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Black Doctor Killed by Ex-Fiancé at Chicago Hospital

Tamara O'Neal was one of the many Black women who are victims of intimate partner violence.

Tamara O'Neal

A study conducted by the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) found that intimate partners killed more than half of all female murder victims. Black women were found to die at a partner's hands more often than women of any other race; approximately 4.4 out of every 100,000 Black women are killed by their partners.

Dr. Tamara O'Neal broke off her engagement with Juan Lopez in September. On Monday, he killed her.


Lopez wanted his engagement ring back and got into an argument with O'Neal, a 38-year-old emergency room physician, in the parking lot of Mercy Hospital in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood.

She called 911 for help, but before they could arrive, Lopez pulled out a gun and shot her. He then stood over her and fired again.

"She broke off the engagement; he couldn't get over it," O'Neal's father, Thomas, told The Chicago Tribune.

"This was a total surprise to us. We knew that there was a disconnect there, but nothing to this magnitude. We never expected this."

Lopez had a history of domestic violence. A judge granted his ex-wife a restraining order against him in 2014. Before he was kicked out of the Chicago Fire Department Academy, he had been put on notice for being aggressive with women.

Lopez's abuse of women ultimately resulted in the deaths of two others.

After Lopez killed O'Neal on Monday, he ran into the hospital and exchanged gunfire with police. Dayna Less, a 24-year-old pharmacy resident exiting an elevator, was fatally shot. Rookie Chicago police Officer Samuel Jimenez, who arrived on the scene, was also shot in the gunfire exchange. He later died from his injuries.

Cook County Medical Examiner's Office said Tuesday afternoon that Lopez "died of a gunshot wound to the abdomen, but also sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head," according to WLS-TV.

"The death of shooter Juan Lopez, 32, was ruled a homicide as he was killed by a police bullet."

O'Neal was described by colleagues as "a sweetheart" who "had a heart of gold."

"You would think being a new graduate, she would be kind of shy and timid around [people] with many, many years of experience," Adele Cobbs, assistant director of the emergency department at Mercy Hospital said. "But she wanted us to know who she was immediately."

The Conversation (3)
Tracy Brooks23 Nov, 2018

Unfortunately the law doesn't work for black women.but yes please arm yourselves!

votetocorrect22 Nov, 2018

This is so sad. Women, if your man seems mental get out of the relationship because you can't fix him, again, you can't fix him. Use the law to keep him in check after the relationship is over and arm yourself.

White Men Hurled Racial Slurs and a Shopping Cart at a Black Woman

The suspects were arrested Thursday night and charged with a hate crime for the #ShoppingWhileBlack incident at Walmart.

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At a Walmart in West Monroe, La., two white men, Dylan Reynolds, 22, and Michael Walters, 24, followed a Black female shopper to her car.

When she was approached, she quickly threw her groceries in her car, as the men shouted racial slurs, including the n-word. As she drove away, they ran after her, hurling more slurs and even a shopping cart at her car.

Walmart surveillance cameras caught the two men on tape in the store, and after a police call out for information about the suspects, social media quickly identified the men, including the getaway car, a gray Dodge Ram 2500 pickup truck that was seen on Reynolds' Facebook page.

On Thursday night, the two men were apprehended after a two-week manhunt for them, and booked into Ouachita Correctional Center. Bond is set at $20,000 for each man. The hate crime charge, if deemed a felony, is punishable by up to five years in prison.

Because she slowed for "speed bumps" in the parking lot, one of the men was able to strike her car with the shopping cart, causing over $1,000 in damages.

Walmart has yet to comment on the safety issue at their store.

Crimes that fall under Louisiana's hate crime law include: battery; aggravated battery; second degree battery; simple or aggravated criminal damage to property.

The account of the incident by police was on the arrest warrant:
"On 11/29/2018 the West Monroe Police Department was dispatched to Walmart (1025 Glenwood Drive West Monroe, LA) in reference to a disturbance/property damage call for service. Upon arrival, it was learned a black female victim was terrorized while exiting the store in the parking lot area of the business for no apparent reason. While the victim was leaving the store and attempting to load her purchased items in her vehicle, she was confronted by two white males. While in the parking lot the victim was yelled at and called a "n- - - - -". The female rushed the items in her vehicle and tried to escape the two white males while they were yelling racial slurs at her. As the victim fled the scene in her vehicle, one of the two white males chased after her on foot while pushing an empty shopping cart. The male violently crashed the shopping cart into the rear end area of the victim's vehicle as she slowed for "speed bumps" in the parking lot near the front entrance area of the business. That aggravated damage to the victim's vehicle not only caused her over one thousand dollars in damages to her vehicle but put her safety at risk while driving away from the two aggressors as well. After the damages were performed, both males got into a dark gray Dodge Ram 2500 pickup truck and fled the area at a high rate of speed."

White Supremacists Attack Black DJ Over Music, FBI Investigates

They could be facing hate-crime charges.

Rec Room Bar and Grill, Lynnwood, Wash.

The FBI is helping local authorities investigate an attack on a Black DJ by several white supremacists at a tavern in Washington State over the weekend.

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Ex-Dallas Cop Amber Guyger Indicted for Murder in Botham Jean Shooting

A grand jury began hearing evidence in the case on Monday.

Amber Guyger, a former Dallas police officer, has been indicted by a Dallas County grand jury on a murder charge in the killing of Botham Jean.

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New Jersey Teacher Fired After Saying the N-Word and Having a Meltdown

Vincent Serpico told the students that he wouldn't get in trouble for the tirade "because nobody cares."

Vincent Serpico, a teacher who taught at Piscataway High School since 2009, heard music on a boom box in a boys' bathroom. He deemed the lyrics "offensive" and ended up going off on special education students citing the song by yelling the the N-word and profanities. He has been fired.

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Holocaust Scholar at Columbia Frightened by Swastikas Spray-Painted on Her Office

The anti-Semitism, on the rise since Trump was elected, continues.

Elizabeth Midlarsky, a Jewish professor who teaches and researches the Holocaust at Columbia Teachers College, experienced first-hand the resurgence of anti-Semitic crimes across the country since President Trump took office.

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'Hurts Like Crazy': Jemel Roberson's Mother on the Death of Her Son

The choir at his funeral wore black T-shirts with "SECURITY, #Justice For Jemel" printed on front.

Screenshot of CBS Chicago broadcast

Beatrice Roberson, the mother of Jemel Roberson, a security guard who was shot and killed by Midloathian police after detaining a shooter at a bar, said her son "died doing what he loved," and that the loss "hurts like crazy."

"He was a good person, he had a good heart," she said during his funeral at House of Hope.

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Nooses, Signs to Protest Mississippi's Racist History Found at State Capitol

"On Tuesday Nov. 27, thousands of Mississippians will vote for a senator. We need someone who respects the lives of lynch victims," one sign said.

Seven nooses were found at the Mississippi State Capitol on Monday.

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