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A Chilling Surveillance Video Has Been Released That Shows The Moment David Ortiz Was Ambushed And Shot

Horrible news came out of the Dominican Republic on Sunday night that legendary Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz was shot at a club. Reports say Ortiz was shot in the “lower back/abdominal region” at a bar in Santo Domingo and underwent surgery at a local hospital. According to his family, Ortiz is doing “fine,” and is stable but still in intensive care.

Many are wondering how could this happen to a beloved star in his home country.

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Ortiz suffered organ damage after a man, who got off a motorcycle, shot him in the back from point-blank range. According to ESPN, a team of doctors that conducted the surgery had to “remove part of Ortiz’s intestines and colon, as well as his gallbladder.”

The 43-year-old is expected to make a complete recovery after a six-hour surgery. Ortiz reportedly asked the doctor who was operating on him to not let him die because he is a “good man.”

“Doctors say that David is out of danger, thank God,” Leo Ortiz,
Ortiz’s media assistant told ESPN. “What they have told me post-op is that the doctors believe he will recover quickly. Big Papi will be around for a long time.”

The Boston Red Sox said in a statement that they “offered David’s family all available resources to aid his recovery.” Ortiz is expected to receive further treatment at Massachusetts General Hospital.

At this time, authorities have identified 25-year-old Eddy Feliz Garcia as one of two suspects.

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Authorities have identified Eddy Feliz Garcia as one of two suspects in the shooting. According to ESPN, Garcia was initially identified by police as the shooter but later said there were two suspects, the suspected shooter, and Garcia, who was identified as the driver of the motorcycle.

Garcia was captured and beaten by a crowd at the bar shortly after. Videos on social media show the 25-year-old being kicked and punched in the head by a group of people. He suffered a head contusion and trauma to his thorax and his legs. Police have yet to find a motive for the shooting as it was originally reported that Ortiz was robbed.

Video of the shooting shows the gunman approaching Ortiz and firing at him point blank range.

Surveillance video shows a crowded bar with people running away after shots were fired. It shows Ortiz, sitting at the bar, appearing to grab his side where the bullet went through him.

Jhoel López, a TV host in the Dominican Republic, who was talking to Ortiz at the bar when the attack took place, was also hurt. He suffered non-life threatening injuries but police say Lopez may have been struck in the leg by the same bullet that hit Ortiz.

There was immediate reaction and support from former players when news broke about Ortiz.

Pedro Martinez, one of Ortiz’s closest former teammates, took to Twitter to express his thoughts on the shooting. Both were teammates in 2004 when the Red Sox won their first title in 86 years.

“I’m at peace knowing you out of danger; you a strong man Compai, can’t wait to hear your voice. My thoughts and prayers are with you, see you soon.” Martinez wrote on Twitter.

Alex Rodriguez also wished for the best on behalf of Ortiz on Twitter. “Anxiously waiting for more news. In the meantime, only prayers for @davidortiz, Tiffany and their family.”

The news of the shooting even got the attention of former U.S. President Barack Obama who wished for “a speedy recovery” from Ortiz.

Sunday’s incident showed just how beloved and respected Ortiz is beyond just the world of sports.

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Ortiz, a three-time World Series champion, is one of the most well-known and beloved baseball players of all time. Lovingly known to many as “Big Papi,” Ortiz retired from baseball in 2016.

His work never stopped there. He has started multiple youth baseball academies and has donated to creating baseball fields in the Dominican Republic. Ortiz is credited with starting many fundraising efforts in his home country and back in Boston.

He is a national hero in the Dominican Republic for this contributions there and has had a profound effect on the growth of baseball there. Ortiz is expected to be a first-ballot baseball Hall Of Famer when he is eligible in 2021.

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The Dominican Republic Finally Outlaws Child Marriage After Years of Campaigning by Girls’ Rights Activists

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The Dominican Republic Finally Outlaws Child Marriage After Years of Campaigning by Girls’ Rights Activists

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Outside of the U.S., some good news has occurred amidst a week that has otherwise been full of mayhem and chaos.

On Wednesday, the Dominican Republic’s Executive Branch approved a law that unilaterally bans child marriage in its country.

In the past, children younger than 18 were allowed to marry with a special exemption from a judge. These exemptions happened often. Now, no woman or man under the age of 18 are allowed to marry under any circumstances in the Dominican Republic.

This move is significant because the Dominican Republic has the highest rates of child marriage in Latin America and the Caribbean. Official government figures show that 36% of Dominican girls and adolescents marry or enter into “unions” before the age of 18. In 12% of these relationships, the female partner was less than 15 years old.

More informal “unions” where a girl simply moves into an older man’s household are also common in the DR. These are very common in higher poverty communities where many girls are considered a financial burden on their families. Unions like these will be harder to penalize because there is no formal documentation of their partnership.

There are multiple factors that play into the Dominican Republic’s high child marriage rate.

One of the main factors is the culture of machismo that informs the way that young men and women approach relationships.

According to research conducted by Plan International, 81% of Dominican girls said they preferred men that were five years older than them. This statistic is in stark contrest to 39% of Dominican men who prefer their partners 18 or younger because they found them more “obedient” and “adaptable”.

Not only that, but there is also a strong cultural expectation for girls and women to become mothers and wives. These cultural beliefs have simply stoked the practice of child marriage.

