RACE RELATIONS BLOG: Friday, October 06, 2006

Friday, October 06, 2006

West Point buries first cadet from ‘Class of 9/11’


WEST POINT, N.Y. - The first member of West Point's "Class of 9/11" to die in combat was buried at the military academy Tuesday, two weeks after she was killed by a bomb at the head of a convoy in Iraq.

2nd Lt. Emily Perez, 23, was leading a platoon when a roadside bomb exploded Sept. 12 south of Baghdad. She was the first female West Point graduate to die in Iraq and the highest-ranking black and Hispanic woman cadet in the school's history.

Somali man in U.S. charged with killing his 4 children


LOUISVILLE, Kentucky A Somali man who went to police to say he had killed his family was charged with murdering his four young children and attacking his wife Friday.
Said Biyad, 42, had an argument with his estranged wife, Fatuma Amir, 29, over the children, police said. Biyad Amir with a blunt instrument before turning on the children, three girls and a boy, said Lt. Col. Phil Turner, an assistant chief of police.
"We believe she was assaulted first and then the children killed," Turner said.
Biyad was charged with four counts of murder and one count of criminal assault, Turner said. Biyad went to police headquarters around 9 a.m. EDT Friday and told police, "I've just killed my family," Turner said.
The three girls were ages 8, 7 and 4, and the boy was about to turn 3, Turner said. He said police do not yet know how the children were killed.

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