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A 28-year-old elementary teacher dies three days after coronavirus diagnosis in South Carolina – CNN

(CNN)An elementary school teacher died of coronavirus complications a week into the start of the school year in South Carolina.

Demetria Bannister was diagnosed with the virus Friday and died Monday. The 28-year-old had taught at the Windsor Elementary School in Columbia for five years, CNN affiliate WIS reported. She started her third year of teaching third-grade students virtually on August 31.
In addition to teaching, Bannister was passionate about music, and worked with the school choir in various projects. She also hosted a student club for aspiring singers.
“Known as Windsor’s Songbird, Ms. Bannister used her musical talents to bring a great deal of joy to our school,” said Denise Quickel, principal of Windsor Elementary.
At a school attendance event last year, she wrote a song about the importance of not missing classes to the tune of “Old Town Road,” the popular song by rapper Lil Nas X.
“The song and video were a big hit with our school family,” Quickel said. “Ms. Bannister loved her students and never missed an opportunity to advocate for students and public education.”

She was at the school on August 28

The school district was notified that she tested positive for coronavirus Friday. It followed the procedures for disinfecting, contact tracing and notification of close contacts.
The contact tracing and notification were based on the date she was last at the elementary school, which was August 28, the school district said. She started the school year three days later, teaching her students virtually from home.
“While gone from us too soon, Ms. Bannister’s legacy lives on through the lives of the students she taught in her five years as a dedicated educator,” said Baron R. Davis, superintendent for Richland School District Two.
School district officials said her parents allowed them to share the information to remind others of coronavirus risks. Employees and students at Windsor Elementary School are getting counseling services.
Since January, health authorities have identified more than 6.3 million Covid-19 cases and more than 191,000 deaths in the United States. South Carolina has had more than 126,000 infections and over 2,900 deaths.

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6-year-old boy among 5 shot in New York during J’Ouvert celebration – CBS News

Five people, including a 6-year-old boy, were shot in an area where people had gathered for an overnight celebration known as J’Ouvert in New York early Monday, police said. CBS New York reports the shooting happened at an intersection in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood as people were out in the area for the festivities.

But it’s unclear whether the shooting had any relationship to J’Ouvert, which is meant as a celebration of freedom from slavery.

The boy was shot in the leg, police said. A 47-year-old woman and three men, ranging in age from 34 to 45, also suffered gunshot wounds in their legs and feet. All five were taken to a hospital with injuries not considered to be life threatening.

One neighbor told CBS New York the 47-year-old victim stopped by with her son to check on her older daughter, who was attending the party.

“Only reason she was over here was because her daughter wasn’t answering the phone. After she spoke to her daughter, they were walking right here, and that’s when three shots went off,” the woman said. “I saw the little boy on the floor full of blood, and I ran.”

Two men were arrested and two guns were recovered, New York City Police Chief Terence Monahan tweeted. He also called the shooting “senseless” and asked anyone with information to contact police.

J’Ouvert and the West Indian American Day Parade later Monday were scheduled to be virtual this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, but it appeared some people still gathered in person.

CBS New York reports the NYPD set up light towers and increased its presence – both in uniform and undercover – to make sure large crowds don’t congregate.

Over the weekend, preliminary numbers show there were 14 shootings with 14 victims, including three fatalities.

The city saw a 166% increase in shooting incidents in August – 242 compared to 91 in August 2019.  In addition, murders were up 47% for the month, with 53 this year versus 36 in August 2019.   

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The 26-year-old man killed in Kenosha shooting tried to protect those around him, his girlfriend says – CNN

(CNN)Anthony Huber was armed with nothing but his skateboard when he spotted an armed person among a crowded street in Kenosha, Wisconsin, but he still ran toward the danger, his girlfriend says.

