Showing posts with label Sad. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sad. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Soccer coach Bill Dolehide, murdered while driving through Robbins












Services Set For Bill Dolehide
CRESTWOOD, IL -- Services are set for a Crestwood father of three, who was shot March 7 driving through Robbins on his way home from to work. Bill Dolehide, 56, suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the head. His family kept him on life support at Advocate Christ Medical Center so his organs could be donated.
Dolehide was a popular soccer coach at the Crestwood Soccer Club. He was a eucharistic minister volunteered for many other services and activities at Incarnation Church in Palos Heights.
Dolehide's body will lie in state from 3 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 16, at the Crestwood Recreation and Wellness Center, 5331 W 135th St. A funeral Mass will take place the next morning at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 17, at Incarnation Catholic Church, 5757 W 127th St., Palos Heights
Friends started a GoFundMe campaign which has already raised $50,000. Monies raised will go toward Dolehide's children's education.
I wonder if Bill Dolehide is related to the Dolehide family of doctors with a practice on Western Ave. 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Four members of a suburban family killed in Ireland traffic accident

BOLINGBROOK (Sun-Times Media Wire) - A Bolingbrook police officer was killed in a crash Monday while visiting Ireland for a family funeral.
Officer Stephen Alexander, 49, was killed in the crash along with his father Doug, mother Lily and brother Doug Junior, according to a statement from the Bolingbrook Police Department. The family was in the town of New Ross in Wexford, Ireland for a funeral.
Alexander was a 17-year veteran with the southwest suburban police department, according to the statement. He received his associate’s degree in criminal justice from the College of DuPage and graduated from the Cook County Police Academy in 2001 as valedictorian and also received the top marksmen award.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

David Cassidy, dead at 67

David Cassidy, pop culture idol of the 1970s, died Tuesday in a Florida hospital. The musician and actor was 67.
His publicist JoAnn Geffen confirmed his death, with a statement from his family. “On behalf of the entire Cassidy family, it is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father, our uncle, and our dear brother, David Cassidy. David died surrounded by those he loved, with joy in his heart and free from the pain that had gripped him for so long. Thank you for the abundance and support you have shown him these many years.”
He had been hospitalized for several days with organ failure. Cassidy announced his diagnosis with dementia in early 2017. He performed at the B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York in March, talking about his dementia, and said his arthritis made playing guitar an ordeal.
With pretty-boy good looks and a long mane of dark hair, Cassidy was one every girl’s favorite teen crush in the early 1970s and drew screaming crowds at concert appearances. David Cassidy was part of a showbusiness family that included his father, Tony-winning actor Jack Cassidy, stepmother Shirley Jones, half-brother Shaun Cassidy and daughter, actress Katie Cassidy.
Raised in New Jersey, Cassidy moved to Los Angeles in 1969 after starring in a Broadway musical that closed after only four performances. In 1970, after signing with Universal, Cassidy took on the role of older brother Keith Partridge in “The Partridge Family.” Keith was the son of Shirley Partridge, who was played by Jones.
The ABC sitcom was loosely based on real-life family musical act the Cowsills, and ran from 1970 to 1974. The show became popular for its squeaky queen portrayal of life on the road as a family rock band in a brightly painted bus. In addition to Cassidy and Jones, “The Partridge Family” starred Susan Dey, Danny Bonaduce and Suzanne Crough as the family’s other children, and Dave Madden as manager Ruben Kincaid.
Cassidy and Jones were the only cast members who were allowed to actually sing; the other kids lip-synced, while the Wrecking Crew provided musical backup. Theme song “C’mon Get Happy” became one of TV’s most enduring songs, and helped launch Cassidy’s musical career.
After the singles “I Think I Love You” and “Cherish” took off, Cassidy began working on solo albums as well. He regularly sold out stadiums, leading to commentators to coin the phrase “Cassidymania.” Several of his shows resulted in riots or mass hysteria, including one notable 1974 performance in Australia, which garnered calls for Cassidy to be deported from the country.
At a 1974 London concert, nearly 800 people were injured in a stampede at a Cassidy concert, and one teenage girl died a few days later. He stopped touring and acting soon after, concentrating on recording, and had a hit with “I Write the Songs” before Barry Manilow made it part of his act.
In musical theater, he performed in “Little Johnny Jones,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “Time” and “Blood Brothers” and created the Vegas shows “The Rat Pack is Back” and “At the Copa.”
Cassidy was Emmy nominated for a guest role on a “Police Story” episode “A Chance to Live.” NBC based the series “David Cassidy – Man Undercover” on the segment, but it lasted just one season. He also made guest appearances on shows including “Fantasy Island,” “The Love Boat” and “Tales of the Unexpected.”
In the decades that followed, Cassidy continued to perform in Las Vegas and tour. At later shows, Cassidy was known for participating in Q&A sessions at his concerts. He also played the manager of Aaron Carter’s character in the 2005 film “Popstar” and starred with half-brother Patrick in “Ruby and the Rockits,” created by his half-brother Shaun.But he struggled with achieving his peak fame early in life, dealing with alcoholism and being arrested several times for DUIs. He filed for bankruptcy in 2015.
He is survived by half-brothers Shaun Cassidy, actors Patrick and Ryan; daughter Katie Cassidy and son, actor Beau Cassidy.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Jasmal White is gone

