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Hemera/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — Two brothers accused of murdering Nykea Aldridge, a cousin of NBA star Dwyane Wade, are expected to appear in court Monday.

The suspects, 26-year-old Darwin Sorrells Jr. and 22-year-old Derren Sorrells are both convicted felons who served time in prison, Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said Sunday. Johnson said one of the men was wearing an ankle monitor at the time of the shooting and that both men are “documented gang members."

They have both been charged with first-degree murder.

The shooting happened Friday afternoon when Aldridge, a mother of four, was pushing her baby in a stroller on the Chicago's South Side.

Alridge, 32, was caught in the crossfire of nearby gunshots. She was hit in the arm and the head, according to police.

Surveillance video captures the moment she was shot and fell to the ground while her young child remained in the stroller.

After Aldridge was killed, a relative took custody of the child, who was not hurt, according to ABC station WLS-TV.

Darwin Sorells Jr. admitted in a statement that he was armed and approached the apparent target of the shooting with a gun. Derren Sorells admitted in a statement to Chicago police to shooting multiple times at the apparent target.

Wade took to Twitter after the shooting, calling his cousin's death "Another act of senseless gun violence."

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Twitter/Stephanie(PENSACOLA, Fla.) — After a Southwest Airlines flight from New Orleans to Orlando, Florida, was forced to make an emergency landing over the weekend in Pensacola, Florida, due to what the airline said was a mechanical issue, passengers shared their accounts of harrowing moments inside the plane.

"I literally thought that was it, that this is how I'm going out," said Kimberly Zetsch.

Flight data showed that the plane descended from an altitude of 30,000 feet to 10,000 feet in just over eight minutes on Saturday.

A spokesperson from the airline told ABC News that the jet for SW flight 3472 suffered a "mechanical issue with the number one engine."

"We heard a loud boom at about 10,000 feet," passenger Stephanie Miller said. "Sounded like an 18-wheeler tire blowing, and we started smelling smoke."

Miller's pictures suggest the front casing of the left engine fell apart.

Another passenger, Vickie Fisher, said she knew the severity of the situation right away, "The noise and the shaking -- I knew instantly that this is not good."

ABC News' David Kerley said the metal shrapnel sliced into the tail of the jet and the fuselage, which breached the protection barrier for passengers. With pressure escaping from the cabin as a result, oxygen masks dropped from the ceiling and the pilots had to take quick action, bringing the aircraft into descent so that passengers could breathe.

Zetsch said, "I thought 'I'm not a really good swimmer. How am I going to get out of this?' Then I thought, 'It doesn't really matter — this is it on impact.'"

"We just couldn't get to land fast enough," Miller said.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the malfunction. Southwest Airlines maintains it was not an explosion.

"This is very very rare and it's very dangerous because in this case the engine actually cut through a piece of metal into the cabin, and it was close to where somebody was sitting," said retired Marine Corps Col. Steve Ganyard, an aviation consultant for ABC News. "Somebody could easily have been killed."

Luckily, the flight landed safely, and none of the 99 passengers or five crew on board were injured.

According to Southwest, the plane is now out of service.

Those three passengers all credit the pilot and flight crew with getting them on the ground safely and keeping everyone calm. Passengers said the pilot checked in with each passenger personally to make sure no one was hurt.

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iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — Reports of an active shooter caused a sense of chaos at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday night, bringing travel to a halt and causing delays to pile up into Monday morning.

Passengers breached security doors and spilled out onto the airport tarmac at around 9 p.m. after word of a shooting threat spread.

Fortunately, the report turned out to be a false alarm, but it caused 281 delays, two cancellations, and 27 flight diversions, according to LAX, which also said that one person was injured from getting trampled.

"Due to initial reports of an active shooter in Terminal eight at LAX, passengers in several LAX terminals self-evacuated onto the tarmac and rushed through federal security screening without being properly screened," the airport explained in a statement.

In a somewhat surreal twist, an individual in a Zorro costume was detained by airport police.

