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They say “what’s love without tragedy?” In the case of a groom that was beaten to death just hours after his wedding, it is all tragedy and no love. 30 year old newlywed, Joe Melgoza, met his untimely demise at the hands of two men after saying “I do.”

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Joe Melgoza, 30, who has been described as a “loving” family man was celebrating his new union on Sunday when he was attacked at his wedding reception, which was held in the backyard of a family member in Chino, KTLA reported.

At around 2:20 a.m. police found Melgoza suffering from blunt force trauma to his head, Chino Police Department said in a statement.

Police discovered the mortally injured the groom after responding to reports of a fight breaking out around Oaks Avenue, just a couple of blocks away from Melgoza’s celebration.

Once on the scene where the altercation broke out, police found two victims of battery and were told by witnesses that there was another victim involved in the incident, but “was missing.”

After conducting a brief search, officers found Melgoza. He was then transported to Chino Valley Medical Center where he died.

Following Melgoza’s death, police arrested brothers Rony Aristides Castaneda Ramirez, 28, and Josue Daniel Castaneda Ramirez, 19, on suspicion of killing Melgoza, according to Chino Police.

It is not immediately clear if Melgoza knew the suspects prior to the attack, according to authorities.

At this time, the investigation remains ongoing.

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Rony Aristides Castaneda Ramirez, 28, and 19-year-old Josue Daniel Castaneda Ramirez.

This is truly terrible, and the brothers who did this deserve justice to its maximum capacity. We are praying for Joe Melgoza and his wife–now widow–in this terrible time. This story only reminds us that time with the ones we love is truly precious, and life is fleeting.

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“The Kennedy Curse” Strikes Again..The Search for Robert F. Kennedy’s Granddaughter & Her Son is Called Off

The Kennedys are the equivalent to royalty in The United States. Wealth, power, fame, fortune, and unfortunately death are what we associate with this family. However, it seems “The Kennedy Curse,” (via Wikipedia) refers to “a series of deaths, accidents, and other calamities involving members of the American Kennedy family. The alleged curse has primarily struck the children and descendants of businessman Joseph P. Kennedy Sr., but it has also affected family friends, associates, and other relatives. Political assassinations and plane crashes have been the most common manifestations of the curse.”

Now, the latest victims of The Kennedy Curse are Robert F. Kennedy’s granddaughter, Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean, 40, and McKean’s 8-year-old son, Gideon Joseph Kennedy McKean. Both are now presumed dead, having been killed in a canoeing accident. The search to rescue them has been called off, and is now a recovery mission for their bodies.

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The Kennedys are the equivalent to royalty in The United States. Wealth, power, fame, fortune, and unfortunately death are what we associate with this family. However, it seems “The Kennedy Curse,” (via Wikipedia) refers to “a series of deaths, accidents, and other calamities involving members of the American Kennedy family. The alleged curse has primarily struck the children and descendants of businessman Joseph P. Kennedy Sr., but it has also affected family friends, associates, and other relatives. Political assassinations and plane crashes have been the most common manifestations of the curse.”

Now, the latest victims of The Kennedy Curse are Robert F. Kennedy’s granddaughter, Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean, 40, and McKean’s 8-year-old son, Gideon Joseph Kennedy McKean. Both are now presumed dead, having been killed in a canoeing accident. The search to rescue them has been called off, and is now a recovery mission for their bodies.

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The U.S. Coast Guard announced Friday evening the search would be suspended for Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean, 40, and McKean’s 8-year-old son, Gideon Joseph Kennedy McKean after an extensive 26-hour search that covered more than 3,600 square miles of air, sea and land.

“This was a difficult case, and even more difficult to make the decision to suspend the search,” Cmdr. Matthew Fine said in a statement. Fine is the deputy sector commander and active search suspension authority at Sector Maryland-National Capitol Region command center. “Our crews and partners did everything they could to find them. We’ve kept the family informed at every step during the search, and our thoughts are with them tonight.”

The initial mission to rescue Townsend McKean and her son had turned into one of “recovery,” the family said Friday ahead of the announcement the search would be called off. 

No matter where you stand politically the loss of these lives is tragic. They were mother and son and now their families are left to mourn yet another loss in a string of assassinations, plane crashes, and boating accidents that have claimed so many of their relatives’ lives. Let’s keep them in our prayers.

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Really? Arizona & A Few Other States Declare Golf Essential

Surprisingly, Arizona, along with Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina, have all declared golf to be essential during quarantine. This all comes as a shock as nationwide people are being asked, or forced, to stay at home, to prevent the spread of coronavirus, golfers are allowed to still play.

