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ABCNews.com(WASHINGTON) -- An 11-year-old girl electrified the crowd at the March for Our Lives rally in Washington, D.C., telling the throngs in attendance she was there to represent African-American women who were victims of gun violence whose stories aren't told.

Naomi Wadler, who led a protest walkout at her grammar school in Alexandria Virginia, told the crowd she was there to represent Courtlin Arrington, Hadiya Pendleton and Taiyania Thompson -- African-American teenagers who died from gun violence.

"I am here today to acknowledge and represent the African-American girls whose stories don't make the front page of every national newspaper, whose stories don't lead on the evening news," she said. "I represent the African-American women who are victims of gun violence, who are simply statistics instead of vibrant beautiful girls full of potential."

The rapt crowd interrupted Naomi with cheers and applause nearly every time she paused for breath. She urged the crowd to join her in telling the stories of the "women of color who were murdered at disproportionate rates in this nation."

Naomi dismissed the notion she might be under the thrall of an adult with an agenda and issued a veiled warning for the politicians in Washington and beyond.

"My friends and I might be still be 11 and we might still be in elementary school, but we know, we know life isn't equal for everyone and we know what is right and wrong," Naomi said. "We also know that we stand in the shadow of the Capitol, and we know that we have seven short years until we too have the right to vote."

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ABCNews.com(WASHINGTON) -- Emma Gonzalez, a leading and powerful voice in the movement spawned by the mass shooting at her Florida high school last month, brought hundreds of thousands of passionate protesters at the March for Our Lives rally in the nation's capital to a complete silence Saturday afternoon.

The 18-year-old student activist, who survived the shooting that claimed 17 lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, addressed the crowd by first reading the names of the students and educators who were killed in the Feb. 14 massacre.

And then, for more than 4 minutes, Gonzalez -- tears streaming down her cheeks -- went silent and stone-faced.

The protesters went somber at first, before breaking into the powerful silence with chants of "Never Again!" "Never Again!"

Gonzalez's pause represented the time it took the alleged shooter, Nikolas Cruz, to carry out the shooting.

A timer went off, breaking Gonzalez's silence.

"Since the time that I came out here it has been 6 minutes and 20 seconds," she said.

"The shooter has ceased shooting and will soon abandon his rifle, blend in with the students as they escape and walk free before arrest," she said, referring to Cruz. "Fight for your lives before it's someone else's job."

The March for Our Lives demonstration drew not only hundreds of thousands of protesters to Washington, D.C., but also to rallies in cities across the United States and around the world. The organizers called on politicians to enact gun reform in the wake of mass shootings in schools and elsewhere.

Cruz allegedly walked into his former high school, killing the 17 victims and injuring several others. He was arrested after the shooting, and has since pleaded not guilty.

Gonzalez was one of the final speakers at the Washington, D.C., rally. Before her silent gesture, she seemingly spoke directly to victims of gun violence, especially those who survived the shooting at her school.

"Everyone who was there understands. Everyone who has been touched by the cold grip of gun violence understands," she said. "For us, long tearful, chaotic hours spent in the scorching afternoon sun were spent not knowing.

"No one understands the extent of what happened," she continued. "No one could believe there were bodies in that building waiting to be identified for over a day."

She said her friends and classmates would never do the mundane things they did before the shooting, or would never realize their dreams.

"My friend Carmen would never complain to me about piano practice," she said. "Aaron Feis would never ... Joaquin Oliver would never ... ," naming each of the 17 victims.

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Tony Morrison/ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- In the wake of last month’s deadly shooting at a Florida high school, hundreds of thousands are marching in the nation’s capital and at rallies across the country today, demanding change so that the carnage in Parkland, Florida, will “Never Again” take place.

Thousands of students, teachers, parents and more activists came out for today’s “March for Our Lives” event in Washington, D.C., and at sister rallies around the country.

"Good Morning America" asked activists on the ground why they chose to march today.

Here is what they said, in their own words.

"I am marching for my friends that passed, and all children that have been taken from their families and friends because of gun violence," Lauren Hogg, a ninth-grader at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, told ABC News.