The Train
A 19-year-old high school dropout, Jasmal  White, was run over, electrocuted and killed by a CTA Red Line train Saturday afternoon near Guaranteed Rate Field, authorities said.
Crews were called about 1:30 p.m. to the 35th Street Red Line station for reports of a person struck by a train, according to Chicago Fire Department Cmdr. Walter Schroeder.
Police said they believe Mr. White, while riding a bike on the platform, fell onto the tracks directly in front of a train as it was pulling into the station. He was pronounced dead at the scene and crews were still gathering body parts as of 7:00 P.M. Area Central detectives were conducting a death investigation.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Otto Warmbier, tortured to death by the North Koreans


Otto Warmbier
BornOtto Frederick Warmbier
December 12, 1994
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
DiedJune 19, 2017 (aged 22)
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
EducationWyoming High School (2013)
Alma materUniversity of Virginia
Known forArrest and detainment in North Korea, death after detainment in North Korea
Parents
  • Fred Warmbier (father)
  • Cindy Warmbier[1] (mother)
Otto Frederick Warmbier  December 12, 1994 – June 19, 2017) was an American college student who was imprisoned in North Korea from March 2016 to June 2017 after being convicted of "hostile acts" against the country. Warmbier, then 21 years old, confessed to stealing a political propaganda poster and was sentenced to 15 years' hard labor.[3] The United States made diplomatic efforts to seek Warmbier's release. A U.S. State Department spokesman said Warmbier's harsh sentence was a response to U.S. sanctions against North Korea for its nuclear activities. According to his father, Warmbier's confession was forced and he was abducted by the North Korean government for political purposes.[2]
Warmbier fell into a coma in North Korea and was released in June 2017, after nearly 18 months in North Korea. According to North Korean authorities, Warmbier's coma was a result of botulism and a sleeping pill, but U.S. physicians cast doubt on that claim. Warmbier arrived in Cincinnati on June 13 and was taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center for immediate evaluation and treatment. He was diagnosed with "severe neurological injury."[4] His father believes that he was "terrorized and brutalized".[5]
Warmbier died on June 19, 2017, six days after his return to the United States.[1]

Early life[edit]

Otto Warmbier was born on December 12, 1994, and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio,[6] and graduated from Wyoming High School in 2013. At the time of his trip to North Korea, he was a junior at the University of Virginia, where he was studying for a double major degree in commerce and economics and did an exchange at the London School of Economics.[7] Otto was a brother of the Theta Chi fraternity.[8][9][10] He was active in the Hillel Jewish campus organization, and participated in Birthright Israel.[11] He left behind his parents, Cindy and Fred, and two younger siblings.[12]

Trip to North Korea[edit]

The Yanggakdo International Hotel in Pyongyang, where the alleged theft took place
Fred Warmbier stated that his son Otto was traveling in China at the end of 2015 when he saw a company offering trips to North Korea. He decided to go because he was adventurous, according to his father, who accused the tour operator of specifically targeting young Westerners with slogans like, "This is the trip your parents don't want you to take!" Fred Warmbier said the China-based tour operator, Young Pioneer Tours, advertised the trip as safe for U.S. citizens.[2]
Warmbier traveled to North Korea for a five-day New Year's tour of the country organized by Young Pioneer Tours. Ten other U.S. citizens were in his tour group.[3][13][14][15][16] During his stay at the Yanggakdo International Hotel in Pyongyang, Warmbier allegedly stole a propaganda sign from a staff-only floor of the hotel.[17] The poster said, "Let's arm ourselves strongly with Kim Jong-il's patriotism!". Harming such items with the name or image of a North Korean leader is considered a serious crime by the government.[18]
According to Warmbier's parents, the story about the poster was fabricated by authorities in order to detain him, and he was abducted at the airport when he was trying to leave the country.[2] A video purporting to show the theft was released by state-run Korean Central News Agency on March 18, 2016. In the 18-second low-resolution video, an unrecognizable figure removes the sign from the wall and places it on the floor, leaning it against the wall. This action is shown twice, followed by a higher-resolution picture of the sign on the wall. The face of the person removing the poster is not seen during the video clip.[19][20]

Arrest and conviction[edit]

