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Son suspected of killing own mother, 2 sisters in Mother's Day massacre shot dead hundreds of miles away

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A Mother’s Day massacre left a woman and two of her daughters dead in Mississippi, officials said. The suspect died later hundreds of miles away.

According to the Ridgeland Police Department, a man later identified as Ivory James Welch III, was the lead suspect in the death of his mother and two sisters when he fled town and the state, getting as far as Arizona before he was shot dead in a shootout with state troopers.

Ridgeland Police Chief Brian Myers says officers received a call about the triple homicide around 3:30 p.m. Sunday at a home on Old Canton Road in Ridgeland, WLBT reported. He identified the victims as Ida Thomas Welch, 76, Vicky Renee Welch, 56, and Crystal Lynn Welch, 42.

“This horrific event will have a lasting effect on this family, the officers involved in this investigation as well as our brothers in Arizona law enforcement,” the police chief said.

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The Ridgeland Police Department identified Ivory James Welch III, was the lead suspect in the death of his mother and two sisters. (Ridgeland Police Department)

The Mississippi officers were subsequently notified that their suspect was killed in Arizona on Monday afternoon.

According to the police chief, an arrest warrant for Welch was obtained and the U.S. Marshals Task Force began searching for him. He was ultimately located by Arizona Department of Public Safety troopers between Morenci and Clifton, according to AZFamily.

Officers from the Greenlee County Sheriff’s Office and the Clifton Police Department assisted in the Arizona pursuit, per the report.

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Ridgeland Police Chief Brian Myers says officers received a call about the triple homicide around 3:30 p.m. Sunday at a home on Old Canton Road in Ridgeland, Mississippi. (Ridgeland Police Department/Facebook)

Once found by the law enforcement officers, a gunfight ensued, according to Myers.

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“Arizona State Troopers attempted to apprehend Welch and he fired upon the troopers and was fatally wounded in the gunfight,” he said.

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Myers added: “This investigation is a great example of how teamwork in law enforcement, as well as a great relationship with our media outlets, affords us swift justice for a grieving family.”

Mississippi ACLU released a statement remembering Crystal Welch, who served as Board President since 2023.

“I just cannot process today’s news,” Executive Director Jarvis Dortch said. “Crystal was a great friend and since 2023, she was an enthusiastic leader of the ACLU of Mississippi Board of Directors.  She was always asking what more she could do to support our team and our work. Our staff and board will forever be grateful for her commitment to equality and justice. Her passion for life, infectious spirit and enthusiasm will be missed.”

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Arizona State Troopers attempted to apprehend Welch and he fired upon the troopers. He was fatally wounded in the gunfight. (Paul Harris/Getty Images)

It continued: “On behalf of ACLU of Mississippi, I would like to express our heartfelt condolences to Crystal’s family during this unthinkable time. We urge the community to join us in sending prayers to the Welch family.”

“Crystal was just a true delight. She was just a superwoman. She was a fun, loving intellectual. Very passionate about her work,” her friend, Colendula Green, told AZFamily.

Authorities have not identified a motive for the fatal shootings. 

“He may have been upset about a funeral and his birthday, which was on Friday,” Chief Myers said, per AZFamily.

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Authorities seek help identifying woman found dead near Orange County highway

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Authorities seek help identifying woman found dead near Orange County highway

Authorities are seeking the public’s help to identify a woman who was found dead near an Orange County freeway.

In January 2006, Orange County Sheriff’s deputies responded to reports of a body found off Ortega Highway. Also known as Highway 74, the long stretch of road winds through the rural Santa Ana mountain range.

A pair of sightseers had discovered the woman’s body lying around 10 feet below a cliff, according to the Orange County Register.

The woman is described as a Hispanic female between 20 and 30 years old. She weighed around 105 pounds and had dark-colored hair down to her mid-back.  

