Two young boys were killed when a lightning bolt struck them down while they were rowing in Orlando, Florida, on one of the boy’s 12th birthday.
The lightning strike caused the rowing boat to capsize, sending Langston Rodriguez-Sane, 12, to hospital in critical condition and leaving Gavin Christman, 13, missing.
Three rowing teammates, who were also aboard, righted the boat and were able to bring Langston to shore with the help of their coach, but Gavin could not be found.
Emergency services found Gavin dead 24 hours later, while Langston died from his injuries after a two-week hospitalization.
The severe weather event occurred on September 15 as the five students were practicing on the lake, leaving their vessel capsized, according to the Orlando Fire Department.
‘We wish to shine a spotlight on the beauty and joy that Gavin and Langston brought into this world”, said the GoFundMe page.
“Gavin’s warm eyes and loving heart reached the soul of every person he met. He had a sensitivity and insightfulness that far exceeded his 13 years of life. Gavin’s charming, good looks, keen intellect, and quick wit brought laughter to even the most mundane of situations.”
“Langston was a bright light in this world. He was welcomed into heaven on his 12th birthday as family and friends gathered to celebrate the infectious joy that he brought to so many lives.”
“The NOR community is devastated and continues to focus on supporting our affected families and our entire NOR team during this difficult time.”
“We continue to cooperate with local authorities and USRowing as they investigate the incident. Until the investigation is complete, we are unable to provide further comment.”
“We are beyond grateful for the outpouring of love and concern from around the world. Please continue to hold our families in your prayers.”
The GoFundMe has so far raised $27,095 of its $40,000 goal, with 251 people donating.
A woman is in the hospital with life-threatening injuries after being struck by a rollercoaster while trying to retrieve her mobile phone.
Australian Shylah Rodden, 26, was visiting the Melbourne Royal Show on Sunday and walked onto the Rebel Coaster tracks where she was struck by a carriage and hurled several meters into the air before landing on the ground.
She was taken to Royal Melbourne hospital with critical head injuries, where she remains in a coma.
Her father, Alan Rodden, said: “The injuries are horrific. Horrific. She’s brain damaged. It’s pelvic, her arms, legs, back, neck – there’s hardly a thing that’s not broken. I just can’t work out how the hell so much damage has been done.”
“Even the doctors have said they haven’t seen anything as bad as this for a long time.”
“Obviously I can’t talk to my daughter. She’s going to be in a coma for quite a while,” he added.
Showgoers reported hearing screams before the Rebel Coaster was shut down and cordoned off as emergency services responded to the incident.
Victoria Police said early investigations suggest that Sarah had walked onto the roller coaster track to retrieve her dropped phone.
“It appears, at this early stage, the woman, believed aged in her 20s, may have walked on and entered the track to try and retrieve a dropped phone before she was hit by a rollercoaster carriage, about 5:45pm,” Victoria Police said in a statement.
“Sadly, the woman was then found injured on the ground.”
A statement released by the Melbourne Royal Show confirmed that a person had been injured on the Rebel Coaster ride before the area was cordoned off.
“We are working closely with the ride operator, WorkSafe Victoria and Victoria Police to investigate the issue further, however we can confirm that no one has fallen from the ride,” they said.
“The ride in question will be closed for the foreseeable future and updates will be made as information comes to hand.
“The visitor has been taken to hospital for further assessment.”
Melbourne Royal chief executive, Brad Jenkins, said all rides at the Melbourne Royal Show were officially cleared for operation before they began operating last Thursday.
He added that the operator of the rollercoaster involved in Sunday’s incident was “absolutely devastated”.
“‘It’s a very tight-knit show community … and everyone is totally devastated,” he told ABC Radio Melbourne.
“The show is about putting smiles on people’s faces and tragedies like this are just devastating for everyone involved.”
Police are continuing their investigation into the incident.
A father has been arrested after setting fire to his 12-year-old son for not doing his homework. Shaheer Khan, from Karachi, Pakistan, died of his injuries two days after his father Nazir set him alight after pouring kerosene over him.
