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Whitepointer/iStock(NEW YORK) -- A great white shark measuring nearly 10 feet long has been spotted in Long Island Sound off the Connecticut shore for the first time ever, researchers said on Monday.

The great white was being tracked Monday by the ocean research group Ocearch, the organization said on Twitter.

"Be advised! For the first time ever, we are tracking a white shark in the Long Island Sound," Ocearch researchers tweeted.

The group said the shark measures 9-feet-8-inches and was spotted off the shore of Greenwich, Connecticut.

This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.

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kali9/iStock(AUBURN, Ala.) -- A former military man is in custody for allegedly gunning down an Auburn, Alabama, police officer and wounding two other officers, authorities said.

Grady Wayne Wilkes, 29, was arrested Monday morning after an overnight manhunt, said Auburn Police Chief Paul Register.

Wilkes allegedly fired at three officers when they responded to a "domestic disturbance" at the Arrowhead mobile home park Sunday night.

The shooting killed officer William Buechner who had been with the department for 13 years, said Register.

The two injured officers -- Webb Sistrunk and Evan Elliott -- are expected to recover, Register said.

The chief said this is the first time an Auburn officer has been killed during his 31 years at the department.

"This is probably the worst day of my time here. Words cannot express the loss," the chief said. "We're just trying to be there with our officers and those families right now."

Wilkes is charged with capital murder, three counts of attempted murder and second-degree domestic violence, authorities said. Prosecutors said they plan to pursue the death penalty.

Wilkes, who had been in the military for a number of years, had no run-ins with local police until the Sunday night shooting, said Register. The chief did not elaborate on Wilkes' military service.

Forty-three officers have died in the line of duty this year, down 34% from the same time period last year, according to the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund.

"Three courageous young men ... went to protect us," Auburn Mayor Ron Anders said at a news conference. "We're very sorry that we have lost an officer in the line of duty. To his family, we are here with you. We will not leave you and we will stand beside you to help you get through this."

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Photos597/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- A 16-year-old Guatemalan boy died Monday at a U.S. Border Patrol station outside of McAllen, Texas, a week after he was apprehended for trying to cross illegally, according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The cause of his death was unknown. It marks the third death of a child or teen in the past month after being apprehended at the border.

According to the CBP, the child was picked up on May 13 near Hidalgo, Texas and was transferred to the Weslaco Border Patrol Station in the Rio Grande Valley. The teen was awaiting transfer to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, an indication that he was traveling without a parent and was among the estimated 13,000 "unaccompanied" minors in government custody.

CBP said in a statement released Monday that the teen had been found unresponsive earlier in the day.

"The men and women of U.S. Customs and Border Protection are saddened by the tragic loss of this young man and our condolences are with his family," said acting CBP Commissioner John Sanders. "CBP is committed to the health, safety and humane treatment of those in our custody."

The U.S. is facing an unprecedented influx of migrant families, including teens and young children, from the Central American countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. U.S. officials said Friday that they stopped some 4,500 undocumented migrants at the border in the past week, and more than half a million so far this fiscal year.

President Donald Trump has claimed via Twitter that he will simply stop allowing refugees inside the U.S., and there is one plan in place to make some refugees wait in Mexico. But that plan, called the "Remain in Mexico" policy has been limited in scope because of legal concerns. Also, U.S. law guarantees people the right to claim asylum and to plead their case to an immigration judge. The courts have also set a 20-day limit on the detention of minors.

A 2-year-old died earlier this month shortly after being released from U.S. custody. Before that, on April 30, another 16-year-old died after experiencing flu-like symptoms.

Last December, a 7-year-old girl and 8-year-old boy died in separate incidents. Both autopsies showed signs of bacterial infections.

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Obtained by ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A New Jersey man who sparked widespread outrage by allegedly urinating on a park memorial for a 9-year-old boy said Monday he's sorry for his behavior and that he was so intoxicated he wouldn't have recalled the incident had his friend not taken a video and posted it on social media.

