Carey Gabay, Gov. Cuomo’s aide, has died after Labor Day shooting

Garey Gabay, First Council for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was shot in the head and seriously hurt in pre-West Indian Day Carnival shootout.

Garey Gabay, First Council for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was shot in the head after being caught in a gang-related crossfire  in pre-West Indian Day Carnival. He died on Wednesday, September 16, 2015.

By Carmen Glover

Attorney Carey Gabay, 43, the accomplished son of Jamaican immigrants, and an aide to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, lost his valiant battle for his life on Wednesday, September 16, 2015.

Gabay was hospitalized in a coma on Labor Day after he was shot in the head when rival gang members shot in a crowded street of pre-parade revelers. Gabay, who, with his wife, was expecting his first child, succumbed to his injuries and will never experience the joy of seeing his child smile. He was declared brain-dead and subsequently taken off life support.

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His distraught family issued a detailed statement, which appears in full below:

“We are saddened to announce that after an arduous week, Carey Gabay, our husband, son, brother, uncle and friend, has been declared brain-dead as of late Tuesday,” the statement read. “There are difficult decisions we will face in the coming hours and days as our family struggles to process what this means for us. We ask that our privacy be respected during this difficult time.

“Many have come to know Carey through professional life, but he is also a kind-hearted and selfless soul who has touched the spirit of everyone he’s met. His zest for life speaks volumes.

“Carey has been fighting bravely surrounded by the loved ones to whom he has brought so much joy with his jovial nature, generosity of spirit and enduring smile.

“Our family is grieving that a man in the prime of his life who has impacted so many lives could be struck down by such a callous act. Carey embodies the American story. A son of Jamaican immigrants, he rose from Bronx public housing to earn an undergraduate and law degree from Harvard and then went on to a distinguished career as a lawyer in private practice and well-respected public servant.

“This is a nightmare that’s shaken our resolve and tested our faith. As we continue to try to make sense of this tragedy, the family would like to extend its thanks to all those who have supported us. We also extend a special word of thanks to the doctors and staff at Kings County Hospital Center.

“We ask that anyone who may have information related to the criminal case contact law enforcement as they conduct their investigation.–OnPointPress.net–

 

 

Carey Gabay, Gov Cuomo’s staff, critically hurt in pre-carnival gang shootout

Garey Gabay, First Council for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was shot in the head and seriously hurt in pre-West Indian Day Carnival shootout.

Carey Gabay, First Deputy Counsel for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, was shot in the head and seriously hurt in pre-West Indian Day Carnival shootout.

By Carmen Glover

Carey Gabay, 43, First Deputy Counsel for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, was shot in the head at about 3:30 a.m., on Labor Day, as he walked with a group of family and friends on Bedford Avenue, in Brooklyn New York, one block from the route for the West Indian American Day Parade.

Close to two million revelers usually flock to Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn every year to enjoy the variety of Caribbean food, music and costumes in celebration of their cultural pride. But several Caribbean nationals have lost interest in the annual Labor Day parade because of violent incidents that occur during the week-long series of events that culminate in the Labor Day parade. The events are coordinated by the West Indian American Day Carnival Association.

Heavy police presence is seen at site where Garey Gabay, Gov. Cuomo's First Deputy, was shot in the head.

Heavy police presence is seen at site where Carey Gabay, Gov. Cuomo’s First Deputy Counsel, was shot in the head.

Although Gabay was shot near the parade route, there is no indication that the parade or its organizers had any involvement in the criminal incident. However, the proximity to the parade route tarnishes the reputation of the parade and what it represents.

“It was mortifying man, my best friend got shot,” said Kevin Cummins, as he spoke to a reporter for WABC Channel 7’s Eyewitness New. “We all got up to make sure everyone was okay. I walked around. I saw Carey laying on the floor. I can’t believe it. I started to cry but then his brother was there and he just lost it.”

Cummins described the graphic scene as what appeared to be rival gang members erupted into gunfire, seriously wounding the prominent, Harvard-educated lawyer. “He was down. They shot him when he was down.”

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's First Deputy Counsel, Garey Gabay, was hospitalized in critical condition after being shot in the head this morning.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s First Deputy Counsel, Carey Gabay, was hospitalized in critical condition after being shot in the head this morning.

“My thoughts and prayers are with Carey Gabay and his family. He’s a wonderful public servant and I am hopeful for a speedy recovery,” said New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman

“Everyone should pray because he can come out of it,” Cummins said in appeal for his wounded friend.

