Two pet turtles die and 'DRY OUT' after being left behind for 5 months

Two pet turtles die and ‘DRY OUT’ after Chinese student left them in his dorm for five months due to coronavirus outbreak

  • Footage shows the dead turtles’ bone-dry bodies found by the Chinese student
  • Liu said he had to leave his pets in his dorm when his university shut in January
  • Schools and colleges across China were closed during the coronavirus outbreak
  • The devastated owner said he would preserve the turtles’ corpses as specimens

Two pet turtles have died and completely dried up after their student owner left them in his dorm in China for nearly five months due to a coronavirus lockdown.

The second-year undergraduate, known by his surname Liu, told local media that he thought the lockdown would only last for a short while and the reptiles would survive.

Footage shows the two dead turtles’ bone-dry bodies discovered by Liu when he was recently allowed to return to the campus.


A shocked Chinese student has found his two pet turtles have died and completely dried up after he left the animals in his dorm when the university shuts nearly five months ago due to the coronavirus outbreak. The pictures above show screenshots of the footage filmed by Liu

The devastated pet owner said that he wanted to preserve the animals’ corpses as specimens.

‘I was so shocked when I saw the turtles. I was so upset,’ the university student told Pear Video.

‘I didn’t think the outbreak would last thing long, so I didn’t bring them home because they would be fine without being fed.’

The pet owner said that he had kept the turtles for years and treated them with care.

Another video clip filmed by Liu before the campus closure shows his beloved pets resting in a water tank with fish swimming around.

‘I always fed them with live fish,’ he added.

The story was revealed by Pear Video on Monday. But it remains unclear where the incident took place.

While some Chinese web users found the video amusing, others were horrified by the incident and called for a ban on students keeping pets in their university residence.

One commenter wrote: ‘This is not funny, it is devastating. We should stop students from having pets in dorms.’

Another said: ‘If you can’t afford to keep them, don’t. The turtles literally died of thirst and hunger. What’s funny about that? Speechless.’

Although Chinese schools and universities forbidden pupils from having animals in residence halls, many students still attempt to keep them discreetly. Pictured, a student takes her luggage as she moves in the student residence at Shenzhen Futian High School on April 27

Tens of millions of Chinese students have been returning to their campus recently after China appears to have largely contained the coronavirus outbreak, A student wearing face mask is pictured on May 7 arriving at changchun University of Chinese Medicine after it reopens

Tens of millions of students across China have been returning to their campus recently after the country where the pandemic began appears to have largely contained the coronavirus outbreak.

Although Chinese schools and universities forbid pupils from having animals in residence halls, many students still attempt to keep them discreetly. 

A similar incident happened to another Chinese student, Duan, who discovered his dead pet turtle at his dorm when he returned to his university in May, Chinese media reported.

The final year student from Baoshan University in Yunnan province of south-western China was left heartbroken when his pet reptile of four years had died during the coronavirus lockdown.

He said in a social media post on May 18 that he adopted the turtle after spotting it on campus. 

‘My son is gone,’ Duan wrote. ‘He accompanied me for four years.’

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Golfer films moment two alligators fight on South Carolina golf course

‘It went on for two hours’: Shocked golfer films two alligators locked in battle on the 18th hole of a South Carolina course

  • Two alligators were spotted fighting each other for two hours at the Golf Club at Hilton Head Lakes in Hardeeville, South Carolina
  • Video footage taken by golfer Matthew Proffitt shows the gators locked in a fierce battle on the 18th hole of the golf course as stunned players watched 
  • The gators are heard growling in the footage posted on social media by the golfer via Storyful as well as by the golf course on its Facebook page

A couple of alligators were caught on video having it out on the 18th hole of a golf course in South Carolina. 

The growling animals were locked in a fierce battle for two hours as stunned players watched at the Golf Club at Hilton Head Lakes in Hardeeville last week.

Matthew Proffitt who was golfing with friends caught the animals in the video footage as they used their powerful jaws to try to overpower each other. 

One of the animals is spotted chomping on the arm of the other alligator. That animal responds by biting the head of its attacker. The two were then locked in that position for almost the entire brawl. Neither one would let the other go, the video shows.

A couple of alligators were caught on video having it out on the 18th hole of the Golf Club at Hilton Head Lakes in Hardeeville, South Carolina, last week

 One of the animals is spotted chomping on the arm of the other alligator. That animal responds by biting the head of its attacker

 The gators are pictured from the footage lock-jawed and stayed that way for most of the brawl

 Neither alligator would let the other go, the video shows

The relentless gators are pictured unwilling to give in as they fought on the golf course

Proffitt posted the gator fight footage on YouTube via Storyful on Sunday. The golf course also had it on its Facebook page on May 21, a day after the brawl took place. 

The golfer was out with a group of friends playing the course when they came upon the gators having it out with each other.