Bryan Bellace, 23, made no excuses for the incident that has left him a pariah in the Atlantic County, New Jersey, town of Mays Landing, where he was videotaped relieving himself on the shrine for Christian Clopp, a beloved boy who died in February 2012 after inspiring his community by waging a courageous battle with brain cancer.

"It was a big mistake I made. I was intoxicated. I didn't know what I was doing at the time," Bellace told ABC News on Monday when reached by phone. "When I came to my senses the next day, I realized I made a huge mistake. I wish I could take it all back and make things right."

Police in Hamilton Township, which encompasses Mays Landing, launched an investigation on Sunday after a video of Bellace allegedly urinating on Christian's memorial surfaced on social media and prompted residents to flood the police with angry complaints.

"Following the investigation into the disturbing video, the suspects were identified," police said in a statement.

After Christian's father, Mark Clopp, a former Hamilton Township police officer, posted a message about the vandalism on Facebook, numerous residents of the community showed up at Underhill Park and helped clean and disinfect the memorial, which is comprised of a plaque bearing Christian's picture on a large rock in the middle of a raised flower bed and next to a child's playground.

"I’ve heard from hundreds of people offering assistance. Friends and strangers went to wash the memorial off," Mark Clopp wrote in a Facebook post on Monday. "At the end of the day, the good outweighed and overwhelmed the bad. This is what Christian did during his life. He brought people together and he has accomplished that again."

Police quickly tracked down and arrested both Bellace and his buddy who shot the video, Daniel Flippen, 23, of Hammonton, New Jersey.

Bellace was charged with lewdness, disorderly conduct, criminal mischief and having an open alcoholic beverage in a park. Flippen was charged with having an alcoholic beverage in a park.

Reached by phone on Monday, Flippen declined to comment to ABC News.

But Bellace said he's reached out of Mark Clopp on Facebook and wants to apologize and "ask for forgiveness from the family."

"If he responds back to me, I wouldn't mind calling him and talking to him and give him my apologies. I never meant for this to happen. It should have never happened," Bellace said.

Asked if he was aware that he was urinating on a child's memorial, Bellace said, "To be honest with you, I don't even know how I got to the park. I don't remember being at the park. I got way too intoxicated for that."

Desmond Walker and Paul Burgan, both of Mays Landing, were among the residents who were angered by Bellace's alleged behavior and showed up Sunday to clean up Christian's memorial.

"As a single parent of two healthy kids, I couldn't imagine what that family is going through. I got really choked up," Walker told ABC station WPVI-TV in Philadelphia.

Burgan added, "It was a disgusting sight."

Mark Clopp said he carefully chose the words on Christian’s plaque, words he found hard to believe someone could desecrate after reading them: “A child who made the world a better place through his courage, faith, smile, laughter and love of others. May your memory and inspiration live on forever.”

He said he didn't know either Bellace or Flippen but had a message for them: "I have no idea what exists in your life to make you so indifferent to how others feel but I hope this serves as a wake-up call and you get the help you need."

He added, "I admit, my initial reaction was to find you and beat you senseless in defense of my son’s honor and the distress you caused my family. I am better than that. I hope it doesn’t take the heartache my family has lived through to open your eyes. Something is wrong in your life and you need to fix it."

Bellace said he got the message loud and clear.

"I just have to put one foot in front of the other and try to move on from this and maybe ask for forgiveness and do what I can in my power to make this right," he said.

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Surveillance video of a man who attempted to start a fire at a synagogue in Chicago, May 19, 2019. (Chicago Police Department)(CHICAGO) -- Security is ramping up at Jewish sites in Chicago after an arson attempt and vandalism at synagogues this weekend, police said.

At Anshe Sholom B'nai Israel Congregation in Chicago's Lake View East neighborhood, an unknown man was caught on camera leaving a Molotov cocktail, according to the Chicago Police Department.

Three broken glass bottles with unknown substances inside and charred black cloth towels were found at the scene, said police.

No one was hurt and no buildings were damaged, police said.

