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mourners thronged a funeral
service yesterday for a 12-
year-old girl who authorities
say committed suicide after
being bullied online by sev-
eral girls for nearly a year.
Many of those thronging
the 45-minute service for
Rebecca Sedwick wore T-
shirts with an anti-bullying
slogan in neon green, the
girl s favourite colour.
Family members, who
knew the girl as Becca, had
asked mourners to wear
Sheriff s detectives say the
girl was "terrorised" by as
many as 15 girls who ganged
up on her and picked on her
for months through online
message boards and texts.
Authorities say they are in-
vestigating whether there is
enough evidence to bring
charges against any of the
The bullying began over a
"boyfriend issue" and some
of the girl s entries in her di-
aries found at home "would
break your heart," said Sher-
iff Grady Judd.
Last Monday, authorities
said, she climbed a tower at
an abandoned concrete plant
and hurled herself to her
WASHINGTON---A shooting rampage in
the heart of a US Navy complex in Wash-
ington left at least 12 people dead yesterday.
One shooter was killed, but police were
looking for two other possible gunmen
wearing military-style uniforms.
President Barack Obama said he was
mourning "yet another mass shooting" and
called it a "cowardly act."
Officials said at least four people were
wounded---three critically---in the rampage
at the Washington Navy Yard, including a
law enforcement officer.
The shooting led to tightened security at
the Capitol and White House nearby. DC
police chief Cathy Lanier announced the
death toll and said people were being told
to stay in their homes and out of the area.
"The big concern for us right now is, we
potentially have two other shooters that we
have not located," Lanier said.
It was not immediately clear whether the
number of dead included a gunman.
Lanier said there was no indication of a
Authorities identified the dead shooter
as a Navy employee whose work status had
been changed earlier this year, said a federal
government official who spoke only on con-
dition of anonymity because he wasn t
authorised to speak on the record. While
that may suggest the motive was job related,
authorities haven t ruled out anything
including terrorism, the official said.
Witnesses described a gunman firing
down on a cafeteria from an upper floor
and a gunman firing at people in a hallway
on another floor. It wasn t clear whether
the witnesses were describing the same
About 3,000 people work at the Naval
Sea Systems Command headquarters, which
builds, buys and maintains the Navy s ships
and submarines and combat systems.
Todd Brundidge said he and other co-
workers encountered a gunman in a hallway
on the third floor. The gunman was wearing
all blue, he said.
"He just turned and started firing," Brun-
Terrie Durham added: "He aimed high
and missed. He said nothing. As soon as I
realised he was shooting, we just said, Get
out of the building. "
Rick Mason said a gunman was shooting
from a fourth-floor overlook in the hallway
outside his office. He said the gunman was
aiming down at people in the building s
cafeteria. Mason said he could hear the shots
but could not see a gunman.
Mason said there are multiple levels of
security to reach his office.
That "makes me think it might have been
someone who works here," he said.
Patricia Ward said she was in the cafe-
"It was three gunshots straight in a row---
pop, pop, pop. Three seconds later, it was
pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, so it was like about
a total of seven gunshots, and we just started
running," Ward told reporters.
One person died at George Washington
University Hospital of a single gunshot
wound to the left temple, said Dr Babak
Sarani, director of trauma and acute care
Janis Orlowski, chief operating officer of
Washington Hospital Centre, told reporters
the hospital was treating three gunshot vic-
tims in critical condition. One was Wash-
ington police officer and two were civilian
Orlowski said the police officer had gun-
shot wounds to the legs. One woman had
a gunshot wound to the shoulder, and the
other had gunshot wounds to the head and
Colourful sendoff for bully victim
Obama blasts cowardly act
Security personnel respond near the Washington Navy Yard where a gunman opened fire inside a building, killing six people and
wounding as many as ten yesterday. AP PHOTO
12 killed in navy base shooting spree
Tropical Storm Ingrid and the remnants of
Tropical Storm Manuel drenched Mexico's
Pacific and Gulf coasts with torrential rains
yesterday, flooding towns and cities, cutting off
highways and setting off deadly landslides in a
national emergency that federal authorities
said had caused at least 33 deaths.
The governor of the Gulf Coast state of
Veracruz announced yesterday that 12 people
had been killed when a landslide hit a bus
travelling through the town of Altotonga, about
40 miles northwest of the state capital. Gov
Javier Duarte said the death toll could grow as
bodies were recovered.
More than 23,000 people have fled their
homes in the state due to heavy rains and
9,000 are in emergency shelters.
The heaviest blow Sunday fell on the
southern coastal state of Guerrero, where
Mexico's government reported 14 confirmed
deaths. State officials said people had been
killed in landslides, drownings in a swollen river
and a truck crash on a rain-slickened mountain
Mexico's federal Civil Protection coordinator,
Luis Felipe Puente, told reporters late Sunday
that stormy weather from one or both of the
two systems also caused three deaths in
Hidalgo, three in Puebla and one in Oaxaca.
Authorities in the Gulf states of Tamaulipas
and Veracruz evacuated more than 7,000
people from low-lying areas as the hurricane
closed in, and the prospect of severe weather
prompted some communities to cancel
Independence Day celebrations planned for
Sunday and yesterday. (AP)
The death toll from last week's Colorado
flooding rose to seven yesterday, the state's
governor said yesterday.
More than 1,200 people have not been heard
from since the waters rose in the mountain
communities, but "I am very hopeful that the
vast majority of these people are safe and
sound," Gov John Hickenlooper told NBC.
"You're got to remember, a lot of these folks
lost cellphones, landlines, the Internet four to
five days ago," he said.
More than 11,000 people fled their homes
during the flooding. Some 1,500 homes have
been destroyed and about 17,500 have been
damaged, according to an initial estimate
released by the Colorado Office of Emergency
Management on its Web site.
The governor said 16 or 17 helicopters would
be used to search for residents cut off from
their communities since Wednesday.
Phone service was restored to some of the
areas over the weekend, and officials were
contacting more stranded people.
The heavy rainfall last week in the mountains
was channeled into narrow, steep canyons that
gave it the strength to push cars, boulders and
even buildings out of the way. (AP)
Ingrid kills 33 in Mexico
Death toll in Colorado
floods rises to seven
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