Lauren, who is the sister of student activist David Hogg, continued: "I am marching because of the empty desk in my classroom where my friend once sat and the unfulfilled conversations about our futures that we shared. I am marching for my unsaid goodbyes and the future of America. I hope that things will change and one day we can once again feel safe in the places in which we should already be able to feel safe such as schools."

Rebecca Boldrick, the Hoggs' mother, told ABC News, "As a mother and a teacher I am marching because our schools need to return to being the sanctuaries they should be.

"I don't want there to be any more senseless mass killings by assault rifles," she added.

Brianna Fisher, also a student at MSD, said she is marching "so students can return to a place of safety and learning rather than violence and war."

Jeremiah Godby, 24, said he stepped out in the nation's capital today because "enough is enough."

"This is not about Democrat or Republicans, this is about coming together and about finding solutions," he added. "We are stronger when we are together and when we are united."

Riyo, 15, a high school student marching in D.C., said she was out today because "no student should ever be afraid to go to school."

Miami, Florida: 'Enough is enough'

Much closer to Parkland, scores of activists stepped out at an event in Miami to show solidarity to those marching in the nation's capital today.

Genesis Davila, the current Miss Florida USA, stepped out at a rally in Miami today, saying she is there "supporting all the children."

"Enough is enough," Davila added.

Briana Borres, also in Miami, told ABC News, "I’m here to march for all of those who have no voices left and we are here to support those who can’t support themselves."

The rally in Miami also had students and alumni of Marjory Stoneman Douglas in attendance, including Catherine Zhao, who told ABC News, "I am here because I am a proud member of the Stoneman Douglas graduating class of 2014."

Elsewhere around the country

Thousands of activists also stepped out at sister rallies around the country, slamming senseless gun violence and showing solidarity with students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school.

Hamdia Ahmed, 18, in Portland, Maine, told ABC News that she is out marching because "we are here to stand up against gun violence and for our leaders to step up to end gun violence."

In Albany, New York, Kaelyn, 17, said she is marching "because I realize that I have a voice and that I have the power to make a change in this country."

Katie Evans, 18, an activist in Little Rock, Arkansas, told ABC News she is out today "marching against gun violence."

"I am marching for the safety in our schools, churches, just in general, all students, all people deserve to be safe," she added.

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Spencer Platt / Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Wearing a black T-shirt that read "We can end gun violence," Paul McCartney joined the March for our Lives in New York City Saturday.

 The 75-year-old former Beatle and his wife, Nancy, joined a multitude of marchers on the Upper West Side in Manhattan to call for an end to gun violence, in the wake of the Feb. 14 mass shooting in a high school in Parkland, Florida.

“One of my best friends was killed in gun violence right around here," McCartney told a CNN reporter. "So, it's important to me."

 McCartney's band-mate and songwriting partner John Lennon was gunned down in December 1980 outside the Dakota apartment building at West 72nd Street and Central Park West.

Lorna Mae Johnson, the assistant treasurer of the Democratic National Committee, posted a brief video of McCartney exhorting people to make use of the electoral franchise.

"Get out and vote out," McCartney said. "You can make the change, it's up to you."

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ABC(WASHINGTON) -- A 9-year-old girl was a surprise guest at the March for Our Lives event in Washington, D.C., on Saturday. She appeared onstage before hundreds of thousands of people to tell them about a dream her grandfather had -- and that she, too, has a dream.

"My name is Yolanda Renee King, granddaughter of Martin Luther King and Loretta Scott King," she told the massive crowd. "My grandfather had a dream that his four little children would not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream that enough is enough, and that this should be a gun-free world, period."

Yolanda, the eldest granddaughter of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., stood alongside Jaclyn Corin, a 17-year-old student who survived the Valentine's Day shooting at her Florida high school. The pair held hands and grinned from ear to ear as the sea of people before them erupted in a roar of applause and cheers.

Yolanda then beckoned the crowd to join in on an uplifting chant: "Spread the word, have you heard, all across the nation, we are going to be a great generation."

"Now I'd like you to say it like you really, really mean it and the whole world can hear you," she yelled to the crowd with a big smile, before repeating the chant once more.