"Someone attempted to violate the sacred space that serves as the beating heart of our vibrant community," rabbi David Wolkenfeld wrote in a letter to the congregation on Facebook. "Our response must be to rededicate ourselves to honoring the sanctity of our shul... we will stand together and support one another when we are frightened or in need of help."

Officers are also searching for a separate suspect wanted in for smashing three car windows outside of synagogues in the Rogers Park District this weekend, Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.

In the wake the crimes, Chicago Police Deputy Superintendent Anthony Riccio ordered special attention at all Jewish schools, synagogues and businesses, Guglielmi tweeted on Sunday.

Rabbi Wolkenfeld said in his letter, "The police are not aware of any specific threat targeting our building or community. Nonetheless, over a period of many years, we have implemented a proactive security culture of constant improvement."

"Our security team is in regular and ongoing contact with local police, security professionals at neighboring congregations and with security consultants at local and national Jewish agencies," he said.

The United States had seen a decline in expression of anti-Semitism over the past several decades until three to four years ago, when it started to rise, according to John Cohen, a former acting undersecretary at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and current ABC News contributor.

Of the 1,749 victims of anti-religious hate crimes in 2017, 58.1 percent were victims of crimes motivated by the perpetrators' anti-Jewish bias, according to statistics from the FBI.

The Anti-Defamation League recorded a total of 1,879 anti-Semitic incidents across the country in 2018, the third-highest year on record since the Jewish organization began tracking such data in the 1970s.

The rise in anti-Semitic expressions spans from harassment to vandalism to assault to murder to mass murder and "seems to be coinciding with a rise in public expressions of white supremacy," Cohen told ABC News in March.

"The themes promoted by white supremacist leaders and the language they use has now been promoted into mainstream political discourse," Cohen said. "[When] racist, mentally unwell, violence-prone individuals hear our elected officials promoting the ideological themes of white supremacy and anti-Semitism, then that serves to empower those people to action," he said.

Anyone with information about the Chicago arson attempt is asked to call police at 312-746-7618.

The suspect in the arson attempt "appears to be a male with a light skinned complexion, wearing a black jacket with a hoodie, black pants and black shoes and carrying a black bag," said police.

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Miami Gardens Police Department(MIAMI) -- Police are searching for a Miami school district employee and mother of two who has been missing for five days. Kameela Russell, 41, who works as a test chairperson at Miami Norland Senior High School, was last seen by her family on Wednesday in Miami Gardens, the Miami Gardens Police Department said.

Russell, who is the mother of two daughters, ages six and 15, was supposed to pick up one of her children at a relative's house on Wednesday, but never arrived, ABC Miami affiliate WPLG reported.

"Kameela's family is incredibly worried about her and we @MDCPS are praying for her swift and safe return," Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho tweeted. "Please take a moment to look at her picture and call police if you have seen her."

The @MGPDFL is requesting the public’s assistance in locating 41 year-old Kameela Russell, who has been missing since May 15th, 2019.
If you have any information on her whereabouts, please contact the Miami Gardens PD at 305-474-6473. @nbc6 @wsvn @WPLGLocal10 @MiamiHerald pic.twitter.com/dQYC4D07Y9

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Miami Gardens authorities did not immediately provide more information on the case.

Russell was last seen driving a 2014 black Audi A6 with license plate HBQJ20, according to police.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Miami Gardens Police Department at 305-474-6473.

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DNY59/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- A Native American hunter from Montana won his case at the Supreme Court on Monday, solidifying treaty rights for the Crow Tribe and overturning a state fine for poaching.

In a 5-4 decision, the court sided with Clayvin Herrera in his appeal of an $8000 fine from Wyoming in 2014 for hunting elk off-season, without a license in the state's Bighorn National Forest.

The decision clarifies court precedent that historical treaty rights between the U.S. government and Native American tribes did not implicitly end when a territory became a state.

Herrera argued that an 1868 treaty between his tribe and the federal government explicitly protected a right to hunt on "unoccupied lands" at any time. Wyoming claimed that the right disappeared when the state entered the union, and when the federal forest land was designated, making it "occupied."