‘They would lay still for a few minutes, with their jaws locked on each other, and then try to roll or shake,’ Proffitt told KCPQ. 

‘The fight went on for about two hours,’ says the shocked golfer. 

Alligators are common in the area, but Profitt had not seen one on the course until that moment. 

The course’s post on Facebook included the warning, ‘Sudden death playoff on the 18 yesterday! Keep your eyes open out there, the course is full of wildlife!’ 

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Two workers for millionaire weed magnate among 4 arrested for ‘kidnapping, shooting him and dumping body in luxury car’ – The Sun

TWO of the four suspects in custody for the kidnapping and murder of a millionaire weed magnate worked for the 50-year-old man, cops say.

Cannabis businessman Tushar Atre was sleeping in his California home early on Oct 1 when he was forced into his vehicle and driven to another property he owned, according to cops.


He was found shot to death in a luxury vehicle hours after he was taken.

Kurtis Charters, Stephen Nicolas Lindsay, Kaleb Charters, and Joshua James Camps – all 23 or younger –  were arrested this week, and their identities were revealed on Thursday.

Kurtis Charters, 22, and 19-year-old Kaleb are brothers.

Lindsay is just 22, and Camps is 23.

“There is compelling evidence against these four people,” Santa Cruz County Sheriff Jim Hart said during a press conference.

Kaleb Charters and the 22-year-old Lindsay worked for Atre’s marijuana business Interstitial Systems, according to cops.

They were arrested in Michigan and Southern California on Tuesday for kidnapping, murder and robbery.


“Dozens of people knew and worked for Tushar. Their names came up early,” said Lt. Brian Cleveland of the sheriff's office, according to KRON.

“We were able to gather more and more information on this group.”

Critical evidence against the suspects include surveillance video recorded near the Santa Cruz County home where Atre was abducted.

Investigators say three assailants kidnapped him.

“This was a senseless crime. These people wanted monetary gain,” Cleveland said, according to KRON.

“They were there to take monetary items from Tushar.

"They were armed with a rifle. This was a planned event.”

Cops served hundreds of search warrants and witnesses were urged to come forward with information during the seven-month probe.

“We butted up against a lot of closed doors over the last seven or eight months," Hart told reporters.

"And every time that happened, our investigators found somewhere else to go with this case.

"This case was solved by outstanding police work being supported by a lot of different groups.

"I’m extremely proud of the work our investigation teams did.

"All of that work has culminated into bringing four people who did a very awful thing to justice."

Kaleb Charters is being extradited to California, according to KRON, while the other three are being held without bail in the Santa Cruz County Jail.

 

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Man who filmed his two white neighbors shooting and killing Ahmaud Arbery is pictured in a mugshot after being arrested – The Sun

THE mugshot of the man who filmed Ahmaud Arbery getting shot in Georgia earlier this year shows him after he was arrested on Thursday.

William "Roddie” Bryan Jr, 50, was booked on charges of felony murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment for filming the now-viral video in February.

Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son, Travis McMichael, 34, were charged earlier this month felony murder and aggravated assault in Arbery’s shooting death.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) Director Vic Reynolds said on Friday that Bryan was not just a “witness” to Arbery’s death.

“If he was a witness we wouldn't have arrested him,” Reynolds told reporters during a news conference.

“We believe his underlying felony helped cause the death of Ahmaud Arbery,' the director said, adding the GBI is “confident [prosecutors] will be able to prove that.”

Reynolds said the GBI has found more video footage of the shooting, which will be used when the case goes to trial.

Bryan’s attorney, Kevin Hough, told WXIA-TV that Bryan took a lie detector test on Tuesday.

He said the test is not considered admissible in court, but shows that Bryan was unarmed during the shooting of Arbery on February 23.

The lie detector test also reportedly shows Bryan didn’t talk to the McMichaels, his neighbors, before that day and “was not privy to any plan to take a life.”

Gough described Bryan as a witness, not a “vigilante.”

Arbery, 25, was jogging in the Satilla Shores neighborhood of Brunswick, Georgia, earlier this year when he was chased for four minutes and shot down.

No arrests were made until May 7, after the video was widely shared on social media, pushing it into the national spotlight and prompting widespread outrage.

Gregory McMichael, an ex-cop, leaked the video himself, hoping it would exonerate him and his son.

A friend of the McMichaels, Alan Tucker, previously said he was the one who leaked the video that showed what happened because he was trying "to stop a riot."

Tucker told Inside Edition he released the video, which was taken by another friend, William Bryan, who was following in his own car to film what was happening.

"Well, you saw what happened to Baltimore, you've seen what happened to Charleston, you saw what happened to Ferguson. I was trying to stop a riot,” he said.

The investigation led by local authorities had seemed to be stalled and, amid the national uproar, a prosecutor specially appointed last month asked the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to get involved.


