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These Parents Dropped Off Their Daughter At Cheer Practice To Go Back-To-School Shopping, Now Their Three Kids Are Orphans After The El Paso Shooting

Alleged white supremacist Patrick Crusius drove hours to get to the border town of El Paso, Texas, where he opened fire at a Walmart and killed 22 people. Two of his victims were newlyweds Jordan and Andre Anchondo. The two had just dropped off their daughter, Skylar Grace, off at cheerleading practice and went to Walmart with their two-month-old son, Paul, to buy school supplies. 

Jordan used her body to shield her son, Paul, who was grazed by a bullet, but survived. As his mother’s body fell on top of him, he broke two fingers. 

Jordan’s sister knows that baby Paul “pretty much lived because she gave her life.”

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CBS News met with Jordan’s sister, Leta Jamrowski, in the waiting room at the University Medical Center of El Paso. She was waiting for her baby nephew, Paul, to receive treatment for his broken fingers. “From the baby’s injuries, they said that more than likely my sister was trying to shield him,” she told CBS. “So when she got shot she was holding him and she fell on him, so that’s why he broke some of his bones. So he pretty much lived because she gave her life.”

The day after Jordan died, her new husband, Andre, was pronounced dead.

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The family had been left in an agonizing wait to find out if Andre would survive–if their three children would be orphaned or not. At 6:33 p.m., Andre’s brother, Tito, wrote on Facebook, “It’s official……he’s gone.”

A survivor of the shooting told Tito that Andre tried to grab the gun away from the shooter.

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Jordan was holding Paul. The witness said that Andre essentially tried to fight off the shooter, but was met with a hail of bullets.

As Andre’s father mourns the loss of his son, he shared this poster his son made when he was a child, which he keeps on his wall to this day.

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The poster, which Andre’s dad has preserved framed, reads, “A different kind of hero…My dad.” Paul will not make those memories of cooking “delicious food” and seeing his father volunteer at his school. Still, Paul will always know that his papa was “a different kind of hero.” It’s in the family blood, shed far too soon.

The two had just celebrated their one year wedding anniversary three days earlier.

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Andre’s Facebook bio reads “Proud husband and Father. July 30 2018 ????????????God is my savior. ???????? born and raised.????️‍♂️♋” He had just started his own business, “Andre House of Granite and Stone,” and the day before asked for his friends and family to give his business page a five star rating on Facebook. They didn’t imagine this future for themselves. They didn’t plan to leave three children behind.

Their oldest child, Skylar Rose, is about to turn six years old.

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You can help their family with funeral expenses and the expenses of three young, traumatized children who have lost all the stability and financial security in their lives by donating to a GoFundMe. Andre’s brother, Tito, shared that he has “been getting so many messages of people wanting to help and i’m writing this post for those that want to help and all the platforms that are available.”

Share the GoFundMe link with your friends and family if you can’t make a contribution yourself. 

 So far, a total of $47,000 has been raised for their three orphaned children.

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The GoFundMe comments alone are heartbreaking: 

“He was a fine man killed by hatred originating from the very top of our country,” reads one comment on GoFundMe.

“My heart is so heavy for all of the victims, and especially for these 3 beautiful children that lost both of their parents in the same day. Rest In Power, Jordan and Andre,” reads another comment.

“Deeply saddened of this tragic event. I’ve known Andre since middle school and he was always the most funniest person, always full of life and love,” reads another comment on GoFundMe. “My dearest condolences to him and his wife, Jordan. May they rest easy as two beautiful angels in the sky watching over their three beautiful children. Prayers for the Anchondo and Jamrowski family.”

You can also donate physical items like diapers, blankets, clothes, and school supplies if you’re local to El Paso.

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They will be accepting donations at 120 N. Piedras Mon-Fri 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. No amount of school supplies will repair the tragedy and loss that this family experienced, simply trying to buy school supplies for their kids, but every bit will help.

READ: As El Paso Grieves Their Loss, Here Is Everything We Know About The Victims Of The El Paso Massacre, Which Were Mostly Latino

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo Is Standing Behind Her Strict Facial Coverings Order

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Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo Is Standing Behind Her Strict Facial Coverings Order

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Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo is facing growing anger about her strict facial covering orders. The Latina county official is facing pressure from county residents as well as Texas state officials because of her science-based approach to controlling the spread of Covid-19.

This is Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo.

The 29-year-old Latina has mandated that all residents of Harris County, which includes Houston, wear facial coverings when in public. Anyone who is caught without their facial coverings could face a fine of $1,000. Hidalgo is not the only politician who has mandated facial coverings to assist in slowing the spread of Covid-19, which has killed 100,000 people in the U.S.

Hidalgo has faced some backlash from county residents and state officials.

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Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, who you might know for saying grandparents are willing to die to reopen the economy, is one state official attacking Hidalgo’s orders. Patrick has called them overreaching on Twitter.

Hidalgo refuses to back down to the pressure citing the need to protect public health.

Hidalgo is pushing to make sure that Harris County residents have the best chance to slow the spread of Covid-19. This means using facial coverings and practicing social distancing, including working from home as much as possible.

“We have to use every tool in the toolbox,” Hidalgo said at a press conference. “I know this takes some getting used to, but these are all small yet powerful actions.”

The order mandating facial coverings is in line with the advice of health organizations.

The point of wearing facial covering is to slow the spread of Covid-19. The nonmedical coverings prevent people from spreading the virus to others while out in public. Studies and data show that asymptomatic people are spreading the virus and the main source of infection is airborne. A cough or a sneeze can send the virus up to 3 feet into the air.

