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Fugitive Team ‘Actively’ Searching For Parents Of Suspected Oxford High School Shooter; Attorney For Parents Denies They’re Fleeing

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Police are searching for the parents of the suspected Oxford High School shooter Friday after a county prosecutor issued charges against the couple on four counts of involuntary manslaughter following the deaths of four students and seven others who were injured on Tuesday.

Judge Julie Nicholson approved a warrant on Friday to take the couple into custody, according to WDIV-TV. The father and mother were scheduled to be arraigned at 4 p.m. local time on Friday but had not yet been apprehended, according to police reports.

In a press release, the Oakland County Sheriff’s department said that the attorney for their parents couldn’t reach them, according to WXYZ Detroit.

“We have our Fugitive Apprehension Team, the FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service and others actively looking for them and have every expectation we’ll have them in custody soon,” Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said in a press release, reports the news agency. “The action of fleeing and ignoring their attorney certainly adds weight to the charges. They cannot run from their part in this tragedy.”

Following media reports about the search for the parents, an attorney for the parents denied they were fleeing. “The [parents] left town on the night of the tragic shooting for their own safety. They are returning to the area to be arraigned. They are not fleeing from law enforcement despite recent comments in media reports,” said the attorney.

The parents each face four criminal charges for involuntary manslaughter after reports that their son allegedly used a handgun purchased by the father as a gift for his son on Black Friday days before the shooting.

The Daily Wire previously reported that the 15-year-old Michigan student also likely had the handgun in his backpack during a meeting with teachers and parents just hours before using it in the shooting spree.

Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald told CNN on Thursday that there was a “very strong possibility” the suspect was already carrying the weapon during a meeting with his parents and school officials earlier in the day before the shooting.

“I think that it’s already been public that he did have the weapon. During COVID, they don’t use lockers, so they just have backpacks,” McDonald said.

“And unfortunately, he was allowed to get back to class. And we now know he had a weapon with him at that time. And that is simply tragic,” she added.

Oxford Community Schools Superintendent Tim Throne also addressed the shooting during a video to the community on Thursday.

“I want you to know that there has been a lot of talk about the student who was apprehended,” Throne said.

“That he was called up to the office, and all that kind of stuff. No discipline was warranted. There are no discipline records at the high school,” he added.

Throne did confirm that the student had “contact” with the front office and that the student’s parents were on campus on Tuesday morning before the shooting.

“Yes, this student did have contact with our front office, and yes, his parents were on campus November 30th,” he said.

“This is as much information as we can give you now,” he added.

Three students were reported dead on Tuesday. A fourth victim died on Wednesday, according to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office.

Justin Shilling, 17, passed away at approximately 10:00 a.m. local time at McLaren Oakland Hospital in Pontiac just one day after the shooting tragedy that took the lives of three students.

The three students who died on the day of the incident included Tate Myre, a 16-year-old football player, who died in a sheriff’s deputy’s car while traveling to the hospital; Hana St. Juliana, 14; and Madisyn Baldwin, 17.

The suspect is currently being held at a local juvenile detention facility and has declined to speak to law enforcement regarding motives. The student has been charged with counts of murder and terrorism.

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Kalu, NUJ commiserate with Folarin

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Chief Whip of the Senate, Dr. Orji Kalu has condoled with Senator Teslim Folarin over the demise of his wife, Mrs Angela Folarin.

Expressing shock over the sad loss, Kalu, a former two-term governor of Abia State, described the deceased as a woman of virtue who supported her husband in his political and humanitarian endeavours.

The federal lawmaker and eminent businessman urged the Senator to take solace in the fact that his late wife was committed to the service of mankind. In a condolence message, Kalu prayed for eternal rest for the deceased, noting that the late Mrs Folarin would be sorely missed by family, friends and associates.

He said: “I received with pain the news of the passing of the wife of Senator Teslim Folarin, Mrs Angela Folarin. She was a virtuous woman who committed her resources to the empowerment of the womenfolk.

