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Hempstead Murder Suspect Nabbed in Texas

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A suspect wanted for killing a 28-year-old man in the victim’s hometown of Hempstead has been apprehended in Texas and extradited back to Long Island, Nassau County police said.James Marckesano, 24, of Hempstead, was arrested in Houston and charged with second-degree murder on Nov. 23. He was extradited on Tuesday.Homicide Squad detectives said Marckesano killed Victor Benitez, who was found lying on the ground on Clinton Street while suffering from a gunshot wound to the abdomen at 4:41 a.m. on July 4. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.Marckesano will be arraigned Wednesday at First District Court in Hempstead.last_img read more

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Student group talks domestic violence

first_imgMotivate & Empower held its second THINK conversation of the semester at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center on Friday. The conversation, entitled “A Discussion on Violence: We Are All Role Models,” centered on the heavy impact domestic violence has on society and, specifically, how the issue affects individuals on USC’s campus.The conversation featured students and special guest speakers Wesley Jonathan, a film and television actor; Dr. Susan Evans, a domestic violence survivor and celebrity dermatologist; Chelsea Tavares, an actress from Make it or Break It; Judge Mablean Ephriam, a former Los Angeles prosecutor known for her television and film roles; and Cyrene Tankard, an actress from Thicker than Water.Motivate & Empower is a leadership movement on campus that was founded on a threshold of three principles for students to uphold — THINK, REACT and CHANGE. The group has a variety of initiatives that allow students to gain a voice and express their vision. THINK, a component of Friday’s conversation, represented a platform in which students could safely share their ideas on the ways in which domestic violence is viewed.M&E originated after Maya Carter, the group’s founder, shared a spoken word poem with students at an event hosted by Saved By Grace, a campus gospel choir. Students in the choir were interested in building on the issues at USC described in the poem and helped create M&E, according to Azmera Hammouri-Davis, vice president of student action for M&E.According to the M&E website, in the year since it was founded, the organization has gained eight national university partners who now participate in the campus-based movement. About 20 to 30 students gather together during each THINK conversation to present their diverse views on prevalent social issues.The THINK conversation began with members of the movement asking students to delineate their definitions of domestic violence on sticky notes, which were then arranged on a purple ribbon poster that represents Domestic Violence Awareness Month.Attendees of the event were then seated in a large circle, and Hammouri-Davis opened up the conversation by speaking about Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Students set the stage for a powerful conversation by shouting their definition of domestic violence. Some words included in the discussion were hate, power, evil, fear, manipulation and physical harm.Carter welcomed distinguished guests at the event and Hammouri-Davis followed by beginning the “step-forward” activity, which encouraged individuals to “step forward” from their seats in response to critical questions regarding domestic violence.The room was silent as attendees took their seats and listened to the stories of students and special guests who directly or indirectly have been affected by domestic violence.Following discussions in small groups, there was a period of time for all attendees to stand up and present ideas on ways to put an end to domestic violence.The conversation identified both physical and mental domestic violence and discussed the ways in which culture has not only desensitized individual views on the issue, but also the ways in which society stigmatizes victims of domestic violence. Members of the group paid close attention to the various forms of domestic violence. Speakers went on to explain that domestic violence is not solely representative of the single-gender stereotypes seen in film.Jonathan commented on the necessity for individuals to combat domestic violence.“It’s an important issue that is never going to go away, and all we can do is try to minimize it and make sure that it does not continue and get passed on like a disease and not have our children view and see it,” he said.Shana Douglass, a freshman majoring in mechanical engineering, felt that the discussion was a call to action.“For me, the event provided some clarity as how I became desensitized to domestic violence in my own family and how I want to teach my brother and other children that is not okay,” Douglass said. “People need to call it out. When you see it, don’t just walk by it. You address it and say that is not how you treat this person, and if everyone does that, the culture will start to change.”last_img read more

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