Police told ABC News that a man in the Zorro costume was stopped by police. Someone yelled that he had a sword, which turned out to be wooden. Later, reports of an active shooter began to spread throughout the airport, but it remains unclear if those reports were related directly to the man in the costume.

The Los Angeles Police Department evacuated the airport and conducted a search, later confirming there was no evidence of any shooting and that the incident appeared to be a false alarm.

Still, the panic brought the airport's traffic to a halt as the terminals were cleared and incoming flights were partially shut down for 30 minutes.

Dozens of passengers could be seen exiting the airport for their cars or nearby hotels, luggage in tow.

Early Monday, LAX still had arrival delays of about 49 minutes on average and departure delays of 1 hour and 40 minutes, according to FlightAware.com.

The airport said it halted incoming traffic on the south runway complex shortly after 9 p.m. and that arrivals were cleared roughly a half-hour later.

It took about 90 minutes to get the airport terminals cleared for passengers to re-enter the airport.


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Joshua Lott/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — Even before the high-profile shooting death of Nykea Aldridge, NBA star Dwayne Wade's cousin, Chicago had been battling a citywide spike in violent crime.

While the connection to one of the country's best-known athletes has drawn national attention to the city's problem with gun violence, the underlying problem remains all too familiar for many Chicago residents.

Following Aldridge's death, nine people were killed and nearly 50 were shot across Chicago over the weekend, ABC Chicago station WLS-TV reported.

Aldridge's death took place just one day after Wade participated in an ESPN Town Hall on gun violence in the Windy City, an event also attended by Wade's mother, the pastor Jolinda Wade.

"Just sat up on a panel yesterday, The Undefeated, talking about the violence that's going on within our city of Chicago, never knowing that the next day we would be the ones that would be actually living and experiencing it," she said.

"We're still going to try and help these people to transform their minds and give them a different direction, so this thing won't keep happening."

Murders have spiked by 49 percent this year compared to last year, and 81 percent over the same time period in 2014.

With more than 450 murders so far in 2015, Chicago is on pace for its highest overall murder count since at least 2012, when 504 were recorded in the entire year.

Overall shooting incidents — at more than 2,200 and counting — have mirrored that rise, with a 48 percent spike so far in 2016.

Police blame gangs for a disproportionate share of the city's violent crime.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said on Saturday that about 1,400 people — many of them gangs members — are driving 85 percent of the city's gun violence.

The two suspects in Aldridge's murder are both documented gang members, police said.

Tragically, many of the shooting victims get caught in the crossfire.

Aldridge, 32, was hit by stray bullets as she pushed her newborn in a stroller after enrolling one of her children in school, WLS-TV reported.

This year's shootings have intensified with the summer heat.

On Aug. 8, nine people were murdered in Chicago, making it the bloodiest day in 13 years, according to the Chicago Tribune. The victims that day included a 10-year-old boy shot in the back as he played on his front porch, the Tribune reported.

Some 27 children younger than 13 have been shot in Chicago so far this year, according to WLS-TV.

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Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson, announcing murder charges against two men on parole in the death of Nykea Aldridge, NBA star Dwyane Wade's cousin, said it was time to "get serious" about keeping violent criminals in jail.

"The gun offenders that choose to do this time and time again, we have to hold them accountable," Johnson said, referring to Darwin and Derren Sorrells, the men who were charged with the murder of Alridge. "We need to put them in jail and keep them there."

Aldridge, 32, had been pushing her child in a stroller on the city's South Side on Friday afternoon when gunfire was exchanged nearby, hitting her in the arm and the head, according to police.

The case has helped to shine a spotlight on the ongoing issue of violence in Chicago, a subject that Wade himself addressed on a panel hosted by ESPN on Thursday, the night before the shooting of his cousin took place.

Johnson portrayed the death of Alridge as being a failure of the criminal justice system.

