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A 23-year-old soldier who was honored by President Donald Trump for his heroic actions during the El Paso Walmart mass murder last August was found dead this week.

Army Pfc. Glendon Oakley Jr. was heralded as a hero, and the United States Army awarded him the Army Commendation Medal for his actions during a mass murder on Aug. 3, 2019, in Texas.

The Fort Bliss soldier was credited with saving children as gunfire erupted at a Walmart in El Paso. Oakley was shopping at the Foot Locker in the Cielo Vista Mall, across from the Walmart. Once he heard the gunfire, Oakley Jr. drew his weapon and ran outside of the store. He allegedly saw children running and screaming, so he herded the children to safety.

“It was a whole bunch of kids in there,” Oakley said after the tragedy. “I hope nothing happened to the kids. I tried to pick up as many as I could and bring them out with me.”

“I pulled my gun out,” Oakley continued. “When I hear gunshots I just think … take cover, save whoever you can.”

The mass killing resulted in 22 deaths and 24 people injured.

On Wednesday, Oakley was found dead in his quarters at Fort Bliss, an Army base in El Paso. On Friday, Fort Bliss officials confirmed Oakley’s death, but they did not provide many details.

“At this point in the investigation, foul play in not suspected,” post officials said in a statement. “No further information will be released at this time to protect the integrity of the investigative process.”

Oakley’s death is under investigation by the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command.

Oakley would later meet President Trump, who said, “What a job he did. You’ll be a movie star, the way you look.”

Two months after the incident, Oakley was arrested on a deserter warrant for going absent without leave. “Pfc. Oakley was absent without leave and was apprehended pursuant to a military administrative warrant,” Army Master Sgt. Vin Stevens said in a statement. “Pfc. Oakley is in police custody pending return to Ft Bliss where the chain of command is prepared to receive the Soldier and address the issue according to applicable laws, regulation, and the Uniform Code of Military Justice.”

Oakley was awarded the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, and the Rifle Marksmanship Badge, according to Army Times.

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  • calamity says:

    was he involved with the shitlery cunton and the slick willie clan?

  • Dusty says:

    Sad to hear this and no doubt sounds like a suicide and sometimes military life can be not easy when by yourself and the barracks are not always the best living conditions. Hope that the military is more open to getting help as one needs. Sometimes you are afraid per you think you would get booted out if assumed you have some type of personal problems. To be strong but a whole other life to be in the military and need to have more meetings and discussions especially now per this virus and creating a depression for so many. See on a Navy ship the closeness. So hope that the military will find a way to be open to talk and find out and get the help.

  • MAGA says:

    He messed up the democrats plans on using that shooting as a disaster and weapon against gun rights and Trump. Seems the Army went along with them. Maybe someone had him killed as revenge for him stepping in and thwarting their plan.

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    “I want to say thanks to the firefighters and police officers, first responders,” Biden said once the connection finally became clear. “They never take a break.”

    Jumping in, the first lady added, “And God bless our troops for sure.”

    “And by the way, we’re going to be talking to some of our troops later in the day, both here and abroad. I hope everybody remembers,” the president said. “We remember them every single day. God bless our troops for real.”

    It was the second year the Bidens called into the annual parade, which this year features 27 giant balloons and 31 floats.

    The pair are scheduled to call US service members at 11:30 a.m. ET on Thursday. But first, they visited a Nantucket fire station with grandson Beau, 2.

    The Bidens dropped off some pumpkin pies for the firefighters, who in return gave Beau a miniature fire hat. The boy is the Bidens’ youngest grandchild – the son of Hunter Biden and his wife, Melissa Cohen.

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    ‘Screwed Up Head Case’: Joy Reid Attacks Thanksgiving, Gets Slammed

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    On the eve of Thanksgiving, MSNBC’s Joy Reid went on a tirade against the cherished holiday in which she called it a holiday that erases the “genocide” committed by white Americans.

    The comments came in a segment of Reid’s show “The Reidout” that focused in on two recent mass shootings. One of the shootings involved a self-described “non-binary” individual who allegedly attacked a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, leaving five people dead. In the other, a black man allegedly murdered six co-workers, including a 16-year-old boy, at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia.