"We disagree," Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote of Wyoming's argument in the majority opinion. "The Crow Tribe's hunting right survived Wyoming's statehood, and the lands within Bighorn National Forest did not become categorically 'occupied' when set aside as a national reserve."

Sotomayor, who was joined on the opinion by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan and Neil Gorsuch, invoked the court's precedent that "Congress must clearly express any intent to abrogate Indian treaty rights."

"First, the Wyoming Statehood Act does not show that Congress intended to end the 1868 Treaty hunting right," Sotomayor writes. "Nor is there any evidence in the treaty itself that Congress intended the hunting right to expire at statehood, or that the Crow Tribe would have understood it to do so."

As for whether a national forest constitutes "occupied" land, the majority wrote that the reserve could not be categorically considered such. But they left open the door for Wyoming to argue in lower court that a narrowly defined area in which Herrera was hunting was in fact occupied.

In a dissent, Justices Samuel Alito, John Roberts, Clarence Thomas and Brett Kavanaugh called the majority's reasoning "plainly contrary" to two Supreme Court precedents: an 1896 case which suggested that some Indian treaty rights extinguished with statehood, and a 1995 case which said Crow hunting rights had lapsed.

"This interpretation of the treaty is debatable," Alito wrote of the majority decision. "Even if the court's interpretation of the treaty is correct, its decision will have no effect if the members of the Crow Tribe are bound under the... holding that the hunting right conferred by that treaty is no longer in force."

The majority concluded that a 1999 Native American treaty-rights case "repudiated" and "undercut" the reasoning in the earlier decisions from 1896 and 1995.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Over the weekend, 41 tornadoes were reported across eight states as severe storms again target the heartland.

Violent, potentially life-threatening tornadoes may strike western Texas and Oklahoma as the threat of severe storms stretches all the way into Kansas.

Six states also are under flood alerts, with flash flooding a major threat from Texas all the way up to North Dakota.

Some areas in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas could see half a foot of rain.

Part of the system that delivered severe weather to the central U.S. over the weekend is moving into the Northeast Monday, producing strong to severe storms -- damaging winds, hail or isolated tornadoes can't be ruled out.

The biggest threats will be in from the Hudson Valley toward Albany, New York, and into New England.

Severe weather is forecast to continue on Tuesday, with the western storm moving east into the Midwest and parts of the mid-Mississippi Valley.

The biggest threat Tuesday will be damaging winds, large hail and a few tornadoes -- with the tornado threat largest in the morning.

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TheaDesign/iStock(DOVER, N.J.) -- A video recorded during a violent arrest shows at least one New Jersey police officer punching a suspect who's pinned to the ground.

Cyprian Luke, 19, was apprehended around 2 a.m. on Saturday because of a warrant tied to a domestic case, ABC New York station WABC-TV reported.

He and a friend were on their way to get a tattoo in Dover when the confrontation happened in front of a police station.

Luke told Lucy Yang of WABC there were "multiple blows" and "multiple macings" and that officers were "dragging me to the ambulance because I couldn't walk."

Luke, still in custody, is expected in court on Monday.

Christopher Luke told WABC his older brother wasn't resisting arrest and that he wasn't warned before officers descended upon him.

"They didn't tell him they had a warrant for his arrest. They just tackled him to the ground. They pepper sprayed him," Christopher Luke said. "He wasn't resisting at all. He was trying to cover his face, because they kept punching him."

The Morris County prosecutor is investigating the case under supervision from the New Jersey State Attorney General's office, WABC reported.

Dozens protested the arrest on Sunday night, including Luke's friend who shot the video.

"They was just beating the crap out of him," Marcus Robinson said. "They didn't give him a chance, because he really couldn't move."

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ChiccoDodiFC/iStock(DALLAS) -- A transgender woman seen brutally attacked in a widely circulated video last month was shot to death in Dallas over the weekend.

Muhlaysia Booker, 23, was found "lying face down" on a Dallas road early Saturday morning, police said, adding to a fast-growing number of homicides involving people who identify as transgender.

