing a service to everyone who came to their bakery.”
The marriage of faith and food is something Shepherd experienced in her childhood. Her father was a church deacon, and on Sunday nights after services her mother would lay elaborate feasts on the table for the family to enjoy. Shepherd recalled "a lot of laughter" surrounding her as the table filled with her mother's specialities: apricot-covered chicken, collard greens and peach cobbler.
Those early years instilled in her a deep understanding of the ways in which food can act as a conduit for deepening the connections between people.
“It wasn’t just eating the food," Shepherd said. "It was the fellowship with my family.”
Filming "Holy & Hungry" left Shepherd with a new resolve to cook more for her own son, who she said can always tell the difference between food she has cooked him and food she picked up from a restaurant.
"I want to cook more for Jeffrey and have our bonding go deeper," she said.
That bond is something that can transcend family ties -- and even religious backgrounds. Shepherd, who is Christian, shared a powerful moment from her visit with Khalid Latif, the first Muslim chaplain at New York University and founder of a halal butcher.
"In the middle of the taping I went, 'We’re just the same. Our core beliefs [promote] love and service for your fellow man,'” Shepherd recalled.
And that, the actress said, is the ultimate message of the show.
“I don’t care who you are or what you believe, you still gotta sit down and eat," she said. "And when you sit down and eat you feel at peace, and that’s when, I believe, you can change the world.”
Holy & Hungry premieres on Cooking Channel on August 23rat 10pm EST/7pm PST.
Early yesterday morning Corozal Police retrieved the dead body of a male person from the sea. The body was seen floating around 9:28 a.m. near an area that was once the old market in Corozal Town. The identity of the individual is still unknown. PRAYS GO OUT TO THIS SOUL WHO HAS NOW GONE TO ETERNAL REST.
I was born in Mexcio, DF of Belizean parents.I enjoy working with students and I believe that my purpose in life is to guide the minds of the youth around me, to share my life with friends and family and to respect myself and others for the opinions that shape our lives. I believe that we should live each day as if it was our last. We must cherish friendships and spread happiness to those around us. Give from the heart and you will feel a sense of satifaction. That I believe is my purpose for being on this earth.