Gabay’s wife, who is reportedly pregnant with the couple’s first child, is with other family members praying for him at Kings County Hospital, where he received a blood transfusion and is breathing with the aid of a respirator, according to Cummins.

Governor Cuomo visited Gabay in the hospital before leaving for a one-day business assessment trip to Puerto Rico.–OnPointPress.net.

Breaking: Julian Bond, civil rights icon, has died at age 75

Julian Bond, civil rights icon, has died at age 75.

Julian Bond, civil rights icon, died at age 75 on Saturday, August 15 in Florida.

By Carmen Glover

Civil rights icon Julian Bond, an-11-year-chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), who tirelessly advocated for civil and equal rights throughout his life, died in Florida, at age 75, after a brief illness, according to a statement released by the Southern Poverty Law Center, (SPLC). In the statement, Morris Dees, who co-founded the SPLC with Bond, said:

“We’ve lost a champion. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of legendary civil rights activist Julian Bond, SPLC’s first president. He was 75 years old and died last evening, August 15, in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.

“From his days as the co-founder and communication director of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in the 1960s, to his chairmanship of the NAACP in the 21st century, Julian was a visionary and tireless champion for civil and human rights. He served as the SPLC’s president from our founding in 1971 to 1979, and later as a member of its board of directors.

Julian Bond was an active member of SNCC and co-founded the SPLC.

Julian Bond was an active member of SNCC, SPLC and the NAACP.

“With Julian’s passing, the country has lost one of its most passionate and eloquent voices for cause of justice. He advocated not just for African-Americans, but for every group, indeed every person subject to oppression and discrimination, because he recognized the common humanity in us all.

“Julian is survived by his wife, Pamela Horowitz, a former SPLC staff attorney, and his five children. Not only has the country lost a hero today, we’ve lost a great friend.”

In a statement via Twitter, the NAACP said: “The NAACP mourns the passing of Chairman Julian Bond, civil rights titan and our brother. May he rest in eternal peace.’

In a statement President Barack Obama said: “Julian Bond was a hero and, I’m privileged to say, a friend; Justice and equality was the mission that spanned his life–from his leadership at the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, to his founding role with the Southern Poverty Law Center, to his pioneering service in the Georgia legislature and his steady hand at the helm of the NAACP. Michelle and I have benefited from his example, his counsel, and his friendship–and we offer our prayers and sympathies to his wife, Pamela, and his children.”

Bond , who was born Horace Julian Bond on January 4, 1940, attended Morehouse College and served in the two houses of Georgia’s Legislature for 20 years. During that time, Bond sponsored bills to ensure low-income housing and establish a majority African-American congressional district in Atlanta. Bond taught at Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel College and served as a prominent commentator and writer.–OnPointPress.net.

CDC called in as 10 die in Bronx Legionnaires’ disease outbreak

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, speaks about the outbreak of Legionnaire's Disease in the South Bronx, which has claimed 10 lives so far.

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, called on Governor Andrew Cuomo to request help from the CDC, as Legionnaire’s Disease outbreak  spreads in the South Bronx, killing 10 and infecting 100 residents.

By Carmen Glover

As the outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease widened in the South Bronx, New York, claiming ten lives and sickening 100 residents, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr appealed to New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo to call in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday, August 6, to investigate and provide specialized assistance.

Stating that the level of anxiety “is very high,” Diaz solicited intervention from the governor, as Mayor Bill de Blasio downplayed the seriousness of the outbreak, while City Health Commissioner Mary Bassett insisted that the city was taking the issue “very seriously.”

“During the course of our actions fighting the Legionnaires’ Disease outbreak in the Bronx, it has been revealed that there is no inspection mechanism for coolant systems, rooftop water tanks and other standing water infrastructure that could be a breeding ground for this disease and others,” Diaz said in a statement, “The city must create a new inspection system for these systems just as we inspect other critical systems such as elevators.”

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Legionnaires’ disease has infected and killed more people in the Bronx than the three people who died from Ebola disease in the entire United States in 2014 when a national effort was coordinated to keep the nation safe.

The disease was traced to cooling towers in five area buildings, including Lincoln Hospital, which treats hundreds of patients daily for ailments ranging from mental health disease, drug addiction to respiratory disease. The South Bronx is considered an epicenter for asthma in the city. Governor Cuomo has indicated that business owners in the city and state can request for their cooling towers to be tested for contamination, at no cost to them.