Officers with the Dallas Police Department said the slaying was the result of "homicidal violence," but it stopped short of calling it a hate crime.

"We recognize that hate crimes, if you will, are a serious topic," Assistant Dallas Police Chief Avery Moore said at a press conference Sunday. "We at the Dallas Police Department take them serious."

A video of Booker drew national attention last month when it circulated online, showing a brutal beating by several men in the parking lot of an apartment complex as a crowd cheered.

She told police that the incident occurred after a minor traffic accident and that the men yelled homophobic and transphobic slurs at her.

Video of the encounter showed a man in a white, long-sleeved T-shirt and white shorts as he ran up to her and threw her down. He then pinned her to the ground and started raining punches on the woman's head. Several other men joined in the assault, stomping and kicking her as she struggled, until a group of women intervened.

The incident was flagged as a possible hate crime, and police arrested 29-year-old Edward Thomas two days later on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He has since been released on bond.

Booker, who sustained a concussion and a fractured wrist in the gruesome beating, said she was lucky to have survived.

"This has been a rough week for myself, the transgender community and also the city of Dallas," Booker said an April press conference. "This time, I can stand before you … whereas in other scenarios, we are at a memorial."

Investigators said there was not enough information to say if her death may have been connected to the April attack. The police department did not offer any information about a potential suspect in the slaying.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, who said the video made him "extremely angry," offered his condolences to Booker's family and loved ones in the wake of her death.

"I am deeply saddened to learn of the murder of Muhlaysia Booker," he said in a tweet on Sunday. "I call on anyone with information on this homicide to please contact the Dallas Police Department."

At least 26 transgender people were killed in the U.S. in 2018, with black transgender women targeted the most, according to a statement from the Human Rights Campaign, an advocacy group.

At least three transgender people have been violently killed so far in 2019, the HRC said.

"As HRC continues to work toward justice and equality for transgender people," the organization said, "we mourn those we have lost."

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San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office(PALO ALTO, Calif.) -- A former Stanford University employee was arrested in connection to a cold case murder from the 1970s this week, just months after genetic genealogy linked him to another decades-old slaying.

John Arthur Getreu, 74, already was in custody on Thursday when officers with the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office charged him with the 1974 murder of 21-year-old Janet Taylor.

Taylor vanished while hitchhiking home from a friend's house in Palo Alto, California, not far from the Stanford University campus, on March 24, 1974. She was found strangled to death on the side of a nearby highway the next day.

There was no evidence of her being raped, but investigators said the crime appeared to be "sexually motivated."

"Based upon the evidence that we have -- based upon how these investigations the unraveled, based upon his past and everything that we saw -- we believe that this was sexually motivated," Assistant San Mateo County Sheriff Greg Rothaus said at a press conference. "I can't comment too much on the evidence that caused us to believe that."

Police said DNA found on the young woman's clothes led them to Getreu, a convicted rapist police said could be connected to several other murders.

Taylor's family thanked the detectives for continuing to work on her case so many years later.

"We can't ever know all that we missed, but whatever she pursued, Janet would have served others with passion and kindness," the family said in a statement. "We're grateful today for the diligent, meticulous work of the law enforcement officers whose efforts have resulted in today's announcement."

"They've done this difficult work with integrity and excellence, and with compassion for our family," the statement continued.

Rothaus said his office re-initiated the investigation into Taylor's death last November when authorities in nearby Santa Clara County arrested Getreu in the cold case murder of 21-year-old Leslie Perlov. She was found strangled to death near Stanford in 1973. Police said new DNA and genetic genealogy technology connected Getreu to that crime.

"After the identification of the suspect in the suspect in the Santa Clara County case, our investigators at the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office collected more evidence in the Janet Taylor case and submitted additional items to our crime lab," Rothaus said. "Through our combined investigation we learned much more about the suspect in this case."