The McMichaels had told police they pursued Arbery after spotting him running in their neighborhood, according to the initial police report.

They said they thought Arbery matched the description of someone caught on a security camera committing recent break-ins in the area.

Gregory McMichael had previously worked as a police officer with Glynn County and retired from working as an investigator with Brunswick district attorney's office in 2019.

The shooting has fueled fierce debate over the 25-year-old's death, leading people to claim the act was racially motivated.

Arbery’s family said in a statement they were “relieved” to learn of Bryan’s arrest on Thursday.

“We want anyone who participated in the murder of Mr Arbery to be held accountable."

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Two men rescued from water after clinging to a cooler for four hours

Dramatic moment two men clinging to a water cooler are rescued by fishermen after their boat flipped 12 miles off the coast of Florida

  • Jeovanni Villacis and Yunior Pupo were pulled from the water in the Gulf of Mexico about 12 miles from the Florida coast
  • They were clinging to a water cooler and their legs were already numb after kicking to stay afloat for four hours
  • Their 16-foot vessel had capsized within seconds as they fished 
  • They had also dropped their family off at an island before the trip, leaving nobody on shore to report them or their boat missing 
  • A heart-stopping video of their rescue was posted by one of the fishermen who luckily spotted the cooler in the water 
  • ‘Thank God they had that white cooler. That was the reason they were saved by us,’ fisherman Adam Vetter said 

The heart-stopping moment two men clinging onto a water cooler were rescued from the water 12 miles off the Florida shore was captured by one of the fishermen who came to their aid.

Jeovanni Villacis and Yunior Pupo were out for a day of fishing in the Gulf of Mexico Sunday when they noticed a leak in the rear of their boat.

Within seconds, the 16-and-a-half-foot vessel flipped, leaving the pair scrambling to find something to keep them afloat.

They were kicking to stay afloat for between three to four hours and their legs had gone numb when a passing fishing boat happened to spot their water cooler.

The video of their miraculous rescue was posted to Facebook by Adam Vetter, one of the fishermen, who wrote, ‘what started out as a killer day of fishing ended in a way that I would have never imagined’. 

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A dramatic video posted to Facebook on Monday shows fishermen pulling Jeovanni Villacis and Yunior Pupo from the water 12 miles from Hudson Beach on the Florida coast

Vetter was also with friends Rob Wells, Captain Fred Heidgerken and Joe Steplyk for a day of fishing when they came across a capsized boat about 12 miles from the coast of Hudson Beach in Florida around 6.30pm Sunday evening.

Although they could not see anybody, the boat was still anchored, and Vetter told WFLA that he ‘knew there were people out there’.

‘You know I said to him, there’s somebody out there,’ he said.

The group say they attempted to contact the Coast Guard to see if the capsized boat had called in but where unable to get a good signal.

‘We noticed there was no grass around the hull and no water lines, so it looked like it had happened recently. We marked the location and we continued back in to call the Coast Guard,’ Vetter wrote. 

The group began to return to shore when shortly afterward they spotted something white bobbing in the water about a half mile from their boat.

In the rescue video, Vetter and friends are seen speeding toward the piece of debris as it becomes clearer.

The boat slows down as it draws closer to the cooler and the waving hands of Villacis and Pupo holding onto it.

‘Thank you,’ the two men cry, as they begin to drag themselves exhausted toward the rescue boat.

‘Is it just you two? Is it just you guys?’ the fishermen question as they help the stranded men onto the back of the boat.

Jeovanni Villacis (left) and Yunior Pupo (right) were enjoying a day of fishing when they noticed water leaking into their boat. Within seconds, the boat had capsized leaving them clinging onto a water cooler and kicking to stay afloat, stranded in the Gulf of Mexico


Fishermen returning to shore spotted the white cooler in the water and raced to rescue them

‘We saw your boat,’ they explain as Villacis and Pupo lie on the floor and drag off their lifejackets.

‘We called it in to see if it was reported but we couldn’t get through to them.’

‘My wife and my daughter are outside in the beach,’ Pupo tells them, explaining that their families were on an island and not on the shore and able to report them missing. 

‘Oh man, thank you, three hours.’

‘Get them a drink,’ one of the rescuers comments.

Villacis and Pupo spotted that water was leaking into their boat and attempted to use a bucket to scoop it out but it was already too late.

‘I’m like, grab that cooler, don’t let it go. It floats. We need stuff that floats right now. So, he grabbed onto the side of the cooler,’ Villacis told WFLA.


Yunior Pupo is shown here thanking the rescue boat as he struggles to swim to the side and pull himself on board. The two men are heard crying ‘thank you’ as the boat neared them

Jeovanni Villacis and Yunior Pupo are shown climbing it the fishermen’s boat after spending four hours at sea clinging to a water cooler after their boat flipped as they fished

Yunior Pupo lay exhausted on the floor of the boat as he told the rescuers they had left their families on a beach and they were unable to know that the boat had capsized

They clung onto the Coleman cooler that was holding all their catch and two lifejackets floated to the surface that they were able to put on.