Lincoln Hospital was the site of confirmed cases of Legionnaire's Disease and the hospital's cooling towers were subsequently disinfected and cleaned.

Lincoln Hospital was the site of confirmed cases of Legionnaire’s Disease and the hospital’s cooling towers were subsequently disinfected and cleaned.

On Monday, August 3, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, hosted members from the New York City Health Department in an informational session at the Bronx Museum of the Arts on the Grand Concourse, where worried residents sought answers and reassurance that they would be safe.

In the meantime, de Blasio has instructed a response team to make emergency calls to building owners and property managers in the Bronx to make sure that wherever cooling towers are located, they are cleaned within 14 days.

Residents of the South Bronx, New York City, line up to ask questions about Legionnaire's Disease at a public forum this week.

Residents of the South Bronx, New York City, line up to ask questions about Legionnaire’s Disease at a public forum this week.

This new outbreak comes on the heels of a similar Legionnaire’s Disease outbreak in Co-op City in the North East Bronx, last year, which left residents violently ill. So far, the residents who have died from the disease in the South Bronx have been elderly and had pre-existing health conditions which weakened their immune systems.

However, because the disease is spread from mists in the air, every person who walks in the South Bronx can potentially inhale the deadly mist and contract the disease, which made the mayor’s refusal to seek assistance from the CDC a head-scratcher for nervous residents.

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29-year-old Co-op city resident Ron Hines, is embraced by his father. Hines was sickened with Legionnaires’ disease in November 2014 and has still not fully recovered. He filed a lawsuit early this year. Residents sickened in the latest outbreak in the South Bronx have also begun the process of filing lawsuits.

Legionella, the bacteria that causes Legionnaire’s Disease travels in the air and is often concentrated in cooling towers from which the infected mist sprays into the atmosphere. The disease triggers a severe form of pneumonia that is especially brutal for residents who have pre-existing health conditions such as respiratory disease, those who are very young or elderly.

As the new round of the outbreak spreads in the South Bronx, the first lawsuit was filed against the city. Residents who were sickened in Co-op City filed lawsuits early this year.–OnPointPress.net.

 

Roger Goodell upholds Tom Brady’s 4-game suspension, reduces Le’Veon Bell’s

It will probably be a long time before we see Tom Brady (l) and Roger Goodell (r) smiling with each other again. Goodell upheld Brady's 4 game suspension today.

It will probably be a long time before we see Tom Brady (l) and Roger Goodell (r) smiling with each other again. Goodell upheld Brady’s 4 game suspension today.

By Charles Glover, Jr.

NFL news spread quickly today that Steelers star running back Le’Veon Bell had his 3 game suspension for his August 2014 arrest for DUI and marijuana possession reduced to 2 games as part of a settlement between the NFL and NFLPA. Bell accepted responsibility for his mistake and understood the impact it would have on him, as well as his team. Bell said on the first day of Steelers training camp, “Whatever the consequence is, I’ll take it. … You have to take the good with the bad.”

Unlike Brady, Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell accepted his punishment and cooperated with the NFL and had his suspension for DUI and marijuana possession reduced.

Unlike Brady, Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell accepted his punishment and cooperated with the NFL and had his suspension for DUI and marijuana possession reduced.

On the other hand, Tom Brady’s appeal was denied and his four-game suspension was upheld for his involvement in the “Deflategate” scandal. Part of the reason Brady’s appeal was denied, according to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, is Brady’s conduct.

Goodell said that Brady “went beyond a mere failure to cooperate in the investigation and supported a finding that he had sought to hide evidence of his own participation in the scheme.”

According to ESPN’s Mike Reiss, new evidence surfaced today that revealed “Brady instructed his assistant to destroy the cellphone he had been using since early November 2014, a period that included the AFC title game and the initial weeks of the subsequent investigation.”

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2015, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady speaks at a news conference about the NFL investigation into deflated footballs, in Foxborough, Mass. An NFL investigation has found that New England Patriots employees likely deflated footballs and that quarterback Tom Brady was "at least generally aware" of the rules violations. The 243-page report released Wednesday, May 6, 2015, said league investigators found no evidence that coach Bill Belichick and team management knew of the practice. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

FILE – In this Jan. 22, 2015, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady speaks at a news conference about the NFL investigation into deflated footballs, in Foxborough, Mass. An NFL investigation has found that New England Patriots employees likely deflated footballs and that quarterback Tom Brady was “at least generally aware” of the rules violations. The 243-page report released Wednesday, May 6, 2015, said league investigators found no evidence that coach Bill Belichick and team management knew of the practice. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

The NFL also went to New York Federal Court and filed a suit to have their decision affirmed by the court in a move to circumvent the possible appeal to federal court by Brady and his legal team.

