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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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Street Vendor By The Name Of Lorenzo Pérez Murdered Execution Style — “The person who killed my dad took away a part of me”

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Street Vendor By The Name Of Lorenzo Pérez Murdered Execution Style — “The person who killed my dad took away a part of me”

Like many street vendors, 45-year-old Lorenzo Pérez sold food to support his family.

Married and the father of four children ages 15, 13, 9, and 1, Perez is described by friends and family as being well known amongst neighborhood residents. He was often seen working alongside his daughter who helped him on occasion. Now, the community and family who knew Perez well are in mourning, after he was shot in broad daylight while doing his job.

Perez died after he being shot in the head in southeast Fresno on Sunday afternoon.

Fresno Police were called to the scene of a possible robbery at Alta and Pierce Avenues, near Kings Canyon and Willow around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. On the way to the scene, the police officers learned that a street vendor had been shot once in the head.

According to reports, Perez was rushed to Community Regional Medical Center where he ultimately died.

Witnesses of the murder told officers that a man had beckoned Perez to come over to him in a way that suggested he was going to purchase something from him.

According to police reports, when Perez walked up to the suspect, the man pulled out a gun and shot the vendor. He then stole a few items, which have not been identified, and flew the scene. Witnesses told police officers that they’d seen the man loitering around the area before the shooting.

A local news station reported that “Officers are now looking into surveillance footage from the area to try and identify the shooter… Through a statement, Fresno City Council President Luis Chavez announced that he will be offering a $5000 reward for information leading to the shooter’s arrest.”

“The coward that murdered our food vendor, turn yourself in and face the consequences. You’ve brought tremendous pain to a family and our city,” Chavez exclaimed in the statement.

To help the Perez family, Councilmember Esmeralda Soria set up a GoFundMe account which has already raised $141,780 out of its $125,000 goal.

Perez’s son, Isai, described his father in a recent interview as a “great man.”

“My father was a great man. He was a great father, a great husband, a great friend,” he said in an interview. “He spread love and kindness. He was about fairness, he wanted to share his happiness. He meant no harm. He didn’t deserve to go like this. The person who killed my dad took away a part of me. My dad went through everything for us. He took away my father. He took away the opportunity of me being with him in his last moments and it’s heartbreaking. I hope they find the murderer soon.”

If you have any information on the shooting please call Valley Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-STOP.

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These Long-Time Best Friends Just Found Out They’re Biological Sisters

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These Long-Time Best Friends Just Found Out They’re Biological Sisters

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We’ve all had those friends that are so close to us that they feel like they’re family. Well, in the case of these of two Connecticut women who had the same feeling, that ended up being the case.

Best friends Julia Tinetti and Cassandra Madison learned that they were biological sisters, adopted from the Dominican Republic.

The story is stranger than fiction. Julia and Madison met in 2013, when they both worked at a bar called The Russian Lady in New Haven, Connecticut. The women immediately bonded when they discovered that they both had tattoos of the Dominican Republic’s flag.

Cassandra rehashed the meeting via a Facebook post: “Julia notices the Dominican flag on my arm and makes a comment about how she’s Dominican too BUT she’s adopted from there. I stop her in her tracks and tell her I’m adopted from there too.”

“After that moment, we were so tight,” Julia told Good Morning America. “We started hanging out. We would go out for drinks, for dinner. We started dressing alike.”

Apparently, Cassandra felt the same way. “I thought she was cool,” Cassandra said to GMA. “We just kind of hit it off right away. It was very natural.”

According to them, coworkers were always telling them that they looked like sisters. But when the two of them cross-referenced their birth certificate, their information didn’t add up.

“Papers said we were from two different cities [with] different last names,” Julia explained. “And, our mothers’ names on our paperwork were different.” But the two women believed they were somehow connected–they just didn’t know how.

The mystery finally began to unravel after Cassandra took a 23andMe DNA test.

Through 23andMe’s genetic database, Cassandra tracked down her biological family in the Dominican Republic through a first cousin. She then traveled to the DR where she met her bio-family for the first time–an incredibly emotionally experience. While Cassandra’s bio-father was still alive, her bio-mother had passed away in 2015 from a heart attack.

Years later, Cassandra finally pressed her bio-father on whether or not he had put up another child for adoption. While at first he was hesitant to talk about the painful memory, he finally admitted that he had, indeed, put another child up for adoption years ago.

It was then that Cassandra finally urged Julia to take a DNA test so they could finally put their questions to rest.

The results came back on January 28th, 2021 and finally confirmed what they had long suspected: they were biological sisters.

The entire ordeal has been both thrilling, joyful, and emotionally taxing for the women. At times, it has even been bittersweet, considering the trauma their biological family endured in the past.

“On top of the DR being a very poor country, [our family] couldn’t take care of us,” Julia explained. “I was [born] 17 months later and they weren’t ready.”

All in all, Julia summed up how she feels about the situation in a very direct way: “This is the type of thing you see on TV.”

We couldn’t agree more!

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