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Vigil held for employees slain during FedEx shooting

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Mourners hold vigil for the eight FedEx workers slain Thursday — allegedly by a former co-worker — as Indianapolis reels from the nation’s latest mass shooting.

About 50 people mourners attended the vigil at Olivet Missionary Baptist Church, according to The Indianapolis Star.

Savana DeLao and Michelle Parks would have been working at the facility Thursday night under normal circumstances, but DeLao left work early, and Parks didn’t work her usual shift, claiming something “didn’t feel right,” according to the report.

“I was laughing, like ‘you guys have a good day. I’ll see you next week,’” DeLao reportedly said to her colleagues, as she punched out several hours before the massacre.  

A coworker Parks had just trained, Karli Smith, 19, was picking up her first paycheck when she was shot dead, the article said.

“Her work ethic was awesome,” Parks told the newspaper.

The workers recalled the smiling eyes of victim John Weisert, 74, behind his mask, and the positive energy of victim Samaria Blackwell, 19.

“She’d have a hundred-pound package and toss it like it was nothing,” Parks said, laughing at the memory. 

Others in attendance lost their children to gun violence, and came to the vigil as a show of support.

“I wanted to show solidarity in our community, because we’re tired,” DeAndra Dycus told The Indy Star. “Enough is enough. And I wanted families who have been impacted by gun violence to know their community is here to support them.”

“It hurts us all,” said Pamela Wooden, who reportedly lost two of her children to gun violence, “because a lot of us have been there.”

A second vigil was planned for Saturday evening, as police try to figure out what motivated 19-year-old Brandon Hole to allegedly murder and terrorize his former co-workers.

Half of the victims belonged to the Sikh religious community, leading to the New York-based Sikh Coalition to demand investigators look into “the possibility of bias as factor.”

Most of the employees at the facility are Sikhs, whose religion originated in the Punjab state of India, according to a community leader.

The FedEx center had a reputation for hiring older members of the Indianapolis Sikh community who did not necessarily speak fluent English, businessman Gurinder Singh Khalsa said.

With Post wires

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Mysterious lights streak across Seattle sky

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Stargazers in the Pacific Northwest were left puzzled by another mysterious light show that illuminated the sky on Tuesday night.

Residents in the Seattle-area posted video on social media that showed lights streaking across the sky shortly after 9 p.m.

“Anyone know what I’m looking at flying by in the sky tonight? #ufo #seattle,” one Twitter user wrote, along with a video of passing lights.

Another person said on Twitter: “Um, someone want to explain this line of lights that just streaked across the Seattle sky? #ufo”

But the National Weather Service’s Seattle office tweeted that the lights appear to be linked to an earlier SpaceX satellite launch out of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Less than two months ago, a similar light show in the same area left residents equally confused at first.

But the streaking lights were determined to be the remains of a SpaceX rocket entering earth’s atmosphere.

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California woman arrested for allegedly harrasing black delivery driver

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A California woman is facing hate crime charges for allegedly harassing a black delivery driver with racial slurs last month, a report said.

Julie Warland, 35, is accused of targeting Amazon driver Kendall McIntosh on April 18 as he was finishing up his deliveries in North Berkeley, KRON reported.

Warland, along with her boyfriend, allegedly confronted McIntosh and Warland accusing him of speeding.

McIntosh told the station that the couple followed him to his next stop, where Warland allegedly started screaming at him and calling him names, including the n-word.

“Instantly just started cursing me out like, first sentence I’m getting cursed at,” McIntosh said.

“I was getting just racially profiled from the jump,” he said.

During the confrontation, Warland also jumped into the delivery van and grabbed a hold of the steering wheel to prevent McIntosh from leaving, he told the outlet.

“I was just trying to do my job and she wouldn’t allow me to,” McIntosh said.

Neighbors recorded part of the confrontation.

In a clip obtained by KRON, Warland and her boyfriend can be seen approaching McIntosh in front of a truck. Screaming can also be heard in the footage.

Berkeley police are treating the incident as a hate crime.

Warland is charged with suspicion of false imprisonment, battery, using offensive words and willfully threatening a person based on their appearance, the report said.

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Murder suspect and his infant son killed in police shootout

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Murder suspect and his infant son killed in police shootout

A Mississippi man who allegedly murdered two people was killed along with his infant son after he kidnapped the child and led police on a wild chase that ended in a shootout on Monday night.

The shootout occurred after Eric Smith, 30, led police on a miles-long pursuit that began in Louisiana, where he allegedly shot dead his ex-girlfriend Christin Parker, 32, and her 26-year-old nephew Brandon Parker earlier on Monday, WLOX reported.

Smith then kidnapped the child before police located his vehicle, leading to the chase.

After crossing into Mississippi, Smith avoided a tire deflation device laid out by police and eventually stopped his car in Harris County.

With the infant inside the car, Smith and police exchanged gunfire. Smith was shot and killed.

The baby, identified as La’Mello Parker, was also struck, according to the report.

Parker was hospitalized, but pronounced dead early Tuesday morning, authorities said.

The county coroner will determine if the baby was struck by a bullet or shrapnel, the report said.

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