Another boat had past within eyesight before Veller and crew came along, but they were unable to get their attention and the current was too strong to swim any closer.

‘At that point, I was just trying to stay calm. Keep him calm and keep myself calm,’ he added.

The pair remain thankful that their rescuers happened across them before it was too late and Villacis has said he now plans to get an alarm in case it happens again and may even start Coast Guard classes.

‘We are very grateful you guys were out there,’ he said, adding that he slept in the same bed as his wife and daughter that night.

‘I told everyone, I’m just grateful to be home,” said Villacis. ‘Slept together, all hugged together that night.’

Heidgerken told WFLA that the outcome could have been much worse if they hadn’t spotted the cooler.

‘I think Monday we talked about it … we talked about it on the boat, and it finally hit us,’ said Heidgerken.

‘It’s amazing.’

‘Thank God they had that white cooler, that was the reason they were saved by us,’ Vetter said.

‘They probably had about another hour or so of daylight, and they dropped their family off at one of the islands while they went fishing so who knows when it would’ve been reported that they were missing that night.’

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Mom, 37, and two kids ‘shot dead in murder-suicide by man in family home after domestic argument’ – The Sun

A MOM and her two daughters were "shot dead in a murder-suicide" in South Carolina after she reportedly had a heated argument with her partner.

Shanta Singleton and her two daughters Essence, 15, and Tre’vay, 12, were killed, while two other children managed to escape the house.

Singleton, whose birthday was on 16 May, the same day she was killed, was believed to be on her way home from Myrtle Beach with her four daughters when they realized they were being followed.

According to Calhoun County deputies, when they arrived at the home on 145 Bugleflower Lane, deputies say Singleton and the man, Gabriel Jordan, got into an argument.

Singleton's children tried to help her when Jordan began to choke her, according to the incident report. Moments later he killed her, two of her daughters and then himself.

Calhoun County Sheriff's department responded to the residence near St. Matthews just after 7pm Sunday and discovered the bodies of four people who had been killed by gunshots.



Jordan, also 37, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound

“Any incident involving the loss of life is tragic, but in this case the senseless violence is unimaginable”, said Calhoun County Sheriff Thomas Summers. “This entire family and the community are grieving over this senseless act.

“No one should be capable of this level of violence”.

Singleton and Jordan were, “together off and on for many years,” Summers added.

Linda Grant, a neighbor who lives on Bugleflower Lane, told the Times and Democrat: “It’s just sad. I really can’t even process what happened. It’s bad enough when adults are involved, but when children are involved, that’s just hard to break it.”

 

Tre’vay, 12, jumped on Jordan's back and he shot her, the local paper added. Then he shot 18-year-old Shantasia Stroman in the arm, Calhoun County deputies said.

As Shantasia ran to a neighbor's house for help, she saw Jordan with his gun chasing her 15-year-old sister Essence into the house.

Essence's body was later found by police in a bedroom.

One of the children told investigators Singleton went to Myrtle Beach with another man and Jordan followed them home, Calhoun County Sheriff Thomas Summers told the newspaper.

According to Summers, Singleton was telling Jordan their relationship was finished, and she had been at the beach with another man, who she was now dating.

Attorney Chasity Avinger who served as a court-appointed guardian ad litem for one of the children said: “Shanta was a very hardworking and dedicated mother. Her children were reflection of that love and devotion to their well-being and their losses will be felt by many."

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Two antibodies that BLOCK coronavirus from infecting cells discovered

Pair of antibodies that BLOCK coronavirus from infecting human cells could be used to develop an effective vaccine, scientists claim

  • Two antibodies, H4 and B38, were found in blood of recovered COVID-19 patient
  • They bind to the SARS-CoV-2 virus and stop it latching onto human cells
  • Prevent the virus from binding to ACE2 receptor which is the virus’s gateway 
  • Both antibodies can work together to neutralise the virus and were found to be effective as a coronavirus treatment in trials on mice 
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

Chinese scientists have discovered two antibodies which prevent the coronavirus from invading human cells. 

The distinct antibodies are called H4 and B38 and prevent SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes COVID-19, from latching on to uninfected cells.

In preliminary trials on mice, the amount of virus inside infected lungs was reduced by up to a third after just three days and the rodents suffered less damage to their respiratory system.

The antibodies were discovered in the blood of a recovered patient and block the pathogen from binding to the ACE2 receptor on the surface of many human cells. 

Previous studies have found ACE2 — an enzyme which sticks out from the surface of our cells and creates small proteins which help regulate blood pressure, wound healing and inflammation — acts as an inadvertent gateway for the virus.

