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New York City Cop Leaves Note Before Fatally Shooting Himself

Johnny Rios was a seven year veteran of the NYPD. He was 35 years old.

The NYPD is in mourning after a Bronx police officer shot himself in the head. The 35-year-old was a seven-year veteran of the force and left a note for his loved ones before taking his own life.

According to The New York Daily News, it was about 3:30 AM Tuesday (Aug. 14) when Johnny Rios killed himself. His girlfriend was also home.

News of Rios' death is especially tragic as his close friend and fellow officer Kevin Preiss shot himself to death inside his Long Island home. Rios' death is the eighth NYPD suicide in 2019, and the fourth which occurred in June.

Neighbor Robin Granger, 58,  said he heard someone yell "No!" three times before the shot. A moment later Granger tells The Daily News she heard a loud wail.

“She heard the gunshot and she heard somebody screaming “Noooo,” so I looked out her window,” Granger said. “I see the cops are all outside."

Preiss, 53, like his Rios, also worked in The Bronx and shot himself in the head. Two days after Preiss' shooting, Rios posted photos of him on social media. The two worked together in the 50th precinct and were close friends.

NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan discussed Rios' death during a radio interview shortly after it was made public.

“Currently we have eight this year. That is a very large number," Monahan said. "We want to let our cops know that it’s okay to ask for help. It’s really devastating to see that it continues." (including) last night.”

Monahan said officers have a difficult time finding professional therapy because of their type of insurance. Attempting to set up a counseling session has proven challenging since a cop's schedule isn't set.

“We’re bringing in outside resources to talk to the cops," Monahan said. "We’re looking to make a lot of changes within the organization itself. We looking at bringing peer counselors into the (commands). We’re looking to hire a lot more counselors and psychologists.”

 

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In a statement, Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner expressed his excitement about owning the beloved and respected record label.

“The acquisition of eOne adds beloved story-led global family brands that deliver strong operating returns to Hasbro’s portfolio and provides a pipeline of new brand creation driven by family-oriented storytelling,” he said.

While Death Row records has gone down in history as one of hip-hop's most successful and influential labels, it's co-founder Marion "Suge" Knight has fallen from grace.

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Chadwick Boseman and company are set to return to Wakanda for a second installment of the blockbuster action film Black Panther.

Director Ryan Coogler made the announcement Saturday (Aug. 24)  at D23 in Anaheim, California. Kevin Feige, Marvel's president, said Coogler provided a treatment with a new villain and title but nothing is set in stone.

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Black Panther premiered in the U.S. in February 2018 and instantly became a massive success earning $700 million in the box office, and $1.3 billion globally. The earnings made the film Marvel's second-highest-grossing film of all time domestically. Avengers: Endgame, however, holds the title.

The film was not only an economic cultural success with its leading black cast, which included Boseman in the principle role starring alongside Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Angela Bassett, Danai Gurira, Forrest Whitaker and Letitia Wright who played loveable and brilliant Princess Shuri.

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Tee Grizzley Commemorates Aunt Who Was Fatally Shot In Detroit

On Tuesday (Aug. 20), Tee Grizzley’s aunt, Jobina “JB” Brown, was fatally shot in Detroit, Michigan. Brown and the rapper, who she managed, were riding in a Chrysler together at the time of the attack. Two other men were also in the car, ages 25 and 34, when their vehicle came to a stop and bullets from an unknown direction began.

Upon arrival at the hospital, Brown, 41, was pronounced dead. Recently, Grizzley took to Instagram to commemorate his aunt. “Since I was 12 we been going everywhere together how you gone go to heaven without me????” he wrote. “Idek what to say JB I just wanted to show the world yo smile I love you so much.”

The Wayne County Medical Examiner ruled Brown’s death as a homicide, The Detroit News reports. An investigation by Detroit Police Department’s Homicide Unit is currently underway as the search for the suspect continues.

 

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