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Memorial Day weekend is the first summer holiday, and one rife with poolside fun. However, for one Florida family it will always be a day tempered with tragedy. Two children and brothers, 6-year-old Ja’Kye Joseph and 5-year-old Branario Minto, were found dead after drowning in their apartment complex’s swimming pool. The siblings were found floating face down last night around 9:30 PM, as neighbors tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate them.

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Wildine Joseph, mother of Ja’Kye Joseph and Branario Minto

“I ran over there and saw two children laying on the side of the pool, the kids were on the floor and they were giving them CPR,” a neighbor told CBS4.

Broward Sheriff’s Office Fire Rescue paramedics attempted to revive the brothers, who were non-responsive. The boys were pronounced dead after being taken to Northwest Medical Center, according to police.

Their mother, Wildine Joseph, said she was asleep when the drowning occurred.

“I’m so sorry. If I was there I could have saved them on time,” she said, according to Local 10 News. Joseph added, “I will always miss my babies. I’m sorry, Ja’Kye. I’m sorry, Branario. They’re only 5, and they’re only 6.”

The boys reportedly were unable to swim, and their mother speculated that they snuck out and jumped a fence to get into the pool area.

A neighbor told Local 10 News that the apartment complex pool is a popular spot for children, and there are often “more kids than adults.”

Police are still investigating the incident, and are asking anyone that may have seen the boys near the pool to provide information.

Additionally, Child Protective Investigations Section removed a 4-month-old child and 1-year-old child from the home as part of their investigation, according to the sheriff’s release.

This is so tragic. There are few pains greater than the loss of a child; and to lose two of your children in one day is heartbreaking. We would like to offer the family and friends of these two young boys our sincerest condolences and prayers.

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Right On! 14 YO Who Listed Black Classmate As “Slave For Sale” on Craigslist Charged w/ Hate Crime!

Whoever said racism is a thing of the past cannot be living anywhere in the real world. Hate crimes are as prevalent as ever and now apparently they are going digital as a 14 year old white teenager has been charged with a hate crime for listing a Black classmate as a slave on Craigslist–with his photo! 

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Whoever said racism is a thing of the past cannot be living anywhere in the real world. Hate crimes are as prevalent as ever and now apparently they are going digital as a 14 year old white teenager has been charged with a hate crime for listing a Black classmate as a slave on Craigslist–with his photo!

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“We hold our students accountable for their behavior, which includes appropriate disciplinary consequences,” Principal Bill Wiesbrook said in an email to parents of students at the school. He insisted that the listing on Craigslist was “not reflective” of the school as a whole. The Craigslist ad made its way to social media, and the description had a racial slur.

The mother of the victim, who wishes to remain anonymous, spoke with WGN News about the situation. “They used to be friends, they are not anymore. The moment he started teasing my son, calling him dumb, making fun of his skin color, saying ‘shut up slave’ last October,” she said. “They are not friends anymore.”

Naperville police chief, Robert Marshall, released a statement on the hate crime, which he called a “despicable and extremely offensive post that is not at all reflective of the caring, welcoming community that our department serves and protects every day.” 

We are here for it! The boy was charged on Wednesday with a hate crime and the principal of his school and local law enforcement both went online, via Twitter, to condemn his actions.

We are glad this community and school responded so quickly to these shenanigans. Let us just hope some judge will not feel sorry for him, or that his white privilege, will save him from justice being served. What are your thoughts? Does the punishment fit the crime? Sound off in the comments section below!

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WTF!? Man Hospitalized After a Giraffe Falls on Safari Bus!

The number of freak accidents in this world are never ending and seem more bizarre by the day. The latest mishap involves a giraffe falling on a safari bus severely injuring a man!

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The number of freak accidents in this world are never ending and seem more bizarre by the day. The latest mishap involves a giraffe falling on a safari bus severely injuring a man!

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Tourist in Critical Condition After Giraffe Falls on Safari Bus
Credit Kruger National Park/Twitter

An elderly Swiss man has been hospitalized after a car accident involving a wild giraffe at a national park in South Africa.

The injured Swiss man and his wife were traveling in a rental camper through Kruger National Park on Sunday when a tourist bus carrying 13 visitors through the park collided with a giraffe, causing the massive animal to fall onto the rental car.

The man’s wife suffered minor injuries from what the park called on Twitter a “massive crash,” but her husband was “seriously injured” and ended up being airlifted to a nearby hospital’s intensive care unit.

While the park tweeted on Sunday that “the Swiss driver was responding at the scene and his condition is stable,” MSN reported the same day that he was on life support. KNP did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

The park said on Twitter Sunday that plans were being made to transfer the man to Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg, about 250 miles away from the park, as soon as possible.

Sadly the 18-foot-tall giraffe was killed in the accident, Isaac Phaahla, the park’s general manager of communications and marketing, said in a press release.

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Tourist in Critical Condition After Giraffe Falls on Safari Bus
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This is crazy…really crazy. We are glad the Swiss tourist will be okay, but saddened by the loss of the giraffe. They are such beautiful creatures.

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#JusticeForSadie! African-American Museum Founder & Activist, Sadie Roberts-Joseph Found Dead in a Car Trunk

The evil and cruelty of this world seems to have no end, affecting even the best of people. Death has invaded the ranks yet again and unfortunately one of its latest victims is an African-American museum founder  in Baton Rouge, and activist, Sadie Roberts-Joseph. In what has been called a “heinous act,” her body was found in the trunk of a car on Friday. She was 75. 

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The evil and cruelty of this world seems to have no end, affecting even the best of people. Death has invaded the ranks yet again and unfortunately one of its latest victims is an African-American museum founder  in Baton Rouge, and activist, Sadie Roberts-Joseph. In what has been called a “heinous act,” her body was found in the trunk of a car on Friday. She was 75.

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The body of Sadie Roberts-Joseph, 75, was located Friday but it wasn’t immediately clear what led officers to the car. The cause of her death is still unknown, police told the station. The vehicle was about 3 miles from her home, CNN affiliate WAFB reported.
Roberts-Joseph was a renowned advocate in the Baton Rouge area. She founded the Odell S. Williams Now and Then African American Museum in 2001, where she had been hosting the city’s Juneteenth celebration for years. “Ms. Sadie was a tireless advocate of peace in the community,” the police department said in a statement. “Ms. Sadie is a treasure to our community, she will be missed by BRPD and her loss will be felt in the community she served.
She also founded Community Against Drugs and Violence, a non-profit organization focused in creating a safer environment for children in North Baton Rouge. Local politicians, advocates and community members on Saturday mourned Roberts-Joseph’s death.
State Representative C. Denise Marcelle said in a Facebook post that the activist “never bothered anyone” and was looking to expand her museum.
The NAACP Baton Rouge Branch remembered Roberts-Joseph in a Facebook post.
“We lost a Cultural Legend Yesterday! #RIP Sadie Roberts Joseph,” the group wrote. “From reviving Juneteenth, to the Culture preserved at Her Museum, she was a trendsetter and icon in this City.”
Police investigating the activist’s death urged anyone with information about the case to call police detectives at 225-389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at 225-344-STOP (7867).
This is nothing short of a tragedy and injustice. We truly hope whoever is responsible for her death is found and sentenced appropriately. Let’s all keep her family, friends, and colleagues in our prayers. Rest In Power, Queen!

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