16-year-old girl who planned attack on predominately black church collected multiple knives, scouted out building: Police

first_imgiStock(GAINESVILLE, Fla.) — A 16-year-old girl who is accused of planning to murder members of a predominantly black church went to “great lengths” to plan the attack, police said.The girl, who was not identified because she is a minor, collected multiple knives, such as kitchen and butcher knives, before she was arrested and charged for the alleged plot at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Gainesville Police Chief Jay Parrish told reporters Tuesday night.She had also allegedly visited the church once in the weeks before her arrest, but no services were in session.“By the grace of God and by divine intervention, at the time she went to the church there was nobody there, and they weren’t having church at the time,” Parrish said.“She went to great lengths to plan it, to get weapons and launch her attack on the church,” Parrish added.Police determined that the church had been “targeted by the juvenile based on the racial demographic of the church members,” according to a statement. She was charged with criminal attempt to commit murder.School administrators were the ones first notified of the alleged attack after other students found the teenager’s notebook that laid out the alleged plot, prompting them to contact school counselors at Gainesville High School, according to police.Dr. Jeremy Williams, superintendent of Gainesville City School System, said he was “stunned” over the arrest.“A single act by a student does not represent the views and beliefs of Gainesville City School System. As a school system that celebrates our diversity, we are beyond stunned with the recent development,” Williams said in a statement to ABC News. “However, we are extremely proud of our students notifying school administration of a possible off-campus threat.”Bishop Reginald Jackson, the presiding bishop of the Sixth Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal that is made up of more than 500 churches, told reporters that “it ought to bother us in the state of Georgia this young girl this young woman cannot be charged with a hate crime.”Georgia is one of four states in the country that does not have hate crime laws.“This incident raises very serious issues and also raises questions that need to be answered,” Jackson said.The teenager is being held at the Regional Youth Detention Center.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Luis Enrique quits as Spain coach for personal reasons

first_imgKevin De Bruyne: Manchester City have to put in hard work to retain EPL crown Mid-day hosts first-of-its-kind girls football tournament | Ranis of Rink 2019 “I have been with Luis in some of the most demanding changing rooms in the world for nine years,” Moreno said. “If we win the Euros, nobody will remember if the coach had more or less experience.” After crashing out to Russia in the last 16 of the World Cup, Luis Enrique oversaw impressive wins over England and Croatia in the Nations League, and a 4-1 thrashing of Wales in a friendly. Yet two defeats at home to England and away to Croatia meant they finished second in their Nations League group behind Gareth Southgate’s side, and failed to reach the semi-finals. Despite the disappointment, Spain recovered by winning five games on the bounce, four of them in qualifying for Euro 2020 which has them sitting top of Group F, five points ahead of Sweden. But Luis Enrique was unable to attend the latest victories over Malta, the Faroe Islands and Sweden, with Moreno overseeing all three in his absence. “Robert told us that if we did not want him and his staff they would leave, that they did not want to be a nuisance,” said Rubialies. “But we hired Luis Enrique with his team and his team is working very well. We believe they are the best option.” Moreno added: “It’s a bittersweet day. I dreamt of becoming a head coach one day but not in this way. “We will try to continue what Luis Enrique has started and to finish his work at the top, by winning Euro 2020.” Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates ‘Starstruck’ David Beckham shares photo with Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke Madrid: Luis Enrique has stepped down as Spain coach for personal reasons and will be replaced by his assistant Roberto Moreno, the Spanish Football Federation announced on Wednesday. Moreno has been in charge for Spain’s last three matches and will now lead the team through Euro 2020 qualifying and the final tournament, in what is his first job as a professional coach. He will be Spain’s fourth boss in 12 months, after Luis Enrique was appointed following last year’s chaotic World Cup, which saw Julen Lopetegui sacked and Fernando Hierro installed in his place. “Luis Enrique has informed us he will not continue as coach,” said RFEF president Luis Rubiales in a press conference. “We completely respect his situation and continue to do so in the same way. I have to thank Luis Enrique for his time with the federation and the doors of the national team will always be open to him.” Rubiales added: “Robert will take over as coach, with the same length of contract that was signed before. He will be in charge of taking us to and overseeing a good showing at Euro 2020.” Luis Enrique said in a statement he was resigning “due to reasons which had prevented me from fulfilling my duties as normal since last March.” His personal issue has not been made public. Moreno, previously a scout and an opposition analyst, has worked with Luis Enrique in all of his previous coaching roles, at Celta Vigo, Roma and Barcelona.- Impressive wins – But his first job as a head coach will be to rebuild one of the world’s most talented international teams.Related Newslast_img read more