"Darwin Sorrells was let out on parole for unlawful use of a weapon in February of this year," he said at a press conference Sunday. "His brother, Derren Sorrells, was involved in a murder not only while he was on parole but while he was wearing a home monitoring bracelet. I want all of you to think about what I just said and ask what that tells you."

He also described the problem of illegal guns and gun violence in his city as an endemic one, saying that "all Chicagoans should be frustrated" with the violence.

"It’s time to stop talking and to get serious and take action when it comes to how we sentence our repeat gun offenders," Johnson said. "I’m frustrated, you should be frustrated, all Chicagoans should be frustrated."

To back up his statement, Johnson cited some alarming numbers. He said CPD had confiscated "nearly 6,000" illegal guns in 2016 -- an average of one every hour, and a figure that he said was more than the totals of New York and Los Angeles combined.

Chicago is the third most populous city in the U.S., with roughly 2.7 million residents. New York has roughly 8.3 million people and Los Angeles more than 3.8 million.

"That's not because we're better than them," Johnson said of the comparison. "It's because of the proliferation of guns out on the streets of Chicago."

That proliferation of guns has translated into increasing bloodshed in the city.

The Chicago Tribune keeps an up-to-date map detailing where people were shot in Chicago, broken down by community.

According to the newspaper's statistics, there have been 5,727 shooting victims in the city since January 1st of 2015, with 2,739 of those incidents occurring in this year alone.

Chicago police and Mayor Rahm Emanuel frequently place the blame for the increase in illegal gun trafficking and shootings in the city on gangs, and Johnson Sunday described the Sorrells brothers as known gang members."

The city is known for having strict gun control, and the violence in the city is frequently used by conservatives in arguments against gun control legislation.

Republican U.S. Rep. Bob Dold from Illinois, however, broke with his GOP colleagues in June by calling for a series of gun control measures while running for re-election, a move that helps to indicate the growing level of concern surrounding gun violence in the region.



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artolympic/iStock/Thinkstock(ITHACA, N.Y.) -- One student at Itahaca College was fatally stabbed and another was injured on Sunday morning in a fight at nearby Cornell University.

According to a message sent to parents and families of Ithaca College students by university president Tom Rochon, the fight took place on Cornell's campus following a student-organized event. Two Ithaca College students were stabbed in the fight, Rochon said, including 19-year-old Anthony Nazaire.

Nazaire, a sophomore from Brooklyn, N.Y., was killed. The name of the student who was injured is being withheld as part of the City of Ithaca Police Department's investigation. That student, the school says, has been treated and released from an area hospital.

The school says that there is no indication of any ongoing threat to the Ithaca College campus or students. A campus-wide gathering is scheduled for 4 p.m. Monday at Muller Chapel.

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iStock/Thinkstock(LAPLACE, La.) -- Two people are dead and 41 injured after a charter bus crashed into a pickup truck Sunday morning shortly after the truck sped on a slick roadway into a guardrail near LaPlace, Louisiana, according to Louisiana State Police.

Louisiana State Police said they were on the scene with the St. John Baptist Fire Department investigating the pickup truck's minor injury accident when the bus crashed into three firemen standing near the scene.

The three firemen, including LaPlace Volunteer Fire District Chief Spencer Chauvin who was later declared deceased, were thrown over the edge of the guardrail, according to police. One fireman is in critical but stable condition and another suffered moderate injuries, police said.

A backseat passenger of a Toyota Camry also involved in the crash was declared deceased at the scene, according to Louisiana State Police, and the driver and front passenger were transported to local hospitals.

Louisiana State Police said the bus driver, Denis Yasmir Amaya Rodriguez, did not have a driver's license and was not licensed to drive a commercial vehicle. A public information officer said he was from Honduras and in the U.S. illegally.

About 30 to 40 passengers were on board the bus, according to police, who were "daily hires" to do construction and help rebuild after the severe flooding that has hit Louisiana. Police said they believe the workers were in the U.S. illegally and all were taken to local area hospitals with minor to moderate injuries.

The Motor Carrier section of Louisiana is investigating the bus crash.

