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The 3-Year-Old Girl Who Survived Her Father’s Pembroke Pines Massacre Finds Family

On a tragic evening in August, three-year-old Adriana Colon played the most frightening game of hide-and-seek in her short life. Enraged by claims that his wife, Sandra, had been having an affair, Pablo Colon Jr. began a gun-fueled rampage through their home in the Grand Palms Golf and Country Club neighborhood of Pembroke Pines, Florida, a gated community described by neighbors as “quiet.” Meanwhile, Adriana remained still, tucked under a blanket as her father murdered her mother, grandmother, and twin sister, all before turning one of two handguns on himself.

At the time of the massacre, the Colons had been renting their home in Pembroke Pines for just six months. Pablo and Sandra had met 10 years earlier, and after giving birth to their twin girls, opted to move from Fort Lauderdale in search of more space for their growing family. Sandra’s mother, Olga Alvarez, had moved in with them a few months prior to the events of August 25. It was Alvarez who made the original 911 call, an urgent plea to the local authorities punctuated by desperate cries of terror.

“He’s going to kill her,” she yelled in Spanish.

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At 8:28 p.m. on August 25, Olga Alvarez called the police, frantically shifting between Spanish and English in an attempt to seek help. After telling the operator that “he’s going to kill [Sandra],” she yelled, “Don’t! Don’t!” And then the call went silent.

Moments later, Alvarez told the operator, “La mató.” Pablo Colon had murdered his wife, and Alvarez knew she would be next.

Several moments passed before Alvarez asserted that Pablo “was going to hurt her.” Sobbing into the phone, she urged, “Quick—save the children.” After the line went silent again, Pablo Colon’s voice appeared, cursing at Alvarez in Spanish. Alvarez insisted, “I didn’t know, I didn’t know!” To which Pablo Colon replied: “Now you die—right?”

As this all unfolded, Pablo Colon spoke with his cousin, Cesar De La Hoz, about what he had done.

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At 8:49 p.m., the wife of Cesar De La Hoz called 911 after De La Hoz had spoken to Colon directly. 

“He said he killed his wife and the two kids,” she told the operator, while De La Hoz was heard speaking again to Colon in the background. Through tears, De La Hoz’s wife then told the dispatcher of Colon’s plan to commit suicide. 

On that same 911 call, De La Hoz was heard trying to persuade his cousin not to harm himself. “Just put the gun away,” he insisted. “Listen to me, primo. It’s not over.” After hanging up with Colon, De La Hoz hurried to the family’s house in Pembroke Pines, arriving at the same time as a police officer.

De La Hoz attempted once more to reach his cousin, encouraging him to surrender to the police. Colon was frantic and inconsolable, and after multiple attempts to calm him down, he told De La Hoz, “Goodbye,” then hung up the phone.

Three hours after the initial 911 call, SWAT officers entered the Colon residence. 

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On the second floor, at the foot of the staircase, they found one of Colon’s twin daughters, shot dead in her pajamas. In the adjacent master bedroom, Colon lay dead, facedown on the floor with a pistol in his hand. The bodies of Sandra Colon and Olga Alvarez were there, as well, and both had suffered fatal gunshots to the head.

While the SWAT team investigated the upstairs scene, another officer searched the ground floor. Live ammunition rounds from a black 9 mm Luger pistol and a .380 Smith & Wesson pistol were scattered all over the floor. When the officer noticed a blanket under the kitchen table, he pulled it back to reveal the other twin girl, Adriana. She was alive.

Two days after the attack, numerous relatives appeared in court for Adriana’s custody hearing. A judge ruled that she would stay with family, and she is currently in the process of being formally adopted. 

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Pablo Colon’s cousin, Dominique Pinzon, said that the events of August 25 came as a horrible surprise to the entire family. Relatives knew that the couple had issues to work on—as any marriage does—but they never suspected such a violent outcome was possible. Pinzon asserts that different members of the family are grieving in their own way, but everyone is focused on reminding Adriana that she is loved and making her feel safe.