“He pushed me out of the way, like he was telling me to run off, and I tried to grab him,” Hannah Gittings told CNN. “I should have been there, but there was going to be no changing his mind.”
Huber and his girlfriend were in Kenosha late Tuesday night amid widespread protests following the police shooting of Jacob Blake. Tuesday marked the third night of demonstrations in the city. Just before midnight, officers responded to shots fired. Kenosha police later announced two people had been fatally shot and a third injured. Among the victims was 26-year-old Huber.
Police have named 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse as a suspect in the shooting and he now faces homicide charges as well as a felony charge for attempted homicide. A criminal complaint identified the other victim as Joseph D. Rosenbaum and a third person, Gaige P. Grosskreutz, who was shot in the arm.
Gittings says Huber launched at the armed individual to protect her and the people nearby.
“He did a … heroic thing.”
According to a criminal complaint, Huber reached for the suspect’s gun with his hand while holding the skateboard in the other. As Huber tried to grab the gun, the suspect pointed it at his body and fired one round, the complaint says. Huber was seen staggering away and then fell to the ground. He died from his gunshot wound, according to the complaint.
Gittings says Huber was “completely indescribable” and stood by his beliefs and convictions.
“He did not deserve to die,” Gittings said. “This kid just snatched any chance for him to have been able to live the life that he deserved to live.”

‘I just killed somebody’

Huber was killed as the suspect fled the scene of Rosenbaum’s shooting, according to the complaint.
The suspect had clashed with a crowd that was gathered near a car dealership and Rosenbaum, who was unarmed, threw an object that appeared to be a plastic bag at him and missed, according to the complaint.
Rosenbaum and the suspect moved across the parking lot and appeared to be in close proximity when loud bangs suddenly rang out and Rosenbaum fell to the ground, according to the complaint.
A reporter following close behind approached Rosenbaum, who was on the ground, and attempted to render aid.
As Rosenbaum lay on the ground, the suspect made a call on his cellphone and said, “I just killed somebody” as he ran away, the complaint alleged.

A man shot in the arm

The suspect also shot and injured Grosskreutz, who approached him shortly after Huber was shot, according to the complaint.
When the suspect shot Huber, Grosskreutz froze, ducked to the ground and took a step back, according to the complaint. He puts his hands in the air and then began to move toward the suspect, the complaint says. The suspect fired one shot, hitting Grosskreutz in the arm, according to the complaint.
Grosskreutz ran away from the scene, screaming for a medic, according to the complaint.

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‘I have no idea why’: 5-year-old boy fatally shot in North Carolina ‘loved everybody,’ family says – USA TODAY

Published 9:46 p.m. ET Aug. 14, 2020 | Updated 12:00 a.m. ET Aug. 15, 2020


The world now knows Cannon Hinnant as the North Carolina 5-year-old who was fatally shot while riding his bike less than a week ago. But to family, he was so much more: A child who will be remembered for his humor, energy and love. 

“He was very full of life,” Gwen Hinnant told USA TODAY on Friday. A grandmother like her needed to be prepared for one of his regular visits — and be ready to play.

It wasn’t just bikes that he loved riding: Lawn mowers, 4-wheelers . . . Anything with wheels. 

But his humor is what she remembers most. She laughed, retelling her favorite story.

Cannon, age 4 at the time, was visiting with his two older sisters when she knelt down on the floor to ask the boy a question: Will you take care of me when I’m old?

“You’re already old, grandma,” he replied.

It wasn’t said in a mean spirit. “Cannon loved everybody,” Hinnant said.

He also loved water gun battles — and money, she said with a chuckle. He was often asking his dad, Austin Hinnant, for $2.

Most of the time Cannon lived with mother, Bonny Waddell, and step-father, Lee Parker. But last weekend, he was visiting his dad, who is Gwen Hinnant’s step son. 

Police haven’t said much about the details of Cannon’s death, other than a man has been charged with his murder.

But a grieving Austin Hinnant gave his account to local media. 

Cannon was riding his bike when the shooting happened Sunday, hours after going to church with the family, WRAL-TV reported.

Austin Hinnant was inside when he heard the gunshot. He went outside and ran to his dying son. There, he also saw a neighbor, Darius Sessoms, pacing with a gun.

“I have no idea why he would kill my son in front of his two sisters,” Hinnant told the station.

Hinnant said he was filled with rage but couldn’t leave his son’s side. 

“I just scooped him up in my arms and held him — and held him, and I screamed: ‘Somebody help me. Please help me save my son. God, save my son, please.’ “

Sessoms, 25, faces a first-degree murder charge.

Cannon’s story has now touched a nation, with thousands of people donating to a GoFundMe set up by Gwen Hinnant. It’s raised nearly half-a-million dollars as of Friday night.

That money will help expenses following his death — things like therapy for his sisters. And she hopes there will be enough money to fund a project to help memorialize Cannon’s story.

Maybe a bike park for kids, Hinnant said. That’s something “Cannon would have loved and other children will enjoy.”