    “For millions of Americans it’s a cherished tradition. And as Americans we certainly value those traditions,” Reid said of Thanksgiving.

    “But it’s also important to unpack the myth of Thanksgiving. It is a holiday riddled with inaccuracies, built on this myth that the indigenous welcomed their colonizers with open arms and ears of corn; a simplistic fairytale interpretation of a 1621 encounter between indigenous tribes and English settlers that erases the genocide that followed,” she added.

    Reid then accused Republicans of conspiratorially erasing American violence.

    “It’s the truth that Republicans want banned from our textbooks, because here’s the secret they want so desperately to keep: We are a country founded on violence,” she said.

    The she claimed that “we are a country that still chooses violence.”

    “Our birth was violent. In 1619, a ship with more than 20 enslaved Africans landed in Virginia ushering in two centuries of American slavery that left millions in chains or dead. And when those humans in bondage were finally free, a terrorist organization that was a card-carrying member of polite society — the Ku Klux Klan —picked up where the Civil War ended using violence to maintain white supremacy,” she claimed.

    Conservatives took Reid to task:

    Reid has long expressed her dislike for Republicans on her MSNBC show and on Twitter. In April 2022, she went on a Twitter tirade in which she again targeted Republicans, writing, “I genuinely fear that before long, America will look a lot more like Russia or Hungary or even Afghanistan than any one of y’all can imagine. Because Republicans are aggressive in their pursuit of social and political control, while just about everyone else is pretty disengaged.”

    She continued, “And it’s what they hope to impose on us: unbreakable rule by far right Christian ideologues, coal & oil polluters, heeled corporations & the super rich. With all rights hoarded by white Christian men & everyone else under firm control.”

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    Musk Teases Airing Twitter’s Dirty Laundry Surrounding Hunter Biden Laptop

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    Twitter CEO Elon Musk teased on Wednesday that he might release more information on how the social media company censored the Hunter Biden laptop story during the 2020 presidential election.

    News personality Alex Lorusso asked followers to “raise your hand” if they supported making “all internal discussions about the decision to censor the @NYPost’s story on Hunter Biden’s laptop” public.

    Musk responded, “This is necessary to restore public trust.”

    Many users agreed with Musk’s call for transparency, with some replying with raised hand emojis.

    One user even requested Musk to do another Twitter poll, referencing other polls he has done to help form the direction of Twitter.

    David Freiheit who is referred to as Viva Frei called Musk’s response the “proper commitment to make on Thanksgiving.”

    Musk has previously vocalized his concern over Twitter censoring the New York Post. In April, he called the action “incredibly inappropriate.”

    When the New York Post’s bombshell report was first published before the 2020 elections, many social media companies were quick to remove posts about the story, including Twitter and Facebook. Former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey admitted the social media platform was wrong to intervene in the Hunter Biden story.

    Twitter censored the story which they claimed at the time violated the company’s “Hacked Materials Policy.”

    Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed earlier this year why Facebook suppressed the story during the election.

    During an interview on “The Joe Rogan Experience,” Zuckerberg admitted the FBI approached Facebook warning the platform about “Russian propaganda” ahead of the bombshell Hunter Biden story. The platform manipulated algorithms to suppress the story from circulating, which Zuckerberg defended due to FBI warnings.

    In addition to the censorship from Big Tech, multiple media outlets originally labeled the laptop as Russian disinformation. Dozens of former intelligence leaders and officials also signed a letter saying they believed the story was part of a Russian disinformation campaign.

    Since then, many news outlets have independently verified the story.

    CBS was the latest news organization in verifying the laptop story despite dismissing the New York Post’s original story. Nearly two years later, media outlets including The New York Times, Washington Post, NBC News and Politico have all confirmed the story.

    With more pressure mounting on Big Tech and more liberal media outlets verifying the story, GOP lawmakers are calling for answers on the laptop as well as the censorship of the story. After taking control of the House, Republicans shared their intent to further investigate Hunter Biden’s business dealings and look specifically at how his father President Joe Biden may have been involved.