The March for Our Lives rallies were anchored by the main event in the U.S. capital, where students, teachers, parents and other members of the public marched for gun control and school-safety measures on Saturday, in the wake of last month's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. There were more than 800 so-called "sibling marches" planned worldwide for this weekend in solidarity of the main event.

The marchers across the country and around the globe called on American lawmakers to make schools safer and pass stricter gun control laws, such as by prohibiting the sale of high-capacity magazines and banning the high-powered, highly-lethal assault-style weapons often used in mass shootings.

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Kevin Mazur/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Overcome with emotion, one Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School survivor, her voice shaking, led the March for Our Lives crowd in D.C. in a round of "Happy Birthday" in honor of her slain classmate, Nicholas Dworet, who would have turned 18 years old on Saturday.

Some in the crowd held each other close as they joined along and sang.

Dworet, one of 17 people killed in the mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida last month, was a passionate swimmer who was headed to the University of Indianapolis to join the university's swim team, his family said.

"He was a happy young man full of joy and life," his family said in a statement. "He dreamed of making the Olympic swim team and going to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. He believed he could accomplish anything as long as he tried his best."

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Students, teachers, parents and their allies will converge on the nation's capital Saturday to rally for gun control and school safety measures in the wake of last month's shooting in a Florida high school.

Thousands of people from across the country are expected to participate in the March for Our Lives, organized by students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where a gunman killed 17 people and injured others on Valentine's Day. The accused shooter, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, was a former student at the school and was armed with an AR-15-style rifle he had legally purchased a year ago, authorities said.

Now, students around the country -- using the slogan "Never Again" -- are calling on lawmakers to make schools safer and enact tougher gun control laws, such as prohibiting the sale of high-capacity magazines and banning the high-powered, highly-lethal assault-style weapons often used in mass shootings.

Here's everything you need to know about the March for Our Lives.

When is the march?

The main March for Our Lives event in Washington, D.C., began at noon ET on Saturday, more than five weeks after the deadly school shooting.

There have been other events in support of the shooting survivors, including a National School Walkout on March 14 that lasted for 17 minutes to honor those killed a month earlier in Parkland and to protest gun violence across the country.

Where is the march?

The main March for Our Lives event in Washington, D.C., began on Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd Street NW and 12th Street NW.

But there were hundreds of satellite marches, or "sibling marches," planned for this weekend around the world. Each sibling march is an independent, student-led initiative, according to the March for Our Lives official website.

There were sibling marches planned in cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago, New York City, Boston, Ottawa, Buenos Aires, Madrid, Paris, Dublin, London, Berlin, Stockholm, Rome, Tel Aviv, Mumbai, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Sydney, to name just a few.

Who's supporting the event?

Countless people, including a number of celebrities, have voiced their support for the march by announcing their plans to participate or donating to the movement's main GoFundMe page, which has raised over $3.4 million. Half of the funds raised via the crowdfunding platform will go toward the March for Our Lives Action Fund, which will cover expenses associated with Saturday's event in Washington, D.C.

The other half will be given to the victims and their families of the Feb. 14 school shooting via the Broward Education Foundation.

Actor George Clooney and his wife, Amal, a human rights lawyer, gave $500,000 to March for Our Lives and said their family will be at the event in Washington, D.C.

“Amal and I are so inspired by the courage and eloquence of these young men and women from Stoneman Douglas High School," George Clooney said in a statement on Feb. 20. "Our family will be there on March 24 to stand side by side with this incredible generation of young people from all over the country, and in the name of our children Ella and Alexander, we’re donating 500,000 dollars to help pay for this groundbreaking event. Our children’s lives depend on it."

Media mogul Oprah Winfrey announced via Twitter that she will match the Clooneys' donation. She tweeted, "George and Amal, I couldn’t agree with you more. I am joining forces with you and will match your $500,000 donation to 'March For Our Lives.’ These inspiring young people remind me of the Freedom Riders of the 60s who also said we’ve had ENOUGH and our voices will be heard."

Many celebrities, including singers Harry Styles, Mariah Carey and Justin Bieber, have also shown their support by signing a petition created by the March for Our Lives organizers that calls for action to end gun violence and protect schools.

