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Tragic deaths of Las Vegas Shooting survivors

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Tragic deaths of Las Vegas Shooting survivors

On paper, the Las Vegas Shooting left 58 people dead and 548 people injured, but unofficially the casualty list is higher and growing. I write this with a heavy heart and sadness, but I want people to never forget this tragedy and to look out for the survivors if they know any. A tragic incident where people get gunned down from above is hard. I’m going to talk about the death of four Las Vegas Shooting survivors and one family member of a victim. Not all of these deaths are current news, but all seem to have a commonality of the struggle of coping with the Las Vegas Shooting.

Roy McClellan

According to Fox News, Roy McClellan was killed in a hit an run while hitchhiking about 50 miles west of Las Vegas. On Friday, Denise posted on Facebook that Roy had “stormed off” after a fight with a friend the night before he died.

Roy McClellan died Nov. 17 while hitchhiking on State Route 160 in Pahrump, about 50 miles west of Las Vegas. “I don’t understand why he wasn’t taken at the shooting, but a month later he was taken this way,” McClellan’s wife, Denise, told KSNV. “I hope my husband found peace and he’s safe now.”

Denise McClellan told KSNV that the shooting “was really messing with Roy’s head and he was going to therapy.”

Sheryl Stiles

NY Daily News reports that the mother of a slain cop killed in the Las Vegas shooting massacre suffered a heart attack and then died two days after her son’s funeral. Sheryl Stiles fell while riding a hotel escalator and suffered a heart attack after attending Metro Police Officer Charleston Hartfield’s funeral in Las Vegas Friday, the Las Vegas Journal-Review reported.

Stiles’ family believes she died of a broken heart.

“I talked to the chaplain of Metro,” her cousin told the TV station. “He told me she kept saying ‘Oh I want to stay, I want to be with Charleston,’ that she wanted to die.”
Hartfield, a 34-year-old military veteran, was among the 58 killed when shooter Stephen Paddock sprayed hundreds of bullets into a country music festival from his Mandalay Bay hotel room on Oct 1. Paddock fatally shot himself as authorities closed in on him.

Dennis and Lorraine Carver

A California couple who survived gunfire at the Las Vegas music festival died weeks later in a car accident, authorities report.

Dennis Carver leaped on top of his wife, Lorraine Carver, to shield her from the flying bullets on Oct. 1, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. During a lull in gunfire, the couple got up and ran for their lives.

“That’s just the kind of love they had for each other,” Brooke Carver, the couple’s oldest daughter, told the newspaper. “Their love was selfless.”

NY Daily News reported that they died in a car accident a short distance from their home.

Two days later, they arrived safely to their Riverside County home in California. They were more in love than ever in the following weeks, according to Brooke Carver.

“They were so happy,” Brooke Carver, 20, said. “The last two weeks of their lives were really just spent living in the moment.”

She said Dennis Carver sent roses to Lorraine Carver — not for a special occasion, but just to show he loved her.

But weeks later, Madison Carver, 16, heard a loud noise outside her window. She ran outside and saw her parents’ vehicle covered in flames. Dennis Carver, 52, and Lorraine Carver, 53, died less than half a mile from their home.

Their vehicle crashed into a metal gate, according to the Riverside County Fire Department. It took firefighters nearly an hour to completely put out the fire, the department said in a statement.

While mourning their parents, Madison and Brooke take comfort in the now dried-up roses Dennis Carver gave to his wife. The flowers seem perfectly preserved almost a month later — not a single pedal had fallen, Brooke Carver said.

Kymberley Suchomel

The Heavy reports that Kymberley Suchomel, 28, survived the Las Vegas shooting, only to tragically die a week later in her sleep. Since her death, she has become the focus of rumors centered on posts she may have written on Facebook, allegedly believing that there was more than one shooter at the concert.

Kymberley was young and had an exciting life ahead of her. Tragically, she passed away unexpectedly on October 9, just a week after the shooting. Her grandmother, Julie Norton, told VV Daily Press that Kymberley may have died in her sleep after her husband, Mike, left for work at 4:30 a.m.