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17-year-old killed, 20 injured in Washington D.C. shooting – CBS News

A 17-year-old was killed and 20 others were injured in an overnight shooting Saturday in Washington D.C. Among the victims was an off-duty 1st District Police officer, who Metro police chief Peter Newsham said was shot and “seriously injured.”

Newsham said that judging from gunshots being fired in multiple locations simultaneously, it appeared there were at least three shooters.

Family identified the victim to CBS Washington D.C. affiliate WUSA-TV as Christopher Brown. His grandmother told WUSA-TV that he was a great person and would affectionately call him her “Poppy.”

“You need to stop because you took away something that belonged to me, somebody hat I loved so much and somebody dear to me,” grandmother Patrice Brown told WUSA-TV in a phone call hours after the shooting.

“I know this is not the only child or will be the last child,” she continued. “But they need to stop this. I want everybody to be safe and happy. But this is not the way to be safe. And this is not the way to be happy.”

His mother, Artecka Brown, told WUSA-TV that Brown was a father to a 1-year-old boy and had another baby on the way. “He was an innocent king … he just wanted to go attend a neighborhood party,” she said.

Newsham said the shooting occurred at a large social gathering with several hundred people in attendance. Newsham said police had been at the scene earlier.

“Preliminarily there were police officers on the scene. I want to confirm that, I want to talk to the management team over here and see if we were doing everything we possibly could,” Newsham said. “Because we can’t tolerate these types of gatherings in our city during COVID-19, it’s just too dangerous.”

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90-year-old says final goodbyes to wife as COVID-19 deaths increase in 26 states | WNT – ABC News

90-year-old says final goodbyes to wife as COVID-19 deaths increase in 26 states | WNT – YouTube

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7-Year-Old Girl Shot, Killed In South Austin Neighborhood On July 4th Evening – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — A 7-year-old girl is dead after being shot this 4th of July in the South Austin neighborhood.

The shooting happened in the 100 block of North Waller Avenue. Chicago Police Chief of Detectives Fred Waller said the girl was visiting her grandmother for a family July 4th party.

The girl was playing in her yard at the gathering, in which numerous other children were also playing and riding bicycles, Waller said.

Police said at 7:02 p.m., the girl was on the sidewalk when a light-colored vehicle pulled up and an unknown number of people exited. Those people then took out guns and fired shots in the girl’s direction, police said.

The girl was shot in the forehead, police said. She was transported to Stroger Hospital of Cook County in critical condition. Waller said the girl was pronounced dead at the hospital.

A 32-year-old man was also wounded in the shooting, police said. He transported himself to Mount Sinai Hospital in fair condition with a gunshot wound to the ankle and a graze wound to the leg.

Police are looking into whether that man was the target.

“When families should be celebrating, having a good time, spending time together, a 7-year-old girl was taken from us,” Waller said. “A 7-year-old girl who was here visiting her grandmother, visiting her family, and now she’s gone.”

Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Saturday night issued a Twitter thread decrying the shooting.

Tonight, a 7-year-old girl in Austin joined a list of teenagers and children whose hopes and dreams were ended by the barrel of a gun.

— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) July 5, 2020

As families gather to commemorate the founding of our nation, we must ask ourselves: is this who we are as a city or as a country? We cannot grow numb to this. We are making progress in slowing shootings, but we have to do better, every single one of us.

— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) July 5, 2020

We must stop the violence before it starts by investing in our children, our neighborhoods and our schools.

— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) July 5, 2020

We must continue to invest in our street outreach work, in police-community relationships, and in healing those who have been harmed by violence so that we can stop the cycle of retaliation.

— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) July 5, 2020

As a city, we must wrap our arms around our youth so they understand there’s a future for them that isn’t wrapped up in gun violence.

— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) July 5, 2020

This has happened for far too long in our communities. I call on anyone with information on these incidents to come forward or submit a tip anonymously at Those committing these senseless acts of violence will be held accountable.

— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) July 5, 2020

“Tonight, a 7-year-old girl in Austin joined a list of teenagers and children whose hopes and dreams were ended by the barrel of a gun. As families gather to commemorate the founding of our nation, we must ask ourselves: is this who we are as a city or as a country? We cannot grow numb to this. We are making progress in slowing shootings, but we have to do better, every single one of us.

