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What Started off as a Carefree Saturday at the Pool, Turned Tragic When Mom of 4 Sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury After Jumping

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Back in September, on a sunny Saturday afternoon, Maria Guadalupe Ambriz Davis was hanging out with her children at their home in Riverside, California. The mom and her four children had decided to have a “fun-filled” day at their pool.

However, as a GoFundMe set up for Maria’s family revealed, things turned tragic when Maria a traumatic brain injury after jumping into the pool. Sadly, after fighting for a week in a coma, Maria would not recover.

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The mom was taken off of life support on September 26, a decision her family and her medical team made. Maria would go peacefully a few minutes later, reuniting “with her beloved mother in Jesus’s heavenly kingdom,” the GoFundMe read.

Maria, who was often affectionately referred to as Lupe by most, was described as an “incredible mother, daughter, sister, and friend.” She leaves behind her husband, Greg, a Los Angeles City firefighter and paramedic, her children; Brianna, Jacob, Adam, and Zoie, her father Ricardo, and her siblings; Jesus, Lisa, Tita, Elvia, and Crystal.

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Mom of 4 Passes Away After Sustaining a Head Injury While Jumping Into a Pool

Lupe, who was loved very much by her friends and her community as well, was just 43 years old at the time of her passing. Now, the people within her community are asking for help “offsetting the costs of the funeral service and memorial plans.” So far, nearly $26,000 has been raised for Lupe’s family, who will use the money left over to help with other bills and necessities.

“Lupe was a vivacious, loving, and beautiful person,” the GoFundMe reads. “And we wish to honor her legacy by laying her to rest in the manner that she deserves.”

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In an interview with People, Greg said Lupe was his “go-to person” who seemed to be able to do it all with ease. “She was everything to me, so much more than a wife. I loved to do anything for her because I knew she had already done that for me… I will miss her forever.” And Lupe’s sister, Elvia added, “The tragedy has been hard on so many levels, but losing our best friend is the hardest. […] We will forever be at a loss without her.”

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And she was her children’s rock. As her 21-year-old daughter Brianna told People, she was “my best friend. She was my rock.” It was a mother-daughter relationship that Brianna loved to brag about. “I am so grateful for the 21 years I got to spend with my other half. She was definitely my soulmate and I will forever carry those memories I have with her.”

Lupe has since been laid to rest.

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Man facing assault charges for attack in George Washington University campus parking garage

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A 27-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection to an attempted sexual assault in a D.C. parking garage that left a woman severely injured earlier this month, police said.

A 27-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection to an attempted sexual assault in a D.C. parking garage that left a woman severely injured earlier this month, police said.

On Oct. 4, a woman was assaulted while walking in a George Washington University parking garage, police said. The suspect attempted to force the woman into a sexual act during the assault.

On Wednesday, D.C. and George Washington University police announced that Omar Williams, of no fixed address, had been arrested and charged with assault with intent to commit first-degree sexual abuse while armed, and aggravated assault while armed.

Police said the woman was seriously injured in the assault, and that her injuries required hospitalization.

During the investigation into Williams, police said they connected him to two other violent crimes in Northwest D.C.

On Sept. 25, a woman reported being knocked down and robbed of her purse. The victim then ran from the scene.

The other assault happened on Aug. 30, when a suspect walked into a business on the 600 block of Massachusetts Avenue Northwest, grabbed some merchandise and attempted to leave. A person tried to intervene, and the suspect assaulted them, police said.

George Washington University Police Chief James Tate thanked D.C. police for their help in locating a suspect in the case.

“I also want to thank the GW community for its support during this investigation, and for his patience and allowing us to do our work behind the scenes — thank you,” Tate said.

WTOP’s Kristi King contributed to this report.

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Charges filed against owner of escaped zebras in Prince George’s County

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Charges have been filed against the owner of several zebras that have been running around loose in Prince George’s County, Maryland, for almost two months, and another zebra that belonged to him has been found dead.

Charges have been filed against the owner of several zebras that have been running around loose in Prince George’s County, Maryland, for almost two months, and another zebra that belonged to him has been found dead.

Three animal cruelty charges were filed Tuesday in Prince George’s County District Court against Jerry Holly, 76, of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, who has a herd of nearly 40 zebras on his property along Duley Station Road. Prince George’s County Animal Services Chief Rodney Taylor said the herd was moved to Maryland from Florida in late summer, The Associated Press reported.

The charges are animals at large, cruelty and neglect and manner of keeping/nuisance. All relate to the three zebras that escaped from the farm on Aug. 26.



The charging documents say the zebras have not received the care they require during the more than 50 days they have been on the loose.

It was revealed last week that one of the escaped zebras got caught in a snare trap and died in September.

According to charging documents, the trap was just 2 feet away from the fenced zebra enclosure. Snare traps are illegal in Prince George’s County, and an investigation into who set it is ongoing.

The documents go on to say that an investigating officer from Maryland Natural Resources Police thinks the animal most likely died from dehydration after several days of struggling in the trap. The officer said, in his opinion, the animal should have been seen or heard while it was dying if the caretaker had attended to his animals.

By the time natural resources police responded on Sept. 16, the animal was completely decomposed and the cause of its death could not be determined.

Another zebra that was not one of the escapees, was found dead Tuesday on Holly’s property. The charging documents say that animal had been dead long enough for rigor mortis to set in.

Efforts to capture the two zebras that are still running free continue, and the Department of the Environment (DoE) for Prince George’s County says it has inspected the property every two to three business days since they first escaped.

As the DoE investigates, it has chosen not to impound the surviving zebra herd. But it is exploring the possibility of getting help from animal sanctuaries if the decision is made to remove the zebras from the farm.

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Police: Boy stabbed elementary school classmate

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Petersburg police say a boy took a knife to his elementary school and stabbed a 6-year-old classmate during recess.

PETERSBURG, Va. — Petersburg police say a boy took a knife to his elementary school and stabbed a 6-year-old classmate during recess.

WWBT-TV reports that police said the attack happened Tuesday at Walnut Hill Elementary School and the school notified parents on Wednesday.

The student used a pocketknife, injuring another 6-year-old boy from his earlobe to his face.

The injured student is expected to be OK and police say it was an isolated incident between those two students. No one else was hurt.

After consulting with the Commonwealth’s Attorney, police say the child who brought the knife is not expected to face criminal charges.

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