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Chicago Police Department(CHICAGO) -- Two brothers have been charged in connection with the shooting death of Nykea Aldridge, a cousin of NBA star Dwayne Wade, in a case that has helped to shine a spotlight on the spate of gun violence in Chicago.

Darwin Sorrells Jr., 26, and Derren Sorrells, 22, were both charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder in the death of Aldridge.

Aldridge, 32, was pushing a stroller on the city's South Side on Friday afternoon when two men exchanged gunfire nearby, hitting her in the arm and the head, according to police.

She was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson spoke passionately about Aldridge's murder at a press conference Sunday.

Her life "was cut short by gunfire by two convicted felons," Johnson said. "It isn't noteworthy because [Aldridge has a] famous family member," he said, referring to Wade.

Johnson described the Sorrells brothers as known "gang members," and suggested that Chicago's problem with gun violence is out of proportion to its population.

"Chicago has recovered a gun for every hour of 2016," Johnson said, adding that nearly 6,000 illegal guns have been recovered by authorities so far this year. That is more than the number of guns recovered in the two larger cities of New York and Los Angeles combined, he said.

After Aldridge was killed, a relative took custody of the child, who was not hurt, according to ABC station WLS-TV.

Wade, who was born in Chicago, signed with the Chicago Bulls this July in a move that was celebrated by the city as a homecoming. After news of his cousin's death, he labeled the incident "senseless."

Saturday, he took to Twitter and elaborated on comments he made Friday.

"The city of Chicago is hurting. We need more help& more hands on deck. Not for me and my family but for the future of our world. The YOUTH!," Wade wrote.

He followed that by writing, "These young kids are screaming for help!!!"

Wade's mother, Pastor Jolinda Wade, echoed her family's pain while speaking to reporters Friday at the hospital.

"We are now in a very, very sensitive grieving place," she said while holding her sobbing sister Diana.

Despite the tragedy, Wade's mother spoke of hope for those who commit such crimes.

"We're still going to try and help these people to transform their minds and give them a different direction, so this thing won't keep happening," she said. "We're still going to help empower people like the one who senselessly shot my niece in the head."

In a statement Friday night, the Chicago Bulls said, "The entire Chicago Bulls organization is deeply saddened by the news of Dwayne Wade's cousin, Nykea Aldridge. We send our deepest condolences to the entire Wade family during this difficult time."

On Thursday, Wade spoke via satellite on a panel hosted by ESPN that was focused on gun violence. He called the issue "deep-rooted."

"This is something that didn't start today; this is something that isn't going to end tomorrow," he said. "Hopefully, eventually, we can stop it."

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Nykea Aldridge/Facebook(CHICAGO) -- Chicago police are investigating the fatal shooting Friday night of NBA star Dwyane Wade's cousin, Nykea Aldridge.

The mother-of-four was gunned down while pushing a stroller through Chicago's Parkway Gardens neighborhood on the South Side, when two men exchanged gunfire nearby, hitting her in the arm and the head.

Aldridge, 32, was an innocent bystander and not the intended target, police said.

As police interview persons of interest, the devastated Wade family is inviting community members to a vigil at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Willie Mae Morris Empowerment Center in Chicago. According to its website, the center "was developed in part to assist the City of Chicago in their continued efforts to decrease the violence and fatalities by providing a safe haven and high quality programming for our youth."

The family has also established a trust fund for Aldridge's four children. Donation checks can be made payable to the Nykea Aldrige Children's Fund and mailed to Seaway National Bank, Attn: Daryl Newell, Chief Retail Officer, 645 East 87th Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60619.

Wade, who announced his first cousin's death on Twitter Friday night, returned to Twitter on Saturday with a trio of tweets, expressing frustration with the city's gun violence. "RIP Nykea Aldridge... #EnoughIsEnough," read the Chicago Bulls player's first tweet.

He continued, "The city of Chicago is hurting. We need more help& more hands on deck. Not for me and my family but for the future of our world. The YOUTH!" His final tweet read, "These young kids are screaming for help!!! #EnoughIsEnough."