The cruel act had apparently been intended to scare the lad into doing his work. It was confirmed by Pakistani police that he was insisting on going out to fly his kite instead of doing the homework.
However, as the furious father lit a match to complete the terrifying threat, the oil caught light.
Shaheer was set ablaze and his desperate screams caused his mother, Shazia, to rush in and help her husband try and put out the flames by throwing blankets over their son.
Tragically, their efforts failed and the boy died of his injuries in hospital on September 16. He had sustained severe burns all over his body.
Shazia has now announced that she will file a case against her husband, who was arrested on Monday. Local police officer Salim Khan told Pakistani media that Nazir had demanded his son answer questions about his schoolwork.
After the boy gave “unsatisfactory answers” he tipped the fuel over the child’s head and lit a match in order to scare him, an act which Nazir admitted to cops.
He has confessed to the crime and has a court date set for 24 September. The incident took place in the Orangi Town area of Karachi, which has a population of around three million. It is widely believed to be Asia’s largest slum, spread across an area equivalent to 4,500 Wembley pitches.
Two sisters aged 10 and 15 were killed in a housefire that was reportedly sparked by a faulty hoverboard, a new lawsuit claims.
Heartbroken parents Jennifer and Damien Kaufman are suing Walmart and Jetson Electric Bikes after they couldn’t save the girls from their burning home.
The lawsuit claims that the April 1 fire started when a hoverboard purchased at the big-box retailer in 2018 caught fire in their 10-year-old daughter’s room.
The couple is arguing that Jetson and Walmart knew or should have known the hoverboard had a “defective and unreasonably dangerous design.”
The suit claims that despite this alleged oversight, Jetson and Walmart continued to market, sell, and advertise the hoverboard.
The lawsuit comes after the fire department confirmed the Hellertown, Pennsylvania, house fire was “electrical in nature” but did not specify the cause.
Brianna Baer, 15, and Abigail Kaufman, 10, were trapped on the second floor of the home after the hoverboard allegedly ignited.
Mother Jennifer was able to escape through the window of her first-floor bedroom while father Damien was in a detached garage outside.
Damien attempted to enter the home and rescue the two girls, but was tragically unsuccessful, according to the lawsuit.
The horrified parents “stood on the front lawn of their home and watched helplessly” as they waited for first responders to arrive.
Firefighters rescued the two girls, but they sadly succumbed to their injuries at St Luke’s University Hospital in Fountain Hill.
While fire officials did not confirm the exact cause of the fire, the Kaufmans’ attorney Tom Kline claims that an independent investigation proved the hoverboard was to blame.
“We conducted a thorough cause-and-origin investigation with multiple experts in which we carefully evaluated the evidence, not only from the fire scene itself, but also did an inspection of the hoverboard,” he told reporters.
“We are convinced, based on our careful and thorough investigation, that the hoverboard is responsible.”
Walmart provided The U.S. Sun with a statement addressing the tragedy and lawsuit.
“Our thoughts go out to the Kaufman family for their loss,” a spokesperson for Walmart said.
“We expect our suppliers to provide safe, quality products that meet all applicable laws and regulations.
“We will respond with the Court as appropriate after we are served with the complaint.”
The heartbroken family is seeking unspecified damages for medical expenses, funeral expenses, and damage to their house after the defendants engaged in “negligent, reckless, fraudulent and/or outrageous conduct,” the suit claims.
Kline said that the lawsuit would not only hold the manufacturer and retailer accountable but could also prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future.
Zach Richardson’s father, from Hubberts Bridge, UK, described his son as having a “heart of gold” who didn’t “even get to spend his first pay check” following the tragic incident.
The eighteen-year-old was killed by a forklift truck on a farm after working there for less than a month.
Zach Richardson was found trapped between the truck and a wall at Elm Farm where he worked.
Norfolk’s senior coroner Jacqueline Lake confirmed the cause of his death as “compression asphyxia”, reports stated.
