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10-Year-Old Colorado Girl Dies In Freak Sledding Accident

Credit: Yolanda Andrade via GoFundMe

Last Friday, a Colorado family experienced an unbearable tragedy. 10-year-old Ayleen Herrera passed away after a freak sledding accident took her life.

According to Colorado State Police, Herrera’s father was pulling Ayleen and three other children on sleds from his Ford F-250 truck.

The report described the road they were sledding on as a “snow-packed, icy roadway”. After one of the other children fell off their sled, Herrera’s father stopped the vehicle. It was then that Ayleen “lost control” of her sled and slid “into the rear of the Ford, struck the undercarriage, and slid underneath the Ford.” She died shortly after. According to the state police, drugs and alcohol were not involved in the accident and no charges have been filed.

Needless to say, the family is distraught. It’s horrifying that something as fun and innocent as a sledding outing over Thanksgiving weekend could turn into such a life-altering tragedy.

The little girl’s grandmother set up a GoFundMe page to help with funeral costs and medical bills.

Credit: Yolanda Andrade via GoFundMe

“It is with deep sorrow that we share the sad news that our beloved Ayleen has been called by the Lord. My daughter Claudia and my son-in-law Jose have lost one of their daughters in a tragic accident on November 27, 2020,” wrote Yolanda Andrade. “Their hearts are broken as they have lost a little angel at such a young age.”

Andrade went on to describe how difficult it will be for the family to face the holidays without their 10-year-old daughter. “I’m reaching out to our family, friends, and our community to raise funds to help this family with the cost of the funeral and medical bills as they sadly navigate into the holiday season without one of their little angels by their side.”

Unfortunately, sledding accidents like this are all too common.

As we go into the winter months, it’s paramount that we all remember that winter sports and activities, although fun, should be approached with safety first in mind. Snow, ice, and bitter cold are volatile conditions that can be dangerous for young children.

According to the Mayo Clinic, 25,000 children under age 15 are seen in the emergency department for sledding injuries each year. Some of the injuries are severe. According to one University of Michigan study that observed 52 children at a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center over eight years, 37% of these children’s sledding injuries were head injuries.

The best way to prevent sledding injuries is to control the environment you’re sledding in and wear protective gear.

According to Mayo Clinic’s injury prevention coordinator Kimberley J. Lombard, you should also buy sleds with steering and brake devices. Scouting for sledding locations that are free of rocks, trees, and ditches can also guard against injuries. Stay safe out there!

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Missouri Woman Seen Holding Pelosi Sign Faces First Judge In Series Of Court Dates For Federal Charges

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Missouri Woman Seen Holding Pelosi Sign Faces First Judge In Series Of Court Dates For Federal Charges

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Update January 21, 2021

A Missouri woman named Emily Hernandez had a court hearing in St. Louis after her involvement in the Capitol riots. Hernandez, 21, is facing several federal charges after participating in the deadly Capitol riot.

Emily Hernandez is facing the music after storming the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

According to KSDK, Hernandez, who is from Sullivan, Missouri, has been released without bond after her first hearing in St. Louis. She has been ordered to stay in the Eastern District of Missouri until her next court date in Washington. Part of the terms of her release is that she is not allowed to travel to Washington other than for her court date.

During the hearing, she was recorded saying, “I’m sorry, I’m nervous.”

Hernandez is facing the following federal charges: knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds, disorderly conduct which impedes the conduct of government business, steal, sell, convey or dispose of anything of value in the United States, disruptive conduct in the Capitol buildings, parading, demonstrating or picketing in the Capitol buildings.

Original: After a group of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol Jan. 6, people immediately started identifying the intruders. Videos have been circulating and people are steadily contacting the FBI to expose them. Instagram page @homegrownterrorists is one of the leading forces in identifying the rioters.

On Jan. 6, people stormed our Capitol building and the American people are demanding justice.

Images of people storming the Capitol building and looting the offices of members of Congress startled people around the world. One of the safest places in the world was overrun by far-right Trump supporters attacking the democratic process. Americans are demanding justice and working together to identify and report as many people to the FBI that were at the Capitol.

The Instagram page is unapologetically encouraging followers to identify people at the Capitol.

Five people died as a result of the riot, two of them were police officers. The Instagram page, run anonymously, is encouraging people to share the photos to their stories to increase the reach. The account might not have any legal power, but it is having some success. There has been more than one person identified through the IG page that has led to people losing jobs and being arrested by the FBI.

The account has disappeared multiple times but always comes back.

The mystery person running the account has expressed concern over their safety. The account has been suspended by Instagram after being reported by multiple people. There has even been some talk about them receiving threats of violence via DMs.

The person who runs the account has mentioned it randomly on their stories but with no real detail. According to recent stories, the person behind the account doesn’t want to antagonize the people sending threats.

The owner of the account did say that they have been contacted by Instagram about the account.

A tweet from HomeGrownTerrorists caught Instagram’s attention and the account was reinstated. However, there was a backup account to keep functioning in case the original got deleted. IG and the account owner reached an agreement where they get to keep the main account and the backup account was permanently banned. No questions asked.

If you want to help or be connected to the cause, you can follow this page on Instagram.

There are a lot of people left to identify and the nation’s law enforcement is bracing for more violence. Capitols in all 50 states are on alert for possible attacks and the National Guard is being mobilized in big numbers for the inauguration. We are not out of the woods when it comes to the threats that have been made.

READ: After Last Week’s Riots, A Black Woman Has Been Appointed to U.S. Capitol Police Chief

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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An unnamed UPS delivery driver has been fired after being caught using racist language when delivering a package to a Latino household. The incident occurred on December 17th.

The video, which was caught on a doorbell camera’s security footage, shows a white UPS driver appearing to be angry when delivering a package.

“Now you don’t get f—–g nothing…You can’t read and write and speak the f—–g English language,” he says while writing a “failed to deliver” notice and pasting it on the house’s front door.

The Aviles family says that the footage shows that the UPS worker never even attempted to deliver the package in the first place. He never rang the doorbell or knocked on the door. Based on that, the family has come to the conclusion that the driver intentionally withheld the package from the family out of prejudice and spite

They believe that the only way the driver could’ve known that the family was Latino was by making assumptions based off the name on the package.

“The only information this driver had that could serve as a trigger for this deep-seated hate was the name on the package,” said Forward Latino President Darryl Morin at a press conference addressing the incident.

“So what we have here is a very intentional act to ruin Christmas for somebody, for someone to spew this hateful rhetoric, and quite honestly to deceive their employer,” Morin continued.

Per UPS, the employee has now been fired. “There is no place in any community for racism, bigotry or hate. This is very serious and we promptly took action, terminating the driver’s employment. UPS is wholeheartedly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion,” UPS said in a statement. They also said they contacted the family to apologize.

But the Aviles family is still rattled that such bigoted people are out and about, letting their petty prejudices effect other people’s lives.

“The package was a Christmas gift that we eventually received after Christmas Day, but what if it happened to have time-sensitive content like an epipen or a book I needed to take a final,” said Shirley Aviles, the mother of the man who lives at the address, told NBC News. “I don’t get it. It’s just sad.”

Aviles seemed disturbed about what this incident says about human nature. “This is about the things people do when they think no one is watching them. That’s important because that’s when you see people’s true colors and that’s what’s scary,”

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