FDNY pays tribute to firefighter killed in Brooklyn road-rage attack

Scores of firefighters on Monday lined a Brooklyn street to pay tribute to their FDNY brother, Faizal Coto, beaten to death over the weekend in a road-rage incident on the Belt Parkway.

The body of Coto, 33, arrived via ambulance Monday afternoon at Leone Funeral Home on Fourth Avenue in Greenwood Heights, as the somber throng looked on.

Some wore their heavy turnout jackets and a stiff salute, others their dress blues, as Coto’s body, draped in an American flag, was carried out of the ambulance and into the funeral home.

Coto, a 3-year veteran who worked out of Engine 245 / Ladder 161 in south Brooklyn, was driving along the Belt Parkway around 4:45 a.m. Sunday when he got into an argument with another motorist.

When they pulled over to the shoulder near Exit 4 to hash it out, cops believe, the other driver bashed Coto over the head with an unknown object before getting back into his silver, four-door Infiniti and peeling off.

The driver of the Infiniti, which police sources said is registered to a known gangbanger, was still being sought as of Monday afternoon.

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Grieving mum spends two weeks living with her dead baby daughter

A heartbroken mum spent two weeks living with her dead baby daughter – even taking her for walks in her pram.

Emma Woodhouse, 27, gave birth to twins Jessica and Bella in June this year.

An emergency C-section was carried out at 29 weeks after Jessica’s umbilical cord ruptured in the womb.

Bella miraculously survived the traumatic birth, but Jessica was tragically stillborn despite medics battling for 22 minutes to resuscitate her.

But thanks to a cooling cot, the mum-of-five was able to bring Jessica home and spend a fortnight caring for her daughter, bathing her, taking her for walks with her husband Paul and even introducing her to her other children before her cremation.

Emma, who believes Jessica died in order to save her twin, even plans to buy Christmas presents and a stocking for the tot this year.


Emma, from Lancaster, Lancs, said: “From the moment Jessica was born I just fell in love with her, she looked so perfect.

“Spending that fortnight with her and her sister was so, so wonderful.

“We want to show people that it’s possible to spend time with your baby after they’ve passed and to make memories with them.

“This shouldn’t be such a taboo subject.

“Her face was so perfect, I didn’t want to leave her on her own.

“Although she had passed away she’s my daughter and I wanted to spend as much time with her as I could.”

Emma had a high risk pregnancy because she has a rare heart-shaped womb, meaning her twins were at risk of being born prematurely.

After going into labour at home at only 29 weeks, Emma was rushed to Royal Lancaster Infirmary for an emergency c-section.

Doctors were able to safely deliver Bella, but failed to be able to resuscitate Jessica.

Emma was given the heartbreaking news by husband Paul that one of her girls hadn’t made it.

She said: “It was amazing to find out that I was going to have twins as I’d always wanted them.

“But I felt weird for four weeks after I found out I was pregnant, which was very, very early.

“The pregnancy felt different and all along I was panicking that something was wrong.

“During the c-section it was very scary, my husband wasn’t even allowed in.

“Straight away afterwards I asked him if she was OK.

“Paul looked at me and said that they’d saved Bella but couldn’t save Jessica.

“Being told that she was gone was terrible, it felt like it wasn’t real and that I was in a nightmare.

“It’s the strangest feeling. You have all the joy of a newborn but also the devastation of the loss of a newborn.

“I was in shock for a long time.”

After hearing the tragic news, the couple were moved to a bereavement suite in the hospital with a cold cot.


Emma and Paul were able to spend a precious fortnight visiting their daughter every day, spending time with her and taking her for walks in the hospital grounds.

They even introduced Jessica to twin sister Bella while she was still in an incubator, placing the two of them side-by-side.

The couple were also able to introduce their other children, brothers Jack, five, and Mikey, four, and sister Nicole, two, to their baby sister.

During the second week, nurses allowed Emma and Paul to place Jessica in a Moses basket in the hospital mortuary in order to prevent her skin from deteriorating.

Emma said: “We kept in her a Moses basket in the mortuary so she wouldn’t turn blue.

“The staff were amazing, they were all specially trained and tried to give us as many opportunities as possible to make memories with her.

“They gave us much as time as we wanted.

“We brought Jack in to meet her.

“Jack is very grown up but I don’t really think he understood that I was in hospital.

“I told him that Bella and Jessica had come early and then explained to him that she’d gone to heaven.

“He got upset and then he held her, cuddled her and played with her hands and feet. It was beautiful to see.

“We weren’t sure about the other kids and the midwife said to bring them to play near her

“It was lovely, the kids played and ran around her and leaned in and looked on her.”

Two weeks after her birth, the couple dressed Jessica for the final time before her cremation.

Emma and Paul picked out a special gown for their baby girl and washed her.

Emma said: “I washed her skin and her hair and it was like washing any other of my children.

“We took some pics of Jessica and Bella together and then the woman from the funeral director came to collect her.

“It felt complete putting them together when I got to hold both of them. It felt right.”