Covid-19 is proven to cause deadly complications for people with certain underlying health conditions.

Latinos have higher rates of diabetes and heart disease meaning that Latinos are at a higher risk of dying from Covid-19. Hidalgo implementing facial coverings orders in line with advice from several national and international health organizations. The virus is still not under control and there is no proven vaccine, treatment, or cure for those who are infected. Stay safe.

READ: Another Man Has Died Of Covid-19 In ICE Custody And The Agency Still Lacks Any Plan To Prevent More Deaths

Court Documents Accuse Kobe Bryant And Other Passengers Of Being Negligent And Causing The Crash That Killed Them

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Court Documents Accuse Kobe Bryant And Other Passengers Of Being Negligent And Causing The Crash That Killed Them

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This story is an update on an article published by Justin Lestner on January 27, 2020.

According to CNN, the brother of the pilot in the helicopter crash that killed nine people on board, including NBA great Kobe Bryant and his daughter, has accused the deceased passengers of being at fault and of negligence.

Berge Zobayan, who is listed as the successor of the pilot Ara Zobayan, his brother, filed papers accusing the passengers of being at fault for their own deaths.

“Attorneys for Berge Zobayan, listed as successor in interest for pilot Ara Zobayan, allege ‘any injuries or damages to plaintiffs and/or their decedent was directly caused in full or in part by the negligence or fault of plaintiffs and/or their decedent,'” according to CNN.

Zobayan’s claim comes as a response to a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Vanessa Bryant and also underlines that the passengers were aware of the risks involved in flying.

Bryant’s complaint, which was issued on the day of the memorial service for her late husband and daughter Gigi Bryant accused Island Express, the helicopter company, and Ara Zobayan responsible for the crash.

Death of the 41-year-old basketball legend shook communities around the world.

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News broke in late January that the 41-year-old had died, along with nine others, in a tragic helicopter crash in the hills outside of Los Angeles. The identity of all aboard are still undisclosed at this time, pending further investigation and conversation with next of kin, according to an LA County Sheriff at a press briefing earlier today.

Bryant is survived by his wife Vanessa Bryant, and three other daughters – Natalia Diamante, Bianka Bella, and Capri Kobe, who is only 7 months old.

While it was unclear who else was with Bryant at the time of his death, TMZ Sports confirmed that his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna Maria Onore, was one of the passengers who died in the accident. Gianna and Kobe were on their way to the Mamba Academy in Thousand Oaks.

Preliminary investigations report that the helicopter went down in dense fog that had grounded most other aircraft in the region.

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Bryant was known to use his helicopter to commute between his home in Newport Beach and the Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles. However, for this journey, he was commuting to a sports academy in the Valley.

Los Angeles is known for dense fog and this Sunday morning was no different. In fact, the dense fog had led to the temporary suspension of flights from LAX and most other civilian helicopter operations.

As news of the star’s death spread, so too did the heartfelt messages of loss and grief.

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“[This] is why I don’t wait for tomorrow,” J Balvin wrote. “So many surprises in life that the present escapes us.” Dozens of others weighed in as well.

AOC sent her condolences to the victims and their families in a tweet saying: “Deeply shocked at the news of Kobe Bryant and four others lost today. Sending all my thoughts to their families and loved ones in this devastating moment.“

Bad Bunny had a special message about the super star’s untimely passing.

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“I never would have imagined this would hurt so much!” he said. “I still remember the first time I saw a game of basketball at 7 years old with my dad, and it was a game with this genius, and from that day forward he became my favorite player x100pre!! I’ve never mentioned it because it doesn’t necessarily have to do with music, but this man has been an inspiration in many aspects for me to be who I am today. RIP GOAT!!! Rest in PEACE!!!! Thank you for inspiring me so much!! Thanks for so many emotions!!! How sad I feel!!! A legend is gone!! Along with a beautiful child and basketball promise, Gianna… It breaks my soul too know that I was going to meet, and share time, with you soon…”

And Anuel AA shared his take on the tragedy, one that many people could relate to.

“Wow, my hero died,” he said. “This is unbelievable. I’m here crying as if I knew him, heartbroken. Rest in peace, legend, you left a mark on the world. May God continue blessing his family and fill them with strength. Wow what sadness. [Kobe Bryant] your name will live forever.”

Kobe Bryant shared a special kinship with his Latino fans, who he said were the first to embrace him.

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As the tributes pour in, many are remembering the impact Kobe had on LA’s Latino community.

A few years ago, he thanked the Latino community for their support.

“Latino fans are important to me, because when I arrived [in Los Angeles] they were the fans who most passionately embraced me,” he said. Bryant added that his Spanish was “not that good,” but this appeared to have been a modest assessment, as he routinely conducted full-length interviews in Spanish, which endeared him even more to Latino fans. He said that he was inspired to learn the language because of his wife and because his Latino fans “mean everything” to him. He told Univision in a separate interview that he learned Spanish through watching telenovelas with his family.

However, Bryant’s story wasn’t one without its blemishes. He was accused of sexual assault in 2003.

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Bryant’s sexual assault case was another scandal that rocked the sport’s world and his own image. The charges brought against him were serious. He was accused of raping a hotel employee while at a Colorado resort – a claim that he denied saying the sexual encounter was consensual. The case was eventually settled out of court, according to The Guardian.

As much of the world is still in shock regarding the untimely loss of such an iconic man, his success as a basketball great will live on.