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Steinle Family(SAN FRANCISCO) -- The murder trial began on Monday for an undocumented immigrant accused of gunning down a young woman on a San Francisco pier two years ago.

Kate Steinle, 32, was shot dead while walking on a pier with her father on July 1, 2015. The suspect, Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, formerly known as Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, claims he found the gun wrapped in a T-shirt under a bench and it went off accidentally, The Associated Press reported. But prosecutors argue he carelessly pointed the weapon at people. The Bureau of Land Management has said that the gun belonged to one of their enforcement rangers and was stolen from a federal agent's car.

Zarate, of Mexico, had been deported several times and has previous convictions for re-entry after deportation. He is charged with second-degree murder in Steinle's death and has pleaded not guilty.

Before the killing, he had been released from a San Francisco jail after a minor drug charge was dismissed. While U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement had issued a detainer for Zarate, he was released under the city's sanctuary laws. A sanctuary city is a municipality that limits its cooperation with the federal government's efforts to enforce immigration law.

Steinle's death became the center of a national immigration debate, and during the 2016 presidential campaign, now-President Donald Trump invoked the case as part of his justification for building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Steinle's father, James Steinle, who was with her when she was shot, took the stand for the prosecution Monday, and in emotional testimony, he described not understanding what happened initially. When he saw something was wrong, James Steinle said he grabbed and held his daughter, and when he turned her over he noticed what appeared to be a bullet wound. He said he provided CPR until paramedics arrived.

According to The San Francisco Chronicle, Assistant District Attorney Diana Garcia said in opening arguments that Zarate aimed the gun at either Kate Steinle or at the crowd.

"She’s dead because this man ... pointed this gun in her direction and pulled the trigger," Garcia told the jury, according to the Chronicle.

Defense attorney Matt Gonzalez told the jurors "this was a tragedy and an accident," calling it a "freakish ricochet."

He said his client found the gun on the pier and that it discharged accidentally and unintentionally. Gonzalez said after the gun accidentally fired, Zarate threw it in the water to make it stop firing.

Gonzalez said Zarate did not realize he had shot somebody and he argued the gun was an "accident waiting to happen."

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- A widow's claim that she was not allowed to see her husband's body after he was killed in combat has raised questions about whether the U.S. military can keep a family member from viewing a loved one's remains.

Myesha Johnson said on Good Morning America Monday that she was not allowed to see the remains of her husband, Sgt. La David Johnson, prior to his burial this weekend. “Why couldn't I see my husband? Every time I asked to see my husband they wouldn't let me,” she told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos.

La David Johnson was one of four U.S. soldiers killed in an ambush in Niger three weeks ago. He was missing for more than a day before his remains were recovered.

“They tell me that he was in a severe wrap -- like I won't be able to see him," Myesha Johnson said. "I need to see him so I will know that that is my husband."

She added: "They won't show me a finger, a hand. I know my husband's body from head to toe and they won't let me see anything. I don't know what's in that box. It could be empty for all I know but I need to see my husband. I haven't seen him since he came home."

So is the military allowed to prevent a relative from seeing the remains of a loved one killed in combat?

According to Air Force Tech Sgt. Holly Roberts-Davis, a spokesperson for Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, families are not allowed to see remains at the base. Families are made aware of that when they sign forms to gain access to the base to view the return of their loved one's remains to the United States. Exceptions can be made by commanders on rare occasions, she said.

However, families "can see the remains once they are released to the family," said Roberts-Davis.

The Office of the Armed Forces Medical Examiner at Dover conducts an autopsy and then transfers the remains to the mortuary office, which embalms, restores and dresses the remains.

Roberts-Davis was not privy to the circumstances of the preparation of Johnson's remains but provided general details of what can happen to remains that have suffered extreme trauma.

Generally speaking, if there is too much trauma to the remains they are wrapped in plastic, linen sheets and a wool blanket held in place by hundreds of pins, according to Roberts-Davis.

Based on the condition of the remains the mortuary office at Dover may make a recommendation to the family that they not view the remains, but it is up to the families to decide.

If the family expresses interest in seeing the remains, the mortuary then works with the funeral home to coordinate a viewing.