David Hogg, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, announced on CNN that singers Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato will be marching alongside him and the other organizers in Washington, D.C.

Why are people marching?

The March for Our Lives organizers explain on the official website that they support the constitutional right of law-abiding U.S. citizens to bear arms, but the recent surge of mass shootings, particularly at schools, calls for an honest discussion about guns.

So students, teachers and their supporters will take to the streets because they "will no longer risk their lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings that has become all too familiar," the organizers said.

"Not one more. We cannot allow one more child to be shot at school. We cannot allow one more teacher to make a choice to jump in front of a firing assault rifle to save the lives of students," the organizers said in their online mission statement. "In the tragic wake of the seventeen lives brutally cut short in Florida, politicians are telling us that now is not the time to talk about guns. March For Our Lives believes the time is now."

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Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- Hundreds of demonstrators calling for justice in the fatal shooting last weekend of 22-year-old Stephon Clark marched for hours and blocked traffic near the California state capitol building on Friday afternoon, according to ABC station KGO-TV.

Protesters at one point came face to face with officers clad in riot gear and began chanting "Stephon Clark."

"It is indoctrinated into their bloodstream to fear us," said Rev. Brian Levingston, who was among the unofficial organizers of the protest. "But today we stand right now to tell you we are human beings and the United States of America -- this is our country."

Demonstrations continued across downtown Sacramento throughout the afternoon and into the night, eventually ending around 9 p.m.

Friday's protests followed demonstrations on Thursday, when hundreds of people gathered outside a sports arena where the NBA team, the Sacramento Kings, were set to play against the Atlanta Hawks, causing a lengthy delay to the start of a scheduled game.

The demonstrations were ignited by the Sacramento Police Department's release of body-camera and helicopter infrared footage of Clark's killing in his grandmother's backyard.

The officers were responding to reports of a black male breaking into a car and hiding in a backyard when they encountered Clark last Sunday night. Police said Clark advanced toward the responding officers while holding an object in his hand. Initially, police reported that Clark was armed with a gun, then with a "toolbar," but all that was found on him was a cellphone.

The footage shows Clark running from a neighbor's yard and onto his grandmother's property. Police are seen running down a driveway after Clark and taking cover at the edge of a building. The officers yell several times for Clark to stop and show them his hands before firing a barrage of gunshots.

Police fired 20 bullets at Clark, killing him.

He was a father of a 1-year-old and a 3-year-old, according to his brother, Stevante Clark.

Both officers involved in the shooting are on paid administrative leave.

The fatal shooting came less than two years after the killing of Joseph Mann, another unarmed black man who was shot by Sacramento police in July 2016.

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iStock/Thinkstock(PARKLAND, Fla.) -- On the eve of the landmark march by thousands of high school students and their supporters speaking out about gun control, an ABC News analysis of tax return records shows that the National Rifle Association Foundation has funneled millions of dollars into schools to promote shooting sports.

From 2010 through 2016, the charitable subsidiary to the pro-gun group gave $7.3 million in grants to more than 500 schools, school clubs and school districts to fund youth clubs and provide equipment for varsity competitive shooting teams.

Boasting one of the nation’s largest JROTC programs, according to Broward County Public Schools spokesperson Cathleen Brennan, schools in Broward County, including Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, received nearly $127,000 in grants from the charitable arm of the pro-gun interest group between 2013 and 2016.

Nearly half of the more than 700 NRA grants to schools went through JROTC programs across the country.

U.S. Army Cadet Command, which oversees the JROTC programs, did not respond to ABC News' request for comment.

With the success of its JROTC program, the Broward County Public Schools received an additional $5,066 from the NRA Foundation this year, but following the recent tragedy, the school district decided to return its latest NRA grants.

Brennan said the school district will no longer accept grants from the NRA and it’s reviewing all of its standard practices and procedures regarding shooting clubs and their funding. In the past, individual schools in the Broward County have applied for and handled outside grants for their marksmanship teams, and not typically tracked by the district, Brennan added.

