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Big Papi’s Fans Around The World Are Celebrating Now That The Baseball Legend Is Finally Out Of The Hospital

Good news: Retired Boston Red Sex baseball star David Ortiz has been released from the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston after being there for over a month after being shot in the Dominican Republic on June 8.

The retired baseball star, also known as “Big Papi,” was released from the hospital yesterday and will continue his road to recovery at home.

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“We understand that David has been released from the hospital. The family will be issuing a statement on his condition this week,” a Red Fox representative said in an email according to Reuters.

In June, it was reported that the legendary Boston Red Sox star had been shot at a club in the Dominican Republic. Ortiz had been shot in the lower back and/or abdominal region and that he immediately underwent surgery at a local hospital.

Ortiz had suffered organ damage after a man shot him in the back. According to ESPN reports from June, a team of doctors conducted surgery to “remove part of Ortiz’s intestines and colon, as well his gallbladder.”

After the first surgery, he Ortiz underwent two more surgeries after the gunshot wound had caused more complications.

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According to a family source, Ortiz will continue his rehabilitation at home after being released from a Boston hospital on Friday. He will be closely monitored by nurses around the clock and regularly be visited by his personal physician.

“He will continue to undergo all the treatment and rehabilitation necessary to recuperate from his recent procedures,” a family source told ESPN.

Ortiz is married to Tiffany Ortiz and has two daughters, Jessica and Alexandra. He also has a son D’Angelo Ortiz. His wife has also made public announcements since the shooting in the Dominican Republic happened and has updated fans and the rest of the public on his health conditions.

Back when the news initially broke that David Ortiz had been shot, baseball fans and supporters were shocked and heartbroken to hear that this could happen to someone like him.

Aside from fans, however, former team players and other well-known celebrities shared their support for the player.

Alex Rodriguez wished him the best, “anxiously waiting for more news. In the meantime, only prayers for David Ortiz, Tiffany and their family.” The news of the shooting even got attention from former U.S. President Barack Obama who wished him a speedy recovery.

Fans on social media are sharing their happiness and support that David Ortiz is officially on his road to recovery and outside of the hospital.

Like fans are seriously freaking out. The outpouring off support is even bigger than the outpouring of grief and concern that came after news broke he had been shot. People are 100% behind Big Papi.

“Be well Papi!,” a woman on Twitter said, emphasizing on what a great guy the retired baseball star is.

Other fans on Twitter sang high praises about what Ortiz has done for his loved ones and his communities in Boston and the Dominican Republic.

“He’s a selfless man that does so much for [his communities],” they wrote. “I wish him well on his path to full recovery.”

Ortiz has started multiple youth baseball academies and has donated funds to create baseball fields in the Dominican Republic and give back to his community.

He’s also been involved in many fundraising efforts in Boston. Ortiz has started the David Ortiz Children’s fun that provides essential support for children in the DR and in New England to those in need.

“Last month, police said a suspected drug trafficker offered to pay $30,000 for the shooting of another man and that Ortiz had been an unintended target,” reports ESPN.  Dominican authorities concluded Ortiz was not the target of the attack but instead the shooters meant to kill somebody else–a friend of Ortiz’s, identified as Sixto David Fernandez.

According to Complex, Sixto’s cousin was involved and arrested in late June. But Sixto’s cousin, Victor Gómez, allegedly planned the hit on his cousin but Ortiz was caught in the crossfire instead. Gómez, however, has proclaimed his innocence and he even took to YouTube to say that he would “never do something like this.”

In total, police have arrested 14 people in the case and are still searching for others.

Ortiz, who’s best known for helping the Boston Red Sox win three World Series championships, retired in 2016. To this day, the retired star known as “Big Papi”  is still one of the best hitters in the game.

His expected recovery time and the extent of his injuries are reportedly unknown. The Boston Red Sox said on Saturday that there will be an update on his latest condition this following week.

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Emma González Is In A New Documentary About Gun Control Called ‘Us Kids’

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Emma González Is In A New Documentary About Gun Control Called ‘Us Kids’

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Two years ago in 2018, American activist Emma Gonzalez marked the headline of every news organization. As a victim of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland Florida, Gonzalez garnered national attention on February 17, 2018, after giving an 11-minute speech at a gun control rally in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In the days, weeks, months, and years since delivering her speech, Gonzalez has made waves with her activism.

Now, the activist who is now in college is the star of a documentary directed by Kim A. Snyder called Us Kids.

Us Kids, which received a nomination for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival this past January is available to be screened on the Alamo Drafthouse virtual screening platform.