“She’s in the best hands, and she’s going to be loved and cared for for the rest of her life,” said Pinzon to the South Florida Sun Sentinel. Currently, Adriana is seeing a grief counselor and enjoying time with family. Pinzon has set up a GoFundMe page to support Adriana’s future.

A Car Struck A Black Lives Matter Protester And Sped Off With Her On The Hood

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A Car Struck A Black Lives Matter Protester And Sped Off With Her On The Hood

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At a time when people should be lending an open ear and contributing to current cultural conversations, a 29-year-old Black Lives Matter protester from Bloomington, Indiana was injured on Monday after a car rammed into her and sped away with her on the hood of the car. As the car sped off, another man, 35, held on to the side of the car as it drove away.

A short clip of the incident was posted on Twitter and shows a red car driving off with the woman on the hood and the man hanging off of its side.

The incident captured by Rodney C. Root took place at the end of a protest march in Bloomington. The march was in response to claim by a Black man named Vauhxx Booker who said he was attacked by a group of white people who “attempted lynching” him. “At one point during the attack one of the men jumped on my neck,” Booker wrote on Facebook about the incident. “I could feel both his feet and his full bodyweight land hard against my neck.”

According to police, the incident at the protest may have escalated when the male passenger of the red car, a Toyota, threw an electric scooter left in the middle of the road.

According to Buzzfeed News the Bloomington Police Department said in a statement that the woman protestor, identified as Rachel Glago, approached the car and stood in front of it with her hands on the hood. When the car began to accelerate, the women jumped on the hood of the car and the man grabbed the car and clung on to its side. The two people clung to the car as it continued to speed down the road. When the car rapidly turned both the man and woman were thrown from the hood.

GoFundMe page for Rachel Glago’s medical expenses said she will be okay” but did have a concussion. The man involved had abrasions on his arms.

Police said the car has not been located as of yet but a male and female were in the car.

In an interview with RTV6, the man who clung to the side of the car, Geoff Stewart, said he and other protesters attempted to stop the car from driving while the road was being cleared up. “A woman driving the vehicle came up to the stop and had started revving her engine toward us and we tried to stop her and let her know that the crowd is clearing up, just wait a second,” Stewart said in the interview. “But she and her passenger both wanted to go right away so they started to push. They pushed into the woman that was with me, and when she pushed again, both of us went on the vehicle.”

“I was just trying to block her vision so she would slow down so I tried to pull myself as far in her way to obstruct her view. She drove through red lights and made her turn up here that threw both of us off the car,” Stewart said.

This 13-Year-Old Girl From Bakersfield, California Has Gone Missing

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This 13-Year-Old Girl From Bakersfield, California Has Gone Missing

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On July 1, Patricia “Patty” Alatorre’s family reported her missing. According to the site Black and Missing, a total of 230,302 minorities out of 612,846 for all were reported missing in the United States. We’re hoping this report ensures Alatorre won’t another FBI’s statistic which has seen nearly 87,500 active missing persons on record each year.

According to the Bakersfield Police Department, Alatorre was last seen in Bakersfield at 11:30 pm.

Alatorre is described as being 5′, 90 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen on Crescent Ridge Street near Hosking Avenue & Wible Road in Bakersfield. On Monday, police arrested Armando Cruz of Inglewood for his alleged involvement in Alatorre’s disappearance. He is a 24-year-old man from California and has been charged in connection with Alatorre’s missisng and according to reports, perhaps her murder.

“Cruz was booked into Kern County Jail and charged with murder and sexual assault of a juvenile” People.com reports the police release says and according to the Kern County Jail website he is being held without bail.

Earlier this week, detectives took a vehicle that matched the description of the suspicious truck that had been seen in the area at the time of Alatorre’s disappearance. The truck is a white pick-up.

Police have yet to reveal whether Alatorre’s remains have been found and Cruz has yet to enter a plea. Still, if you know anything about the case please be sure to contact Bakersfield police.

Bakersfield Police is urging the public with any information to contact Det. Ursery at 661-326-3871 or the Kern County Secret Witness hotline at 661-322-4040.