While some school districts have followed Broward County Public Schools to return NRA money, other schools maintain that the grants are essential for running the popular sports that open up many opportunities for students.

Woodcreek High School Sportsmen’s Club in Roseville, California, which has been overseeing the school’s trap, skeet and sporting clays teams for 13 years, has received five-figure annual grants from the NRA Foundation, totaling $124,559 between 2010 and 2016.

“This school club allows students who do not have an interest in participating in traditional high school sports the opportunity to connect with, compete for and be a part of the high school sports experience,” Woodcreek High School Sportsmen’s Club head coach Alex Gray told ABC News.

Before joining the shooting team, Gray added, students are required to go through an extensive one-day safety training class, during which new members learn about proper firearm handling techniques and practice extensively with coaches and experienced members of the team at live fire exercise.

At a small high school in Sutter, California, shooting clubs are among the most popular clubs that boasts more than 80 participants out of the total of 750 students.

“It’s an expensive sport,” Sutter Union High School Superintendent and Principal Ryan Robison said.

Robison said the NRA grants to the school’s trap and rifle teams -- a total of $79,000 between 2013 and 2016 -- account for less than half of the shooting clubs’ total funding, but it helps open up the experience to as many students as possible.

Similarly at Woodcreek High School, Gray said the NRA grants to the club have provided about two to three shotguns to each competitive team member, reducing their costs by about $120 to $180 per season.

Shooting clubs funded by the NRA Foundation have also opened up college scholarship opportunities for students.

At Sutter Union High School, 20 students have received scholarships to train at Olympic training centers and participate in college-level competitions across the country.

“The nature of the sport attracts highly motivated and dedicated students,” Robison said. “It is a very technical activity and requires a high level of concentration and discipline.”

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ABC(NEW YORK) -- A new storm is moving through the central United States on Saturday morning, bringing heavy snow to parts of the Northern Plains and Midwest. Heavy snow is currently falling throughout parts of southern Minnesota, northern Iowa and western Illinois. On the warmer side of the storm, locally heavy rain has developed across Nebraska, Missouri and southern Illinois.

As much as 8 inches of new snow has been reported in Minot, North Dakota, and 4 inches of snow has already been reported in Charles City, Iowa.

Winter weather advisories and winter storm warnings currently stretch from the Dakotas into the mountains of Virginia and North Carolina.

The storm will quickly slide to the south and east Saturday with locally moderate snow moving toward central Illinois, Indiana, southern Ohio and into the central Appalachians. Peoria, Illinois; Indianapolis, and Cincinnati will all see snow, and low visibility is expected in this region with travel delays possible.

The highest snowfall accumulations will be in central and northern Iowa, as well as western Illinois, where over 6 inches of snow is likely. In the Ohio Valley and central Appalachians, snow will fall mainly during the day. The relatively high sun angle in late March will limit snowfall accumulations from Illinois to Virginia. Locally 3 to 5 inches of snow is expected from Indianapolis to Roanoke, Virginia, with most accumulation expected on grassy and elevated surfaces.

The storm clears the East Coast by late Saturday.

Seasonable temperatures for Northeast

High pressure will develop early next week across the East Coast, which will finally stop the parade of nor'easters and winter-like weather that has been affecting the Northeast over the last couple of weeks. By midweek, many cities in the Northeast will see their warmest temperatures since early March.

New York and Boston could make a run at its warmest weather since March 1, when it was 60 degrees. New York is currently running 2.8 degrees below its monthly average temperature in March. Boston is currently running around 1.3 degrees below its monthly March average temperature. The last time Philadelphia was above 55 degrees was on March 1, with a high of 58 degrees. March's average temperature is nearly 4 degrees below average.

Unfortunately, as we head toward April, there remains uncertainty about whether the seasonable temperatures will stick around in this region.

New storm developing

A new storm system will develop late Sunday in the high plains and move to the east on Monday. High pressure along the East Coast will slow the weather pattern down.

As a result, slow-moving storms will develop along a cold front moving across the Southern Plains and Mississippi River Valley during the week.

The thunderstorms could turn severe on Monday across Oklahoma and Texas with damaging winds, large hail and possible tornadoes from Tulsa to San Angelo. A slight risk has been issued for that region already.

