In Bangladesh, 6 men get death sentences in torture, slayings of 2 boys

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By Farid Ahmed, for CNN
Updated 0205 GMT (1005 HKT) November 9, 2015

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Dhaka, Bangladesh (CNN)Bangladesh courts on Sunday sentenced six men to death in the torturing and killing of two boys earlier this year in two different cases.

The judgments handed down against the convicted men came in the northeast city of Sylhet and southeast city of Khulna. In both cases, the killings had touched off widespread, angry protests with a demand for bringing the perpetrators to justice.

The separate cases came as Bangladesh has seen an increase in child killings in recent years. Most of the victims have been poor children, and motives for the slayings often have been seemingly minor issues.

Statistics from Bangladesh Shishu Adhikar Forum, a child rights group, show that 191 children were slain in Bangladesh in the first seven months of this year, up from 146 during the same period of 2014, and from 128 in the corresponding period of 2013.

In Sylhet, Judge Akbar Hossain Mridha sentenced four men for killing 13-year-old Samiul Alam Rajon, a vegetable vendor.

“They will be hanged to death,” the judge told a crowded courtroom, referring to defendants Kamrul Islam, Taj Uddin Ahmad, Mayna Miah and Zakir Hossain.

The youth was tied to a pole and beaten to death on a false theft charge on July 8, according to authorities.

A video of boy’s torture was posted on social media, resulting in protests across the country.

In Khulna, Judge Dilruba Sultana sentenced Md Omar Sharif and Mintu Khan to death after they were convicted of killing 12-year-old Rakib Hawlader.

The boy died on August 3 after air was pumped into his body from an air compressor used for inflating tires.

Sharif had employed the youth in a motor workshop, and Sharif became angry when the boy took a job at another shop, authorities said.

 

Chicago Police: 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee lured into alley, shot to death

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By Dana Ford, CNN
Updated 1820 GMT (0220 HKT) November 6, 2015

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(CNN)A 9-year-old boy killed in Chicago this week was “lured” into an alley and shot in a gang-related attack, authorities said.

“Tyshawn Lee was murdered in probably the most abhorrent, cowardly, unfathomable crime that I’ve witnessed in 35 years of policing,” Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy told reporters Thursday.

“We’re pretty certain that this is not an accident. He was not a bystander.”

The child was targeted, according to McCarthy, because of his “family relationship with a member of a gang.”

When asked which family member, he identified the boy’s father.

“Tyshawn’s father has ties to a certain gang that is in conflict with another gang,” McCarthy said.

The father, Pierre Stokes, is not cooperating with police.

He told the Chicago Tribune earlier this week that he thought his son’s shooting was deliberate.

“If it wasn’t a target, he wouldn’t have got hit so many times in the back and the face,” said Stokes. “I think he was targeted.”

The Chicago newspaper also reported that Stokes disagreed with what police have said about him, but did not talk specifically about whether he belonged to a gang.

McCarthy told reporters investigators believe Tyshawn’s death on Monday was the latest in a series of gang-related events that go back as far as August or earlier.

Police are looking for a number of people, he said, not just one person. No arrests have been made in Tyshawn’s case.

McCarthy asked anyone with information to step forward. Authorities are offering a $35,000 reward.

The Rev. Michael Pfleger, a priest and local faith leader in Chicago and outspoken advocate against gun violence, offered to pay to relocate any witnesses who feel they would be in danger for providing information.

“What happened to Tyshawn Lee took us to a new low,” Pfleger said. “This wasn’t a drive-by. This was not a spray of bullets. A baby was executed. A baby was assassinated right behind us in this alley.”

McCarthy agreed.

“This is a different level,” the superintendent said. “These are noncombatants now being assassinated.”

 

Merciless gunman shot woman in a wheelchair, Oregon survivor says

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By Melissa Gray, CNN
Updated 0424 GMT (1124 HKT) October 5, 2015

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(CNN)He showed no mercy. He ordered his victims to the ground and shot them even if they complied. He asked them their religion but shot them no matter the answer. He even shot a woman in a wheelchair.

The description of the shooting that left nine dead at Umpqua Community College in Oregon came from one of the survivors, a woman who was shot in the hand.

The mother of another survivor said the shooter spared her son so he could deliver a message to police — but then made him watch as his classmates were killed.

“The shooter asked him to give the police something, and that if he did, he would live,” Summer Smith told CNN’s Dan Simon.

“Mathew said at that point, he didn’t quite get what the shooter said. He thought he was standing up to die, and that when the shooter gave him what he was told to give to police, he was then sent to sit in the back of the room … and to watch what was going on.”

Gunman issued orders

The female survivor told CNN’s Sara Sidner in an exclusive interview that she was sitting at the front of the classroom, facing the teacher, when the gunman entered with a shot.

“He just came in and shot towards the back of the wall and told everybody to get in the center of the room and on the ground,” said the woman, who requested anonymity.

The shooter, Chris Harper-Mercer, 26, had guns and wore body armor, the woman said, and seemed determined to shoot. He didn’t appear anxious or stressed, but rather “he seemed happy about it,” she said.