"We do work with funeral directors so that a family can view the remains at the funeral home," said Roberts-Davis.

That could include a recommendation about an area in the wrap where the family could see a portion of the remains without conducting a full unwrapping, she added.

The intent is to dress every military service member in a military uniform as they lie in a casket. However, if the remains are wrapped, that is not doable, so a uniform is laid atop the wrapped remains in the casket.

"This is a dignified way to present the remains to the family," said Roberts-Davis.

The remains are embalmed early in the process but they are not dressed or wrapped until the day before they are released to the family, she said.

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Tampa Bay Police Department(TAMPA, Fla.) -- Next to the balloons and flowers dressing a makeshift memorial in Tampa, Florida, Casimar Naiboa helplessly clutched a portrait of his slain son wearing his cap and gown.

In the year-old photo, Anthony Naiboa, the eldest of five siblings was a graduate of Tampa's George S. Middleton High School.

"This was the proudest moment of my life," the father told ABC News.

Last Thursday, his 20-year-old son became the third targeted victim of what Tampa Bay Police believe are killings being committed by the same person or people.

The night Naiboa was slain, he had just finished his work shift and was waiting for the No. 9 bus, his father said. After it failed to come, he started walking on 15th Street near Wilder Avenue to catch an alternative bus home.

"He was waiting for the bus a while and decided to walk a little bit," Casimar Naiboa said.

Then, Naiboa was shot. By the time responders reached him, he could not be resuscitated.

"It was too late," Dugan said. "He was already dead when our police officers came upon him."

Since Naiboa was fatally gunned down, Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan told ABC News that he has advised cops to be extremely vigilant.

"When I spoke to the guys at the briefing, I told them that, 'Everybody out there is a potential suspect or a potential victim and [you] need to think like that,'" he said, standing next to the victim's family.

"We have someone terrorizing the neighborhood," he said, and vowed that his fellow cops, FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) agents are committed to arresting the killer or killers.

"We're in this for the long haul, and we're going to find this person," Dugan said. "When I think about the victim and their families that's what gets us out of bed."

Mystery deepens

The police chief said residents should not live in fear, but suggested that they put their porch lights on, go out in groups and "do cookouts."

"We're not going to be held hostage by whoever's doing this," he said.

So far, pixelated images of a person of interest have been circulating.

The police chief said that the killer or killers have managed to elude police.

"Whoever is doing it is able to vanish very quickly," Dugan said.

Naiboa's murder happened only 200 to 300 yards from where 22-year-old Benjamin Mitchell, who also attended George S. Middleton High School, was shot and killed on Oct. 9.

The young man, who was waiting at a bus stop located at North 15th Street at Frierson Avenue, died steps away from his home, Dugan confirmed.

On Oct. 13, Monica Hoffa was found slain a half-mile from Mitchell and Naiboa, Dugan confirmed.

The 32-year-old woman's remains were discovered in a vacant lot at New Orleans Avenue East, he said. She died two days prior.

A neighbor who lived on the block for 19 years heard the shots that led to Monica's untimely death.

"I was working on a paper for school," the 30-year-old master's student, who requested not to be named, told ABC News. "I heard five pops. It was in rapid succession."

He said cops questioned him after Hoffa's body was found.

The man told them at the time of the attack, he wasn't sure if the "pops" were firecrackers or actual bullets, so he kept working and didn't call 911.

A reward of $25,000 is being offered by Crime Stoppers to anyone who can help authorities "find person/s who murdered these Seminole Heights victims," according to a tweet posted by ATF

Chief Dugan described Mitchell as a "good person who comes from a good family" and said that while Hoffa "had some challenges in her life," there is no reason to believe there was motive to kill her.

Her uncle came to the memorial mourn her loss, but said the person who stole away his niece is still a threat.

"He's still out there," Robert Hoffa told ABC News. "Unfortunately the bad thing about it, we're still wondering who and why and where he is."

The loss is especially hard because there were no warning signs.

"She loved everybody," Robert Hoffa told ABC News. "She didn't have any enemies."

Hoffa, he said, "had only joy in her heart" and left a positive impression on others who came in contact with her.

