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Police Interview Friends Of Quarterback Who Killed Himself

(Pullman, WA) – Police on Wednesday were interviewing Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski’s friends and people who knew him to try to learn why he apparently took his life.

Police Chief Gary Jenkins said officers have no apparent motive for the death of the 21-year-old athlete, who was found dead in his Pullman, Washington, apartment on Tuesday along with a rifle and a suicide note.11844644215_28c92032f2_o.0”The missing piece here is why,” Jenkins said. ”Most of our investigation will be conducting interviews.” Jenkins declined to reveal the contents of the suicide note.

Hilinski’s family in California issued a statement saying they were in ”complete shock and disarray” over his death.

”Tyler was the kid that put a smile on everybody’s face when they were down, especially his family,” the statement said. ”We will mourn the loss of Tyler for some time but celebrate the way he lived his life every day.”

A makeshift memorial for Hilinski has sprouted near the football stadium on the Pullman campus, next to a bronze statue of the team’s cougar mascot. The memorial included flowers and balloons.

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First Day Of New Route Disastrous: Multiple Fatalities After Amtrak Derails

(SL) – Just minutes after passengers were tweeting how fast the train was traveling as they were heading over I-5, disaster struck.

Passenger Chris Karnes described what happened to KIRO 7. “All of a sudden, we felt this rocking and creaking noise, and it felt like we were heading down a hill. The next thing we know, we’re being slammed into the front of our seats, windows are breaking, we stop, and there’s water gushing out of the train. People were screaming”. Karnes also says that when emergency doors weren’t working people started kicking out windows and panic ensued.Train Derailment Washington State

On an audio recording of the incident, a member of the train’s crew told an emergency dispatcher that the train came around a corner before the bridge and then we went on the ground. After the dispatcher asked whether everyone was OK, the crew member replied, “I am still figuring that out. We got cars everywhere and down onto the highway.” The dispatcher also asked for the driver’s location, and he responded, “As soon as I know exactly where all of my train is, I’ll let you know.”

Reportedly, 77 passengers were on the train as it embarked on its first journey along a newly-opened section of track. The train derailed on an overpass in Washington state, killing multiple passengers and spilling over I-5.amtrak-train-derailed-seattle-07x-ap-jc-171218_4x3_992The Independent reports, thirteen of the 14 cars that made up the train left the track. More than 70 people were transported to local hospitals for treatment, including four “level red” patients with the most severe injuries. At least another nine were in “serious but stable” condition.

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Celtics Star Isaiah Thomas Loses Little Sister In Car Crash

(SL) – According to a release from the Washington State Patrol, 22-year-old Chyna Thomas was heading southbound on I-5 just north of 288th when her 1998 Toyota Camry went off the road to the left jersey barrier. The car landed on the barrier hitting a pole. She was not wearing her seatbelt and was pronounced dead on the scene.

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Troopers say even if she had been wearing a safety belt, they can’t say for sure if it would have saved her life.

“But without the seatbelt, you just don’t have a chance,” Sgt. Tina Martin said.

The fatal accident is still under investigation, but Washington State Patrol says the sister of NBA star Isaiah Thomas may have fallen asleep behind the wheel.

“This was just a casual drift off to the left until something stopped that vehicle. No braking – nothing to show she tried to stop her vehicle before impact,” Martin said, explaining witnesses told WSP they saw Thomas driving normally up until the crash.

A toxicology report is still due from the medical examiner; however, WSP says they found no drugs or alcohol at the scene.

 

Thomas was a graduate of the Tacoma School of the Arts, according to Tacoma Public Schools.

Friends of hers preferred not going on camera but said she was “awesome and had a great personality.”

Her older brother, Boston Celtics star Isaiah Thomas played against the Chicago Bulls on Sunday. Tears streaming down his face  he wrote a tribute to his little sis on his shoes….“Chyna,” “4-15-17,” and “I love you.”

Isaiah Thomas’ teammate and good friend Avery Bradley, told reporters in Boston on Monday the game took a toll emotionally. Many questioned why Thomas would play after the tragedy. Bradley touched on that with his statement.17904488_1514189688604752_2047676666071522248_n“It was draining. You know, I said it last night. We just were playing for each other. We know it’s tough times right now,” Bradley said. “It’s just a sanctuary being on the basketball court. For us to make him feel happy and make him feel like we have his back, as brothers that’s what you’re supposed to do.”

Thomas scored 33 points with his angel on his shoulders. No funeral date has been set yet.