Kymberley has epilepsy and was often prone to seizures,

Kymberley was married to Michael Suchomel and she had a young daughter, Scarlett. She was only 28 when she died. Her grandmother told the Daily Press “I believe the stress from the shooting took her life.”

From stories she shared with the Daily Press, it appeared that Kymberley was haunted by the shooting. She said that she feared falling asleep because the sounds of gunfire became louder in her head and she kept imagining seeing “broken and bloody bodies.” On Facebook, she said that sound of her alarm or loud voices made her heart race. When her daughter threw her toys or moved too fast, her heard would race.

Final Thoughts

These people ought to be included when we remember those who died. The old saying “That which does not kill you only makes you stronger” proves highly untrue. The survivors and victim’s families need help getting through this. These people don’t need legislation; they need our help if we know them and our prayers. As the casualties grow, I am continually frustrated with the lack of answers. Were there multiple shooters? Why did this happen? And how did this happen? The Las Vegas Shooting is a tragedy that keeps growing and one that we cannot forget as the survivors and victim’s families continue their lives.

Further Reading

The heroes and witnesses of the Mandalay Massacre In Las Vegas

The stories of sacrifice and heroism in Las Vegas during the largest mass murder in US history are truly inspiring. There are many out there, but some of them just grab you by the heart and won’t let go. 59 people are dead and 527 are in local hospitals after Stephen Paddock, a 64 year-old man from Mesquite, Nevada, shot into a crowd of over 22,000 at a country music festival across from the Mandalay Bay where he was located on the 32nd floor. He had a suite with two rooms and had two stands set up as far as I can tell. He had 12 or 13 weapons at his disposal. A number of them were illegally converted to fully automatic weaponry. They also found explosives and triggers in his car and homes, as well as 18 other guns. The guns were purchased in at least four states over time. This was well-planned and premeditated murder on an epic scale.

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  1. James

    November 28, 2017 at 2:46 am

    this is pure lies….there was 2 helicopters and their flight patterns were verified …in the dark hovering and opened fire on the crowd…..CIA inside job..

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Charges being investigated in Las Vegas Shooting

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As noted on the January 12th article We still want answers Las Vegas Shooting investigation, a hearing was set to take place on January 16th to possibly unseal the exercised search warrants in connection to the Stephen Paddock, the only identified Las Vegas Shooting participant. This followup is being conducted as part of getting the Las Vegas Shooting back into the front page as the public awaits answers. People  want answers and it’s good that some members of the media are fighting for them. The hearing was part of a legal action brought fourth by members of the media, most notably the Las Vegas Review Journal. Also covering the hearing was Craig Fiegener, a reporter who has closely followed this story.

To briefly summarize the hearing, the media attorney said that we have a right see the unsealed search warrants. The LVMPD ended up resorting to revealing that because additional charges are being considered, the hearing should be done behind closed doors. So no decision was rendered as Judge Cadish will give the police time to file a brief. For now we wait another week and then some for answers. But until then we can speculate. At the mention of charges being investigated, all eyes are on the shooter’s girlfriend.

Perspectives

Criminal charges possible in Las Vegas shooting, lawyers say

https://www.reviewjournal.com/crime/shootings/criminal-charges-possible-in-las-vegas-shooting-lawyers-say/The hearing, before Clark County District Judge Elissa Cadish, related to local police search warrant records.

Metro’s initial argument was that Cadish did not have the authority to unseal the records because that authority should remain with the individual judges who initially ordered the records sealed. Cadish rejected that argument.

The only other evidence Metro submitted in support of keeping the records sealed was an FBI affidavit. Review-Journal attorney Maggie McLetchie argued that Metro could not make assertions on behalf of the FBI, then noted that federal authorities did not oppose the release of federal search warrants last week.

“The press has an important role in being able to get access to this warrant information and help the public understand what occurred in regard to what warrants law enforcement got, what came back and what the actual facts are,” McLetchie said in court. “The horrific incidents of 1 October were over three months ago. The public still has many, many questions.”

That’s when Metro attorneys suddenly asserted that the sealed documents were pertinent to possible charges.