Meanwhile pundits insist that “Deflategate” in no way tarnishes Brady’s legacy. However, pundits might feel differently if Brady played another sport, like baseball, for instance.

Brady and the Patriots have been penalized more for cheating than any other team since 2000, while also winning more Super Bowls than any other team during the same span. Coincidence? You be the judge.–OnPointPress.net–

Charles Glover, Jr. is a senior writer and a licensed insurance professional partnered with HealthMarkets. Follow me @GloverIsGood on Twitter.com. Check out www.HealthMarkets.com/cglover for your free health insurance and life insurance quotes.

Mexico defeats Jamaica, 3-1, for CONCACAF Gold Cup

Darren Mattocks scored Jamaica's lone goal in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final. The Reggae Boyz lost 3;1 against Mexico.

Darren Mattocks scored Jamaica’s lone goal in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final. The Reggae Boyz lost 3;1 against Mexico.

By Carmen Glover

Mexico defeated Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final at the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on Sunday, July 26, delivering a crushing blow to the excited Jamaican fans who cheered on their team in a match that was too brutal to watch.

In what appeared to be a lopsided pairing, Mexico scored all three goals before Darren Mattocks mercifully spared the Reggae Boyz the embarrassment of total annihilation by scoring Jamaica’s lone goal in the seventy-ninth minute.

Jamaica and Mexico faced off at the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia for the CONCACAF Gold Cup, which Mexico won 3-1.

Jamaica and Mexico faced off at the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia for the CONCACAF Gold Cup, which Mexico won 3-1.

But Mattocks’ efforts were too little, too late and Jamaican fans who crowded into the stadium, eager to see glimmers of the dominant team that trounced the USA men’s team, were denied their desired outcome.

As Mexico’s fans celebrated jubilantly, Jamaica’s fans ended up shell-shocked, leaving the stadium dejected, angry and bitterly disappointed, asking themselves the perennial question: What’s next for the Reggae Boyz?

Panama beat the US s men’s team on Saturday, taking third place-OnPointPress.net.

In historic win, Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz thrashes the US men’s team, 2-1

Giles Barnes, striker for Jamaica's Reggae Boyz, scored the second goal for Jamaica against the USA.

Giles Barnes, striker for Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz, scored the second goal for Jamaica against the USA.

By  Ephieum Allen

In an historic display of football dominance, Jamaica’s exciting team, the Reggae Boyz, delivered a resounding beating to the USMNT in Atlanta, Georgia this evening, July 22, to qualify for the semi-final of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. With the victory, the Reggae Boyz are automatic qualifiers for the FIFA Confederations Cup.

Ryan Thompson, the Reggae Boyz' goalkeeper, delivered for the team against the US men's team.

Ryan Thompson, the Reggae Boyz’ goalkeeper, delivered for the team against the US men’s team.

The match began with the Reggae Boyz vigorously attacking the US team for the first 15 minutes then the US responded by attacking the Reggae Boyz for a few minutes.

Jamaica’s first goal was scored by Darren Mattocks in the thirty-first minute. Mattocks headed the ball, which hit the left side post and went across to the other side, connecting on a beautiful goal.

Darren Mattocks of Jamaica's Reggae Boyz started the game by delivery a blistery goal against the USA team.

Darren Mattocks of Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz started the game by delivery a blistery goal against the USA team.

Moments later, in the thirty- sixth minute, Giles Barnes scored the second goal with a free kick inside the 18-yard box which rocketed to the roof of the net, leaving US goal keeper, dazed and confused, with no chance of recovery.

Jamaica bullied the US for the final 15 minutes, leaving the USMNT defenseless, overmatched, outclassed and outplayed in every domain possible. Within the first five minutes of the second half, the US countered with a shot from inside the 18-yard box, which was too hot for Jamaican goalkeeper Ryan Thompson to handle, so he blocked the shot and it went directly into the path of US midfielder Michael Bradley who scored the sole goal for the US.

US goalkeeper Brad Guzan is stunned out of his mind by the Reggae Boys' brilliance and dominance.

US goalkeeper Brad Guzan is stunned out of his mind by the Reggae Boyz’ brilliance and dominance.