    After nearly two years of suppression, new light is shining on the Hunter Biden story, and Twitter is once again proving to be a key player in finding answers.

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    NHL Responds to Backlash After Declaring ‘Trans Women Are Women’

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    The NHL stood by its claim that “trans women are women” after being dragged on social media for making the claim Tuesday.

    The league’s Twitter account initially posted the claim after a user belittled the NHL’s support of the Team Trans Draft Tournament in Middleton, Wisconsin.

    The tournament saw all 80 participants identify as either transgender or nonbinary and served as the first of its kind, the NHL said.

    “So, men playing on [a women’s] team?” one user tweeted at the NHL.

    “Trans women are women. Trans men are men. Nonbinary identity is real,” the NHL shot back.

    Social media erupted in the wake of the tweet, with many bashing the league as woke, but the NHL has doubled down, reiterating its support for the transgender and LGBT community in an initiative called “Hockey is or Everyone.”

    “We support any teammate, coach or fan who brings heart, energy and passion to the rink,” the NHL said in a statement.

    “We believe all hockey programs — from professionals to youth organizations — should provide a safe, positive and inclusive environment for players and families regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity or expression, disability, sexual orientation and socio-economic status,” it continued.

    The NHL’s recent comments pushing inclusivity come as the league has come under fire for its lack of diversity.

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    Woman Torches Ex-Boyfriend’s Home After Other Woman Answers Phone. There Was One Thing She Didn’t Know.

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    A Texas woman called the home of her ex-boyfriend, only to hear another woman answer the phone.

    That allegedly prompted her to travel to his home, burglarize it, then set his couch on fire, leading to the home going up in flames. But she was apparently missing a vital piece of information: The mystery woman was her former boyfriend’s relative.

    “I hope your stuff is going to be ok,” Senaida Marie Soto, 23, texted her boyfriend while she was driving away from his home, according to the police.

    Soto was charged with arson of a habitation/place of assembly and burglary of a habitation.

    “Senaida Soto was reportedly in a romantic relationship with a family member of the home owner,” the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office stated on its Facebook website, continuing:

    “Soto had FaceTimed her boyfriend, when another woman answered his phone, who later turned out to be a relative of the boyfriend. Soto became upset that another woman answered her boyfriend’s phone, went to the boyfriend’s house, and that is when she lit the couch in the living room on fire,” the police said. “While the house was on fire, video was recorded and it was shown that she lit the couch on fire that spread, causing the home to go up in flames, as well as causing over $50,000 worth of damages.”

    Some studies have shown that women can be driven to extreme measures because of jealousy, including one from the Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences journal.

    “[T]he results show that, contrary to previous findings, women tend to be more jealous than men of their partner’s opposite-sex platonic friend and are more concerned with sexual infidelity than emotional infidelity,” PsyPost said of the study. “Women reported higher levels of overall jealousy than men when imagining their spouse’s female friend.”

    Another 2012 study conducted by researchers at Ohio State University involved listening to the phone conversations between 17 couples in which the man was in jail for felony-level domestic violence. In these cases, violences was often associated with a contentious relationship related to infidelity that the couples had fought over.

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    ‘Too Fat to Fly’: Plus-Size Model Furious After Being Stopped from Boarding Qatar Airways

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    A furious plus-size model has said she was stopped from boarding a Qatar Airways flight to her native Brazil because she was too large for her seat.

    Social media influencer Juliana Nehme, 38, has now accused the middle eastern airline of discriminating against her due to her size.

    In a post for her 118,000 Instagram followers, Juliana said she was not allowed to board her flight from Beirut to Doha on November 22.

    She had been on holiday in Lebanon with her family and had arrived in the country via Air France without a hitch, she told her followers.

    But being denied boarding on her first return flight meant she also went on to miss her onward connection to Sao Paulo, where she lives.

    Juliana said Qatar Airways did not offer to refund her the £830 she had paid for her ticket. Instead, the influencer claimed, the airline said she needed to buy a first-class ticket – which has larger seats – for £2,480, so she fit into a seat on the plane.