“We must stop the violence before it starts by investing in our children, our neighborhoods and our schools. We must continue to invest in our street outreach work, in police-community relationships, and in healing those who have been harmed by violence so that we can stop the cycle of retaliation. As a city, we must wrap our arms around our youth so they understand there’s a future for them that isn’t wrapped up in gun violence. This has happened for far too long in our communities. I call on anyone with information on these incidents to come forward or submit a tip anonymously at Those committing these senseless acts of violence will be held accountable.”

Area Four Detectives were investigating Saturday evening.

The girl’s death came on the heels of an aggressive crime-reduction approach by the Chicago Police Department.

Officers attended anti-violence rallies in city neighborhoods, and an additional 1,200 officers were put on the streets.

Chicago Police Supt. David Brown has also talked about 17 gun confiscations this weekend in the Englewood (7th) District.

But this July 4 weekend so far has seen more than a dozen people shot in Chicago. Three others have also died.

Meanwhile, at least eight other children age 10 or under in Chicago have been shot since mid-June. Three others have died.

This past Tuesday evening, a 3-year-old girl was shot in the chest in the 7000 block of South Damen Avenue in West Englewood. The child was taken to the University of Chicago’s Comer Children’s Hospital in critical condition, but had been stabilized by late Tuesday. She was wounded in her upper torso.

One-year-old Sincere Gaston was shot in the chest while he was in the back seat of his mother’s car in the 6000 block of South Halsted Street in Englewood on the afternoon of Saturday, June 27.

Hours later, 10-year-old Lena Nunez was killed by a stray bullet that went through her grandmother’s apartment window in the 3500 block of West Dickens Avenue in Logan Square.

The same day, police responded to another shooting more than an hour later in the West Englewood neighborhood where an 8-year-old girl was grazed in the head. Police say she was sitting on the couch at home near 66th and Wood streets when a stray bullet went through the window. She was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital in fair condition.

On Monday, June 22, a 3-year-old girl was grazed by a bullet in Chicago Lawn. The girl and a 33-year-old woman were outside a home at 6521 S. Claremont Ave. when someone in a tan vehicle fired shots from inside, police said. The girl was grazed by a bullet and taken to Comer Children’s Hospital in good condition. The woman was not shot.

On Saturday, June 20, 3-year-old Mekhi James was shot and killed while riding in an SUV with his stepfather on the 600 block of North Central Avenue. The 27-year-old stepfather, who police believed to be the target of the shooting, suffered a graze wound to the abdomen and drove to West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park. Mekhi was pronounced dead at the same hospital.

On June 18, a 5-year-old boy was shot in the buttocks in the 700 block of West 50th Place in Back of the Yards and was taken to a local hospital. A 19-year-old man was also wounded in that shooting.

On June 17, a 9-year-old girl was among four people shot in the 1300 block of West 76th Street in Auburn Gresham. The girl was shot in the right leg and was reported in good condition at the University of Chicago’s Comer Children’s Hospital. Men ages 31, 25 and 19 were also wounded in that incident.

Police said they were looking at “very good” surveillance video to try to track down the vehicle involved in the girl’s shooting Saturday evening.

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An 8-Year-Old Boy Was Killed In A Mall Shooting In Alabama – BuzzFeed News

An 8-year-old boy was shot and killed when someone opened fire at a mall in Hoover, Alabama, on Friday.

The Hoover Police Department said they were called to the scene at the food court of Riverchase Galleria mall around 3:18 p.m. with multiple victims.

“I’m extremely saddened to report that an 8-year-old male victim was pronounced deceased shortly after arriving at Children’s Hospital,” Hoover Police Chief Nicholas Derzis said at a news conference.

Derzis did not release the name of the child, but reported his name was Royta.

The boy’s mother told the she, her three children, and their stepfather were waiting in line at Children’s Place when someone opened fire.

“We heard the gunshots and I grabbed them and we hit the ground,‘’ she told “When we all got up, he was the only one who didn’t get up.”

Derzis said three other victims were taken to hospital — an adult male, an adult female, and a juvenile female — but their conditions weren’t immediately known. As of now, there were no immediate reports of suspects or arrests, but Derzis said the department is “making progress.”

Hoover Mayor Frank V. Brocato said he visited with the parents of the deceased boy.

“Of course they are devastated by this, and I want to ask all of the citizens of Hoover and the metropolitan area to pray for this family. Keep them in your prayers,” he said.

Local station WVTM reported the mall remains closed as police investigate.