Spikes protruding from the surface of SARS-CoV-2 latch onto the ACE2 receptor and  from here it can destroy cells and wreak havoc.

Researchers say the antibodies themselves are a ‘promising treatment’ and could help scientists develop an effective vaccine.  

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Pictured, a computer generated view of how one of the antibodies – B38 – prevents the virus binding with ACE2 and invading cells. Left, the antibody (green and blue) binds to SARS-CoV-2. It overlaps with where the virus wold bind to ACE2 and gets in the way, stopping it from infecting the cells. Right, what it looks like when the virus (now in purple) latches on to the ACE2 receptor in human cells, which provides a gateway into the human body 

Four antibodies were discovered which bind to SARS-CoV-2 and not SARS, B38, H4 as well as B5 and H2 (pictured). Each antibody was then tested to see if it could inhibit the binding of the viral spike with the ACE2 receptor. H2 (far right, blue line) was almost completely ineffective. B5 (second from right) expressed ‘partial competition’ but was not as effective as B38 and H4 (left and second from left, respectively)

H4 and B38 were two of 14 individual antibodies found in the plasma of the recovered COVID-19 patients. 

Researchers compared to see if they were effective at binding to SARS-CoV-2, which is causing the current pandemic, and the genetically similar SARS, which caused a pandemic back in 2003. 

Four antibodies were discovered which bind to SARS-CoV-2 and not SARS, B38, H4 as well as B5 and H2. 

Each antibody was then tested to see if it could inhibit the binding of the coronavirus’s unique spike with the ACE2 receptor. 

H2 was almost completely ineffective, proving it does not compete with ACE2 to latch onto the virus. 

B5 expressed ‘partial competition’ but was not as effective as B38 and H4. 

Next, the Chinese scientists led by Dr Yan Wu from Capital Medical University in Beijing, wanted to investigate if the two antibodies could work in tandem.

They found the two antibodies bind to different parts of the viral spike, which means they can work together to prevent binding with the vulnerable ACE2 receptor. 

‘Cocktail B38 and H4 exhibit synergetic neutralising ability, even in the presence of a higher titer (concentration) of virus,’ the researchers write in their study. 

They can work together because they target different epitopes — binding sites on an invading pathogen — on the virus’s spike. 

When these epitopes are covered by H4 and B38, it is impossible for the virus to bind with ACE2 as the bulky antibodies get in the way. 

The scientists found that both the antibodies can surround the virus at the same time, with only minimal overlap.

Pictured, a superimposed image created by the team of scientists showing what it looks like with the virus (purple) superimposed against the antibody (blue and green) as well as the ACE2 receptor (pink)

This means both antibodies can be effective at neutralising the virus without significantly hindering the other. 

Researchers then tested these antibodies in mice. Mice infected with the virus were given a dose of both antibodies 12 hours later. 

After three days, the amount of virus in the lungs of the mice was analysed and compared to a control group. 

They found that mice injected with H4 and B38 antibodies had a reduction of 26 and 32.8 per cent in viral load. 

Analysis of the lungs revealed the group that was not treated suffered severe respiratory issues. 

‘Severe bronchopneumonia and interstitial pneumonia can be observed in the mice of [the] control group, with edema and bronchial epithelia cell desquamation and infiltration of lymphocytes within alveolar spaces,’ the scientists explain.

‘Mild bronchopneumonia was observed in the H4 group, while no lesions were observed in the B38 group.’ 

The researchers say that as COVID-19 continues to spread, understanding the binding sites of the virus will be key in vaccine development.   

‘Furthermore, the molecular features of the neutralising antibody targeting epitopes are helpful for the development of small molecule or peptide drugs/inhibitorsm’ they say.

‘The neutralising antibodies themselves are also promising candidates for prophylactic and therapeutic treatment against COVID-19 virus. 

The full findings are available in Science.  

How ACE2 receptor is targeted by SARS-CoV-2 

Dr Krishna Sriram, Professor Paul Insel and Professor Paul Loomba from the University of Claifornia San Diego wrote an article explaining the role of ACE2 in the current coronavirus pandemic. 

The article for The Conversation went into detail on how SARS-CoV-2 targets and exploits the innocuous receptor.  

ACE2 is an enzyme which sticks out from the surface of our cells and creates small proteins which help regulate blood pressure, wound healing and inflammation.

It does this by cutting up the larger protein angiotensinogen into smaller ones that then go on to regulate functions in the cell.

‘Using the spike-like protein on its surface, the SARS-CoV-2 virus binds to ACE2 – like a key being inserted into a lock – prior to entry and infection of cells,’ the academics write. 

‘Hence, ACE2 acts as a cellular doorway – a receptor – for the virus that causes COVID-19.’

The receptor is commonly found on the surface of many human cells, including in the lungs, heart, blood vessels and kidneys. 