    Juliana took to social media to vent: ‘They are denying my right to travel… I’m desperate, help me, they don’t want me to board because I’m fat.’

    The influencer ended up staying in Lebanon with her mother, while her sister and nephew returned home.

    She told her followers: ‘What a shame for a company like Qatar to allow this type of discrimination against people! I’m fat, but I’m just like everyone else!’

    At the time of reporting, Juliana remained in Lebanon unable to get back home.

    ‘I’m here at the Qatar Airways desk, with tickets I bought to go to Doha and from Doha to Brazil,’ Nehme told her thousands of followers on Instagram in Portugese.

    ‘With no reason, the stewardess from Qatar said I cannot board because I am too fat, and according to her, I have no right to have this plane ticket.

    ‘I paid $1,000 on my plane ticket, almost R$ 6,000 (Brazil’s currency). I’m here with my mum, my sister and my nephew, a total of $4,000 in tickets for her to simply deny the tickets and not let me board the airplane to Doha, because I am fat.

    ‘Now, what am I going to do? They are denying my right to travel, but I came here by AirFrance and everything went well, I had no problem. And now, they are denying my ticket,’ a clearly upset Nehme claimed. ‘They are requiring me to buy an executive ticket to go back to my own country, but I came here with normal seat ticket.

    ‘I am desperate, they don’t want to board me, because I’m fat. I need to buy a business ticket, which is $3,000, I don’t have this money. I don’t know what to do, there is only 30 minutes until the airplane takes off. They are saying I have no right to board in the airplane, because I’m fat. I don’t know what to do.’

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    Russia’s Parliament Passes Law Banning ‘Gay’ and ‘Pedophilia’ Propaganda

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    Lower-level Russian parliamentarians unanimously passed a law Thursday that would ban the distribution of materials promoting homosexuality, pedophilia, and gender reassignment.

    More than 300 representatives of the State Duma, including the chairman, authored the new law, which imposes heavy fines of up to 10 million rubles ($165,000) for violating the ban by promoting such propaganda using online channels, media, or in public. Foreign citizens and stateless persons who violate the law would also face expulsion from the Russian Federation.

    Chairman Vyacheslav Volodin said the law would help protect the motherland’s traditions and values for her children and the future of Russia from the “darkness spread by the United States and European states.”

    Volodin called the U.S. the “center of this sodom in the world” in response to Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, who had allegedly proposed Russian representatives withdraw the draft law.

    “There is no need to impose alien values ​​on us,” Volodin said. “You destroyed yours — we’ll see how it all ends. But it’s definitely sad because this is sodom — there’s no other way to say it.”

    “Let them live there, but don’t bother us,” Volodin added.

    Russian lawmakers have already banned propaganda promoting homosexuality among minors nearly a decade ago and passed amendments to its constitution outlawing same-sex marriage in 2020.

    Alexander Khinstein, one of the bill’s authors, referred to LGBT ideology as “hybrid warfare.”

    “LGBT today is an element of hybrid warfare, and in this hybrid warfare,” Khinstein said, according to Reuters. “We must protect our values, our society, and our children.”

    Political scientist Ekaterina Schulmann said in an interview from Cologne, Germany, that the law would prohibit anything showing LGBT relations as “socially acceptable” or “equal to so-called traditional family relations or sexual relations.”

    “People — authors, publishers, just people — will think twice before even mentioning anything related to LGBT,” Schulmann said, according to Reuters.

    Kseniya Mikhailova, a member of the LGBT support group Vykhod (“Coming Out”), told Reuters that the new law could make same-sex kissing in public illegal, but would not put adults-only gay bars or clubs out of business.

    Dilya Gafurova, the head of LGBTQ rights group Sfera, told Agence France-Presse that it was “disturbing that the state is saying LGBT+ people are a Western invention,” adding “there is nothing wrong with us and nothing that needs to be hushed up.”

    The law still needs approval from the upper house of parliament and President Vladimir Putin before taking effect.

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    Georgia Supreme Court Sides With Warnock, Democrats in Early Voting Fight

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    The Georgia Supreme Court voted unanimously to allow counties to offer early voting on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, overruling GOP protests in favor of Democrats.