“Child marriage and early unions are seen as normal in society. It is driven by machismo that sees the role of a woman to be just a mother and wife,” said Rosa Elcarte, UNICEF’s representative in the Dominican Republic, to the Thomson Reuters Foundation. “Ending early unions will require years of work to change cultural norms.”

Feminists and human rights activists consider this law a win after many years campaigning to put an end to this practice.

But on a bittersweet note, many advocates realize that one law doesn’t dismantle the patriarchal structure of their culture that enabled this practice for so long. There is still a lot of work to be done.

“Our girls and adolescents will be protected … and cannot be forced into marriage in their childhood or adolescence, which in the past was often carried out by parents and legally allowed,” said Sonia Hernandez, an associate director of the International Justice Mission, in a statement to NBC News.

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‘Size Fits All Tags’ And ‘Great Clickbait’— People Name The Worst Things That Are Legal

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‘Size Fits All Tags’ And ‘Great Clickbait’— People Name The Worst Things That Are Legal

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The world is plagued with some crazy and unfair laws, no doubt about it. But what about the things that exist and legal? Why are, for instance, spam callers allowed to trick you by calling from similar numbers to yours? Or, why is it impossible to criminally convict your roommate from keeping you up all night or dipping into your ice-cream and lie about it?

Users on Reddit are asking similar questions and the answers are pretty hilarious but also intriguing.

“I’m just gonna have to say little girl’s beauty pageants. It just doesnt sit right with me. And not only because of the fact it’s creepy, but I feel like it’s stressful on the kid and on their body image.” –kitty-cult

“College book prices and practices. Change a few words in a math book, that’ll be another $100 please. Oh you realized that you can use the book from 10 years ago and succeed? Actually we require you get the new book. Oh you realized you can get the book cheaper from a friend? Actually we’re doing online books now and you need the personalized code. We change it every year even though there have been no breakthroughs in this subject! Knowing the college struggle i have no fucking clue how this is allowed to exist. It should literally be illegal.” –WitlessMean

“Puppy mills.” –thechronicwinter

“Sending letters to home owners labeled ‘IMPORTANT MORTGAGE / FINANCIAL INFO’ or ‘LAST WARNING / NOTICE’ and having the inside look exactly like a bill, letterhead and little box in the corner with figures inside… all to then say ‘refinance with us’ or ‘don’t miss this opportunity for etc etc’ Makes me heart skip every time thinking I’ve forgotten some critical bill until I open it.”- IDUU

“The fact car radio commercials are allowed to have police sirens or car crashes in them as a way to Get your attention.”- jagfanjosh3252

“The size of the ‘x’ button on pop-up ads.” –_Denes_

“Socks: ‘Fits size 6-12.'” –klitorisaurus

“Spice/K2/Synthetic Weed. This may have changed in the last few years but I found it embarrassing that our country locks up thousands for actual marijuana but allowed that shit to be sold at every gas station and liquor store knowing damn good and well that it was hurting and killing people.”-m0ndayisb0ng0day

“You can look up where any one lives because it’s public record. But can we please not have entire websites with data bases full of every person in the country?? I mean think about people who get denied restraining orders and try to move away from their abuser. Six months later and their abuser can just look up their name and find them all over again. This could be detrimental for spouse abuse victims, stalking victims, etc. something should be done about them. It’s terrifying.” –21DrunkPilots

“Lying through your teeth on “news” shows because you claim you’re actually “entertainment”. Even while it has “news” in the title of the station. Being able to lie through your teeth on an opinion show just bc it’s an opinion show. Opinions should be opinions about facts. Opinion should not be an excuse for slander or making knowingly false statements in the media.” –jseego

“No-knock warrants. We’ve seen time and time again where Law Enforcement has the wrong address and some innocent person ends up dead because of a logistical mistake.” –Mr-and-Mrs

“Impossibly hard to cancel subscriptions.” –ungFu-omega-warrior

“Putting unrelated crap into bills to sneak it into law. I know they’re supposed to follow some kind rules related to germaneness, but they clearly don’t, and clearly need actual laws with actual punishments for pulling this crap.” –Gr1pp717

“Multi level Marketing.” –whyykai

“Civil Asset Seizure by Police – No Crimes Needed!”- vegetarianrobots

“The troubled teen industry. Parents pay a company to kidnap kids while they’re sleeping and send them off to ‘therapeutic’ boarding schools where they are abused in every conceivable way.”- MyDongIsAWiFiHotspot

“Sweatshop labor outsourced by tech and Fortune 500 companies. It’s essentially contemporary slavery we collectively allow.”- crumpledForeskin

“Being penalized for calling out sick from work. Edit. Even while the whole world is trying to survive this pandemic, we’re still dealing with this major issue by employers. I work in health care, and I feel like I get shamed by my managers and coworkers when you call out. Especially when you work night shift.” –pongomer

“I (f) bought a car recently. During the process of negotiation I decided I wanted to do more research and the salesman refused to give me the keys to MY car so I could leave. Literally saw me looking for my keys and withheld them while repeatedly saying, ‘But what could I do to get you into this car today?’ I finally demanded my keys but bought the car anyway (they met my asking price and got me the financing I wanted) but I’m SO mad at myself for not making a scene. For allowing that man to hold me hostage and not being outraged. I don’t understand why I didn’t humiliate him and instead meekly just sat and took it. I called the manager the next day. But still. So disappointed in myself…” – UncomonShaman

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