Five Things to Know in Florida for June 16

FRIENDS MOURN NEBRASKA BOY’S KILLING BY GATOR AT DISNEY RESORT

The family of the 2-year-old boy killed by an alligator at Walt Disney World lives in an upscale neighborhood in the Omaha, Nebraska, community of Elkhorn, a place that betrays no hint of the tragedy that struck them in Florida. The boy’s father, Matthew Graves, suffered lacerations to his hand trying to save his son from the gator.

MELISSA ETHERIDGE PENS SONG ABOUT ORLANDO

Singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge responded to the mass shooting at a Florida nightclub by doing one thing she felt she could do, which was write a song. Etheridge told the Rolling Stone that she titled the song “Pulse” after the club where 49 people were killed and dozens more wounded in Orlando on Sunday. The song was written almost immediately after she heard the news and recorded on Monday with producer Jerry Wonda.

DRIVER SHOT BY OFFICER AFTER FLEEING RESTAURANT PARKING LOT

Miami-Dade police report in a news release that the incident occurred early Wednesday while 21-year-old Bernardo Castaneda Jr. was among a group of drivers. Police say Castaneda fled from the parking lot after patrol officers asked him for identification. Authorities say an officer broke Castaneda’s car window, and shots were fired.

POLICE: HOMELESS WOMAN DIES AFTER GETTING TRAPPED IN WINDOW

St. Petersburg police reported in a news release that 23-year-old Niesha Nicole Annie Henderson was found dead Tuesday morning after someone called police to report her 9-month-old son seemingly abandoned in a stroller nearby.

911 CALLS RELEASED IN CHILDREN’S SUFFOCATION BY MOTHER

In the eight-minute call released Monday by Miramar police, Neisha Nettleford made told the operator, “Honestly, I think they are dead.” Nettleford made the call last Wednesday, the same day the children were suffocated. She called police after Sophia Hines contacted her and told her to come home.

 

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