    A trio of Republican groups — Georgia Republican Party, the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and the Republican National Committee — filed an appeal with the state Supreme Court Tuesday requesting it overturn a lower court ruling allowing early voting on Saturday. The GOP groups argued that state law prohibits early voting on a Saturday that comes after a holiday on the previous Thursday or Friday.

    The state’s highest court ruled 9-0 in favor of Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock’s campaign and the state Democratic Party, according to the New York Post. The Democratic groups argued that the provision in question applies to primary and general elections, but not to runoffs. Warnock faces GOP candidate Herschel Walker in a runoff election for Warnock’s seat on December 6.

    The GOP appeal came after Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger prohibited counties from offering early voting on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Raffensperger’s order drew legal complaints from Warnock’s campaign and the Democratic Party of Georgia, sparking a legal battle that appears to have ended Wednesday in the state Supreme Court.

    Raffensperger quit the legal battle after the state Court of Appeals ruled against the secretary of state on Monday, keeping in place a Fulton County judge’s ruling. The Republican groups picked up the legal battle a day later, stating that the Court of Appeals’ decision would “gut the statute, sow utter chaos, and unevenly impact Georgia voters’ access to advance voting.”

    Raffensperger accused Warnock and Democrats on Wednesday after the Supreme Court’s decision of meddling in the state’s election laws for their own benefit.

    “Senator Warnock and his Democratic Party allies are seeking to change Georgia law right before an election based on their political preferences,” Raffensperger said in a statement, according to Fox News. “Instead of muddying the water and pressuring counties to ignore Georgia law, Senator Warnock should be allowing county election officials to continue preparations for the upcoming runoff.”

    Warnock and Walker are facing each other in the last undecided contest for a U.S. Senate seat in 2022. The November 8 general election ended with neither candidate reaching the required 50% threshold to avoid a runoff. Warnock ended slightly ahead with 49.4% of the vote to Walker’s 48.5%. Libertarian Party candidate Chase Oliver, who will not appear on the ballot in the runoff, finished with 2.1%.

    The runoff election will decide whether the Republican Party will maintain its 50-50 split in the Senate or lose a seat and give the Democrats a 51-49 advantage. The additional Democratic seat would allow Democrats to pass legislation on party-line votes without the tiebreaking vote of Vice President Kamala Harris. The legislation would have to be approved by a GOP-controlled House, however.

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    Officials Give Update After Uncounted Votes on Memory Card Flip Georgia Election

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    Authorities in Cobb County, Georgia, provided an update on a city council race after it was flipped following the discovery of an overlooked memory card with uncounted ballots.

    Cobb County Communications Director Ross Cavitt confirmed to the Cobb Courier on Tuesday that after a recount, candidate Lynette Burnette won the special election for Kennesaw City Council Post 1.

    Days before that, officials certified her opponent, Madelyn Orochena, the winner. However, it was discovered that employees did not upload a memory card from a precinct that had nearly 800 ballots, which ultimately gave Burnette the lead.

    “The recertification was necessary after workers discovered a memory card had not been included in the previous results. The additional ballots resulted in a change in the Kennesaw City Council Post 1 Special Election,” a Cobb County news release said.

    A recount of the race was conducted starting Nov. 20, a release said.

    “I have been tracking city elections since 1972. Fifty years. I have never, never seen anything like this,” Councilman Pat Ferris told the Cobb County Courier about the final result.

    Another official, Cobb County Director of Elections Janine Eveler, told the paper that the memory card never went missing and was returned on the night of Nov. 8. An employee did not follow rules, she said.

    “We have a checklist in the receiving group that opens the pouch, checks the seal, opens the pouch and counts that the memory cards have been returned. So, in this case, they have a checklist that says there is either one scanner or two scanners at that polling location,” Eveler remarked. “The receiver in this case checked the checklist: there were two memory cards.”

    She added: “They marked two on their checklist and handed it to the person that was uploading it to the tabulation machine … she didn’t check her checklist that said there [were] two and reached into the bag, pulled one memory card out, and uploaded it, put that card back into the pouch, and handed it off to another worker.”