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Surprisingly, Arizona, along with Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina, have all declared golf to be essential during quarantine. This all comes as a shock as nationwide people are being asked, or forced, to stay at home, to prevent the spread of coronavirus, golfers are allowed to still play.

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On Monday, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey enacted a stay-at-home order through the end of April, requiring all residents to remain home unless going out for an essential activity, The Hill reported.

The governor’s order deems outdoor recreational activities as essential, so long as it is possible to practice social distancing.

“This includes golf courses if restrictions on food and beverage service under Executive Order 2020-09 are followed,” the order reads, according to the news release.

However, the governor has faced criticism for the decision, as the activity continues to bring groups of people together.

Ann O’Conner, an Arizona resident whose home looks over a private golf course, told The Guardian that as it remains open, she continues to see people piling into golf carts and golfers playing together in groups.

“It’s really disconcerting because you just see these people and there’s no social distancing,” O’Connor told the outlet. “It is like a huge, sick experiment.”

 

“Essential services during #COVID-19 are not golf and beauty salons. They are first responders, grocers, pharmacists, and few others,” she wrote.

As of the morning of April 1, Arizona has reported 1,298 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 24 deaths, according to a New York Times database.

Arizona isn’t the only state to keep golf courses open as the virus continues to spread.

According to the Myrtle Beach Sun News, North Carolina issued a stay-at-home order March 27 with the exclusion of golf, as did South Carolina after passing the state’s order on Tuesday.

In Florida, many golf courses are staying open as well. According to Golfweek, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an order on March 17 to reduce crowd sizes in restaurants, nightclubs, and beaches, however, golf courses were left out of the picture.

TheColumbus Dispatchreported that golf courses in Ohio are allowed to stay open under Gov. Mike DeWine’s stay-at-home order, so long as golfers practice social distancing while on the green.

“If your golf course is operating as an outdoor recreation opportunity and abiding by all of the order’s social distancing requirements, there is likely not a health concern,” Ohio Department of Health spokeswoman Melanie Amato told the outlet Tuesday.

We completely disagree with any of these states being allowed to declare golfing essential. This has to be one of the most classist and egregious acts we have ever heard of. We are praying for all the lives affected by coronavirus, and that lawmakers and those in power will make sound decisions for their citizens and constituents.

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D.C. Cancels its Black Gay Pride Festivities for 1st Time in 30 Years, Cites Coronavirus Precautions

For the last few months the effects of coronavirus have engulfed the entire world. Life has seemingly halted as schools have closed, jobs have shut down, theaters have closed, and many have been quarantined to prevent the spread of this pandemic. Thus, it comes as no surprise that Washington, D.C., set for Memorial Day weekend, has decided to cancel the festivities for this year’s Black Gay Pride events, citing coronavirus concerns and safety. This marks the first time in thirty years the celebration will not take place.

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For the last few months the effects of coronavirus have engulfed the entire world. Life has seemingly halted as schools have closed, jobs have shut down, theaters have closed, and many have been quarantined to prevent the spread of this pandemic. Thus, it comes as no surprise that Washington, D.C., set for Memorial Day weekend, has decided to cancel the festivities for this year’s Black Gay Pride events, citing coronavirus concerns and safety. This marks the first time in thirty years the celebration will not take place.

via DCBlackPride.org 

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DC Black Pride 2020 Has Been Canceled

There is no higher priority than the health and well-being of Black LGBTQA community. In light of the continuing global impact and community transmission of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) — and in accordance with public health recommendations the Center for Black Equity has made the unprecedented decision to cancel DC Black Pride 2020. For the first time in 30 years, we will not gather in DC to celebrate our community during Memorial Day Weekend.

This too shall pass. We will celebrate the 30th DC Black Pride in 2021, bigger and more celebratory than ever.

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We understand that Black Gay Pride in any city is a big event for many Black LGBT people, but we concur that the safety, health, and well-being of everyone comes first. Besides Pride is more than just festivities, parades, and parties; it’s knowing who you are and celebrating the freedom and hard fought for right to be yourself. With that said, let’s all continue practicing social distancing–no gatherings in the absence of festivities.

Thus far Los Angeles has canceled its Pride festivities and New York is rumored to soon follow. There is no word of other cities cancelling their Black Gay Pride or regular Pride festivities, but if the threat of coronavirus continues to linger then it is a real possibility. We are praying for everyone’s safety and that this will all end soon. Lord knows we want the world better than it was before this all started and at least some sort of normalcy.

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