The couple have placed Jessica’s ashes in their bedroom and said she’s in their thoughts constantly.

They have also had all of their children photographed with their sisters urn and are even going to buy her a stocking this Christmas.

Emma also thinks Jessica died in order to save her sister Bella due to Jessica’s ruptured umbilical causing Emma to go into labour early. Without this, Bella’s deteriorating umbilical cord would not have been found by doctor’s and she may have died too.

Emma said: “Not a day goes by when I don’t think about her.

“We include her in everything that we do because we want to keep her memory alive.

“We want to keep her included in everything.

“Jessica gave Bella life and we see so much of her in Bella. Whenever I see Bella I see Jessica as well.”

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George H.W. Bush will travel to final resting place in Texas by train

George H.W. Bush will be carried to his final resting place at his presidential library on the campus of Texas A&M by a specially outfitted locomotive that resembles Air Force One.

The 4,300-horsepower train will take Bush’s casket and family and friends on the 70-mile trip from Houston to College Station, passing through five small towns on the roughly two-and-a-half-hour trip on Thursday, the Associated Press reported.

“I might have left Air Force One behind,” Bush joked about locomotive 4141 — painted in the blue and white of the presidential aircraft — during its 2005 unveiling at the university in honor of the 41st president.

After it arrives at Texas A&M, a motorcade will take the casket to his presidential library.

Bush will be buried after a private ceremony next to his wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, who died in April, and their 3-year-old daughter Robin, who died in 1953 of leukemia.

The train’s sixth car, dubbed “Council Bluffs,” has been modified with transparent sides to allow onlookers lining the tracks to see Bush’s flag-draped casket.

It will be the first presidential funeral train since Dwight Eisenhower’s casket was transported from the Washington National Cathedral to his hometown of Abilene, Kansas, in 1969.

Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train in 1865 was the first.

Like many aspects of Bush’s funeral, the train had been part of the intricate planning for years, said Jim McGrath, the former president’s longtime spokesman.

Federal officials reached out to Union Pacific in 2009 at Bush’s request about making the train available for his funeral.

“We said, ‘Of course and also we have this locomotive that we would want to have obviously be part of it,’” company spokesman Tom Lange said.

Bush died last Friday at the age of 94 at his Houston home.

President Trump dispatched Air Force One, designated as “Special Mission 41,” to carry Bush’s casket to Washington on Monday.

Bush lay in state at the Capitol Rotunda until Wednesday, when a funeral was held at the Washington National Cathedral.

He was eulogized by his son President George W. Bush as the “best father a son or daughter could ask.”

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Orphans face losing home after deaths of mum, dad and brother in nine months

Siblings who lost their parents and brother in the space of just nine months now face losing their home.

Orphans Robert, Rebecca and Stephen Leech have been in a constant state of grief and feel like their family is cursed.

Now the family, who all live together in their childhood home in Bootle, Merseyside, might lose the house as they are being threatened with court action.

Rob said: "It’s been soul destroying, we’ve gone through so much as my mum used to say if we didn’t get bad luck, we’d have no luck. It’s like we’re cursed."

While trying to cope with the heartbreaking deaths of their loved ones, the tight-knit siblings have also been struggling through their own health battles, the Liverpool Echo reports.

Rebecca was days from death when she was diagnosed with anorexia and eldest brother Rob needed a liver transplant at the same time his brother was dying in a hospice.


The siblings continue to battle complications from their own health problems and youngest brother Stephen helps care for his brother and sister.

The family’s series of heath battles started when Rebecca was diagnosed with anorexia when she was 19.

Her struggle with the debilitating disease has also caused her to suffer from anxiety and depression, all of which have been exacerbated by the bereavements the family have gone through.

In 2011 Rob was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver despite only ever having drunk a couple of times in his life and was given the terrifying news he would need a liver transplant to survive.

In 2014 their dad Robert was then given the horrific news that he had oesophageal cancer, which doctors told him was terminal.

Rob said: "He was insistent he go treatment, he’d rather die trying than wait to die."

Robert defied the odds after fighting for chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment and eventually was given an operation to remove his gullet, which meant he had to be fed through a tube.

The family thought their troubles were over but life sucker-punched them again when in 2016 brother Karl was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer at just 28.

Doctors had initially misdiagnosed his shoulder pain as muscle damage and then bone cancer.

But scans revealed the horrifying truth: he had a tumour the size of an orange in his lung and it was spreading everywhere.

By the time Karl died he had a tumour the size of a grapefruit on his spine which had paralysed him and the tumour on his shoulder created a huge, visible hump.

Dad Robert was also again diagnosed with cancer in 2016, shortly after Karl was told he was sick. But chose to keep his terminal diagnosis secret to save his family from more pain.

Then mum Diane was admitted to hospital complaining of shortness of breath in November 2016.

Less than 24 hours later she had died from a rare heart defect, aged just 55, and the family’s life was turned upside down again.

Their mother and father had been together since they were 21.           