 ‘ACE2 is highly abundant on type 2 pneumocytes, an important cell type present in chambers within the lung called alveoli, where oxygen is absorbed and waste carbon dioxide is released.’

ACE2 normally breaks up and modulate the activities of a protein called angiotensin II (ANG II).

If left to its own devices following the incapacitation of ACE2, the protein can cause high blood pressure and inflammation. 

Another side effect is the high levels of ANG II can damage and even kill the type 2 pneumocytes in the lung’s alveoli which are essential for gas exchange.  

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Mother of two children stabbed to death buries them in shared coffin

EXCLUSIVE – ‘Look after each other’: Heartbroken mother of two children stabbed to death at home buries them in shared coffin with favourite teddy in small Covid-19 lockdown funeral

  • Nisa Nithiyakumar buried Nigish, 3, and one-year-old Pavinya in small funeral
  • Due to Covid-19 only a handful of family and friends were allowed to be there 
  • The brother and sister were dressed in smart outfits and shared a coffin 
  • Nisa has left a photographic shrine of the children at the west London graveside
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

A mother whose two children were stabbed to death at the family home has buried them in a shared coffin with their favourite teddy bear after holding a tiny funeral due to coronavirus lockdown.

Heartbroken Nishanthani Nithiyakumar, known as Nisa, tenderly touched the faces of her young son and daughter before saying goodbye in a Hindu ceremony in west London this week.

The 35-year-old left several photographs of Nigish, three, and Pavinya, one, at their graveside, taken when they were babies as this is how she wants to remember them, a relative told MailOnline.

Nisa said she wanted the share photographs of the children because she wants people to know her suffering but has no words to express what she is feeling.

A mother whose two children were stabbed to death at the family home has buried them in a shared coffin with their favourite teddy bear after holding a tiny funeral due to coronavirus lockdown

Just 10 close friends and relatives were able to support Nisa through the moving religious service which was followed by a brief burial ceremony at Greenford Park Cemetery, west London

Heartbroken Nishanthani Nithiyakumar, known as Nisa, tenderly touched the faces of her young son and daughter (pictured) before saying goodbye in a Hindu ceremony this week

The 35-year-old left several photographs of Nigish, three, and Pavinya, one, at their graveside, taken when they were babies as this is how she wants to remember them, a relative told MailOnline

Nisa (pictured with her husband and the two children) said she wanted the share photographs of her homage to the children because she wants people to know her suffering but has no words to express how she is feeling

The tragic siblings died after suffering knife wounds at their home in Ilford, east London on Sunday, April 26.

 

Just 10 close friends and relatives were able to support their distraught mother through the moving religious service which was followed by a brief burial ceremony at Greenford Park Cemetery, west London.

As she kissed her children, who were dressed in smart outfits, Nisa said: ‘Don’t worry daughter, your brother will now guide you. Look after each other.’

Among those supporting her was Gopala Krishnan, the children’s uncle.

‘It was a very sad day,’ he told MailOnline. ‘We are devastated by what happened and are still trying to come to terms with it. None of this makes any sense.

‘Nisa and the rest of the family wanted to share these pictures so that you know about our sorrow and deep pain because there are no words that can explain how we feel.’

Another mourner who also attended the funeral said: ‘This was such a heartbreaking time. Everybody felt for Nisa and she will be looked after by her family.

‘The police who are investigating their death came to pay their respects and were brilliant but nothing can bring the children back. But everybody will help Nisa and give her love.’

Since the burial, relatives have been visiting the grave to pour milk over it and recite prayers, which are traditional Hindu rituals.

As she kissed her children, who were dressed in smart outfits, Nisa said: ‘Don’t worry daughter, your brother will now guide you. Look after each other’

Since the burial, relatives have been visiting the grave to pour milk over it and recite prayers, which are traditional Hindu rituals

Among those who supported her was Gopala Krishnan, the children’s uncle. ‘It was a very sad day,’ he told MailOnline. ‘We are devastated by what happened and are still trying to come to terms with it. None of this makes any sense’. Pictured with Nigish and Nithin

An inquest was opened at Walthamstow Coroner’s Court last week and revealed that Pavinya was declared dead at the scene shortly before 6pm while Nigish died in hospital two hours later

An inquest opened at Walthamstow Coroner’s Court last week revealed that Pavinya was declared dead at the scene shortly before 6pm while Nigish died in hospital two hours later. 

The next inquest hearing was scheduled for November.

:: Nadarajah Nithiyakumar, 40, of Ilford has been charged with the murder of the two children.

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Two people 'arrested over the Costa del Sol shooting of a businessman'

Two people including one ‘British national’ are ‘arrested over the Costa del Sol shooting of a businessman from Manchester’

  • Peter Andrew Williamson, 39, from Salford, was killed last November in Spain
  • One of the men was held at his home on an upmarket estate near Murcia
  • The second arrest reportedly took place at an undisclosed location in the UK

Two people have reportedly been arrested over the Costa del Sol shooting of a British businessman.