Rothaus said Getreu, a carpenter who previously worked for Stanford University, had ties to the Palo Alto area around the time when both women were murdered and previously was convicted on rape charges in Santa Clara County. He also was put on trial in 1964 for rape resulting in the death of a 16-year-old girl in Germany, Rothaus said.

Police said Getreu could be responsible for other cold case crimes as well.

"Many of the records on Getreu are old and/or incomplete, so we are still researching his past," Rothaus said. "We are actively looking into areas where he has lived in the past and communicating with those agencies too."

Getreu was being held in police custody without bail as of early Monday morning.

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Marcus Ingram/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- While most commencement speakers offer words of encouragement to college graduates headed into the cold and cruel work world, billionaire philanthropist Robert Smith left the class of 2019 at Morehouse University inspired and astonished by his pledge to "put a little fuel in your bus."

During his keynote graduation address on Sunday at the historically-black, all-male Atlanta college, Smith, the chief executive officer of the San Francisco-based Vista Equity Partners, promised to pay off the student loans of the nearly 400 graduates, a pledge estimated to cost him $40 million.

"On behalf of the eight generations of my family who have been in this country, we're going to put a little fuel in your bus," Smith told the 396 graduates in a surprise announcement.

Pointing out the alumni seated in the audience, Smith said, "This is my class, 2019," and challenged them to follow his lead.

"My family is making a grant to eliminate their student loans," Smith said.

The pronouncement prompted a jaw-dropping standing ovation from the graduates and their families, and chants of "MVP! MVP!"

But Smith, ranked by Forbes magazine as one of the richest people in America with an estimated net worth of $4.4 billion, said he had one request from the beneficiaries of his generosity.

"Now, I know my class will make sure they pay this forward," Smith said. "I want my class to look at these alumni, these beautiful Morehouse brothers, and let's make sure every class has the same opportunity going forward."

Smith, 56, who graduated from Cornell University and Columbia University Business School, received an honorary degree from Morehouse on Sunday. Back in January, he donated $1.5 million to Morehouse to create the Robert Frederick Smith Scholars Program and a park at the school.

Morehouse President David Anthony Thomas told reporters after the graduation that the average Morehouse student leaves school $30,000 or more in debt.

He said he was stunned by Smith's announcement. He added that he had spoken to Smith on Saturday night about student debt being one of the biggest challenges graduates of Morehouse faced, but he had no idea what Smith was going to do a few hours later.

"To remove that burden allows them to start this phase of their lives with so much more potential than they ever had when they sat down this morning because they can now do anything they want to do and nothing because they have to pay that debt," Thomas said.

He said that in his 30-plus years in academia, "I've never seen anything like this."

"Three-hundred-and-ninety-six individuals will have their debt wiped out thanks to Robert F. Smith," Thomas said.

Graduate John Jacob Burns of New Rochelle, New York, was "amazed" by Smith's grant, and said he has $35,000 in student loans.

"Even graduating from Morehouse was a tremendous blessing," Burns told ABC News. "To get all my debt paid off after that...that was like something I couldn't even imagine.

"Throughout his speech, he talked about a commitment to black people and he obviously demonstrated it at the end of the speech," Burns, who plans to go to graduate school at the University of Chicago on a full scholarship, said of Smith.

Burns' father, Carney Burns, who graduated from Morehouse in 1988, said that initially he couldn't believe what he heard Smith say, and had to ask people all around him if it was true.

"After each person confirmed to me, yes, in fact, what he said is true, it was elation, it was surprise, but most of all it was respect for someone who stepped forward and did such a meaningful act for so many people," the senior Burns told ABC News.

Graduate Ernest Holmes of Sayreville, New Jersey, said he and his classmates were overwhelmed by Smith's announcement.

"When he announced that he was going to pay off all our student debt, it was like a brief moment of disbelief and then immediately everyone went into tears, into hugging, into crying together," Holmes told ABC News, adding that he has $10,000 in student loans.

Holmes, who earned degrees in computer science and mathematics, said he's already accepted a software engineering job at Google and plans to fulfill Smith’s wish that he and his classmates return his benevolence by paying it forward. He said he plans to be part of the $100,000 club, Morehouse alumni who give back that amount to the school.

