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Teen who killed dad and autistic brother was being trained to fight zombie apocalypse, mother testifies

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An Idaho teen who shot and killed his father and autistic brother in 2014 was undergoing training by his dad for the zombie apocalypse, his mother stated in court testimony according to the Spokesman-Review.

Eldon Samuel, 16, is on trial for murder in the March 2014 killing of his father and his 13-year-old brother. The teen shot his father before stabbing his brother to death with a large knife. Following the killings,  Samuel called police and turned himself in, telling them his father had been raving about zombies prior to the shooting.

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In courtroom testimony this week the boy’s mother, Tina Samuel, stated that her husband had been training the boys to prepare for a zombie attack, saying the family had been making plans to escape to a desolate area prior to the assault by the undead.

Called by the defense to testify in support of her son, Samuel said the then 14-year-old was being taught how to kill a zombie.

“To shoot them in the head and chop off their head,” she testified. “That’s the only way to kill a zombie.”

According to the woman, her husband was on and off drugs for years and would spend days playing first person shooter games — including ones involving zombies — with his son starting when the boy was just 4-years-old.

Because of her husband’s addiction problems the family moved often when they couldn’t pay rent, and her husband was “controlling, physically and mentally abusive,” while at the same time her son was being bullied at school– leading him to stay home and watch zombie movies with his father all day.

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According to the woman, her husband planned on packing their camp trailer with “guns, knives – as many as possible,” plus water, canned food and clothing, before going “up high in the mountains where we could hide from the zombies. Because it’s secluded and the zombies wouldn’t get us.”

“I observed he listened to his dad and he was trained to be ready when the zombies came,” she said.

On the evening of the killings, the father, also named Elden Samuel was seen pacing outside his home and firing a gun in the air before his son took his life.

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‘There is a better way’: George W Bush breaks his silence to speak out against ‘tragic failures’

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On Tuesday, former President George W. Bush issued a statement on the killing of George Floyd and the ensuing nationwide protests.

"It is time for America to examine our tragic failures — and as we do, we will also see some of our redeeming strengths," wrote Bush. "It remains a shocking failure that many African Americans, especially young African American men, are harassed and threatened in their own country. It is a strength when protesters, protected by responsible law enforcement, march for a better future."

"America's greatest challenge has long been to unite people of very different backgrounds into a single nation of justice and opportunity," wrote Bush. "The doctrine and habits of racial superiority, which once nearly split our country, still threaten our Union ... The heroes of America — from Fredrick Douglass, to Harriet Tubman, to Abraham Lincoln, to Martin Luther King, Jr. — are heroes of unity. Their calling has never been for the fainthearted. They often revealed the nation's disturbing bigotry and exploitation — stains on our character sometimes difficult for the American majority to examine. We can only see the reality of America's need by seeing it through the eyes of the threatened, oppressed, and disenfranchised."

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Horseback riding club rolls into Houston protests to stand in solidarity with protesters

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Horses are raising a hoof to support Black Lives Matter protesters in Houston, Texas Tuesday.

After several nights of protests, an urban trail riding club, Nonstop Riders, joined the efforts

“We’re here representing for all our black brothers and sisters," said Marcus Johnson, sitting atop his horse.

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As the riders fists stretched toward the blue Texas sky, the protest crowd broke into cheers and applause.

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Brianna Noble did the same at the protests Friday, sitting atop Dapper Dan, leading a crowd of protesters.

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False rumors of an antifa invasion are filling up local neighborhood Facebook groups: report

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Unverified rumors about factions of antifa and looters descending on suburban neighborhoods are blowing up in local Facebook groups and neighborhood watch forums around the country, NBC News reports.

"Some of the posts feature a screenshot of a tweet by a fake antifa Twitter account that Twitter said was created by the white nationalist group Identity Evropa, attempting to drum up fear of looting in residential and suburban areas," the reports reads. "The false antifa tweet was boosted in part by Donald Trump Jr., who posted a screenshot of the tweet to his Instagram account. Other rumors falsely warn of antifa members being 'bused in' to towns in Idaho."

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