Us Kids is available to be screen on Alamo on Demand on October 30.

The film follows the stories of the students behind Never Again MSD. The student-led organization is a group advocating for regulations that work to prevent gun violence and includes Latino activists like Emma González and Samantha Fuentes. Both teens are survivors of the shooting that took place Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florid where 17 students and staff members were killed by a gunman.

In a review about the film, Variety writes that it “primarily celebrates that resilient, focused energy from teenagers who proved perhaps surprisingly articulate as well as passionate in thrusting themselves into a politicized spotlight. It’s more interested in their personalities and personal experiences than in the specific political issues wrestled with. Like ‘Newtown,’ this sometimes results in a repetitious directorial expression of empathy, particularly in the realm of inspirational montages set to pop music. Still, the subjects are duly admirable for their poise and intelligence as Snyder’s camera follows them over 18 months, in which they go from being “normal-ass kids doing normal-ass things” to a high-profile movement’s leading spokespeople.”

The trailer for the documentary was released on Oct. 22 and introduces the survivors of the shooting.

Fuentes, who was an 18-year-old senior at the time of the shooting, speaks about her experience recalling that “I was thinking about how we were going to get out if he was going to come back, was I going to die.”

“As compelling as Hogg and González are (and as touching as their friendship is — they’re each other’s biggest boosters), it might’ve been nice if ‘Us Kids’ had itself strayed farther from the mainstream media narrative in emphasizing less-familiar faces. Considerable screen time is dedicated to Samantha Fuentes, who was hit by bullets but lived while close friend Nick Dworet died next to her,” Variety explains. “She provides a relatable perspective in being occasionally less-than-composed in the public glare (we see her upchuck at the podium a couple times). Still, there are peers frequently glimpsed in the background who never seem to get a word in, while Snyder keeps the established, semi-reluctant ‘stars’ front and center.”

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A 13-Year-Old Boy Was Shot Point-Blank, Unprovoked In His Front Yard; His Family Demands Answers From Police

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A 13-Year-Old Boy Was Shot Point-Blank, Unprovoked In His Front Yard; His Family Demands Answers From Police

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A family in Riverdale of Clayton County, Georgia is expressing frustration at the lack of progress the police have made in finding the killer of 13-year-old son Brayan Zavala. “We want justice,” said Brayan’s 16-year-old brother, Jesus. “We want to find whoever killed my brother so he can go to jail and pay for what he did.”

According to the deceased boy’s family, last Thursday, Brayan had been working on the front lawn with his brother and father when a masked gunman approached the property. The gunman didn’t answer when Brayan’s father asked him what he wanted. Instead, unprovoked, the stranger took out his shotgun and shot Brayan at point-blank range in the face. Stunned, the family tried to fight for Brayan’s life as the gunman fled the scene.

“The shooter didn’t even say I want your money, or this is a robbery or I’m assaulting you. He just came, stood there (in) silence and shot my brother.” his 16-year-old brother, Jesus, explained to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “We tried to stop all the blood but by the time the police got here, it didn’t seem like he had life or a chance to live.”

The children of Mexican immigrants, the death is especially tragic. “We decided to live here for a better life, turns out it is worse,” Jesus told local news station Fox 5. “This is just like Mexico. They kill because they wanna kill. That is what just happens.”

According to Jesus, Brayan was a A-student on the honor roll, always trying to stay out of trouble. “Me, my brother, my sister, we study and then do our chores, and study. We’re just focused on doing the things, you know, productivity. And going somewhere,” said Jesus told local news station Fox 5.

“He was a cheerful kid. Always smiling, joking. Like I said, always avoiding problems instead of causing problems. I don’t know why this happened to him.”

The senseless killing has shaken the community who don’t understand what would provoke an inexplicable murder of a child. Law enforcement, as well, can’t make sense of it.

“As a Clayton County police officer for over 38 years very little shocks me. But, this brutal, senseless murder has overwhelmed me,” a Clayton County Police officer named Doug Jewett wrote to the AJC. “I send my prayers to the family.”

As of now, the family is trying to pick up the pieces of their life, setting up a GoFundMe page to finance Brayan’s funeral costs. The Clayton County police department has asked anyone with information to call (770) 477-4479. As of now, no suspects have been reported or arrested, and the family is calling for justice.

“It’s been a week now since my brother died and I haven’t heard anything, no answers from police,” Jesus told Atlanta 11 Alive news. “It makes me feel really frustrated that they don’t think it’s a big deal. I mean, they killed my little brother.”

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