"It's terrifying all this happening," he said, and noted that his brother, Hoffa's father, was broken by the loss.

"He's not good."

Police presence

With a killer allegedly preying on loners, possibly still in town and on the loose, the manhunt has intensified.

Police continue to consider the similarities between the victims' situations.

Each of the three victims was alone and each was fatally shot while near bus stops.

Adrian Acier has lived in the Seminole Heights neighborhood for two years and told ABC News he heard shots from one of the three murders while he was watching television.

"The first one was really fast and then there three of them later," he said. "Minutes later a policeman came to my door."

The neighbor said more cops returned at around 2 a.m. the same night and he allowed them to search his home.

"I see police cars and undercover police driving around all the time," he said. "Everybody's worried and everybody has that scar that something's wrong."

The beefed-up police presence will continue, Dugan said, adding that the area has been "blanketed" with officers.

Police are not labeling the suspect as a serial killer at this point, but are not ruling anything out.

"I go from frustration to anger on these unsolved homicides," Dugan said. "We have someone who is terrorizing the neighborhood. It’s just difficult to see this happen."

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The pregnant widow of U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson, who was among four U.S. service members killed in Niger this month, expressed a mix of blame and sorrow on Monday on Good Morning America, saying she was "very angry" about President Donald Trump's condolence phone call and upset because she says he struggled to "remember my husband's name."

ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos spoke to Myeshia Johnson, who criticized Trump's handling of the phone call, which started a firestorm of controversy.

"I heard him stumbling on trying to remember my husband's name, and that's what hurt me the most, because if my husband is out here fighting for our country and he risked his life for our country, why can't you remember his name?" said Johnson, who had known her husband since she was 6 years old.

"That's what made me upset and cry even more, because my husband was an awesome soldier."

After Myeshia Johnson's interview aired, Trump argued on Twitter that he said La David Johnson's name "from the beginning" and "without hesitation."

I had a very respectful conversation with the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, and spoke his name from beginning, without hesitation!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 23, 2017

Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., last week adamantly defended her version of Trump's phone call to Myeshia Johnson in an interview with ABC News.

Wilson, who was accompanying Johnson to Dover Air Force Base when Trump called, heard him on speakerphone attempting to console her.

"I heard him say, 'Well I guess you know he knew what he was signing up for, but it still hurts,'" Wilson told ABC News.

Trump called her description a "total fabrication."

But Johnson said Wilson was "100 percent correct" about the call from Trump, saying this morning, "Why would we fabricate something like that?"

Johnson said she was barred from seeing her husband's body and was not given a straight story on how he died in Niger. He was 25.

"I need to see him so I will know that that is my husband," said Johnson, who's expecting to give birth to their daughter in January.

She added, "They won't show me a finger, a hand. I know my husband's body from head to toe, and they won't let me see anything."

She said the casket her husband came home in, adorned with a U.S. flag, remains a mystery box for her. "I don't know what's in that box," she said. "It could be empty, for all I know."

Johnson added, "I need to see my husband."

As for the circumstances of her husband's death, she said she wants "to know why it took [soldiers] 48 hours to find my husband."

"I don't know how he got killed, where he got killed or anything," she said. "I don't know that part. They never told me, and that's what I've been trying to find out since Day One, since Oct. 4."

Asked what she wants people to know about her husband, she said, "I want the world to know how great of a soldier my husband was and a loving and caring father and husband he was to our family."

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United States Marshal(CLEVELAND) -- Authorities are searching for a former Cleveland police officer who allegedly cut off his GPS tracker and they say is on the run, one week before he is set to go on trial for rape and kidnapping.

Tommie Griffin, 52, is wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service and the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office for the bond violation, according to Pete Elliott of the U.S. Marshals Service.

He is considered armed and dangerous, Elliott said.

Griffin resigned from the department, Cleveland police told ABC News.

He pleaded not guilty, his attorney, Patrick Leary, told ABC News. Leary declined to comment further.

Griffin's trial is set to begin on Oct. 30.

Police said Griffin, of Parma, Ohio, is 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 240 pounds.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at 1-866-4WANTED.
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Subscribe To This Feed YORK) -- Dianne Lake, the youngest member of the so-called "Manson family," is breaking her silence on her personal relationship with convicted mass murderer Charles Manson.