"So that's one of my goals within the next 10 years," Holmes said.

Smith's pledge came a month after a Wall Street Journal report showed that the student debt crisis was hitting historically black colleges like Morehouse the hardest.

The report also found that graduates of historically black colleges failed to pay down even $1 of their original student loan balance in the first few years out of school, and that the amount of money parents borrowed in 2017-2018 to put their children through those schools had spiked 33 percent compared to 2000-2001, even when adjusted for inflation.

"This is your moment graduates. Between doubt and destiny is action. Between our community and the American dream is leadership. That's your leadership. That's your destiny. This doesn't mean ignoring injustice. It means using your strength to right order," Smith told the graduates.

"True wealth comes from contributing to the liberation of people and the liberation of communities we come from depends upon grit and determination, and the greatness inside of you."

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iStock/wellesenterprises(NEW YORK) --  He survived the Columbine High School mass shooting, but a 20-year battle with drug addiction that followed, one that Austin Eubanks had publicly said started with pills given to ease his pain from bullet wounds suffered in the 1999 rampage, has now cost him his life, his family said.

Eubanks, 37, was found dead in his home in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, on Saturday morning. While an autopsy is being conducted to determine the cause of death, his family says they already know what killed him.

He "lost the battle with the very disease he fought so hard to help others face," his family said in a statement.

Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg told ABC affiliate station KMGH-TV in Denver that Eubanks died sometime late Friday or early Saturday. He said no evidence of foul play was found in his home.

Eubanks had seemed to be in recovery from his addiction, speaking to millions of people across the nation about the ravages of opioids and the "emotional pain" he said doctors were failing to treat.

"As you can imagine, we are beyond shocked and saddened," his family's statement reads.

On April 20, 1999, Eubanks was in the library at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, with his best friend, Corey DePooter, waiting for other classmates to go to lunch, when teenage gunmen Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, launched what at the time was the worst mass shooting in U.S. history to occur at a high school.

"A teacher ran through the same door that we had just entered, yelling for everybody to get under the tables, that somebody had a gun," Eubanks recalled in a 2017 Tedx Mile High Talk. "I remember how I felt: I was confused, I was afraid, I felt sick and I was vulnerable. And just minutes later, I was playing dead underneath a table next to a pool of blood. I had just been shot and I witnessed my best friend murdered right in front of me as we were huddled together waiting for help to come."

Eubanks, then 17, was shot in the hand and leg in the rampage that claimed the lives of 12 students and a teacher, and ended with the gunmen taking their own lives.

"I often think back to my pain that day," he said in the Tedx Mile High talk. "And if I were to rate it on a pain scale, my physical pain would have been a 3 or a 4, and that was likely the response I offered when I was asked. But my emotional pain was an absolute 10. I was in agony beyond comprehension. But that was never asked, it was never talked about.”

Within an hour after fleeing the library, he was given sedatives in a hospital to relieve his pain.

"I was addicted before I even knew what was happening," Eubanks said, adding that prior to the day of the attack he had never drank alcohol or smoked marijuana.

In a 2016 interview with KMGH, Eubanks said he didn't seek help for his addiction until six years after the Columbine attack, and that it was another six years before he got sober.

"I was 29 years old before I found lasting sobriety and I think it took a level of maturity and willingness on my part to do what it takes and, for me, I had to change pretty much everything about my life," he told KMGH.

In numerous speeches and interviews, Eubanks used his story of survival and recovery to inspire others nationwide.

“I think that it's really important that -- not as survivors of trauma but survivors of addiction -- speak out and they share their story,” Eubanks said. “Just because you never know when your story is going to change the life of somebody else.”

Eubanks' death follows the apparent suicides of two students who survived the Feb. 14, 2018, mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and the apparent suicide of a father whose young daughter was killed in the shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on Dec. 14, 2012.

Calvin Desir, 16, and Sydney Aiello, 19, who both survived the Parkland shooting that killed 17 people, were found dead within a week of each other in March from apparent suicides, officials said.