    Last week, Orochena wrote in a Facebook post she would file a complaint with the Georgia’s Secretary of State office over the incident. Before that, she announced her win but later wrote that she learned of the memory card issue that flipped her race.

    “I planned to celebrate with family and friends and supporters afterwards,” she told WSB-TV. “We had no reason to expect otherwise.” Adding to the outlet, Orochena said she’s now “just doing all that I can do that’s within my rights to regain some confidence that this was a fair election.”

    Cobb election officials said the memory card was located in Kennesaw when workers were preparing for an election audit, according to local news outlets. Details weren’t provided about why the card was overlooked or where it was located.

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    REVEALED: Cops Find Manifesto on Walmart Shooter’s Phone

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    The Walmart gunman who massacred six people inside a Virginia store where he worked had a manifesto on his phone – in which he revealed how he was upset about a change in his employment status.

    Police revealed that gunman Andre Bing’s deadly manifesto, which has not yet been made public, contained claims that his co-workers at the supercenter in Sam’s Circuit, Chesapeake, were harassing him.

    One of Bing’s neighbors has also described the moment the gunman left for his rampage in silence. And a victim’s neighbor revealed to DailyMail.com that the victim would regularly argue with his manager about having to work at weekends.

    Disgruntled manager Bing, 31, walked into the break room of the superstore in Chesapeake, Virginia, before opening fire and killing six other workers just after 10pm on Tuesday evening.

    The ‘silent’ gunman also had a list of names of those he wanted to target. He murdered Lorenzo Gamble, Brian Pendleton, Kellie Pyle, Randall Blevins, and Tyneka Johnson.

    Bing also shot and killed a 16-year-old boy, who has not yet been identified because he is a minor, as part of the violent rampage on Tuesday.

    A neighbor who has lived next to Bing described the moment she saw him leave for his usual late shift in silence.

    Speaking to DailyMail.com, she said: ‘I am shocked, especially when I saw the amount of people that were dead. I was even more shocked when I found out it was him.

    ‘I only realized when I saw the FBI here this morning. My daughter saw them get here last night with the battering ram but I didn’t hear anything.

    ‘He kept himself to himself, he was always alone. No one else lived in that house.

    ‘There was one guy who was there a few months ago but that was it. It’s only been him.

    ‘I would see him mowing his lawn and things but he would never talk. He was odd.

    ‘I tried to talk to him but he just wasn’t interested at all. I saw him last night as he left for work, I know he worked at Walmart.

    ‘I’m so glad that I didn’t speak to him. He seemed as he normally did, just got in his car and drove off. Nothing seemed different.

    ‘Whole time he was here I never saw him with a gun or anything at all. It’s shocking. It’s a nice quiet area.’

    A neighbor of Brian Pendleton, one of the victims who was shot dead in the break room, paid tribute to him as a ‘wonderful man’ – who had clashed with his manager over working night shifts.

    The neighbor, named Patrice, said: ‘Brian was a wonderful man, he was always smiling. He loved his job, he was very dedicated.

    ‘He did often say he was having issues with a manager at work, who wouldn’t give him the weekends off.

    ‘Obviously I don’t know if it was the same manager. It’s just awful so close to Thanksgiving. He lost his sister a few months ago so it’s awful. He and his wife split up about three years ago and never had any children.

    ‘He lived alone, and was a wonderful man. I gave him a ride to work and he insisted on giving me gas money when he got paid. It’s just the kind of guy he was, he was wonderful and caring.

    ‘The rental office didn’t believe it was him at first, it was awful when we heard. He would get his cab every night for his shift, the same cab.

    ‘He’d be sat on the step here when I came home. He was a great guy and it’s awful what’s happened to him. I’m just his neighbor and I’m still trying to process what’s happened. It hits so much harder around this time of year, with Christmas or Thanksgiving.’

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    Father of Colorado Springs Shooting Suspect Speaks Out

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    The father of Anderson Lee Aldrich — the suspect in a mass shooting at a Colorado nightclub — spewed anti-gay comments in a rambling, incoherent explanation of his relationship with his estranged son.