“We are heartbroken by the tragic, senseless incident that took place in our shopping center this afternoon,” the mall said in a statement. “Riverchase Galleria was evacuated immediately and will remain closed while the Hoover Police Department conducts their investigation.”

The incident in Hoover is one of at least three shootings at malls across the country on Friday. A 15-year-old girl was injured at a shooting at South Shore Plaza in Braintree, Massachusetts, and police are investigating reports of shots fired at Beachwood Place in Beachwood, Ohio.

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An 11-year-old boy is Florida’s youngest person to die from Covid-19 complications – CNN

(CNN)An 11-year-old boy from Miami-Dade County has died from Covid-19 complications, according to the Florida Department of Health, making him the youngest person in the state of Florida to die from the disease.

The boy had severe underlying health conditions, the health department told CNN. The latest health records show the 11-year-old’s case was not travel-related, but it’s unclear if he recently had close contact with anyone who had Covid-19.
The boy is the third minor in Florida to die of complications stemming from the novel coronavirus, according to health records. The others were a 16-year-old girl in Lee County and a 17-year-old boy in Pasco County.
News of the boy’s death comes amid a surge of Covid-19 cases in the Sunshine State, which on Thursday reported 10,109 new cases — another record for new coronavirus cases. A CNN analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University shows the state is now averaging more new reported Covid-19 cases per day than any other state.
As of last Friday, 7,000 minors in Florida had tested positive for Covid-19. There are more than 169,000 cases statewide and more than 3,600 people have died.
According to the latest state data, patients between the ages of 25 and 34 make up 20% of the state’s Covid-19 cases. Those between the ages of 15 and 24 make up another 16%. Patients between the ages of 5 and 14 make up just 3%.
Still, DeSantis — who previously pointed to the lack of deaths among minors to justify reopening schools in the fall — has said the state will not re-impose lockdown measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

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An 8-year-old boy organized a Black Lives Matter march for kids. Hundreds showed up. – CNN

(CNN)The cries for racial equality have been heard across the world as thousands of protesters rallied after the death of George Floyd. But at one protest in Missouri, the calls for change were coming from a much younger demographic.

“We are the children, the mighty mighty children. Here to tell you, Black lives matter!” hundreds of children chanted as they marched down neighborhood sidewalks in Kirkwood with their parents on Saturday.
Their voices might not have been as deep or statures as tall as other protesters, but their passion and energy were just as strong, thanks to the leadership of 8-year-old Nolan Davis, who organized the march.
“I’m worried about Black people, like me, getting hurt. Some skin is like chocolate. Some is like vanilla. Some is mixed together like mine. But we’re all people,” Nolan Davis said through a megaphone at the start of Saturday’s event.
“Even though I’m a kid, it’s important to speak my voice so people can hear me and know they can share their voice too, just like me.”
Nolan Davis got the idea to start his own protest after he and his mother went to a couple of other ones in the area.
“Right after that, he asked me if he could have his own march so that he could let other people’s voices be heard,” his mother, Kristin Davis, told CNN.
So the two created a flyer for their “Children’s Black Lives Matter March” and shared it to Facebook, asking families to meet at Kirkwood Park.
“We thought that maybe 50 people would be there,” Nolan Davis said. “But there were like 700 people.”
Children of different races covered the sidewalks in chalk with phrases such as “Stop Racism” and “Be Kind to Everyone.” They marched with posters in their hands that read among other things “Black Children’s Futures Matter.”
Nolan Davis led the way with his poster that read, “Kids can make a change.”

He’s just 8 years old, but he’s already had the “talk”

Despite being a child in elementary school, Nolan Davis has already been taught the ways he needs to act differently in society compared to his White friends, such as playing with water guns only in the backyard “because you don’t want it to get mistaken for something else” or keeping the hood of his hoodie down, according to Kristin Davis.
As his White, adoptive mother, Kristin Davis acknowledged that she would never understand the fear that her Black son and daughter, five-year-old Caroline, would feel as they grow up. But she said she knew these talks were necessary to keep them safe.
“We’re preparing them for when they’re older and taller and bigger. When they’re not going to be perceived as cute little kids anymore,” she said.
Nolan Davis said those rules make him feel angry.
“I hate it,” he said. “I don’t like how Black people have to feel scared when they’re just walking down the street or going for a run.”
That’s why he organized Saturday’s protest, he said. He hopes it inspires more kids to do the same.

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