Last Updated Jun 13, 2016 2:14 PM EDT The Orland gay club gunman's father has well-known anti-American views and is an ideological supporter of the Afghan Taliban. A new message posted by the father on Facebook early Monday morning also makes it clear he could have passed anti-homosexual views onto his son.Seddique Mir Mateen, father of Orlando gunman Omar Mateen, who died in a shootout with police after killing at least 49 people early Sunday morning, regularly attended Friday prayers at a Florida mosque with his son.In the video posted early Monday, Seddique Mateen says his son was well-educated and respectful to his parents, and that he was "not aware what motivated him to go into a gay club and kill 50 people."The elder Mateen says he was saddened by his son's actions during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.He then adds: "God will punish those involved in homosexuality," saying it's, "not an issue that humans should deal with."(Editor's Note: Mateen asked for an interview with CBS … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo What has the Orlando gunman’s father said?
The 4-year-old boy who fatally shot his 2-year-old brother with a pistol in an upstairs bedroom had found the gun tucked under a pillow. Kao Xiong, 33, who appeared to be overcome with grief, said in an interview that he had a permit to carry the semi-automatic handgun, and had wedged it under a pillow next to the bed’s headboard. “My heart is broke,” said Xiong. “I wish I could be a new person.” His wife, Ma Vang, who sat nearby and speaks little English, looked on but had no comment. Xiong said he worked for a St. Paul non-profit that helps the mentally ill and had come home for lunch. His wife was vacuuming so Neegnco Xiong, 2, and his 4-year-old brother went upstairs and were playing in the bed. The couple heard a single gunshot and rushed upstairs to find Neegnco hunched on the bed, face down, Xiong said. He told his wife to call 911, picked up the toddler and then spoke to a dispatcher, while he intermittently gave the the boy CPR. “I … [Read more...] about Father said gun that killed his son was tucked under pillow
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday spared the life of a convicted killer shortly before the man's scheduled execution for masterminding the fatal shootings of his mother and brother. In sparing the life of Thomas "Bart" Whitaker, Abbott accepted the state parole board's rare clemency recommendation. Whitaker's father, Kent, also was shot in the 2003 plot at the family's suburban Houston home but survived and led the effort to save his son from execution. Abbott commuted the sentence to life without parole. "I'm thankful not for me but for my dad," Bart Whitaker said in a statement to prison officials. "Any punishment that I would have or will receive is just, but my dad did nothing wrong. The system worked for him today. And I will do my best to uphold my role in the system." The seven-member Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, whose members are appointed by the governor, recommended unanimously Tuesday that Abbott commute the sentence. Abbott, a Republican had the option of accepting … [Read more...] about Texas governor spares inmate from execution after plea from father who survived family shooting
Twin sisters with diminished mental and behavioral capacity were raped, starved and beaten, and subjected to long stretches of captivity in chains by their father in their south Minneapolis home, according to charges filed this week. The abuse continued for years, the criminal complaint and other court filings read, until one of them escaped to alert authorities last May. Charges filed Tuesday against 51-year-old Jerry Lee Curry and a protective order against him also reveal that he fathered two children by one of the twins, one born in June 2014 and the other in October 2017. The sisters are now in their early 20s. Curry surrendered to authorities downtown and was booked into jail late Wednesday morning. He remains held in lieu of $750,000 bail ahead of his first court appearance Thursday afternoon. Police said they are trying to locate the mother of the victims to find out what she might know about the violence. The mother’s father said he hasn’t seen her for a month, … [Read more...] about Charges: Minneapolis father raped, chained and beat twin daughters in what authorities called ‘torture’
By Brian Rokos | [email protected] | The Press-EnterprisePUBLISHED: February 9, 2018 at 6:06 pm | UPDATED: February 10, 2018 at 4:42 pm Rafael and Alicia Sepulveda sat a conference table in Temecula on Friday, Feb. 9, a photo of a smiling son Pedro in front of them and a box of facial tissue at hand. To their left was attorney Robert Trijullo and one of the Sepulvedas’ daughters, Blanca. Together, they spoke of seeking justice and change so that deaths such as Pedro’s won’t be repeated. Riverside resident Pedro Sepulveda, 27, was awaiting trial on charges that included resisting arrest, assault with a deadly weapon and inflicting corporal injury on a spouse when he was gravely injured in a fight with another inmate over soup in an unguarded day room at Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning in January 2017. Sepulveda, who hit his head on the floor and lapsed into a coma, died Jan. 22, a day after the fight. The Sepulveda family alleged it took too long for … [Read more...] about ‘A very bad pain,’ says father of Riverside man slain in Banning jail