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Girl who predicted her death on Facebook, dies of wounds - Yahoo! News

Girl who predicted her death on Facebook, dies of wounds
By Jim Forsyth | Reuters – 49 mins ago

SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - A 12-year-old girl who was shot by her mother during a standoff inside a Texas food stamp office died of her wounds late Wednesday night, officials said Thursday.

Ramie Grimmer had posted a Facebook message on Monday "may die 2today" after her mother, Rachelle Grimmer, 38, took a supervisor hostage in the Texas Department of Human Services office in the Rio Grande city of Laredo in a dispute over her denial of food stamp benefits.

Rachelle Grimmer released the supervisor, but after a seven hour standoff, police say she shot Ramie and her ten-year-old son Timothy Grimmer, and then killed herself.

Timothy remains in very critical condition in a San Antonio hospital, according to Mary Walker, spokeswoman for Child Protective Services.

State and local officials said Rachelle Grimmer was a troubled woman wandering with her children from residence to residence after moving to Texas from Zanesville Ohio in March.

At one point, the three lived in a tent on the beach near Corpus Christi. Neighbors in Laredo said the children were often seen begging for food while living in a crumbling recreational vehicle which didn't have a place to cook food.

Officials said Texas Child Protective Services had been asked to look into the status of the children while they were living on the beach, but determined there were no signs of abuse or neglect and closed the case.

Laredo police said the Grimmers lived in at least four different places during their brief time in the city.

Officials are trying to determine how a family with such obvious need was able to fall through the cracks of society's safety net, said Stephanie Goodman, spokeswoman for the Department of Human Services.

"Is there anything we could have done differently?" she asked. "Maybe we need to do a better job of public awareness, of doing a better job communicating. Don't just assume that everybody knows how desperate your situation is."

She said Grimmer first applied for food stamp benefits in July, but state officials were unable to reach her, and the case was eventually closed for lack of enough information. Goodman said to her knowledge, the Grimmers never received any benefits from the state, despite their precarious situation.

Private charities in the Laredo area said the Grimmers never requested assistance, even though there are a number of religious and civic aid organizations in the border city of 236,000, which is among the poorest in the nation.

Walker said the surviving child, Timothy, will remain in the hospital for some time, and then is expected to be released into the care of relatives. She does not anticipate the state taking custody of the child.
 

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Typical right-wing mentality stuff. If you're not able to crush a large enough number of people in order to make it to the top of the heap, you're disposable.
 

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The life this women was leading is the life the GOP wants for all the nation's poor.
 

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The life this women was leading is the life the GOP wants for all the nation's poor.
Trailers burning and children starving is pure schadenfreude for the rugged individualist neocon. Maybe a small chubby to go with the air of superiority.
 

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obama supporter with a gun supplied from fast & furious
 

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now the other kid died.

Second child dies after Laredo food stamp office shooting - Yahoo! News

Second child dies after Laredo food stamp office shooting
By Jim Forsyth | Reuters – 1 hr 11 mins ago

SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - A 10-year-old boy shot by his mother in a standoff at the state food stamp office in Laredo, Texas, earlier this week died after his estranged father chose to take him off life support, Laredo police said on Friday.

Timothy Grimmer died around 9 p.m. Thursday at a hospital in San Antonio, a day after his 12-year-old sister, Ramie, died from gunshot wounds inflicted by their mother on Monday evening.

After shooting both her children in the head at the end of the seven-hour standoff, Rachelle Grimmer, 38, killed herself.

Grimmer had visited the government office in Laredo to complain her food stamp application had been denied.

Ramie, who updated her Facebook status throughout the standoff and at one point posted "may die 2day" under her personal information, was removed from life support Wednesday night at San Antonio's University Hospital, where the children had been rushed following the shooting.

Their mother was pronounced dead at the scene.

State officials said Grimmer had applied for food stamps in July, but officials had been unable to reach her to obtain the necessary information.

Neighbors have said the three lived a precarious existence, at one point staying in a tent on the beach near Corpus Christi. Their last residence was a run-down recreational vehicle in north Laredo where neighbors had seen them begging for food.

"It is a challenge that our office is working with," Stephanie Goodman of the Texas Department of Health and Human Services told Reuters.

"A lot of the people we work with move around a lot. At one point she did call us to tell us she had a new address so we could update that. She had even indicated to us that she understood why her case had been denied."

Goodman says there are no records that, despite their poverty, the Grimmers ever received any type of assistance from the state. She said the family apparently never approached any of the many aid agencies that operate in the border city of Laredo, one of the nation's most impoverished areas.

"That's what makes this situation all the more devastating," she said.
better to starve?
 

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^^^No, supposedly starvation is a slow and painful death.

What a horror for everyone involved. Mom and the kids, but there will be people rejoicing as a cost saving measure as we kill more rag heads and they have no idea the difference between a Sikh and an Muslim or Bob Marley.
 

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"She fell through the cracks" one of the welfare office people was quoted as saying.
I just don't understand.
On the other hand, I have to wonder why didn't she sell the gun to buy food? Or find a remote area and try to plug a rabbit or possum or SOMETHING??
BTW, I also wonder WTF the girl was posting to facebook with???? They're starving but the girl had a smartphone?
 
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