Lake, now 64, revealed that she had sex with Manson when she was 14 years old. She even described him as "attractive" and "loving."

"He made you feel like you were his one and only love, you know?" Lake told Good Morning America co-anchor Amy Robach. "And yes, there were other girls, but we all shared him. He made you feel really special, and specially loved."

Within hours, Lake said she and a 34-year-old Manson slept together.

"It seemed very natural and loving and kind of like a game," she added. "He was cute, impish. You know, fun."

In her new memoir, "Member of the Family," Lake talks about her years with Manson and how she said she became manipulated by the former cult leader.

"[A]s I found out, I needed love," Lake said. "I needed that--love and attention and affection. And he gave it to me."

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Marin County Sheriff(OCALA COUNTY, Fla.) -- Florida authorities released images of suspects in a string of robberies that were perpetrated in October 2017 by a pair of individuals wearing Freddy Krueger and "Scream" masks.

Two businesses in Florida got an early scare this month.

Robbers wearing Freddy Krueger and Ghostface masks stole money from a Pizza Hut and a Krystal fast food burger chain over a three-day span.

Police in Ocala and Marion counties would not reveal how much money was stolen from each business. The masked pair also attempted to rob a Super 8 motel, but fled the scene when the doors were locked, police said.

The suspects are still at large.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office and Ocala Police Department are asking residents to reach out with information on the burglaries.

Officials would not say if the thieves were men or women.

“In all of the incidents, one is armed and threatens the employees while the other gathers currency in a bag,” the Marion County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post.

The robberies occurred between Oct. 16 and 19.

No further masked robberies have been reported in Ocala or Marion counties.
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ABC News(MONROVIA, Calif.) -- Three fuzzy intruders dove into a backyard pool in southern California on Saturday to beat the heat.

A brown-colored mama bear and her two cubs were caught on video by a Monrovia, California, resident who was separated only by a pane of glass while the wild animals enjoyed the cool water.

At one point the mama bear came right up to the glass before moving back toward the cubs.

The large bear had a yellow tag on her right ear, indicating that she is tracked by the city's wildlife officials.

"Animal control officers are equipped and trained to handle these and many other types of animals," according to the city's website.

Monrovia animal control services did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

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@SCPDHq/Twitter(NEW YORK) -- A Long Island mother and her adult son and daughter were arrested and charged in connection with a string of armed robberies over the weekend, including a stick-up that occurred on Saturday, police said.

Deborah Salvatore, 55, along with her son Rick Mascia, 25, and daughter Lauren Mascia, 31, were arrested on Saturday night, accused of robbing six businesses -- one of them twice -- over the past month, police said.

The family, all of the Long Island area, was apprehended late Saturday after Rick Mascia allegedly entered a Dunkin Donuts in Coram, located about an hour east of Manhattan, with a knife and demanded money, according to a police statement.

We arrested a Mastic Beach woman & her 2 adult children in connection with 7 armed robberies at #SuffolkCounty businesses in the past month.

— Suffolk County PD (@SCPDHq) October 22, 2017

The cashier reportedly opened the register and then ran toward the back of the store, according to the Suffolk County Police Department. Mascia then emptied the register and fled toward his mother, who was waiting for him in a getaway car parked outside, but police were already closing in on them by that point.

The two were arrested on the scene as a part of an undercover police operation, police said. The ensuing investigation led to the arrest of Lauren Mascia, according to police.

“We were able to develop investigative leads that allowed us to identify several suspects,” Suffolk County Police Timothy Sini said during a press briefing on Sunday. “We then launched a comprehensive surveillance plan and were able to catch them in the act.”

Police say the family was allegedly involved in a total of seven late-night robberies, including two Family Dollar locations and two Carvel locations. The alleged heists all took place around Long Island dating back to September 23.

Rick and Lauren Mascia were each charged with six counts of first-degree robbery. Deborah Salvatore was charged with one count of robbery in the first degree.

"They committed robberies together and now they'll go to jail together," Sini said. "It was only a matter of time that we would catch them and we did. I'm glad that we were able to catch them before anyone got hurt."