Cadish said she wanted to read through the sealed documents and compare them with information that already has been made public. She indicated she would make a decision by Jan. 26.

Court claim puts attention on Las Vegas shooter’s girlfriend

https://www.reviewjournal.com/crime/shootings/court-claim-puts-attention-on-las-vegas-shooters-girlfriend/“It’s a very bold statement to say that criminal charges are going to be filed in this case when the only person whose name or inference has been put in the news is his girlfriend,” Las Vegas attorney Craig Drummond said. “I would hope they’re going to back it up. If they don’t, it will incite all of these conspiracy theorists even more.”

Drummond said it is possible authorities are looking at other people who may have not followed proper procedures when selling firearms to Stephen Paddock or others who may have helped him modify some of the weapons.

Defense lawyer Robert Langford speculated that if Danley knew of Paddock’s plans and somehow aided or abetted his actions, she would already have been charged.

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The strange tale of the Turpin family

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The strange tale of the Turpin family

Abuse of children is one of the most horrible things anyone can do. Rarely do I even read stories about abuse. I know it exists. I’m against it. I don’t want reminders of how evil some people really are. The story of the Turpin family drew me in and made me weep for a world that allows such things to happen.

Here’s the story, followed by my brief thoughts:

California family: Parents charged after children found shackled

http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/16/us/california-turpin-13-siblings-held-captive/index.htmlDavid, 57, and Louise, 49, are accused of holding their children captive in their Perris, California, home in filthy conditions, some of them shackled to beds with chains and padlocks. The 13 siblings range in age from 2 to 29.

The parents are charged with torture and child endangerment, and scheduled for a court hearing Thursday. Bail was set at $9 million each. It was not immediately clear if the suspects had attorneys or whether they had entered a plea.

On Sunday, one of their daughters, a 17-year-old, managed to escape from their home by climbing out a window and called 911 from a deactivated cell phone she found in the house, police said. She told officers her parents were holding her 12 siblings captive inside the home, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said.

My Take

There’s a danger here. We have to be mindful of children who are being abused. Unfortunately, that also means there will be times when the state must intervene. Any time that happens, I get worried. I want as little intervention as possible and only when absolutely necessary. The story of the Turpin family is an example of it being necessary.

The problem is that this evil was allowed to continue for decades. How can that happen? How do we respect the rights of parents and embrace a non-interfering government when there are people like the Turpins in the world? It’s a slippery slope and I have no answers.

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Pastor’s sins finally catch up to him, but will he land on his feet?

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Pastors sins finally catch up to him but will he land on his feet

Andy Savage may not be a household name (unless you are ‘Walkin’ and ‘Livin’ in Memphis, Tennessee), but recently a woman by the name of Jules Woodson claims that Savage sexually assaulted her back in 1998 when she was 17 years of age, and Savage was a college student and on staff of Woodlands Parkway Baptist Church in Texas. For better or worse this alleged scandal was swept under the rug and Savage was able to achieve work as a teaching Pastor at Highpoint Church in Memphis, TN.

While Savage owns up to his actions, he was not defrocked and blacklisted. We live in a cursed creation and all of us can and do fall into sin. While we need to repent of our sins, certain sins should disqualify people from serving in certain church offices in this life.

Reference

Church leader connected to sexual assault accusation against Andy Savage placed on leave

http://www.fox13memphis.com/top-stories/church-leader-connected-to-sexual-assault-accusation-against-andy-savage-placed-on-leave/679779540MEMPHIS, Tenn. – A church leader connected to sexual assault accusations against Highpoint Church pastor Andy Savage has been suspended.

On Friday, a woman named Jules Woodson came forward with allegations against Savage. The accusations stemmed from an alleged sexual assault in 1998, when Savage was a college student on staff at Woodlands Parkway Baptist Church in Texas.

Andy Savage sexual assault case: Memphis Highpoint pastor gets ovation for apology

http://www.kansascity.com/news/nation-world/article193746309.htmlMembers of a Memphis megachurch stood and applauded their pastor on Sunday when he admitted to and apologized for engaging in a “sexual incident” with a high school student 20 years ago.