 

RIP Nykea Aldridge... #EnoughIsEnough

— DWade (@DwyaneWade) August 27, 2016

 

 

The city of Chicago is hurting. We need more help& more hands on deck. Not for me and my family but for the future of our world. The YOUTH!

— DWade (@DwyaneWade) August 27, 2016

 

 

These young kids are screaming for help!!! #EnoughIsEnough

— DWade (@DwyaneWade) August 27, 2016

 

Public figures, including fellow athletes, took to Twitter to express their condolences to Wade.

"This is heartbreaking. So sorry for your loss," tweeted singer and actress Deborah Cox.

 

@DwyaneWade This is heartbreaking. So sorry for your loss.

— Deborah Cox (@Deborah_Cox) August 27, 2016

 

Oklahoma City Thunder player Enes Kanter tweeted, "I'm sorry for your loss my man. @DwyaneWade Thoughts and prayers with your family. #EnoughIsEnough."

 

I'm sorry for your loss my man. @DwyaneWade
Thoughts and prayers with your family.
???? #EnoughIsEnough https://t.co/2npihhzHPq

— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) August 27, 2016

 

And WNBA star Swin Cash of New York Liberty, tweeted, "@DwyaneWade Praying for you, the whole family, her beautiful children and the city of Chicago.. My GOD this has to stop!"

 

@DwyaneWade ???? Praying for you, the whole family, her beautiful children and the city of Chicago.. My GOD this has to stop! ????????

— Swin Cash (@SwinCash) August 27, 2016

 

On Saturday, many celebrities took issue with Donald Trump's tweet, in which he misspelled Wade's first name and took the opportunity to appeal to African-American voters. The Republican presidential nominee tweeted, "Dwayne [sic] Wade's cousin was just shot and killed walking her baby in Chicago. Just what I've been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP!"

That prompted music producer and former Destiny's Child member Michelle Williams to tweet, "@realDonaldTrump An absolute disgrace."

 

@realDonaldTrump An absolute disgrace

— Michelle Williams (@RealMichelleW) August 27, 2016

 

In response to Trump's tweet, actress Holly Robinson Peete tweeted, "I am just...I am so offended by this I can barely breathe. My prayers and condolences go out to the Wade family."

 

I am just...I am so offended by this I can barely breathe.

My prayers and condolences go out to the Wade family???????? pic.twitter.com/sg8K1DuPNH

— Holly Robinson Peete (@hollyrpeete) August 27, 2016

 

But actor Don Cheadle was less reserved with his words, requoting Trump's tweet and adding "You are truly a POS," an acronym for "piece of s***."

 

You are truly a POS https://t.co/cyTwxgxwDh

— Don Cheadle (@DonCheadle) August 27, 2016

 

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WLS-TV(CHICAGO) -- Police in Chicago are investigating the fatal shooting of the first cousin of NBA star Dwyane Wade.

Nykea Aldridge was pushing a stroller in the city's Parkway Gardens neighborhood Friday afternoon when two men exchanged gunfire nearby, hitting her in the arm and the head, according to police. She was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Two people have been questioned in connection with the shooting but no charges have been filed, police said.

Aldridge, 32, was not the intended target, police said. A relative took custody of the child, who was not hurt, according to ABC station WLS-TV.

Wade, who was born in Chicago, signed with the Chicago Bulls this July in a move that was celebrated by the city as a homecoming. After news of his cousin's death, he labeled the incident "senseless."

On Saturday, he took to Twitter and elaborated on comments he made on Friday.

"The city of Chicago is hurting. We need more help& more hands on deck. Not for me and my family but for the future of our world. The YOUTH!," Wade wrote.

He followed that up by writing, "These young kids are screaming for help!!!"

These young kids are screaming for help!!! #EnoughIsEnough

— DWade (@DwyaneWade) August 27, 2016

Wade's mother, Pastor Jolinda Wade, echoed her family's pain while speaking to reporters Friday at the hospital.

