Tag: Murders, Attempted Murders and Homicides

A Conspiracy Theorist, a Murdered Gambino Boss and a Mystery Motive

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Anthony Comello was known as an aimless young man on his family’s block in Staten Island, where he lived in his parents’ house. He could be helpful, offering during snowstorms to plow the streets with his pickup and to […]

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Mourners Honor the Dead With Call to Prayer in Christchurch, New Zealand

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — One week after a terrorist attack that killed 50 people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, mourners who came from around the world honored the dead Friday by sharing the Muslim call to prayer and two minutes of silence. In a park across from Al Noor Mosque, where 42 worshipers […]

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New Zealand Police Listed Wrong Person as Killed in Mosque Shooting

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — The suspected gunman in last week’s attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, was charged with murder for the death of one victim — but the police announced on Thursday that that supposed victim was in fact alive. A police spokesman said that the charge sheet would be corrected, with […]

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‘So Heartbreaking’: Funerals Begin for New Zealand Attack Victims

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — Azaam Afaan did not want to be late. The first funeral since Friday’s terrorist attack was about to begin, and though he had no idea who was being buried, he just knew he needed to participate. Staring through dark sunglasses at the cemetery’s fringe — fighting back tears for a slain […]

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The New Zealand Shooting Victims Spanned Generations and Nationalities

One was a dairy farmer. Another aspired to be a pilot. One was an elder known for helping newcomers. Another was a teenager who called his mother when the shooting started. The 50 people slaughtered by a gunman at two Christchurch mosques last week spanned a range of backgrounds. Here is what we know about […]

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New Zealand Is Loath to Use Suspect’s Name to Avoid Amplifying His Cause

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — The man accused of carrying out the attack that killed 50 people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, is expected to represent himself in court, but the country’s prime minister said on Tuesday that she wants to do everything possible to deny him the attention he craves. “He is a […]

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The Attack That Broke the Net’s Safety Net

As authorities rushed to stop a gunman on a mass killing spree in New Zealand, engineers, programmers and content moderators around the globe were scrambling to keep the rampage from going viral. It didn’t work. The terrorist in Christchurch killed 50 people at two mosques on Friday, livestreaming part of the attack on Facebook. The […]

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Anthony Comello Says He Shot Gambino Leader Because He Feared for His Life

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] The 24-year-old man charged with killing a senior leader of the Gambino crime family in Staten Island told detectives that he was high on marijuana and shot the crime figure because he feared for his life, according to two […]

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Gunman Aboard a Tram Kills at Least 3 in Utrecht, the Netherlands

Three people died and five were injured on Monday in a shooting on a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht, which the authorities called a possible terrorist attack, and a manhunt was underway for a gunman who escaped the scene. The Netherlands’ main counterterrorism agency raised its assessment of the threat in Utrecht province, […]

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Gunman Attacks Tram Passengers in Utrecht, Dutch Police Say

A shooting attack on Monday in the Dutch city of Utrecht that left several people injured was being investigated as a possible case of terrorism, the authorities said. Trauma helicopters have been sent to the scene, the Utrecht police said on Twitter, and trams in the city have been shut down while the authorities investigate. […]

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New Zealand to Open Inquiry Into What Officials Knew About Gunman Before Massacre

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, on Monday ordered an inquiry into what government officials could have known about the gunman in Friday’s massacre before he carried out the attack that left 50 people dead at two mosques in Christchurch. “The purpose of this inquiry is to look at what all […]

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It Wasn’t Just Khashoggi: A Saudi Prince’s Brutal Drive to Crush Dissent

WASHINGTON — Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia authorized a secret campaign to silence dissenters — which included the surveillance, kidnapping, detention and torture of Saudi citizens — more than a year before the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, according to American officials who have read classified intelligence reports about the campaign. At least […]

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New Zealand Attack: Quick Action, Near Miss and Courage in Christchurch

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — Abdul Aziz was praying with his four sons in the Linwood Mosque when he heard the gunshots. Rather than run from the noise, he ran toward it, grabbed the first thing he could find — a credit card machine — and flung it at the attacker. The man dropped a shotgun, […]

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Staten Island Man Expected to Be Charged in Killing of Gambino Mob Boss, Police Say

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] The police took a 24-year-old Staten Island man into custody in connection with the fatal shooting of the reputed boss of the Gambino crime family and expected to charge him with murder, officials said on Saturday. The motive for […]

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‘God Is Testing Us’: Tears and Outrage at a New Zealand Hospital

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — The families drifted from the mosques to the hospital, their emotions battered, their eyes bloodshot. More than a day had passed since the attacks on Friday that killed 49 people at two mosques in Christchurch, and many still did not know the fate of loved ones they believed were at prayer […]

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Jacinda Ardern Pitched New Zealand’s Charms. Now, She Speaks of Its Pain.

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been the sunny face of New Zealand, celebrated as the nation’s youngest leader in 150 years, the one who gave birth in office and brought her baby to the floor of the United Nations. At 38, she’s pitched progressive politics and her nation’s charms to Stephen […]

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Man Questioned in Killing of Reputed Gambino Mob Boss on Staten Island, Police Say

The police on Saturday were questioning a Staten Island man in connection with the fatal shooting of the reputed boss of the Gambino crime family, a law enforcement official said. Several officials said preliminary information suggested that the killing was not related to organized crime but one cautioned that the inquiry was still in its […]

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New Zealand Shooting Live Updates: A Suspect Is Charged, and Details Emerge About Victims

• New Zealand grappled with grief and horror on Saturday, a day after 49 people were shot to death at two mosques in the city of Christchurch. The terrorist attack appeared to have been carried out by a white nationalist who posted a racist manifesto online and streamed live video of the killings on Facebook. […]

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A Gotti Was Released From Prison, Then the Gambino Boss Was Killed. Is There a Connection?

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] While Gene Gotti was in prison in the 1990s, he hatched a plan with a Gambino family associate: They would keep up a strict workout routine at the prison gym, federal agents learned. They had to stay in shape, […]

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Massacre Suspect Traveled the World but Lived on the Internet

He announced his mass killing over social media and filmed it live on the internet. He shared a 74-page online manifesto peppered with sarcastic jokes about popular culture, repeating well-known internet memes and striving to mint new ones. He even laid out his explanation in a “Q. and A.” format, as though in an interview, […]

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A Hate-Fueled Massacre Designed for Its Times

The wounded tried to crawl away or lie still, while others ran or crouched behind the dead, but the gunman kept pulling the trigger. He shot fleeing women and girls, and pumped bullet after bullet into piles of motionless men and boys in a house of worship. The man accused of carrying out the worst […]

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New Zealand’s Gun Laws Draw Scrutiny After Mosque Shootings

The shootings that killed at least 49 people at two mosques in New Zealand on Friday have placed new scrutiny on New Zealand’s gun laws and sparked a fervent debate about whether they were a factor in the gunman’s decision to carry out his attack there. The police have described the gunman as a man […]

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