The suspects were arraigned on Saturday in Central Islip, where they all plead guilty to first degree robbery, according to ABC's New York station WABC. It was not clear if they had obtained attorneys.
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@CALFIRE_PIO/Twitter(LOS ANGELES) -- Parts of California will be at an enhanced risk of wildfire ignition this week amid record-breaking heat and gusty winds, meteorologists said.

The greatest risk will be in southern parts of the state where temperatures are forecast to hit dangerous triple-digit levels on Monday and Tuesday, meteorologists said.

The heat, coupled with gusty winds, will create “the most dangerous fire weather conditions seen in the past few years,” according to the National Weather Service. Wind gusts could top between 50 miles per hour in some areas on Tuesday.

“The combination of strong, gusty Santa Ana winds, unseasonably hot and very dry conditions will bring an extended period of critical fire weather conditions across much of southern California,” ABC News Meteorologist Daniel Peck said Sunday. “The concern is that things could go from good to very bad, very quickly in southern CA this time around.”

An Excessive Heat Warning is in effect for much of southwestern California, including San Diego to Los Angeles through Tuesday, where temperatures will be running upwards of 20 degrees above average for this time of the year, meteorologists said.

Decades-old daily record highs, some dating back to the early 1900s, are expected to be broken in many SoCal cities on Monday and Tuesday. Long Branch, located about 30 minutes south of Los Angeles, could see temperatures as high as 104 degrees on Monday, which would break a 52-year-old daily record high.

Meanwhile, Los Angeles could hit a high of 102 degrees on Tuesday, which would top the daily temperature record of 99 degrees reached in 1909.

After battling some of the deadliest and most destructive wildfires in the state's history in recent weeks, CAL Fire said it would increase its staffing levels with additional firefighters, fire engines, fire crews, and aircraft to respond to any new wildfires.

“This is traditionally the time of year when we see these strong Santa Ana winds,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, director of CAL FIRE said in a statement. “And with an increased risk for wildfires, our firefighters are ready."

CAL FIRE Mobilizing for #SantaAnaWinds in Southern California:

— CAL FIRE PIO (@CALFIRE_PIO) October 21, 2017

"Firefighters from other states, as well as Australia, are here and ready to help in case a new wildfire ignites," he added.

Nearly 6,000 firefighters continued to battle 10 large wildfires burning across the Golden State on Sunday. At the peak, there were 21 major wildfires that together charred more than 245,000 acres of land in recent weeks.

The fires destroyed more than 8,400 homes and buildings and have been blamed for the deaths of 42 people. All of the remaining fires were more than halfway contained as of early Monday, authorities said.

The National Weather service has issued several Red Flag Warnings and Fire Weather Watches across Southern California due to gusty winds, low humidity and high temperatures. There will be a slight improvement with the heat on Wednesday, with notable relief expected between Thursday and Friday, meteorologists said.
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Subscribe To This Feed -- A Miami-area man has been arrested for allegedly plotting to plant a bomb at a Miami shopping mall, two people familiar with the matter told ABC News on Sunday.

The man, Vicente Solano, was allegedly inspired by ISIS, as first reported by the Miami Herald.

Solano was caught up in an FBI sting operation, where he allegedly thought he was engaging with a like-minded radical but was actually in touch with someone working for the FBI, the sources said.

He never had access to any real, operative explosives because the device he was allegedly planning to use was inert, they said.

He will be charged with an offense related to use of a weapon of mass destruction, one of the sources told ABC News.

The Dolphin Mall was his alleged target, the Herald reported, adding that he was scheduled to have his first appearance in Miami federal court Monday to face a criminal complaint and affidavit.

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Tampa Police Department/Facebook(TAMPA, Fla.) -- Police in Florida are searching for whoever is "terrorizing" a Tampa neighborhood after three people were shot and killed in the same vicinity in less than two weeks.

The latest slaying occurred Thursday night when Anthony Naiboa, a 20-year-old man with autism, was killed in the southeast Seminole Heights neighborhood while on his way home from work, according to the Tampa Police Department.

Officers were patrolling the neighborhood when they heard the shots fired, Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan said in a news conference on Friday. After they canvassed the area, one of the officers found Naiboa.