  • A 2024 rendering of the woman was provided by Miami Dade Police Department forensic artist Gaston De Cardenas. (Orange County Sheriff’s Department)
  • A 2006 rendering of the woman was provided by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
  • A rose stem tattoo is seen on the woman's left forearm. (Orange County Sheriff’s Department)

She had a rose stem tattoo on her left forearm, recently manicured fingernails with a heart-shaped design on each nail, and a surgical scar below her navel. She was found wearing blue jeans and a black lycra top.

The woman’s cause of death was not determined but investigators told the O.C. Register they believe the woman died elsewhere before being left on the side of the road.

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Detectives said the woman had a Cesarean scar which appeared to be of Latin American origin. They noted Cesarean scars in the U.S. are typically horizontal while the woman’s scar was vertical.

A new rendering of the woman was created with the help of a Miami Dade Police Department forensic artist along with images of her tattoo and the design on her nails.

Anyone who may recognize her or has information on the case is asked to contact O.C. Sheriff investigator Lauren Felix at 714-647-4579 or email coldcase@ocsheriff.gov. 

Anonymous tips can be provided to OC Crime Stoppers at 1-855-847-6227 or online at occrimestoppers.org.

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Trump widens lead over Biden in key battleground states: poll

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Former President Trump is leading President Biden across seven states that could determine the results of the heated 2024 presidential contest.

A new Bloomberg News/Morning Consult survey asking voters from key states who they would vote for in the upcoming presidential election found Trump is leading Biden 48% to 44% across the seven key swing states in play — Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

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The poll also found individual state polling from states previously won by Biden in 2020 reveals Trump is now the candidate of choice.

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Former President Trump sits in a courtroom during his hush money trial at Manhattan Criminal Court May 21, 2024, in New York City.  (Michael M. Santiago)

Trump is up five points in Arizona, a state narrowly won by Biden in 2020, leading the Democratic president 49% to 44%. 

The former president is also leading in Georgia, another state won by Biden in 2020. According to the survey, Trump is leading Biden in the Peach State by three points, 47% to 44%.

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The poll also reported Trump holding a two-point lead in Pennsylvania, 48% to 46%, another state won by Biden in 2020.

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President Biden speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington May 14. (Susan Walsh)

Trump leads Wisconsin by one point, 47% to 46%. It’s the fourth state Biden won in 2020 where the poll reported Trump has an edge just months before Election Day.

The poll also found Trump is up in North Carolina by seven points, 49% to 42%, while the rivals are tied in Nevada, both securing 47% of the vote.

Biden secured a lead in one state in the survey, Michigan, but only by one point, 46% to 45%.

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Polls indicate a very close contest between Donald Trump and Joe Biden

Former President Trump, a Republican presidential candidate, boards his plane after speaking at a campaign rally in Freeland, Mich., May 1, 2024.  (Paul Sancya)

The new results come amid Trump’s hush money trial, where he has spent the last several weeks of his presidential campaign defending himself in a lower Manhattan courtroom.

The Bloomberg surveys were conducted online from May 7-13 with a margin of error of 3 percentage points in Arizona, Georgia and Pennsylvania. The margin of error in Michigan, North Carolina and Wisconsin was plus or minus 4 percentage points, while Nevada had a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percentage points.

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Downtown Los Angeles shooting leaves 1 dead, suspects still at large

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Downtown Los Angeles shooting leaves 1 dead, suspects still at large

Police say they are searching for three suspects connected to the shooting death of a man in Downtown Los Angeles in the early hours of Saturday morning.

According to the L.A. Police Department, officers responded to the area of Pico Boulevard and Hope Street around 3:25 a.m.

Around that time, a man observed three other men “removing property” from a location. When he tried to intervene, police said, the men turned around and shot him.

The victim, described only as white man between the ages of 30 and 35, was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

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The three suspects fled the scene before officers arrived, police said. They remained at large as of Saturday morning.

No additional details were immediately made available.

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