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DALLAS---A Texas hospital
says it will follow a judge s
order to remove life support
from a pregnant, brain-
JR Labbe, a spokesman
for John Peter Smith Hospi-
tal in Fort Worth, issued a
statement yesterday that
said the hospital "will fol-
low the court order" issued
Friday in the case of Marlise
Judge RH Wallace gave
the Fort Worth hospital
until Monday at 5 pm to
comply with his ruling to
remove Munoz from life
support, which her husband
Erick Munoz says she would
She was 14 weeks preg-
nant when her husband
found her unconscious No-
vember 26, possibly due to a
The hospital says in the
statement that it saw its
role as "not to make nor
contest law but to follow it."
COLUMBIA, MARYLAND---Authorities yes-
terday identified the gunman who shot
and killed two people at a Maryland mall
as a 19-year-old man who lived with his
mother in suburban Washington.
Darion Marcus Aguilar of College Park,
Maryland, carried out Saturday s attack with
a shotgun at a skateboard shop at the Mall
of Columbia before killing himself, police
Howard County Police Chief William
McMahon said investigators are trying to
determine whether Aguilar knew either of
the victims, who were both shop employees,
and whether he had a criminal record. They
offered no motive for the shooting.
"There are a lot of unanswered questions,"
McMahon said at a news conference.
It took hours to identify the gunman since
he was carrying ammunition and a backpack
containing homemade explosives, McMahon
said. Officers searched Aguilar s home Sat-
urday night, recovering ammunition and
other evidence, police said.
The home is a two-storey wood-frame
house in a middle-income neighbourhood
called Hollywood, just off US Route 1 and
near the Capital Beltway. No one answered
the door yesterday morning at the house,
which had a Christmas wreath on the front
door and signs that read "Beware of Dog"
and advertising an alarm system.
Residents described the neighbourhood
as a mix of owners and renters, including
some University of Maryland students.
Katie Lawson, director of communications
at the University of Maryland, said campus
police told her that Aguilar was not and
never has been a student there. She said
she had no information on whether the two
victims had attended the school. Aguilar
purchased the shotgun last month at a store
in neighbouring Montgomery County,
When police arrived at the mall, they
found three bodies at the shop on the upper
level. Five other people were hurt in the
attack and its aftermath, but only one was
hit by gunfire. All were released from hos-
pitals by Saturday evening.
At the time of the shooting, the mall was
filled with weekend shoppers and employ-
"There were a lot of people very close to
where this happened," Howard County Exec-
utive Ken Ulman said.
Police searched the mall with dogs
overnight, and stores were to remain closed
Joan Harding of Elkridge, Maryland, was
shopping with her husband, David, for a
tiara for their granddaughter s 18th birthday
when she heard something heavy falling,
followed by gunshots and people running.
"My husband said, Get down! and the
girl that worked in the store said, Get in
the back, " Harding said. That is where they
hid until police searched the mall and sig-
naled it was safe to leave.
The shooting took place at a shop called
Zumiez, which sells skateboards, clothing
and accessories. The company s chief exec-
utive, Rick Brooks, said employees were
being offered counselling. Police identified
the victims as 21-year-old Brianna Benlolo
of College Park, and 25-year-old Tyler John-
son of Ellicott City, Maryland.
Benlolo s grandfather, John Feins, said in
a telephone interview from Florida that his
granddaughter had a two-year-old son and
that the job at Zumiez was her first since
she went back to work after her son s birth.
"She was all excited because she was the
manager there," he said.
He said he had spoken with his daughter,
Brianna s mother, earlier in the day, but
didn t know who the gunman was or
whether the person knew his granddaugh-
ter.He described his daughter s family as a
military family that had moved frequently
and had been in Colorado before moving
to Maryland about two years ago. He said
his granddaughter was on good terms with
her son s father, and they shared custody.
Texas hospital to end care for brain-dead woman
Police identify gunman
in US mall shooting
in Gauhati, India,
called for a
general strike in
state. AP PHOTO
Deal on women, children
in besieged Syrian city
Women and children trapped in a Syrian city
under government siege were permitted to
leave as soon as yesterday under a deal that
marked the first tangible---if limited---sign of
progress in peace talks.
Lakhdar Brahimi, the mediator brokering the
negotiations, acknowledged that the agreement
on the city of Homs fell short of his hope to
send a humanitarian aid convoy. But, he said,
"to bring Syria out of the ditch in which it has
fallen will take time."
Homs, one of the first cities to rise against
President Bashar Assad, once more came under
mortar attacks from the government.
Brahimi defended the pace of the talks, which
have yet to touch upon the issue of Assad's
"I think being too slow is a better way than
going too fast," he said. "If you run, you may
gain one hour and lose one week."
Brahimi said the thorniest topic---a possible
transitional government---will not come up until
at least today.
"I think this belittles the importance of this
conference and the goal that was drawn for it,"
said Bouthaina Shaaban, an adviser to Assad.
The Western-backed opposition, made up
largely of exiled Syrians, says Assad has lost
legitimacy and can no longer lead a country
after unleashing the military on largely peaceful
protests nearly three years ago.
The government says the rebellion is rife with
terrorists and that Assad is the only person
able to end the fighting that has killed more
than 130,000 people.
In the meantime, the homegrown rebellion
has become a regional proxy war between Iran
and Saudi Arabia, with foreign fighters flooding
in on both sides.
Homs was considered a promising place to
start the negotiations.
The city was one of the first areas that
plunged into armed conflict in 2011.
Neighbourhoods in the old city have been
ravaged following repeated government
assaults to reclaim control from rebels. (AP)
Birds attack peace doves
freed from pope's window
Two white doves that were released by
children standing alongside Pope Francis as a
peace gesture have been attacked by other
As tens of thousands of people watched in St
Peter's Square yesterday, a seagull and a large
black crow swept down on the doves right after
they were set free from an open window of the
One dove lost some feathers as it broke free
from the gull. But the crow pecked repeatedly
at the other dove.
It was not clear what happened to the doves
as they flew off.
While speaking at the window beforehand,
Francis had appealed for peace in Ukraine,
where anti-government protesters have died.
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