"But it was too late," Dugan said. "He was already dead when our police officers came upon him."

It appears that Naiboa had taken the wrong bus to the neighborhood and was walking north to another bus stop when he was shot, Dugan said. His father had called the police department, "worried that his son was missing," Dugan added.

"He should not have been in this neighborhood," Dugan said of Naiboa.

Naiboa was the eldest of five children and had just graduated from Tampa's George S. Middleton High School last year, Dugan said.

"He was in the prime of his life, and it has been taken instantly," the police chief said.

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Naiboa was killed about 200 to 300 yards away from where 22-year-old Benjamin Mitchell was killed on Oct. 9, Dugan said. His body was found almost directly in front of Mitchell's home, Dugan said.

Investigators are searching for a person who was seen in surveillance video near the area the night that Mitchell was killed.

"We don’t know if that is him, her or what, Dugan said. "Do not assume this is a white person, do not assume it’s a black person and do not assume it’s a male."

On Oct. 13, the body of Monica Caridad Hoffa was found about a half mile from where Mitchell was found, Dugan said in a news conference Tuesday. Police believe she died Oct. 11.

After Hoffa's body was found, police immediately linked her death to Mitchell's because of the proximity of the shootings, but Dugan called the circumstances "unusual" with "no clear connection." Authorities believe all three killings are linked because of when the shootings occurred and because all the victims were alone when they died.

None of the victims was connected to each other, police said.

Authorities have not yet determined any leads or motive for the killings and are offering $25,000 for information leading to an arrest, Dugan said. He described Mitchell as a "good person who comes from a good family" and said that while Hoffa "had some challenges in her life," there is no reason to believe there was motive to kill her.

Police are instructing residents of the neighborhood to turn on their porch lights at night.

Dugan added that it's not necessary to hide in their homes but to remain aware of their surroundings.

"Do cookouts, walk your dog," he said. "We're not going to be held hostage by whoever's doing this."

A heavy police presence will continue there, Dugan said, adding that the area has been "blanketed" with officers.

Police are not labeling the suspect as a serial killer at this point, and they are frustrated with the unsolved cases, Dugan said.

“This is, you know, very frustrating," Dugan said. "I go from frustration to anger on these unsolved homicides. And now, we have someone who is terrorizing the neighborhood. It’s just difficult to see this happen.”

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U.S. Army(HOLLYWOOD, Fla.) -- U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson, who was among four American service members killed in Niger earlier this month, was laid to rest in his home state of Florida on Saturday.

A flag-covered coffin holding Johnson's remains was carried into South Florida's Christ The Rock Church for a private funeral service Saturday morning. American flags flew at half-staff across the Sunshine State as Johnson's body was then taken to Hollywood Memorial Gardens where he was buried.

An emotional public viewing for Johnson, 25, was held the previous night at the church in Cooper City, where gospel music filled the room while loved ones and strangers cried, prayed and hugged each other. His family, wearing red shirts, sat in the front row, a short distance from his closed casket, flanked by a heart-shaped wreath made of red roses.

Instead of wearing a red shirt, Johnson's aunt, Sharon Wright, wore a military green U.S. Army T-shirt and sat outside the church on a bench weeping, according to ABC affiliate WPLG-TV.

Johnson, a native of Miami Gardens, and three other U.S. service members, were killed during an ambush near a village close to Niger's border with Mali on Oct. 4.

Johnson leaves behind his wife Myeshia, who is expecting their third child in January. They also have a 2-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter.

Terkiya McGriff, who told the Miami Herald she was Johnson's sister on his father's side, said she had spoken to him on Facetime before he left for Niger. She said it's been tough accepting he's gone.

“I'm not going to ever have my brother anymore,” she told the newspaper.

Throughout Johnson's viewing on Friday night, soldiers marched up to the casket, stopped, saluted and marched away.

As people waited in line, two screens broadcast photos of Johnson -- some in his army fatigues, others holding his children, the Miami Herald reported.

Many of those who attended the viewing were veterans who did not know Johnson, but wanted to pay their respects.