    The dad bizarrely claimed during an interview with CBS 8- San Diego that his first concern upon learning his son allegedly killed five at an LGBT establishment was whether his child was homosexual.

    “I was scared. I was like ‘Oh my god, s–t, is he gay?’ And he’s not gay,” Aaron Brink, 48, said with an exaggerated sigh of relief.

    Brink, who lives in San Diego and has been estranged from Aldrich for years, said he doesn’t support same-sex relationships.

    “I’m a Mormon,” the former MMA fighter-turned-porn star told a reporter for the station. I’m a conservative Republican and we don’t do gay.”

    He said Aldrich’s attorneys called him and told him that his 22-year-old child was involved in the shooting at Club Q in Colorado, but he hadn’t spoken to them in six months.

    “I don’t what he’s accused of. I can’t get answers from the attorneys really, but they’re saying it’s involving a gay bar. I don’t know what the heck he did at a gay bar,” Brink said.

    A CBS 8 reporter explained to Brink that Aldrich is accused of orchestrating a mass shooting at a gay bar, killing five people and wounding many more.

    “OK, well s–t, he’s accused of doing that, I’m glad he’s not gay. I can say that, I’m glad he’s not gay,” Brink said in a shocking response.

    Court filings in the mass shooting case revealed Tuesday that Aldrich is nonbinary and uses they/them pronouns. Their sexuality is unknown.

    Brink added that he believes relationships should be between a man and a woman and that people “should stand up against homosexuality” — but through not violence, he noted.

    The father said there was no acceptable reason for his child’s alleged actions.

    “There’s no excuse for going and killing people… It’s not the answer,” Brink told the local station.

    He apologized to the families of the victims — saying regardless of politics, precious human lives were lost.

    “I’m so sorry, I’m so sorry for your loss,” he said. “I’m so sorry.”

    Bartenders Daniel Davis Aston, 28, and Derrick Rump, 38, were slain in the attack, along with Raymond Green Vance, 22, Ashley Paugh, 35, and Kelly Loving, 40.

    “Those people’s lives were valuable,” Brink said. “They were good people probably. You know, it’s not something you kill people over. I’m sorry, I let my son down.”

    The California resident said he had been largely uninvolved in Aldrich’s life after they turned 10 and moved states. He and their mother divorced when Aldrich was just a baby.

    Brink — who said he has permanent damage from a past meth addiction as well as head trauma from a career as an MMA fighter — had not spoken to his child in six months and prior to that believed they had died of suicide six years ago, he said.

    He said his ex-wife, Aldrich’s mother, called him from Colorado in 2016 to tell him their child had killed themself after changing their name from Nicholas Brink to Anderson Aldrich.

    “I thought he was dead. I mourned his loss,” Brink told CBS 8. “I had gone through a meltdown and thought I had lost my son.”

    He said his ex-wife told him Aldrich changed their name and dropped Brink’s last name due to his career in the adult film industry as well as his feature in an A&E show called “Intervention,” chronicling his addiction to crystal meth.

    Brink, who got his start in the adult entertainment industry at age 27, has starred in XXX video gems like White Boys Can Hump’’ in 2016 and both “My MILF Boss 8’’ and “It’s OK to Put It in My A–’’ in 2014, according to his IMDB page.

    Pornography is considered a sin in the Mormon religion.

    “His mother told me he changed his name because I was in Intervention and I had been a porno actor,” Brink said.

    Six months ago, Brink said Aldrich called him on the phone, which was how he learned they were still alive. He said the call ended in an argument.

    Still, Brink said he loves his child.

    “I love my son no matter what. I love my son,” he said.

    Aldrich is accused of shooting up Club Q just before midnight Saturday, killing five and wounding more than a dozen others before two patrons took them down.

    They appeared dazed, bruised and bloodied in court Wednesday — apparently from the actions of the two people called heroes, who held them down until police arrived.

    Authorities have not released a potential motive in the horrific attack, but are expected to file hate crime charges as well as murder charges against Aldrich. Hate-crime charges would mean prosecutors believe they have enough evidence to prove that the suspect targeted their victims based on a bias like their sexual or gender identities.

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