Offbeat Mother of children killed in Orlando standoff: 'I am heartbroken'

03:06  14 june  2018
03:06  14 june  2018 Source:   msn.com

Orlando police officer shot; suspect has 4 children as hostages

  Orlando police officer shot; suspect has 4 children as hostages Orlando police are still in a standoff with the man suspected of shooting an officer overnight at the Westbrook Apartments near Universal Orlando, before barricading himself inside an apartment with four young children as hostages. The officer, whose name has not been released, was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center where he underwent surgery. Orlando police Chief John Mina told reporters just before 9 a.m. that the officer was expected to live."It is a very serious, significant injury," Mina said. "He is expected to survive."Mina said the shooting happened after officers responded at about 11:45 p.m.

(AP) — The Latest on officer shooting and hostage situation with children in Orlando (all times local): 4:50 p.m. A family representative who started a GoFund Me campaign to help cover funeral expenses of the four children killed by a felon while in a standoff with police says the mother is in a state of

In response to the family's tragic loss, a GoFundMe account has been created to help support the mother of the children . Gunman kills 4 children , himself after day-long standoff with Orlando Police Read More.

a group of people riding on the back of a car: An Orlando Police officer checks the ID of residents trying to enter the Westbrook Apartments in Orlando on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. Four young children were discovered dead at a west Orlando apartment complex late Monday, nearly 24 hours after a standoff that began when an Orlando police officer was shot responding to a domestic violence call. © Jacob Langston/Orlando Sentinel/TNS An Orlando Police officer checks the ID of residents trying to enter the Westbrook Apartments in Orlando on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. Four young children were discovered dead at a west Orlando apartment complex late Monday, nearly 24 hours after a standoff that began when an Orlando police officer was shot responding to a domestic violence call. ORLANDO, Fla. - The mother of the four children who were held hostage and killed on Monday said she wanted her kids to be remembered as being "loving, wonderful children, full of life."

"I am heartbroken and feel completely alone," the children's mother 31-year-old Ciara Lopez said Tuesday, according to her family's representative, Walter Benenati.

The Latest: Chief urges gunman holding kids to surrender

  The Latest: Chief urges gunman holding kids to surrender The police chief of Orlando, Florida, is urging a gunman who shot a police officer to release four children he is holding hostage and peacefully end a standoff that has lasted more than 12 hours. Orlando Police Chief John Mina said Monday afternoon that police negotiators have been in communication with suspect Gary Lindsey five times since the standoff at an apartment started around midnight Sunday.3:20 p.m.

The shooting touched off a 24-hour standoff in which Lindsey barricaded himself in the apartment with the four child hostages and police tried to negotiate with him. Two of the children were his, while the other two were his girlfriend’s from a previous relationship. According to Orlando police

(AP) — The Latest on officer shooting and hostage situation with children in Orlando (all times local): 4:50 p.m. A family representative who started a GoFund Me campaign to help cover funeral expenses of the four children killed by a felon while in a standoff with police says the mother is in a state of

Gary Wayne Lindsey Jr., 35, had battered Lopez earlier on Monday, leading to a daylong standoff with Orlando Police before shooting and critically injuring Officer Kevin Valencia. He then barricaded himself in Lopez's Orlando apartment and killed himself sometime after.

Benenati said the mom was "grieving considerably and is surrounded by loving family and friends."

"The pain comes from having her children in her life one day and then gone the next," Benenati said.

a man riding on the back of a car: An Orlando Police officer speaks with a driver trying to enter the Westbrook Apartments in Orlando on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. Four young children were discovered dead at a west Orlando apartment complex late Monday, nearly 24 hours after a standoff that began when an Orlando police officer was shot responding to a domestic violence call. © Jacob Langston/Orlando Sentinel/TNS An Orlando Police officer speaks with a driver trying to enter the Westbrook Apartments in Orlando on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. Four young children were discovered dead at a west Orlando apartment complex late Monday, nearly 24 hours after a standoff that began when an Orlando police officer was shot responding to a domestic violence call.

The family also shared new photos of her four children - Irayan Pluth, 11; Lillia Pluth, 10; Aidan Lindsey, 6 and Dove Lindsey, 1 - "doing what they loved most while here on Earth," Benenati said.

He added that the family is not considering any legal action at this time and is requesting privacy. Benenati is managing a GoFundMe campaign for the family to help cover funeral expenses. It was created Tuesday and has since raised over $38,000.

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Police give details on Orlando hostage situation that ended in childrens' deaths .
Orlando police revealed new information on the four children killed in the hostage situation early this week at the Westbrook Apartments in Orlando. Authorities said an investigation revealed the children's bodies were found in their beds with the same clothing that their mother reported them in.Officials believe the children were killed while they slept before or shortly after Gary Lindsey Jr.'s first contact with officers when Officer Kevin Valencia was shot and critically injured. As authorities negotiated throughout the 21-hour standoff with Lindsey, the children were most likely dead.

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