On March 25, Jeremy Richman, 49, whose 6-year-old daughter, Avielle, was among the 26 children and educators killed in the shooting at Sandy Hook, apparently took his own life.

Richman appeared last year on ABC News' "10% Happier" podcast, telling host Dan Harris that losing Avielle was "infinite heartbreak."

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Fort Worth Police(FORT WORTH, TX) -- Authorities have found an 8-year-old girl following a desperate overnight search after she was ripped away from her mother and pulled into a stranger's car on Saturday afternoon.

The girl was safely recovered by Fort Worth, Texas, police just after 2 a.m. local time Sunday, according to police. She was found safe and a suspect in the kidnapping has been taken into custody.

Police thanked the media for publicizing the incident and concerned citizens for directing them to the location of the suspect's vehicle.

Fort Worth Police Department Officer Buddy Calzada said at a press conference early Sunday that two citizens spotted the car at a local hotel and called police. Officers responded, found out what room he was staying in and breached the door.

The victim was found in good condition, but was taken to a local hospital to be checked out.

Late Sunday morning, police identified the suspect as Michael Webb, who is 51 years old. He was charged with aggravated kidnapping, which is a first-degree felony.

Police said Webb was not related to the mother or her daughter.

An Amber Alert was issued for the 8-year-old after she was kidnapped on Saturday afternoon, police said.

The girl and her mother were walking in their neighborhood at 6:38 p.m. local time when Webb allegedly man drove up and dragged her into his car, according to Fort Worth police.

Surveillance video from a nearby house shows her mother tumbling to the ground after trying to pull her daughter free from the vehicle. The car drove off and she immediately called 911 while running back to her house.

Her mother can be heard screaming, “Help me please, someone call the police, my daughter just got kidnapped."

Police released a photo of the vehicle taken from a nearby camera. It is a gray, four-door sedan with alloy wheels and a paper tag.

Calzada said members of the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Public Safety helped in the search.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The second day of an outbreak of severe weather Saturday brought 10 reported tornadoes to to the Plains, part of 38 reported tornadoes since Friday.

In addition to the tornadoes, widespread damaging winds have been reported, with gusts as high as 78 mph in parts of Oklahoma on Saturday.

There was a tornado watch in effect Sunday morning for parts of Louisiana and Mississippi until 10 a.m. Central time as a line of powerful storms with widespread damaging winds moved through the region. There were reports of a dangerous and large tornado in Beauregard Parish, Louisiana, early Sunday morning.

The severe risk will be less intense Sunday, but it will move east into some major population areas. However, attention will turn immediately to the next system, which will bring another round of severe weather.

On Monday, a new system will develop off the High Plains and slide east into the Southern Plains. The dry line will interact with an increasingly moist and unstable air mass that will develop across parts of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.

Unfortunately, that means very favorable conditions for violent severe weather in parts of this region.

There is a moderate risk for severe weather in parts of Oklahoma and Texas, including Oklahoma City, on Monday. There is a chance for violent, long-track tornadoes, destructive winds and very large hail in this region. Additionally, damaging winds, large hail and strong tornadoes will be possible across parts of the Southern Plains from Midland, Texas, to Wichita, Kansas.

In addition to the severe weather threat, torrential rain will likely cause flash flooding, especially in parts of this region already saturated from storm activity the last few months.

Locally, 4 to 6 inches of rain is possible in parts of the Southern Plains over the next few days. Torrential rain, causing flash flooding, combined with potentially extremely dangerous severe weather, will likely make this a life-threatening weather event in parts of this region.

The severe weather threat will move into parts of eastern Texas to western Illinois on Tuesday. However, the atmosphere will begin to lose some of the ingredients that are needed to have widespread intense severe weather.

Meanwhile, there is a separate severe weather threat on Sunday for parts of the Midwest and Northeast, including parts of the Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia metro areas.

Storms will likely fire up during the afternoon and persist into the evening hours. Damaging winds, large hail and brief tornadoes are possible.

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