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“The deceased played noble roles in the advancement of the cause of the people by complementing her husband’s humanitarian gestures. Her demise is a huge loss to the womenfolk. May her gentle soul rest in perfect peace.”

The former governor prayed to God to give the Folarin family the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss.

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Oyo State Council, also on Friday condoled with Senator Teslim Folarin on the death of his wife, Angela Nwaka. The condolence message, which was contained in a statement signed by the Secretary of the Union, Sola Oladapo, quoted the union’s chairman in the state, Demola Babalola, as expressing sadness over the death of Angela.

Oladapo stated that Babalola had since called Folarin, who was on his way to catch a flight to the UK around 4pm Friday, minutes after the unfortunate news of his wife’s death was broken. Babalola, in the brief chat on phone with Folarin said Angela’s death was shocking and one death too many to bear, saying: “Distinguished Senator, this is sad and devastating. May Allah comfort you, the children and all the family members of the deceased.”

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Senator Folarin loses wife

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Chairman, Senate Committee on Local Contents, and 2023 governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State, Teslim Folarin, has lost his wife, Chief Angela Nwaka Folarin, a legal practitioner, to death.

Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the former senate leader, currently representing Oyo Central in the National Assembly, YSO Olaniyi, confirmed the death and added that she breathed her last in the United Kingdom on Friday afternoon, although she was not sick.

A statement issued by Olaniyi read in part: “With total submission to the will of Almighty Allah, we announce the death of our wife, mother and sister, Chief Angela Nwaka Folarin.

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“The wife of Oyo Central Senator was confirmed dead on Friday afternoon. She breathed her last in UK.

“The deceased was hale and hearty until the angel of death knocked the door. May Almighty God Comfort us and grant the late Angela an eternal rest.”

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Croatian President calls PM ‘Ukrainian agent

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Croatian President Zoran Milanovic called Prime Minister Andrey Plenkovic an agent of Ukraine on Friday; two days after the latter apologized to Ukrainians over the president’s comments on NATO deployments.

 

In a televised address on Tuesday; Milanovic said that Zagreb would withhold its troops from Eastern European NATO contingents if the situation on the Ukraine-Russia border spirals into a full-blown conflict.

On Wednesday, Plenkovic dismissed the president’s statement as “nonsense,”claiming that; the Croatian contingent stationed in Poland had already returned and apologized to the Ukrainian people.

 

Milanovic, the commander-in-chief, hit back in an interview with Croatia’s RTL TV, suggesting that Plenkovic’s loyalties appear to be misplaced.

 

Let him apologize. He acts like a Ukrainian agent, and I act like a Croatian president. That’s a huge difference.

 

 

Asked if he feels the need to apologize, Milanovic said, “No way. I think the prime minister is an ordinary poltron who goes where he doesn’t belong.” “All I’m interested in is the Croatian interest,” he added.

 

In his statement on Tuesday; the president accused the US of agitating the geopolitical situation in the region amid a Russian military buildup near Ukraine’s border.

 

“This has nothing to do with Ukraine or Russia. It has to do with the dynamics of American domestic politics.”

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Milanovic claimed he is trying to steer Croatia clear of a potentially disastrous conflagration involving Russia.

 

The Croatian leader said that Ukraine must start solving “the problem” it has with the “separatists” in the country’s east through negotiations; noting that Moscow has not recognized breakaway republics either.

 

He added that Kiev should “not constantly confront the thermonuclear and hypersonic power, Russia. It is not Serbia. Whoever encourages them to do so is a dangerous charlatan, and there are many in Europe.”

ALSO READ: NATO rejects Russia’s ‘red line’

 

Milanovic’s comments on NATO have earned him a place on Kiev’s “Peacemaker” database for “anti-Ukrainian activity,” and he’s been accused of justifying “Russian aggression.”

 

He told RTL TV that he’s “neither a Ukrainian enemy nor a Russian friend” but is rather focused on the well-being of his own country.

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