Zach began working for Lincolnshire Firewood Company as a yardman a month prior to his death. He had completed two days of formal forklift training. Zach and his supervisor were at the site on the day of the accident. The supervisor left the job site for a while in order to pick up a car. On his return to the site, he found Zach trapped between a forklift truck and a wall.
Zach was declared dead at the scene after emergency services were called to the incident.
An investigation has been launched regarding Zach’s training and the “servicing of the two forklift trucks”.
Scott Ekins, who trained Zach to use forklifts, said it was “clear to him he had been” on one before.
He added that the teenager “seemed very level-headed”, “asked a lot of questions”, “took notes” and “on the day he was the most fluent out of the three (candidates)”.
Elizabeth-Anne Gumbel, Attorney for Zach’s family, said the forklift truck was fitted with a seat sensor which should have stopped it from moving when nobody was in the driver’s seat.
Gumbel added: “The seat sensor didn’t work as it must have moved when he (Zach) wasn’t in it, as he was crushed between the wall and the truck. There must’ve been an issue with the sensor”.
A mom and three kids who were killed in a devastating fire on Friday have been named after their bodies were initially too burned to identify.
The farmhouse fire burned just after midnight on Friday in Mercer County, Pennsylvania, leaving five people dead and officials sifting through the rubble days later.
Elizabeth Seltzer, 33, and her three children Paisley, 6, Ainsley, 3, and Jordan, 1, have all been identified by Mercer County Coroner John Libonati.
However, the fifth victim has not been positively identified.
Libonati is requiring out-of-state medical records to identify the adult male victim.
Four of the victims – the two adults and two of the children – were initially pulled from the rubble.
But it wasn’t until Tuesday that the third child was found by officials.
A cause of death has not yet been released for any of the five victims.
Libonati said the fire and deaths have hit the neighborhood hard.
“It affects the whole community and people want to help, and I get it,” Libonati said.
“The way that they can help is really help those first responders that are putting forth their life and safety and mental health to perform those duties.”
The blaze was not believed to be suspicious, but officials continue to investigate.
“It’s been a very long, hard day,” Corporal Timothy Repp with the Pennsylvania State Police said Friday.
“As you can imagine, any fire with victims involved with a human loss is hard to see, hard to deal with.”
Repp also said officials are “working until we can confirm everything that we believe we can confirm.”
“This is a small community, so people were known. You know, people know these people,” he told local news.
“These aren’t just names. It affects all of us deeply. I mean, these are people in the community.
“So we all have to try to focus on the task at hand, do the best we can for the people and the families involved.”
A GoFundMe has been organized to help the family pay for the funerals of Seltzer and her three children.
“Liz Seltzer was an amazing human being who loved with her whole heart, and thought nothing of dropping everything she was doing to help her family when they needed her, even when they didn’t know they needed her,” the fundraiser’s description reads.
More than $36,000 has been raised to put towards funeral costs and a celebration of life.
Tiffany Brodvin, who was in her 30s, was described by neighbors as a ‘quiet and nice’ lady who had been staying with her psychotherapist mom Dr. Susan Kett.
The rehabilitation specialist was often seen holding on to her mother’s hand in the Sutton Place where they lived before the tragedy at around 7:00 am on Tuesday.
Cops were called at 7:14 am to 157 East 57th street where they found her body lying on the sidewalk.
Officers said her wounds were consistent with a fall and she was later pronounced dead at the scene.
Brodvin left behind a suicide note, reports state.
Neighbors said it was not the first death at the upmarket skyscraper, which they dubbed “suicide building”, with another said to have happened just two years ago.
One of the residents said one of the superintendents was very upset and said, “Not again”.
Brodvin was described as “quiet and nice”. She was described by a neighbor as having some type of disability and a “very sweet girl”.
Fernando Molena, 21, who works at a nearby shoe repair store, said: “It’s strange because it happened here two years ago, but maybe just more of a coincidence”.
He continued: “I saw [the victim] last Wednesday. She was friendly and would always wave when she passed the store”.
He said she was a regular customer at Elite Shoe Repair, adding: “Wow. She was a neighbor. I am sad. Now the street isn’t going to feel the same anymore”.