The Jamaican victory is in contrast to the Reggae Boyz’ performance in the recently concluded Copa America.  On route to playing the decisive game against the US for the Gold Cup, Jamaica lost to Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay in the Copa America tournament. Nonetheless, the Reggae Boyz were considered a formidable force to reckon with, which the US team discovered, much too late.

 USA Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann

A dejected USA Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann, watches helplessly as his team is soundly defeated by the Reggae Boyz of Jamaica in the Gold Cup semi-final match in Atlanta, Ga on July 22, 2015.

Jurgen Klinsmann, the coach for the USMNT, said, prior to the match, that the game against the Reggae Boyz was the “most important tournament for the US this year.”

The second semi-final game is now underway with Mexico going up against Panama. The winner of that match will face the Reggae Boyz in Philadelphia on Sunday, July 26–OnPointPress.net.

Bill Cosby admits to drugging women for sex, boosting accusers’ assault claims

Bill Cosby admitted under oath in 2005 that he drugged women before taking advantage of them sexually.

Bill Cosby admitted under oath in 2005 that he drugged women before taking advantage of them sexually. The Associated Press got the document unsealed on Monday, July 6, 2015, boosting the credibility of Cosby’s 40-plus accusers.

By Carmen Glover

The Associated Press (AP) revealed on Monday, July 6, the achievement of a feat that many others could not: obtaining the unsealing of documents in the 2005 court case against Bill Cosby by accuser Andrea Constand, a former employee at Cosby’s alma mater, Temple University. Transcripts of the court proceedings revealed that Cosby admitted to drugging women with the intention of taking advantage of them sexually.

Stating that he gave Quaaludes to one woman and ‘other people’ that he wanted to have sex with, Cosby and his lawyers mounted a spirited campaign for decades to hide his sordid predatory habit and discredit his accusers. The unsealed court documents boost the credibility of his many accusers, now totaling 45 by some count, and provides a foundation for them to sue him in court.

Noted women’s rights advocate and attorney Gloria Allred, who is defending several Cosby accusers in court cases and could use the testimony to buttress her cases, addressed the new revelations, stating to The Associated Press:

“This confirms the allegations that numerous victims who have alleged that he had used drugs to sexually assault them. This admission is one that Mr. Cosby has attempted to hide from the public for many years and we are very gratified that it is now being made public.”

Take a look at the deposition below and get the full details about Cosby’s  bombshell admission.– OnPointPress.net.

Golden State Warriors win 2015 NBA title, Iguodala is MVP, after magical season

The Golden State Warriors shoed teamwork is needed to win NBA Finals 2015.

The Golden State Warriors showed that teamwork is needed to win NBA Finals 2015.

Stephen Curry has led his team with humility and poise.

Stephen Curry has led his team with humility and poise.

By Charles Glover, Jr.

The Golden State Warriors responded to a 2 -1 series deficit by winning three consecutive games to win their first NBA Championship since 1975 with a final score of 105 – 97 on Tuesday, June 16 in Cleveland. Regular season MVP Stephen Curry led the team with 25 points in the game, but the Warriors got great production from forwards Andre Iguodala and Draymond Green. Green notched a triple-double with 16 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists while Iguodala tied the team’s lead in scoring with 25 points and was named NBA Finals MVP.

Golden State Warriors' leader Stephen Curry has exemplified grace under pressure.

Golden State Warriors’ leader Stephen Curry has exemplified grace under pressure.

LeBron James finished the game with a near triple-double himself scoring 32 points with 18 rebounds and 9 assists. The Cavaliers clearly missed the injured Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love as they struggled to find consistent production throughout the series. The Warriors were able to capitalize on 16 turnovers by the Cavaliers to generate good ball movement that resulted in 28 team assists for the game.

Andre Iguodala was named NBA Finals MVP, beating out self-proclaimed "best player in the world" Lebron James from the Cleveland Caveliers.

Andre Iguodala was named NBA Finals MVP, beating out self-proclaimed “best player in the world” Lebron James from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

In the battle of first year NBA head coaches, the Warriors’ Steve Kerr was able to out-strategize the Cavaliers’ David Blatt. The series shifted after Kerr’s game 4 decision to start Iguodala and the Warriors never looked back. In all fairness to Blatt, the Cavaliers were not left with many options after losing Irving during game one, but the team still had their chances in the series. Cleveland has nothing to be ashamed of as they played valiantly through adversity and received extraordinary efforts from their leader James. One can only wonder what the series would have looked like if the Cavaliers were healthier.