"We are now in a very, very sensitive grieving place," she said while holding her sobbing sister Diana.

Despite the tragedy, Wade's mother spoke of hope for those who commit such crimes.

"We're still going to try and help these people to transform their minds and give them a different direction, so this thing won't keep happening," she said. "We're still going to help empower people like the one who senselessly shot my niece in the head."

In a statement Friday night, the Chicago Bulls said, "The entire Chicago Bulls organization is deeply saddened by the news of Dwyane Wade's cousin, Nykea Aldridge. We send our deepest condolences to the entire Wade family during this difficult time."

Official Chicago Bulls Statement on the Passing of Dwyane Wade’s Cousin: https://t.co/vbRL4v5bc3

— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) August 27, 2016

On Thursday, Wade spoke via satellite on a panel hosted by ESPN that was focused on gun violence. He called the issue "deep-rooted."

"This is something that didn't start today, this is something that isn't going to end tomorrow," he said. "Hopefully, eventually, we can stop it."

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iStock/Thinkstock(JACKSON, Miss.) -- A man has been arrested in connection with the killing of two nuns in Mississippi this week, the state's Department of Public Safety announced late Friday.

"Rodney Earl Sanders, 46, of 210 Aponaug Road, Kosciusko has been charged with two counts of capital murder in connection with the killing of two nuns in Durant earlier this week. After an exhaustive interview Friday evening, MBI agents were able to develop enough information to charge Sanders," read a statement.

Sister Margaret Held and Sister Paula Merril, originally from Wisconsin and Massachusetts, were found stabbed to death at home Thursday.

Friends of the pair said the two women served the poor and the community for more than 30 years and both were nurse practitioners.

MBI Director Lt. Colonel Jimmy Jordan said the suspect was a person of interest early in the investigation. He is being held i n an undisclosed detention center awaiting his initial court appearance.

Police in Jackson originally suspected a robbery took place. The Catholic Diocese said the home was broken into, and the nuns' missing car was found a mile away, according to police.

A wake will be held for the nuns at St. Thomas Church in Lexington on Sunday, with a memorial mass at the Cathedral of Saint Peter the Apostle in Jackson on Monday.

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Stock Photo: balloonguy/iStock/Thinkstock(MADRAS, Ore.) -- A biplane pilot was killed after a crash at an air show in Oregon on Saturday afternoon.

According to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, the crash happened shortly before 3 p.m. on Saturday. Pilot Marcus Bruce Paine, 61, was flying the Stearman biplane as part of the Airshow of the Cascades when he crashed. The plane then caught fire. The FAA says that Paine was the only person on board the plane at the time of the crash.

The Federal Aviation Administration was present at the airshow, and will conduct a thorough investigation of the accident, the JCSO said.

"It is with heavy hearts that the Airshow of the Cascades announces the loss of the talented aerobatic performer, Marcus Paine, during his Saturday afternoon performance in Madras, Oregon," a statement from the airshow organizers said. "The Paine Family and the airshow community appreciate your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time."

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Courtesy Mueller Family(PRESCOTT, Ariz.) -- The rain stopped in Prescott, Arizona, Saturday morning, just in time for Kayla Mueller's family to cut the ribbon on a new state-of-the-art playground erected to honor her as a selfless humanitarian both in her life as an aid worker and in her captivity and death as an ISIS hostage.

In minutes, patient children bolted past the snipped shards of ribbon for the swingsets, jungle gym, slides and a 66-foot zip-line at the playground named Kayla's Hands for a young American taken too soon. Her parents beamed listening to the joyful noise.

Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, who survived Communist torture in the "Hanoi Hilton" as a Vietnam War POW, told well-wishers gathered in the rainbow-colored playground that he doesn't call many people "hero," but Mueller was one.

"I didn't know Kayla but I sense in every account of her ordeal, the true meaning of humility," McCain said in a short speech.

