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This Latina Olympic Athlete Won The Boston Marathon Ending The 33-Year Long American Drought

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Desiree Linden won this year’s Boston Marathon, making her the first American female to win the storied race since 1985. The 34-year-old runner finished the 26.2-mile race with a time of 2:39:54. The weather conditions were frigid and it rained throughout the race. She told reporters afterwards that she almost didn’t make it to the end.

“Early on in the race I was feeling horrible,” Desiree said in a news conference. Desiree also said that she told fellow runner Shalane Flanagan that she might “drop out.” “If you need something, block the wind, whatever, let me know,” Linden recalls her words to Flanagan.

Right after the race, Linden said she was thrilled about winning, but was very exhausted. “I left it all out there,” Desiree said.

Desiree has been competing in the Boston Marathon on and off since 2007.

According to Yahoo Sports, Desiree has been always been a top ten finalist at the Boston Marathon, but never cleared it to the top until now. In 2011, she missed the top prize by two seconds.

This is the first time an American has won the women’s competition of the Boston Marathon since 1985.

This year, in the men’s category Yuki Kawauchi from Japan. Before that American Meb Keflezighi won in 2014, but prior to that, an American male hadn’t won the race since 1983.

In the women’s category, women from Kenya and Ethiopia have been dominating the iconic race.

Desiree has been a long distance runner since her high school days in Chula Vista.

In 2012, she was part of a small group of Latinos to compete in the London Olympics. And in 2016, she was only one of two Latinas at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics track and field team.

Desiree says her husband, also a marathon runner, Ryan Linden is one of her biggest supporters.

Desiree — who’s surname was formally Davila — said she wasn’t sure if her husband would be there or watching the race on TV somewhere. But he did not let her down and was there at the finish line to celebrate her victory.


READ: Retired Marine Staff Sgt. Jose Luis Sanchez, Who Lost Leg In Afghanistan, Crosses Boston Marathon Carrying U.S. Flag

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Police Have Arrested The Ex-Boyfriend Of The Slain 17-Year-Old High School Student In South El Monte

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Police Have Arrested The Ex-Boyfriend Of The Slain 17-Year-Old High School Student In South El Monte

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Happy, fun, outgoing, passionate. These are the words that people have used to describe 17-year-old Jeremy Sanchez who was killed on Wednesday in South El Monte, California. The athletic student, who was part of the football, baseball, and wrestling, teams at South El Monte High School, was tragically found stabbed near the San Gabriel River.

Sanchez’s family became concerned when he didn’t show up for school Wednesday, April 18.

Sanchez’s family turned to his ex-boyfriend to ask if he’d seen him but The New York Post reports that the 16-year-old friend’s statements didn’t add up. Police have not released the friends name to the press because he is a minor.

Police stated that the ex-boyfriend has been arrested and is suspected of the brutal stabbing death.

According to The Washington Post, there is no know motive for the death as of yet. The 16-year-old has been arrested for allegedly killing Sanchez though the weapon has not been found.

There’s a lot of why questions,” Christina Amigon, who was Sanchez’s godmother, told The San Gabriel Valley Tribune. “Why did he kill him? Why did he do this to him?”

Last night, a memorial was set up where Sanchez’s body was found.

“Our deepest sympathies and condolences go out to the family and friends of our South El Monte High School student Jeremy Sanchez, a popular student-athlete on campus and in the school community,” Sanchez’s school, South El Monte High School, said on their Facebook page. “Jeremy was a happy, funny and light-hearted student who had a passion for sports, having played on the football, baseball and wrestling teams. He was a beloved, natural leader on our campus and his death is nothing short of devastating. We are providing grief counselors to students and staff to help them process their emotions during this difficult time.”

His friends are honoring Sanchez on social media.

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It is clear that Sanchez was deeply loved within his community.

He was always laughing,” David Dueñas, Jeremy’s friend on the football team, told The San Gabriel Valley Tribune. He said he would call him “Little Jeremy.”

Today, when students returned to school his classmates mourned the loss of their friend.

“As you may know April 18th we lost a wonderful soul who was taken from us suddenly,” Briana Amigon wrote on GoFundme. “Jeremy Sanchez was a loving young man who was out going and full of energy. He loved playing sports he was on the varsity football team and also on the wrestling team. We have no words to describe the grief that their family is experiencing right now, and many friends and family have asked how they can help at this difficult time. We have set up this Go Fund Me account to help his family. We thank everyone for their support, prayers and condolences in this difficult time.”

In one day, Jeremy’s GoFundme page has raised $13,495 of their $20,000 goal.

This story is developing. We will update this story with further details.


READ: More Questions Than Answers After 13-Year-Old Latina’s Body Found In Texas

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