The slow-moving storms will slide off to the Mississippi River Valley and Gulf states by Tuesday and Thursday. The potential for widespread heavy rain and possible flash flooding by midweek is increasing, with many locations across the region forecast to receive at least 3 to 4 inches of rainfall.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The man who drove into Travis Air Force Base in California on Wednesday night has been identified as Hafiz Kazi, 51, according to the FBI special agent in charge, Sean Ragan.

Kazi was from India, a legal permanent resident since 1993 with no connection to the base, Ragan said.

Ragan described him as having generally lived in the San Francisco area for much of that time.

Ragan said there was no known nexus to terrorism at this time.

Multiple sources described Kazi to ABC News as a "nomad" and a "vagabond."

His vehicle slowly approached the checkpoint at the main gate of Travis on Wednesday evening, two U.S. officials said. At the point where a guard would have checked Kazi's identification, the vehicle kept moving, and a flash was observed inside the vehicle.

As the vehicle moved slowly through the checkpoint, it fully ignited into flames before coming to a stop on a median, the officials said.

Ragan said five propane tanks were found inside the vehicle, along with three phones, three plastic one-gallon gas cans, several lighters, and a gym bag with personal items.

Authorities extracted a video from one of Kazi's phones and are analyzing it to try and see if it could help point to a motive for the incident which left the driver dead, and the vehicle charred.

Ragan said the video did not contain material connected to Islamic extremism.

The FBI and the Air Force's Office of Special Investigations are jointly looking into the incident.

"The investigation that we're doing right now is trying to piece together his life, trying to piece together what led up to this event and attempt to determine why he was there and why he had those items in his vehicle," Ragan said.

Terrorism and mental health issues are some of the motives being considered, though authorities haven't ruled anything out, officials said.

Ragan added there was no indication that there is a greater threat to the base or surrounding community.

Located in the San Francisco Bay area, Travis is home to over 14,000 service members and civilians and serves as a major cargo and logistics base to the Pacific.

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Logan Mock-Bunting/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A fight between two elite Army special operations soldiers on Wednesday left one person dead, the Army confirmed to ABC News.

Shortly after 5:30 pm on Wednesday, the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to a private residence outside of Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, North Carolina after reports of a shooting, the sheriff's office said in a statement.

Deputies found the victim, Sgt. 1st Class Mark Leshikar, 33, dead at the scene. According to a senior defense official, Leshikar was a member of the 19th Special Forces Group, a National Guard Green Beret Unit.

A spokesperson for Army Special Operations Command would not confirm the identity of the shooter. But, a senior defense official said he is an active duty soldier belonging to a Special Missions Unit. The Army's only special mission unit is known as Delta Force.

According to the official, the soldiers had allegedly just returned from a vacation in Florida with their families. Leshikar was kicked out of the house where they were staying in Fayetteville after getting into some kind of altercation.

After Leshikar was let back into the house by a child, he allegedly went after the unidentified soldier with a screwdriver before being shot and killed by that soldier, the official said.

Deputies who arrived on the scene spoke to occupants of the home who were present when the incident occurred, but no charges have been filed, the sheriff's statement said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) -- Atlanta officials are reassuring the public that operations will continue as normal as they deal with a cyberattack on the city's systems.

While most of the city’s websites are working normally, a number of web pages that customers use to pay bills began to be affected Thursday morning. Access to court information was also affected.

Whoever is behind the attack is asking for a $50,000 ransom.

As the city struggled to contain the spread of the attack, city officials have been forced to take down web pages in other departments and literally unplug city computers. Some city workers aren’t even receiving email.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said that her office is working with the FBI.

“We are continuing to work with our federal partners and other stakeholders who continue to advise us on how best to navigate and approach this,” Bottoms said.

City leaders stress that there have been no impacts to police, water service, 911 and Atlanta’s Hartsfield International Airport. The city, they point out, was built before computers. As a protective measure, Wi-Fi at the airport has been turned off. Security wait time signs and flight information signs may not be accurate as a result, officials cautioned.