Former Golden State Warriors Coach Mark Jackson set the foundation for the team's successful 2014-2015 season and NBA 2015 Finals win.

Former Golden State Warriors Coach Mark Jackson set the foundation for the team’s successful 2014-2015 season and NBA 2015 Finals win.

On the other hand, the win caps off a magical season for Curry, who becomes just the third point guard to earn regular season MVP honors and win the NBA title in the same season. The splash brothers, Curry and Klay Thompson, made their former NBA playing dads, Dell Curry and Mychal Thompson, proud just in time for Father’s Day.

Steve Kerr seems like a genius, in hindsight, for spurning the New York Knicks and choosing to lead the young Golden State Warriors team that former NBA coach and current TV Analyst Mark Jackson assembled.

Steve Kerr seems like a genius, in hindsight, for spurning the New York Knicks and choosing to lead the young Golden State Warriors team that former NBA coach and current TV Analyst Mark Jackson assembled.

There will be plenty of celebrating in the Bay Area in the next couple of days after a very exciting season. Congratulations to the Warriors, 2015 NBA champions, and congratulations to St. John’s product Mark Jackson who was instrumental in implementing the winning philosophy and culture that Kerr inherited in leading a young, talented, likeable team to the pinnacle of victory..–OnPointPress.net–

Charles Glover, Jr. is a sports aficionado and licensed insurance agent with HealthMarkets. Follow him on Twitter at @GloverIsGood.

Joseph R. Biden III, 46, son of Vice President Joe Biden, succumbs to brain cancer

Former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, son of U.S. Democratic Vice President Joe Biden, died on Saturday, May 30, 2015 of brain cancer.beau

Former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, son of U.S. Democratic Vice President Joe Biden, died on Saturday, May 30, 2015 of brain cancer.beau

By Carmen Glover

Vice President of the United States Joe Biden announced a tonight that his oldest son, Major Joseph R. (Beau) Biden, former Attorney General for Delaware, has died from brain cancer. He was 46 years old.

In a statement Vice President Biden said: “It is with broken hearts that Hallie, Hunter, Ashley, Jill and I announce the passing of our husband, brother, and son, Beau, after he battled brain cancer with the same integrity , courage and strength he demonstrated every day of his life.”

Vice President Joe Biden embraces his son Beau.

Vice President Joe Biden embraces his son Beau.

The vice president lost his first wife, Neilia and 13-month-old daughter Naomi in a car accident in 1972. Beau and his brother Hunter, survived the crash despite sustaining injuries. Beau served in the National Guard and is survived by his wife Hallie and two children.

In a statement President Obama said: “Michelle and I are grieving tonight. Beau Biden was a friend of ours. His beloved family—Hallie, Natalie and Hunter–are friends of ours. And Joe and Jill Biden are as food as friends get.

Beau Biden with his family.

Beau Biden with his family.

“Beau took after Joe. He studied the law, like his dad, even choosing the same law school. He chased a life of public service, like his dad, serving in Iraq and as Delaware’s Attorney General. Like his dad, Beau was a good, big-hearted, devoutly Catholic and deeply faithful man, who made a difference in the lives of al he touched–and he lives on in their hearts.

“But for all that Beau achieved in his life, nothing made him prouder; nothing made him happier; nothing claimed a fuller focus of his love and devotion than his family. Just like his dad.

“Joe is one of the strongest men we’ve ever known. He’s as strong as they come, and nothing matters to him more than family. It is one of the things we love about him. And it is a testament to Joe and Jill–to who they are–that Beau lived a life that was full; a life that mattered; a life that reflected their reverence for family.

VP President talks to his son, US Army Captain Beau Biden.

VP President talks to his son, US Army Captain Beau Biden.

“The Bidens have more family that they know. In the Delaware they love. in the Senate Joe reveres.  Across  this country that he has served for more than forty years. And they have a family right here in the White House, where hundreds of hearts ache tonight –for Hallie, Natalie, and Hunter; for Joe and for Jill; for Beau’s brother, Hunter; his sister, Ashley; and for the entire Biden clan.

“I have believed the best of every man,” wrote the poet William Butler Yeats, “And find that to believe it is enough to make a bad man show him at his best or even a good man swing his lantern higher.”

“Beau Biden believed in the best of us all. For him, and for his family, we swing our lanterns higher.

“Michelle and I humbly pray for the good Lord to watch over Beau Biden, and to protect and comfort his family here on Earth.”–OnPointPress.net.