The woman, a mother of three, said she’s just happy to be alive. She and two other people were the only ones able to walk out of the classroom. Everyone else was either too wounded — or dead.

Sidner’s full interview with the woman will air Monday on CNN’s “New Day.”

Those killed ranged in age from 18 to 67 and included a woman in a wheelchair, Sarena Moore, 44, who was in the class with her service dog.

“When he came in, he told everybody to get on the ground. Everybody tried to huddle to the ground,” she said, including Moore.

“She got off the chair, she went on the ground and then he told her to get back on the chair. And then she tried to climb back on the chair, and then he shot her.”

Moore’s service dog survived, said Pastor Christian Martin of Grants Pass Seventh-Day Adventist Church, which Moore regularly attended before moving to be near the college in Roseburg.

Survivor singled out

Survivors have said the gunman gave an envelope to someone in the classroom, telling the student he would live if he gave it to police.

Smith told CNN that person was her 18-year-old son, Mathew. She said she didn’t want to reveal his last name.

Smith said that after three people were shot and killed, the gunman paused and spotted her son. “Hey you, with the glasses,” he called out.

“The shooter asked him to give the police something, and that if he did, he would live,” Smith said.

“Mathew said at that point, he didn’t quite get what the shooter said. He thought he was standing up to die, and that when the shooter gave him what he was told to give to police, he was then sent to sit in the back of the room … and to watch what was going on.”

Her son did as he was told, she said.

“Mathew said that he froze. He didn’t make a single move. He was afraid to look away. That if he … did anything to make the shooter notice him, that he would be shot. So he just sat there,” Smith said.

“He’s sitting there, watching the shooter execute people?” asked Simon.

“Yes.”

Mathew never saw the contents of the envelope but could feel a computer flash drive inside, his mother said. He gave it to police.

Law enforcement officials familiar with the investigation have told CNN the gunman handed his “writings” to a survivor, telling that person to give it to police, but they haven’t elaborated on the form in which they were delivered.

Those officials say the writings indicate the shooter studied past mass shootings and identified with the perpetrators of those rampages. The shooter also expressed frustration at not having a girlfriend and being a virgin, the law enforcement officials say.

Survivor says religion not a factor

Relatives of two wounded victims have said the gunman asked his victims about their religion before he shot them.

One victim, Cheyeanne Fitzgerald, didn’t answer and was shot in the back, her mother said. Another victim, Anastasia Boylan, told her father the gunman asked specifically whether they were Christians.

The survivor who spoke to CNN also said the gunman asked about religion. But she said it didn’t seem to matter, because he shot some people even before he asked.

“I don’t think he was really targeting them,” she said. “I honestly don’t think he was targeting anybody. He just wanted to do it for fun. ‘Cause he still shot every single one that he asked. So I don’t think he was actually targeting a specific religion.”

Covered in someone else’s blood, expecting to die, the woman said she played dead. Her head was on the ground and she tried not to look up so the shooter wouldn’t see she was still alive.

‘She had a big heart’

Moore was an active member of the Grants Pass church for several years and continued to visit occasionally when in town to see one of her three sons, Martin said.

He said Moore, who was in her third semester studying business at the college, “had a big heart.”

“Sarena was one who, when she got to know someone, they became a close friend, a good friend,” Martin told CNN. “She easily made friends, she easily won hearts.”

Sciatica was the reason she used a wheelchair, but it was for convenience and comfort and wasn’t a necessity, he said.

Moore was also the caretaker for her boyfriend and the church has helped make sure he will be taken care of, Martin said. The church has also set up a fund to assist the family financially.

Saturday’s weekly service became a special tribute to Moore that included songs, prayer and a moment of silence.

“We drew attention to the legacy that we all believe Sarena has left, and that is she was passionate and devoted and a firm believer in the power of prayer,” Martin said.

“She always gave God credit for the way in which he opened doors for her to enroll as a student. … She always asked for prayer from many, many people, and so we were recalling the emphasis she always made on prayer.”

As Seventh-Day Adventists, Martin said, they believe they will one day see Moore again.

“For us it’s not goodbye forever, but ‘see you then,’ reunited together at the resurrection morning. So that’s our blessed hope.”

Gunman owned 14 firearms

Harper-Mercer was enrolled in the class he targeted Thursday — an English class taught by one of his victims, Lawrence Levine, 67.

Also killed were Lucero Alcaraz, 19; Treven Taylor Anspach, 20; Rebecka Ann Carnes, 18; Quinn Glen Cooper, 18; Kim Saltmarsh Dietz, 59; Lucas Eibel, 18; and Justin Dale Johnson, 34.

Ages of Umpqua’s students vary widely. Of its 13,600 students, the average age was 38 during the 2013-2014 school year.

The gunman died after a shootout with police, but the state medical examiner has determined his death was a suicide, said Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin.

Investigators have found 14 firearms connected to the shooter, authorities said. Five pistols and one rifle were found at the college and the others were at his apartment, Celinez Nunez of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said.

The gunman’s father, Ian Mercer, says he was unaware his son had any firearms.

CNN’s Sara Sidner, Kyung Lah, Faith Karimi, Ryan Young, Pamela Brown and Evan Perez contributed to this report.