Peter Andrew Williamson, 39, from Salford, Greater Manchester, was killed as he parked outside his luxury villa in Riviera del Sol near Fuengirola last November.

One of the men was held at his home on an upmarket estate near Murcia, south east Spain, according to a respected local Spanish-language newspaper.

He has been described as a British national. The arrest is said to have taken place on Monday but has only just been made public.

Peter Andrew Williamson, 39, (pictured) from Salford, Greater Manchester, was killed as he parked outside his luxury villa in Riviera del Sol near Fuengirola last November

Local paper La Opinion de Murcia said Civil Guard officers who made the arrest seized 21 kilos of cannabis resin from his home and he has already been remanded in prison on suspicion of murder after appearing before a judge in a closed-court hearing.

A separate report in respected national newspaper El Mundo said the second arrest had taken place at an undisclosed location in the UK.

No-one from the Civil Guard in Murcia or Malaga, the province where last November’s shooting took place, could be reached for comment late last night.

Mr Williamson, known as Snaggle, was returning from the gym when he was targeted.

He died instantly from one of the seven bullets fired at him which hit him in the heart.

He was sitting in his UK-plated two-seater Audi when he was targeted outside his large detached home in a residential street in hills above the Med. Pictured: police tow away the car after the incident

He was sitting in his UK-plated two-seater Audi when he was targeted outside his large detached home in a residential street in hills above the Med.

Spanish business records show Mr Williamson, believed to have been shot from another vehicle that drew up beside him before speeding from the scene, was registered as a self-employed agricultural sector intermediary specialising in ‘international trade.’

Police were focusing on the theory the Brit expat’s murder may have been drugs-related although his family insisted he had nothing to do with crime.

Respected Malaga-based paper Sur reported shortly after he was shot dead that he had been arrested last March by Spanish police for using a transport firm to send cannabis resin from the Costa del Sol to an unidentified destination.

There was no official comment from Spanish police at the time about the reports.

Mr Williamson’s murder was the second in less than a week in the area.

Days earlier a man was shot dead on a a residential estate known as Andasol a short drive from Marbella town centre.

Mr Williamson, known as Snaggle, was returning from the gym when he was targeted. Pictured: the scene of the shooting

In January last year a millionaire businessman who was close to the stars of reality TV series TOWIE and partied with the likes of Mohamed Al Fayed, was shot dead outside his luxury Costa del Sol home.

Marco Yaqout was gunned down as he drove into his garage in his trademark UK-plated Bentley.

His killer was waiting for him outside his villa on a quiet residential street in an upmarket neighbourhood in San Pedro de Alcantara near Marbella called Las Petunias.

English-speaking entrepreneur Marco was described at the time of his murder as the owner of at least five-well-known nightspots in Puerto Banus, including the TOWIE favourite TIBU, and Linekers.

Police announced in March they had arrested his suspected killers in an operation coordinated with police in Amsterdam which led to the detentions of six people and the smashing of one of Europe’s most active hitman-for-hire gangs.

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One of only two remaining members of 'The Few' on eve of VE Day

The Few become one as Battle of Britain veteran dies aged 101 on eve of VE Day to leave just a single surviving member of RAF aircrew who took on Hitler’s Luftwaffe in the summer of 1940

  • Battle of Britain veteran Terry Clark died on Thursday aged 101
  • He was one of only two remaining members of ‘The Few’ in the Battle of Britain 
  • It leaves John ‘Paddy’ Hemingway as the only living member of The Few

A Battle of Britain veteran died just hours before VE Day, leaving one surviving member of ‘The Few’ who protected Britain from Nazi Germany in 1940. 

Terry Clark was 101 when passed away from natural causes in a care home on Thursday evening, just as the nation was preparing to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day on Friday.

It means that John ‘Paddy’ Hemingway is the only surviving member of ‘The Few’, a crew of RAF pilots who protected the UK from the Luftwaffe in the Battle of Britain in 1940. 


Terry Clark, who was one of only two remaining members of ‘The Few’ who defended the nation in the Battle of Britain, has died at the age of 101 

Mr Clark was responsible for protecting York and its nearby airfields during the Battle of Britain and made six kills. The pilot also protected Allied soldiers in Normandy on D-Day 1944 

Mr Clark died from natural causes in a care home just hours before VE Day, where the nation celebrated the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War by flying planes across the skies of Britain (pictured)

In 1938, Mr Clark joined the Auxiliary Air Force as a 19-year-old. A year later, he was called up to RAF Catterick where he operated as an air gunner and a radio operator on the Bleinheim and Beaufighter aircrafts respectively.

He then joined Bleinhem fighter unit No. 219 Squadron in July 1940 as an Aircraftman Second Class, protecting York and its nearby airfields during the Battle of Britain, and was responsible for six kills.