He said he saw her body in the ground outside of the M57 M31 bus stop. He said it was a gruesome scene and he tried to look away.
He said: “I don’t want to see it. I saw the body. It didn’t have a cover on her. She had blonde hair and was wearing a red dress. It seems really strange because you have the canopy of the building so I don’t know how she hit the ground,’ he said pointing to the site outside the building”.
The maintenance man to the building Jovan Porter said the doorman was sent home and he was just waiting until the other doorman arrives.
“I was here really early in the morning I just happened to not be here when she jumped. It’s upsetting I am glad I wasn’t here to see that”, he said.
A longtime resident at the address was also shocked upon learning it was her neighbor, saying: “She had some issues. She lived with her mom and she had a dog”. The woman said she was very close with her mother. She would always see them walking around the streets holding hands or walking with their arms entwined. She added that the mother and daughter had lived in the building for more than 17 years.
Another witness stated that he was sitting on a bench drinking coffee before his work shift at the residential building across the street, when he heard a loud thump and saw a woman’s body hit the pavement.
“It sounded like two cars crashed”, he said. ‘When I see the body on the floor, I said: “Oh my god, what happened? I was very nervous and then I saw all the police coming”.
Joel Cardoza, 31, a parking attendant, who works in the garage a few doors down from the building where the woman jumped said that he was talking to a resident of the building, who told him stories about other people who died at the building, including a resident who was killed by the caretaker, who had been caring for her mother.
“There’s some bad juju happening in that building with so many suicide and deaths. It’s like [the Netflix show] The Hotel Cecil”.
Brodvin graduated from Hunter College, located just blocks away from where she was found dead, in 2005 with a degree in English Language Arts. At the time of her death, Brodvin was working at Braverhood, a mental health clinic in Brooklyn. She described herself as a rehabilitation specialist.
According to Solil, the management company that runs the building, it was constructed in 1960 and consists of 111 apartment units over 19 floors.
There is currently one listed apartment for rent in the building, a two-bedroom that is on the market for $6,150 via StreetEasy. Sutton Place is one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in New York City, according to Forbes.
In 2021, City Health Commissioner Dr. Dave A. Chokshi said that New Yorkers were still suffering hard mentally from effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Every 16 hours, someone dies from suicide in New York City. Based on Community Health Survey data, 2.4 percent of NYC adults ages 18 and older seriously thought about killing themselves at some point in the past 12 months, Chokshi said.
Among those with suicidal ideation, 14.1 percent attempted suicide in the past 12 months. September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.
A University of Tampa student — and native New Yorker — was shot and killed over the weekend after he tried to get into a stranger’s car by mistake, authorities said.
Carson Senfield, a 2021 Orchard Park High School graduate, celebrated his 19th birthday just a day before his tragic death on Saturday, according to his family.
“We spoke with him two days before, he was celebrating his birthday with friends on Friday evening,” heartbroken father Darren Senfield told reporters.
“He enjoyed his people whether they were in WNY or his people in Tampa. He was such a generator of great vibes.”
Police say that Senfield was hanging out with friends on South Howard Avenue before calling an Uber back to his home on West Arch Street around 1 a.m.
After he exited his Uber, Senfield apparently tried to enter another vehicle with a man sitting in the driver’s seat.
The driver, who did not know Senfield, shot him in the upper body, and the teen was pronounced dead at the scene, cops said.
The Tampa Police Department said the shooter is cooperating with law enforcement.
The University of Tampa announced Senfield’s passing in a statement on Saturday afternoon.
“The UT administration is deeply saddened to report that a UT student was killed early this morning near the intersection of W. Arch and N. Munro streets,” the statement read.
“Our heartfelt condolences go out to the student’s family and friends, as well as all who were affected by this incident. The University values all members of the community and mourns this tragic loss.”
University freshman Gino Secchiano told reporters that the campus was still reeling from the news.
“It’s a small enough campus where people know each other, and you don’t think stuff like that can happen around here, but it can,” he said.