"I'm here for the fallen soldier. I'm here for his family," Vietnam veteran L.C. Deal told WPLG-TV. "I think they need to feel that they aren't just out here because they lost a loved one. There's a healing process and it's going to take time."

Another veteran, Mike Pacheco, told WPLG-TV that his thoughts were with Johnson's widow. "My condolences to her and her family," he said. "I hurt maybe not as much as you, but I hurt deeply because it's that kind of bond, and God Bless your family. I want to thank your husband for putting up the ultimate sacrifice and may he rest In peace."

Melvin Harris, a Korean war veteran, told the Miami Herald as he entered the church, "I came to pay my respects to my brother."

Earlier this week, Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Florida, was in a car with Myeshia Johnson when she received a call from President Donald Trump about her husband's death. Wilson took issue with what she said Trump told Mrs. Johnson: that her husband "must have known what he signed up for."

Trump later criticized the congresswoman and denied on Twitter her account of the conversation.

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@6News/Twitter(KNOXVILLE, Tenn.) -- A freight train derailed Saturday night in North Knoxville, Tennessee, slamming into nearby buildings.

According to ABC affiliate WATE-TV, the train consisted of three locomotives and 68 railcars. Twenty of those cars left the track, of which 19 carried shipping containers and one carried automobiles.

No injuries were reported. Crews are now working to remove the cars.

The train was not carrying any hazardous materials when it derailed, said Susan Terpay, director of public relations for Norfolk Southern Railway.

The derailment happened just after 10 p.m. EDT. According to WATE-TV, nearby residents said they heard a loud screeching sound before it happened.

Police tweeted about the incident Saturday night, confirming that at least two buildings were damaged.

At least 2 buildings damaged by train derailment at Inskip & Morton. @KnoxvilleFire accessing scene for any potential hazards. Avoid area.

— Knoxville Police TN (@Knoxville_PD) October 22, 2017

Norfolk Southern is leading the investigation into the cause of the derailment, WATE-TV reported, citing police.

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iStock/Thinkstock(BROOMFIELD, Colo.) -- The Boy Scouts of America has found a new unit for the 11-year-old boy who was booted from his den after engaging in a tense exchange with a Colorado state senator, the organization told ABC News in a statement.

Ames Mayfield was kicked out of his den last week after an Oct. 9 discussion with Sen. Vicki Marble hosted by his Cub Scout den in Broomfield, Colorado, his mother, Lori Mayfield, told ABC Denver affiliate KMGH-TV.

Lori Mayfield recorded the exchanged between her son and Marble and later posted the videos to YouTube. At one point, Ames asked the senator about controversial remarks she reportedly made at a legislative meeting on poverty at the Colorado State Capitol Building in 2013, when she was discussing the life expectancy of black people.

"I was astonished that you blamed black people for poor health and poverty because of all the chicken and barbecue they eat," Ames said.

Marble responded to the fifth-grader in a quiet, measured tone.

“I didn’t; that was made up by the media,” she said. “So, you want to believe it? You believe it. But that’s not how it went down. I didn’t do that. That was false. Get both sides of the story.”

Marble did not immediately respond to ABC News' request on Friday for comment.

In 2013, Marble said, "When you look at life expectancy, there are problems in the black race. Sickle-cell anemia is something that comes up. Diabetes is something that's prevalent in the genetic makeup, and you just can't help it," according to KMGH-TV.

At the time, Marble continued, "Although I've got to say, I've never had better barbecue and better chicken and ate better in my life than when you go down South and you, I mean, I love it. Everybody loves it.”

While Ames' den leader kicked him out of the program a few days after the meeting, he still remained part of the Cub Scout pack, the Boy Scouts of America said in a statement to ABC News. The organization said Friday that it worked closely with the Mayfield family to identify a new unit for Ames to join.

The organization is pleased that the matter has been resolved, a spokesman said, adding that it is a "wholly non-partisan organization and does not promote any one political position, candidate or philosophy.”

"The Boy Scouts of America and the Denver Area Council are pleased that the family will continue their participation in Scouting," the spokesman said. "We are committed to working with families to find local units that best fit their needs.”"

ABC News has reached out to Lori Mayfield for additional comment.

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