On January 2, 2016, Warmbier was arrested for theft just prior to departing North Korea from Pyongyang International Airport.[9] The other guests in his tour group all left the country without incident. His crime was described as "a hostile act against the state" by the North Korean news agency KCNA.[15]
In a news conference on February 29, 2016, Warmbier confessed to stealing a piece of North Korean propaganda to take back to the United States. He said he stole the banner for the mother of a friend who wanted it as a souvenir to be hung on the wall of a church in his hometown of Wyoming, Ohio. He was offered a used car worth $10,000 as payment or if he was detained and didn't return, $200,000 would be paid to his mother in the form of a charitable donation. Warmbier said he accepted the offer because his family was "suffering from very severe financial difficulties."[21] He also said he was encouraged in his act by his desire to join the Z Society, a "semi-secret ring society" and philanthropic organization at the University of Virginia.[17]
Warmbier's confession was as follows:
I never, never should have allowed myself to be lured by the United States administration to commit a crime in this country, I wish that the United States administration never manipulate people like myself in the future to commit crimes against foreign countries. I entirely beg you, the people and government of the DPRK, for your forgiveness. Please! I made the worst mistake of my life![22]
However, Warmbier's father later said the confession was coerced and that the story about the used car and church in Wyoming was nonsensical.[2]
On March 16, 2016, two hours after U.S. envoy Bill Richardson met with two North Korean diplomats from the United Nations office to press for Warmbier's release;[23]Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor.[3][24]
Human Rights Watch called the sentencing "outrageous and shocking",[25] while U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said that it was clear that North Korea used arrested American citizens for political purposes despite its claims to the contrary.[26] According to Warmbier's father, he and his wife were “urged to keep quiet” about their son's plight by the administration of Barack Obama.[27]
In May 2017, Warmbier's father said he and his wife wanted their son to be part of any negotiations between the United States and North Korea.[27]

Release[edit]

On June 12, 2017, Rex Tillerson, the United States Secretary of State, announced that North Korea had released Warmbier. Tillerson also announced that the U.S. State Department secured Warmbier's release at the direction of President Donald Trump. Tillerson said that the State Department continues discussing three other detained Americans with North Korea.[28] Warmbier's parents told The Washington Post that Warmbier was medically evacuated, saying they were told by North Korean officials that Warmbier contracted botulism sometime after his trial and fell into a coma after being given a sleeping pill. They learned he was in a coma only one week before his release.[4] Richardson was in contact with the family and said Warmbier urgently needs medical attention.[29]
After 17 months away, Warmbier was flown from New Chitose Airport to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport and then to Cincinnati Municipal Lunken Airportwhere he arrived shortly before 10:20 p.m local time on June 13, 2017, and was rushed to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where doctors tried to determine what caused his coma and if there were signs of recoverable brain function.[30][31] Prior to his arrival, a doctor with the Cincinnati Health Department discussed Warmbier's case and expressed skepticism over the claim that botulism or a sleeping pill caused the coma.[32] Otto's father Fred believes that North Korea intentionally "terrorized and brutalized" his son.[5]
His father reported that he had received a call from President Trump at his home asking about the welfare of his son and the family. He expressed that he had a kind and nice conversation. He also reported that Secretary Rex Tillerson and U.S. special representative Joseph Y. Yun had made the transition possible.[33][34]

Medical condition and death[edit]

On June 15, 2017, physicians at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center stated that Warmbier had suffered extensive brain damage, which is consistent with a cardiopulmonary event rather than a head injury, and there was no sign of physical abuse.[35][36] Warmbier's father held a press conference that day, but declined to answer a reporter's question as to whether or not the neurological injury was caused by an assault, saying he would let the doctors make that determination. He stated that they did not believe anything the North Koreans had told them.[2]
Neurologist Daniel Kanter, director of the neurocritical care program at University of Cincinnati Medical Center, said in a press conference on June 15 that the 22-year-old Warmbier was in "a state of unresponsive wakefulness"—a condition commonly known as persistent vegetative state. He was able to breathe on his own, and blink his eyes, but otherwise did not respond to his environment. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed he had suffered extensive loss of brain tissue throughout his brain.[37]
Kanter stated that Warmbier's brain injury was typical of a cardiac arrest that caused the brain to be denied oxygen. Doctors also said that they did not find any evidence of physical abuse or torture; scans of Warmbier's neck and head were normal outside of the brain injury.[37] Doctors said they did not know what caused the cardiac arrest, but that it could have been triggered by a respiratory arrest.[38]
Brandon Foreman, a neurointensive care specialist at the hospital, confirmed that there was no sign of a current or past case of botulism, which can cause paralysis but not a coma.[37][38]
Some medical records from North Korea were sent back with Warmbier, revealing he had been in this state since April 2016, one month after his conviction. Fred Warmbier expressed anger at the North Koreans for his son's condition, saying, "There is no excuse for any civilized nation to have kept his condition secret, and denied him top-notch medical care for so long."[37]
Warmbier died on June 19, 2017 at the hospital.[1] His family issued a statement expressing their sadness, thanking the hospital staff, and condemning North Korean officials for their actions.[39]