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Two Texas high school teens dead in apparent suicide

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PLANO, Texas (Diya TV) — The death of two Texas teen girls, whom died within hours of each other, has been ruled an apparent suicide by authorities, police are now investigating if the deaths were connected.

Ritu Sachdeva and Hillary Kate Kuizon, 17-year-old high school classmates at Plano East Senior High School, were found dead in two different locations — Sachdeva was found dead at home and Kuizon was found in an area near a middle school, according to police in Murphy, a suburb of Plano. The girls’ cause of death has not yet been released, but investigators said the circumstances of the event have led them “to presume they were both self-inflicted.”

There has been no evidence of foul play detected, police said.

“We are treating these two cases with the care and compassion they deserve, and will continue to seek answers for the families,” Murphy Police Chief Arthur Cotton said.

Sachdeva’s family, including her elder sister, Suchi Sachdeva said the young girl had given them no reason to believe she had ever been thinking about hurting herself, let alone taking her own life. Ritu had struggled with depression and anxiety, but regularly visited with a psychiatrist and therapist and took medication, her sister said. Suchi added that Ritu “seemed much happier than she had been in a while. You could even say she was becoming more confident, happy and excited for life.”

Her spirits had been brighter as of late due to her recent acceptance into Drexel University, and was chatting with members of a group for incoming students.

“I just wanted to say that this was just so unexpected,” Suchi said. “My parents and I care so much for her.”

Kuizon’s family could not be reached for comment.

Suicide remains the second-leading cause of death among children and young adults between the ages of 10 and 24, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Last year, the CDC issued warning of an apparent increase in young Americans committing suicide by strangling, suffocating, and hanging themselves. In some rare instances—less than 1 percent—people engage in what’s referred to as a “suicide pact.” According to Jeffrey Bridge, director of the Center for Suicide Prevention and Research at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, most suicide pacts involve couples over the age of 50.

The day after the two were found dead, about 100 students, and their families, gathered for a community counseling event. Counselors remained on campus for students the following day. “We join with the students and staff at Plano East in mourning this loss and in extending our sincere condolences to the students’ families,” school spokeswoman Range-Stanton said in a statement.

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All four ex-Minneapolis cops charged in Floyd’s death

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MINNEAPOLIS (Diya TV) — Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announced the three other Minneapolis police officers involved in George Floyd’s death, Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane, will face aiding and abetting murder charges. Former officer Derek Chauvin, the man who put his knee on Floyd’s neck, will now face a second-degree murder charge, elevated from third-degree. Meanwhile, protests are not only continuing around the U.S. for the ninth day, but they are spreading overseas in places like the U.K. and Australia as well.

Protesters desecrated Mahatma Gandhi’s statue outside the Indian Embassy in Washington DC. The United States Park Police have launched an investigation.

Instagram & Facebook admitted the keyword ‘Sikh‘ was blocked for nearly two months starting March 7th following an inaccurate report by their team. Scores of users discovered the block this week when writing posts in connection with the anniversary of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots after the assasination of Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards.

A criminal investigation is underway in South India after a pregnant elephant died in India apparently after eating some fruit containing a firecracker that exploded in her mouth.

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Nationwide protests continue on ‘Blackout Tuesday’

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MINNEAPOLIS (Diya TV)  — America is now in its eighth day of protests over the death of George Floyd. To date, only one officer of the four involved is facing criminal charges. So thousands in cities around the nation continue protests to seek justice for Floyd. President Trump vowed to use the military if violence and looting isn’t stopped, with tear gas being deployed on peaceful protesters outside the White House. Meanwhile, celebrities and brands are taking to social media to show support for the Black community by blacking out images on their profiles.

President Trump invited India, Russia, South Korea and Australia to attend the G-7 summit, an offer accepted by Prime Minister Modi. The summit will take place in September in the U.S. and will entertain a host of issues, including whether China will be isolated for their role in the coronavirus pandemic, a tactic right now has lukewarm support.

Indian officials rejected President Trump’s claim that he spoke to Prime Minister Modi over the growing India-China border dispute. The officials say the conversation never took place and both China and India have made it clear they will arbitrate their own disputes.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Two autopsies classify Floyd’s death as homicide

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MINNEAPOLIS (Diya TV)  — An independent medical examiner hired by George Floyd’s family, as well as Hennepin County’s Medical Examiner classified his death as a homicide, saying his heart stopped after former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin used his knee to suppress Floyd for nearly nine minutes despite Floyd’s cries that he couldn’t breathe. The independent examiner also added “asphyxiation from sustained pressure was the cause” of the death.

With the nation reeling from Floyd’s death, hundreds of thousands of people in 41 states held rallies asking for change. But as night fell, peaceful protests morphed into chaos, as looters came onto the scene, destroying property and stealing goods, while confronting police. Some historians say it was the largest riots seen in the U.S. since Martin Luther King’s assasination in 1968.

Many businesses were destroyed around the nation from these riots, including a Bangladeshi restaurant in Minneapolis called Gandhi Mahal. But owner Ruhel Islam is receiving widespread support after his daughter quoted him on Facebook saying “let my building burn. Justice needs to be served.” Now an online fundraiser has raised more than $65,000 to help them rebuild.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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