Jules Woodson, who accused Highpoint Church Pastor Andy Savage of sexually assaulting her when she was 17, told The New York Times she watched the moment, streamed live on the church’s YouTube page, in disbelief.

Memphis pastor admits to sexual incident with teen, receives standing ovation

http://www.wmcactionnews5.com/story/37229945/criticism-support-growing-for-memphis-pastor-accused-of-sexual-assaultThere is a growing national spotlight on a Memphis pastor after revelations he had sexual contact with a high school girl 20 years ago.

Church members and people from all over are taking to Facebook about Highpoint Church pastor Andy Savage, who addressed his congregation Sunday.

Highpoint Church leader admits past sexual misconduct with high school student

http://wreg.com/2018/01/06/highpoint-church-leader-admits-past-sexual-misconduct-with-high-school-student/Andy Savage released an official statement on the incident that happened while he was a college student on staff at a Texas church.

Savage is now the Teaching Pastor at Highpoint and said he told church leaders about what happened before he was hired.

Jonathan Aigner who is best known for his blog Ponder Anew and was quiet for a few months on his blog, has been very passionate about this story and has posted three commentary pieces on his blog regarding this, and is not impressed of how Highpoint Church is handling the scandal, especially in the church’s worship.

The Andy Savage Story: Christian Culture MUST Hold Abusers Accountable

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/ponderanew/2018/01/05/andy-savage-story-christian-culture-must-hold-abusers-accountable/One of the tragic things about contemporary megachurch worship is that it often worships the personality that built it. Pastors are given license to say and preach about practically anything they wish. Often, instead of the gospel, they cross over into a purely self-help gospel, cloaked with light biblical content to make it jesusy enough for church.

As their popularity grows, these false experts are given an extended platform for influence from those seeking to capitalize on their popularity. Christian publishing is one of the chief culprits, publishing the pop-psychologizing of these celebrity pastors in written form.

Today at Highpoint Church: When a Worship Song Is Blasphemous

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/ponderanew/2018/01/07/this-morning-at-highpoint-church-when-a-worship-song-is-blasphemous/To summarize, Jules was taken in a car under false pretenses by her youth pastor, Andy Savage, and sexually assaulted in a remote location. When she alerted her pastors at Woodlands Parkway Baptist Church, now mini-megachurch StoneBridge, she was shamed and silenced. Andy was ceremoniously let go and sent home to Memphis. Since then, he has risen to a level of evangelical prominence, publishing books, releasing podcasts, and taking the role of Teaching Pastor at Highpoint Church in Memphis.

Along the way, he has been protected by a circle of good old boys, who knew, but have held this secret inside.

Highpoint Worship Leader Either Receives the Holy Spirit or Goes Crazy

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/ponderanew/2018/01/08/highpoint-churchs-preaching-singers-heres-why-you-dont-give-worship-leaders-a-mic/This video is taken from Highpoint Church’s services on January 7, 2018. This particular Sunday will be forever chronicled on the internet and known as the Sunday Lowpoint…err…Highpoint publicly shamed a sexual assault victim while affirming their solidarity and support of her admitted attacker, Teaching Pastor Andy Savage.

I don’t know this person, so please don’t suggest I’m attacking her personally. But ladies and gentlemen, this is why you don’t give your worship leader a microphone.

I would hope that maybe we can all step back and exam our leaders, and how we should worship God in church and what is proper corporate worship. Maybe we can finally divorce the Nashville CCM machine and have a counter-cultural Christian Church that can show people that it is truly different than this world gone mad.

Aigner also highlights a video taken from Highpoint’s recent service in which their music set turned out to be (to quote a song title from the metal band Exodus) a “Fabulous Disaster.” Young Lady, your pastor is imperfect and you and your church need to truly focus on Jesus Christ right now, and raise your pastor up in prayer. Andy and your church building and body are only temporary things. You are passing up an opportunity to proclaim the Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ here…but then again your role is to sing. Maybe we should apply Laura Ingraham’s “Shut Up and Sing” rule here as well. Meanwhile, Ainger calls the young girl’s bluff and presents a classic example of why historical church worship in which there is much logic in the matter as the better route.

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