He was awarded with the Distinguished Flying Medal in July 1941 for his bravery, as well as the Battle of Britain ‘clasp’ that all 3,000 serving men during the Battle received. 

They fought the most important battle this country ever faced and their victory saved Britain from the tyranny of Nazi Germany.

The heroes of the Battle of Britain repelled Hitler’s Luftwaffe in the summer of 1940, although only a few of them are still alive.

At the time were in their late teens or early 20s when they took to the skies in Spitfires and Hurricanes from July to October 1940. Others flew in Blenheims, Beaufighters and Defiants, becoming the ‘aces’ of the Battle, shooting down plane after plane.

During the Battle, Sir Winston Churchill said: ‘The gratitude of every home in our island, in our empire, and indeed throughout the world, goes out to the British airmen who, undaunted by odds, unwearied in their constant challenge and mortal danger, are turning the tide of the world war by their prowess and by their devotion.

‘Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.’

When it was over, 544 RAF pilots and aircrew were dead and had made the ultimate sacrifice to keep generations of Britons safe.

 

Also from the skies, he protected Allied troops on the Normandy beaches during D-Day 1944.

Tributes have poured in to pay tribute to Mr Clark, who himself described the Battle of Britain victory as ‘vital’ and the ‘turning point of the war’.

RAF Benevolent Fund controller Air Vice-Marshal Chris Elliot said: ‘Our condolences go to Terry’s family and friends at this sad time. 

‘Terry belonged to a generation of servicemen and women who answered their country’s call without question.

‘We owe a debt of gratitude to every one of them and their legacy must be to remember their service.

‘John ‘Paddy’ Hemingway is now the last surviving member of The Few and in September we will mark the 80th anniversary of the end of the battle.

‘The RAF Benevolent Fund will be paying tribute to those pilots and air crew who ‘gave so much to so many’. 

‘We honour their memory by supporting the Second World War and National Service veterans who need our help, before it is too late.’

Aviation artist Steve Teasdale, a Yorkshire resident and long-term friend of Mr Clark, said: ‘He was a true gentleman and a wonderful man.

‘It’s mixed emotions currently. We have got the flags and bunting out, we are here grieving and yet we are celebrating at the moment.

Mr Clark was one of 3,000 men who received the Battle of Britain medal for their service in what is often described as the turning point of the Second World War

‘It’s very difficult. All I can think about is Terry.’

 Major Chris Chapman, branch secretary of the British Legion’s York branch, said: ‘It is sad to hear we have lost one of the Few, and perhaps even sadder that in the current circumstances we are not able to attend his funeral to pay our respects.

‘Our thoughts are with his family.’

The flag at the Battle of Britain memorial will be flown at half past by the RAF Association to pay tribute to Mr Clark.  

The last surviving Battle of Britain pilot: How John A ‘Paddy’ Hemingway was shot down four times in the Second World War 

John ‘Paddy’ Hemingway is now the only remaining member of ‘The Few’ still alive

The only surviving Battle of Britain pilot John A ‘Paddy’ Hemingway, 99, who was born in Dublin, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for bravery and shot down four times in the Second World War.

After joining the RAF in 1938, Mr Hemingway was posted to France to provide air support for the British ­Expeditionary Force as part of the No.85 Squadron in Croydon.

After drowning his first enemy plane in May 1940, which was a Dornier bomber, his Hurricane fighter plane was targeted and hit by anti-aircraft fire and had to make a forced landing.

And between July and October 1940, Mr Hemingway had to bail out first after intercepting a flight of German Junkers over the North Sea, where he was saved by a ship that had been passing by.

The second time saw him jump for his life after firing on German planes above the Essex coast.

After he was posted to Italy as a squadron leader, his Spitfire was hit by German ground fire in April, 1945 and he bailed out again.

The years following the war he continued to serve in the RAF before retiring as a group captain in September 1969. Other post-war RAF jobs included stints at Nato in Paris and the Air Ministry.

After the death of his wife Bridget, Mr Hemingway now lives at a nursing home on the outskirts of Dublin and is now one of the last members of ‘The Few’ who defended Britain in her darkest hour.

Last year, the Irishman hit headlines after he was wrongly thought to be missing and presumed dead based on the official roll of honour naming the airmen that are still alive.

It was only until a member of Mr Hemingway’s family got in touch with the Battle of Britain Fighter Association to point out the oversight, that their information was amended.

Speaking at the time, Mr Hemingway’s son, Brian, 66, from Guildford, Surrey told The Mirror: ‘He’s not particularly interested in the past. Like so many of his generation, he doesn’t feel as though he did anything special.

‘But he likes the idea he’s one of the last nine and he’s tickled by the fact that he’s the last known Irishman to have fought in the Battle of Britain. He’s loved and he’s not forgotten and that’s the way he likes it.’

 

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