Robert died, aged 54, a few months after his wife. They had been together since they were 21.

Rebecca said: "Mum and dad, they’d never done anything without each other. They’d been together since they were 21. Dad died in March 2017, only four months after mum."

Days before Robert died he built his daughter this pink shed, as a place to take her mind away from the anxiety caused by her anorexia.

Rob said: "My dad built it for my sister and worked while he was poorly when he was first diagnosed with cancer. He built it as a hobby and craft shed to help her with her anxiety and depression.”

He added: “Every day he pushed himself to go out there, to do it, he wanted to make sure it was done in case the worst happened. He was a really devoted dad.”

The constant stream of terrible news made Rebecca’s anorexia, anxiety and depression significantly worse, to the point her brothers are worried she will make herself ill.

Following their parents deaths life became almost intolerable for the siblings, they had no parents and both Karl and Robert were in the throes of rigorous treatment for their own diseases.

Despite trying experimental treatment Karl’s cancer became progressively worse and by the age of 29 he was paraylsed. He died just a month before his 30th birthday, the same week brother Rob had a life saving liver transplant.

Stuck miles away in hospital in Birmingham Rob could only whisper his goodbyes to Karl over the phone after he had passed away.

Rob said: “It was extremely difficult, I’d had this amazing news, I was getting a second chance at life and my brother was passing away at the same time.”

Rebecca added: It was really hard, heartbreaking. Rob hadn’t wanted to leave but Karl knew Rob was going, he kept saying ‘we are both going to get better.’"

Rob said:“It seems like if we weren’t getting bad news it was no news and if we didn’t have bad luck we’d have no luck at all.”

The family had a speck of light amid all the darkness in their lives when youngest brother Ste got married and then when he had his daughter Matilda.

The constant stream of terrible news made Rebecca’s anorexia, anxiety and depression significantly worse, to the point her brothers are worried she will make herself ill.

Following their parents deaths life became almost intolerable for the siblings, with both Karl and Robert in the throes of rigorous treatment for their own diseases.

Despite trying experimental treatment Karl’s cancer became progressively worse and by the age of 29 he was paraylsed. He died just a month before his 30th birthday, the same week brother Rob had a life saving liver transplant.

Stuck miles away in hospital in Birmingham Rob could only whisper his goodbyes to Karl over the phone after he had passed away.

Rob said: “It was extremely difficult, I’d had this amazing news, I was getting a second chance at life and my brother was passing away at the same time.”

Rebecca added: It was really hard, heartbreaking. Rob hadn’t wanted to leave but Karl knew Rob was going, he kept saying ‘we are both going to get better.’"

Sadly Robert and Karl never got to meet Matilda although the family say just knowing a bit of joy was coming into the family buoyed their spirits before they passed.

Rebecca said: "Mum and dad always wanted a grandchild and when Ste found out he was having a baby dad was excited. Karl was excited too."

The family are terrified they will be forced out of their beloved family home.

Robert said: “This is the only house we’ve ever known.”

After their parents died the siblings told the mortgage company of their dad’s death and continued to pay the mortgage to stay in the home.

Rebecca said: "The house means everything to us.

"People have asked: ‘Why not let the house go? It’s in negative equity’. But we don’t want to leave, I can’t live anywhere else, I can feel my mum and dad here."

Rob was named on the account when his father became ill, however last December the mortgage company started refusing to take payments on the mortgage and insisted the house could be repossessed unless the full balance of the mortgage was repaid.

A year later the siblings are fighting to keep the only home they have ever known, full of the only happy memories they have.

Rob said: "We had been making payments and then all of a sudden it stops.

"The thing is we were paying for it, we’ve tried to get mortgages even though they knew immediately dad died and it wasn’t until December when they sent a letter to say the account holder had died.."

The huge economic burden of paying for three funerals and taking legal advice have left the siblings financially crippled, meaning they now don’t have hot water in their home.

Rebecca said: "We were paying out for three funerals and were told we’re not eligible for grants because Stephen is working."

After visiting multiple solicitors the family said have been told they should be allowed to stay in the home but the mortgage company are still insisting it needs to go to court.

Rebecca said: "We went to see a solicitor , he said to us that legally they shouldn’t have taken payments after the account holder passed, it should have just been into probate, so legally they took us on as tenants."

The family have now been told they must pay the huge £86,000 balance on the mortgage or face court action on December 18.

A  GoFundMe  page has been set up to help the family with the crippling costs of paying off the funeral and to help them with general expenses.

They said will take help in any form they can and are asking for legal advice, anyone who might be able to help with a mortgage or even someone to buy the home and let it back to them.

The siblings fear that moving out of the house would also mean they were forced to be apart for the first time in their lives.

Rebecca said: "We don’t want to have to ask people for money, it’s the last thing we wanted, it’s not something they [parents] would want us to do but they loved the house and I can’t lose it. I’ve been extremely down about it, I don’t want to be split up.

"If the company said you can make payments tomorrow, we would go with that, we want to pay."

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