“It’s a tragedy and I’m very sorry for his family and everyone. My heart is with them.”
Senfield’s sudden death has also shaken his hometown of Orchard Park, where he was a noted high school hockey and basketball player.
“It saddens me greatly to inform you that the Orchard Park community has suffered a tragic loss as Carson Senfield, a 2021 graduate of Orchard Park High School, passed away today,” superintendent David Lillec said in a statement Sunday.
“Given Carson’s wide circle of friends, and the fact that Carson’s two siblings attend OPHS, the Orchard Park School District recognizes that his passing has a far-reaching impact.”
Darren Senfield described his son as “such a bright light to everybody” who texted and called his mom every day.
As for the events surrounding his son’s death, Senfield says the family is confident that “the details will play themselves out.”
“We don’t have our son, we’re mourning, we’re heartbroken, we’re devastated,” he said.
“It was a senseless tragedy that we’re still trying to figure out, but at this point, it doesn’t really matter, we don’t have our Carson with us.”
A GoFundMe in Carson’s honor has already raised over $104,000 — about $79,000 more than its original $25,000 goal.
“We will direct that [money to] a scholarship at a later date to make sure kids like Carson … have a chance to go to college,” Darren Senfield said.
When a woman brought her four-year-old son to the hospital complaining of a stomach ache and vomiting blood, she said it was the result of a seafood allergy. But doctors in Thailand were surprised to discover that the boy was suffering from a severe stomach infection, not an allergic reaction.
After digging deeper, they found that she had been lacing his meals with a corrosive substance for two years. But he was not her only victim, with doctors realising her daughter had died in 2019 after exhibiting similar symptoms.
Nattiwan Rakkunjet, whom local reports have dubbed “bleach mum,” was sentenced to death in the Thai capital Bangkok on Sep. 15. after being found guilty of poisoning her two children and posting their sickly pictures on social media in order to solicit public donations until she was arrested in 2020.
Doctors at Thammasat University Hospital near Bangkok, where the two children were treated, determined that they had suffered from bleeding in the digestive tract, vomiting blood, and stomach inflammation due to the ingestion of a corrosive substance.
Prosecutors said that Nattiwan had been feeding her four-year-old daughter food laced with mildly corrosive liquid since adopting her in 2015.The girl was first admitted to hospital in December 2018 with an acute stomach ache and vomiting blood. She would be admitted to hospital six times in the next seven months.
In August 2019, after being admitted into hospital for the final time, the girl died from complications related to internal hemorrhaging—bleeding in her digestive tract, high blood pressure, and kidney failure. Doctors didn’t rule her death as suspicious at the time.
But in January 2020, less than a year after her adoptive daughter’s death, Nattiwan admitted her biological son to hospital with similar symptoms, including stomach ache, vomiting blood, and swelling in his mouth. At that time, Nattiwan told doctors that her son had become sick hours after eating squid, claiming that it was a seafood allergy.
However, doctors found that the boy did not have an allergic reaction, but was instead suffering from a severe stomach infection. They also found traces of a corrosive chemical, usually found in bathroom cleaners, in his mouth, stomach, and intestines.
Now suspecting that the boy’s condition was caused by his mother, doctors prohibited Nattiwan from bringing food for the boy in hospital. Medical staff also supervised the pair during her visits, and became convinced that the boy was sick from ingesting a corrosive substance.
The court heard that Nattiwan had been lacing her son’s meals since September 2017 and would post images of her sick children on Facebook, asking for public donations to cover medical expenses. After Nattiwan’s arrest in May 2020, the boy was placed in a shelter.
Police found some 20 million baht ($54,000) across her two bank accounts, believed to have been earned from the public donations. The court ordered Nattiwan to return 42,000 baht ($1,100) and confiscated the mobile phones that she had bought with the money.
After her arrest, Nattiwan confessed to, among other charges, human trafficking by using her children to solicit donations, murder, and attempted murder. However, the court said that her confession was not a mitigating factor in her sentencing, as she only did so after overwhelming evidence was presented against her.