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September 21, 2021

Gabby Petito’s remains found, authorities search fiance’s home

On Sunday, authorities apparently discovered Gabby Petito’s body at Grand Teton National Park, and police searched the Florida home of her fiance, Brian Laundrie, on Monday.

Video footage showed at least a dozen officers serve a search warrant to Laundrie’s parents and enter their house in North Port.

In July, Petito, 22, and Laundrie, 23, embarked on a cross-country road trip to visit national parks. Utah police released bodycam footage in which they had pulled the couple over during an argument.

Authorities found remains, which the FBI said were most likely Petito’s, in Bridger-Teton national forest on the east boundary of Grand Teton National Park. The FBI’s Charles Jones said the body resembled Petito’s description, but a cause of death was to be determined.

“On behalf of the FBI personnel and our partners, I would like to extend sincere, sincere, and heartfelt condolences to Gabby’s family,” Jones said. “As every parent can imagine, this is an incredibly difficult time for the family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with them. We ask that you all respect their privacy as they mourn the loss of their daughter.”

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Gabby Petito: Florida police search home of fiance after remains found

September 12, 2021

Florida appeals court reinstates school mask mandate ban in a win for DeSantis

The 1st District Court of Appeal reinstated Florida’s ban on school mask mandates, marking a temporary legal victory for Gov. Ron DeSantis.

The ruling again allows the Florida Department of Education to penalize the 13 school districts that require students to wear masks without giving parents the option to opt out.

The court’s decision also theorized that DeSantis is well-positioned to win the lawsuits brought by parents who sued the state for barring mask mandates.

“These doubts significantly militate against the likelihood of the [parents’] ultimate success in this appeal,” the ruling reads.

“Just like last year in the school re-opening litigation, the First District Court of Appeal has reinstated Florida’s ability to protect the freedom for parents to make the best decisions for their children while they make their own ruling on the appeal,” said DeSantis’ communications direction Taryn Fenske. “We look forward to winning the appeal and will continue to fight for parents’ rights.”

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Appeals court reinstates Florida ban on school mask mandates, delivering win to DeSantis

September 10, 2021

11-year-old girl ‘played dead’ to survive massacre of family

An ex-Marine fatally shot an entire Florida family — or so he thought. The sole survivor is an 11-year-old girl who told police she survived by pretending to be dead.

The gunman, Bryan Riley, shot the girl seven times, according to police.

“He thought he killed her,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said at a press conference Thursday. “But this 11-year-old was very brave and very smart, and she outthought him. She said, ‘I played dead, and I prayed.’ And that’s the reason she’s alive today.”

Riley fired over 100 bullets and bizarrely confessed to the murders using military terminology.

Police charged the suspect with killing the girl’s grandmother, parents, and 3-month-old brother. Police said a motive is still unclear.

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Girl, 11, ‘played dead’ to survive horrific massacre of Florida family

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