Mueller was a 24-year-old aid worker kidnapped by armed gunmen on Aug. 3, 2013 while traveling in a Doctors Without Borders vehicle in Aleppo, Syria. She died 18 months later still a prisoner of ISIS terrorists, in what her hostage-takers called a Jordanian airstrike. U.S. officials denied an airstrike killed her but her parents still do not know how she died or how the White House was able to confirm her death on February 10, 2015.

She adored the Syrian refugee children she worked with in southern Turkey, her friends have said.

This year her father Carl worked with the Prescott Kiwanis Club, of which he is a former president, to raise money from donors such as the Arizona Diamondbacks for the new playground, which will also finally offer handicapped kids in the high desert town a place to safely frolic. It has been an emotional anchor for him to cling to, happily adjusting the plans in recent months for the bouncy floor matting and the zip-line, which Kayla's mom loves to sail down.

"We can feel Kayla here," Carl Mueller said. "When the wind blows just right, we can hear her makin' her music."

The still grieving dad said he and Marsha will "be spending a lot of time here."

"She lived her life for others, she used her hands to relieve suffering. She was not just sympathetic to the plight of the less fortunate, she was moved to action," McCain told the crowd. "Her fellow captives spoke of her as an inspiration. Brave and defiant when she was abused and threatened, consoling and selfless to those who shared her suffering."

Former ISIS hostages have spoken of her selflessness in captivity, where she tried to cheer them up, gave them strength and once even sacrificed an opportunity to escape to ensure fellow captives got away, ABC's "20/20" reported last night in the segment, "The Girl Left Behind," after more than two years of investigation.

In one incident in March 2014, Mueller even stood up to British ISIS executioner Jihadi John to correct him when he told other hostages that she had converted to Islam.

"Her love now echoes in the joy and laughter of children. What a fitting -- what a fitting tribute," McCain said, his voice finally breaking with emotion, as Marsha Mueller reached over to hug the war hero senator.

The Rev. Kathleen Day of Northern Arizona University, who Kayla befriended in college and who later became a close confidante of Carl and Marsha Mueller during her hostage ordeal, recalled how the young do-gooder from Arizona had said that "it's never goodbye among friends" whenever she left Prescott for Turkey and Syria or other far-flung destinations.

"Today Prescott says to Kayla Jean, we will always love you, and indeed it's never 'goodbye' because her spirit will live on in the laughter and the joy and the compassion and the friendship of this playground," Day said.

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WNEP-TV(LANSDALE, Pennsylvania) -- A young woman with Down syndrome whose reaction to learning she was going to college went viral in April is now ready to begin classes.

Rachel Grace starts at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania on Monday. The student from Lansdale, Pennsylvania, looked into attending four schools and ultimately decided to attend ESU.

Although she's an incoming freshman and has never lived on her own before, Grace said she's not nervous.

"My parents are but I'm not," Graced told ABC affiliate WNEP-TV.

And it's true. Her mother Deb Grace admitted, "It's exciting and it's nerve-wracking and we're excited for her, but really scared for us."

"You might have to do a follow-up story to see how I am in a couple days," Grace's father, Tom, added. "Rachel's doing a heck of a lot better than I am."

Grace will take part in ESU's Career Independent Learning and Living Studies program. The three-year program is tailored to students with intellectual disabilities.

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Ben Harding/iStock/Thinkstock(SAN FRANCISCO) – The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of appeals has allowed a lawsuit filed by grocery chain Trader Joe’s against a man who bought and resold its products at a mark-up to move forward.

The suit involves a Canadian man who allegedly purchased nearly $350,000 worth of Trader Joe’s products in Washington state, and resold them for higher prices a storefront branded “Pirate Joe’s.”

Trader Joe’s does not have stores in Canada

Michael Hallat claims his business was legal, and says his store looked nothing like a Trader Joe’s. His attorney says they are “weighing their options.”

The 9th Circuit claimed Hallat’s action could lower the value of the store’s American-held trademarks.

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