The greatest impacts appear to be at municipal court and the city detention center -- with computers down, many taken down protectively, city employees are having to manually admit inmates, handle tickets and warrants. The city court currently cannot validate warrants or process ticket payments online or in person.

Customers will not be penalized for late payments, the city said.

The city government isn’t getting specific about who the demands are from, what kind of data has been stolen and what’s being held hostage, but it’s clear that city’s systems have been severely compromised.

Bottoms did not say Friday whether the city planned to pay the $50,000 ransom, but already city council members are promising her millions if she needs to build a new secure system from the ground up. She referenced similar ransom attacks on corporations, and on other government agencies in Colorado and North Carolina.

“What we know is that someone is in our system, and that there is a weakness there,” Bottoms said.

“It is absolutely not what we wanted to have happened in the city of Atlanta. But to the extent that there are changes and upgrades that we need to make to our system, we need to do it now.”

She added: “This is a massive inconvenience to the city.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Four members of an Iowa family were found dead in Mexico after they were reported missing just after midnight Friday.

The bodies of Kevin Wayne Sharp, 41; his wife, Amy Marie Sharp, 38; Sterling Wayne Sharp, 12; and Adrianna Marie Sharp, 7, were found at the condominium where they were staying in Tulum, according to the Creston Police Department.

Autopsies are being conducted in Mexico, police said.

According to ABC Des Moines affiliate WOI-TV, the family left for Mexico on March 15 and were expected back in the U.S. on Wednesday.

Amy Sharp's cousin Jana Weland told ABC News the family flew out of St. Louis and called Amy Sharp's mom that same day to let her know they had arrived.

It was the family's second time in Mexico, and their planned activities included meeting up with some friends and going to a water park, Weland said.

But "they never showed up at that water park to meet them," Weland said.

On Thursday night, the family had a "gut feeling" that something was wrong when they watched for the last flight to St. Louis and they "didn't hear from them," Weland said. She added that it was "unusual" that they weren't posting photos because "last year they shared pictures about every day."

"I guess we were all kind of hoping for the best -- that maybe they were just planning to stay another day," she said.

ABC affiliate KETV in Omaha reported there were no signs of foul play.

"To my knowledge, they went to sleep and never woke up," Weland said.

No further details were released by police.

In a statement, the U.S. State Department said: "We are able to confirm the deaths of four U.S. citizens in Akumal, Mexico. We extend our sincere condolences to friends and family. Our consulate in Merida is providing consular services. Out of respect for the family during this difficult time, we have no further comment."

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ABCNews.com(NEW YORK) -- A South Carolina school bus driver and aide are being hailed as heroes following a crash involving a tractor-trailer and a school bus carrying children with special needs.

Dramatic dashcam video of the incident was released by the Greenville County School District.

The two vehicles were traveling in opposite directions when the tractor-trailer hit a pole and crossed over into oncoming traffic on the opposite side of the road, South Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Joe Hovis told ABC News.

Four children from Sara Collins Elementary School and Washington Center in Greenville were on board the bus along with the driver and an aide. Miraculously, there was only one minor injury in the crash.

“A 10-year-old was transported for non-life-threatening injuries,” Hovis said.

In the video, aide Carletta Cyrus is seen checking on the children soon after the crash, as is the driver, Tammy Cummings.

Cummings advised the children to stay on board the vehicle and consoled them, joking with one of the students about a video game he had on his phone, according to Adam James, the director of transportation for the Greenville County School District.

Cummings is no stranger to crisis, James said. She is also the school bus safety trainer for Greenville County Schools.

“What we see is training going into action. They did exactly what they’re trained to do. For us, it validated the training,” James told ABC News. "The driver saw what had happened ahead of her and had she not stopped the bus when she did, I believe it could've been a lot worse."

James said the school district transports 27,000 children daily, covering 41,000 miles a day. He called Cummings and Cyrus’ actions heroic.

“I would call both of them heroes,” James said. “We’ve heard from each parent on that bus. One mother in particular, she just couldn’t thank the driver enough calling her a hero and thanking us for the training.”

The driver behind the wheel of the tractor-trailer has been charged with driving left of center, Hovis said.

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