A child was among four people killed Wednesday in a shooting at a Southern California office building that left a fifth victim and the gunman critically wounded, police said.
The violence in the city of Orange, southeast of Los Angeles, was the nation’s third mass shooting in just over two weeks.
When police arrived at the two-story structure around 5:30 p.m. local time, shots were being fired, Orange Police Lt. Jennifer Amat said. Officers opened fire and the suspect was taken to a hospital, Amat said.
It’s unclear if the suspect suffered a self-inflicted wound or was shot by police. Police provided no details on the victims other than to say one was a child and a woman was critically wounded.
In a tweet, Gov. Gavin Newsom called the killings “horrifying and heartbreaking.”
“Our hearts are with the families impacted by this terrible tragedy tonight,” he wrote.
U.S. Rep. Katie Porter, a California Democrat whose district includes the city of Orange, said on Twitter that she was “deeply saddened.”
Amat had no information about what may have prompted the attack. She said the shooting occurred on both levels of the building. Signs outside indicated a handful of businesses were located there, including an insurance office, a financial consulting firm, a legal services business and a phone repair store.
‘I’m just praying really hard’
People gathered outside the building after the shooting hoping to get word about loved ones.
Paul Tovar told KTLA-TV that his brother owns a business there, Unified Homes, a mobile home broker. “He’s not answering his phone, neither’s my niece,” Tovar said. “I’m pretty scared and worried … right now I’m just praying really hard.”
Charlie Espinoza also was outside the building and told The Orange County Register that he couldn’t reach his fiancé, who works for a medical billing company.
Cody Lev, who lives across the street from the office building, told the newspaper he heard three loud pops that were spaced out, then three more. There was silence, then he heard numerous shots, followed by sirens and then more shots.
A Facebook live stream posted by a resident who lives near the office appeared to show officers carrying a motionless person from the building and officers providing aid to another person.
The killings follow a mass shooting at a supermarket in Boulder, Colo., last week that left 10 dead. A week before that six Asian women were among eight people killed in three Atlanta-area spas.
The city of Orange is about 48 kilometres from Los Angeles and home to about 140,000 people. Amat said the shooting was the worst in the city since December 1997, when a gunman armed with an assault rifle attacked a California Department of Transportation maintenance yard.
Arturo Reyes Torres, 41, an equipment operator who had been fired six weeks earlier, killed four people and wounded others, including a police officer, before police killed him.
Canada, the United States and 12 other countries expressed concerns Tuesday that the released World Health Organization (WHO) report on the origins of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 was delayed and lacked access to complete data, according to a joint statement.
The statement was also signed by the governments of Australia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Israel, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, the Republic of Korea, Slovenia and the United Kingdom.
“Together, we support a transparent and independent analysis and evaluation, free from interference and undue influence, of the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the statement read. “In this regard, we join in expressing shared concerns regarding the recent WHO-convened study in China, while at the same time reinforcing the importance of working together toward the development and use of a swift, effective, transparent, science-based, and independent process for international evaluations of such outbreaks of unknown origin in the future.”
The statement praises the mission of WHO and called for “further studies of animals to find the means of introduction into humans, and urge momentum for expert-driven phase 2 studies.”
The WHO-led team that spent four weeks in and around Wuhan, China, in January and February released its final report to the public.
WHO report called ‘important beginning’
WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement the report was “a very important beginning.”
“Finding the origin of a virus takes time and we owe it to the world to find the source so we can collectively take steps to reduce the risk of this happening again,” Tedros said in his statement. “No single research trip can provide all the answers.”
The joint WHO-China study on the origins of COVID-19 says the virus was probably transmitted from bats to humans through another animal, a finding that became widely known Monday after a draft of the report was obtained by news organizations. The theory was among four that was discussed in detail in the report.
The conclusion that knowledge around virus origins remains incomplete likely means that tensions over how the pandemic started — and whether China has helped or hinder efforts to find out, as the United States has alleged — will continue.
While not mentioning China specifically, Tedros told member states he expected “future collaborative studies to include more timely and comprehensive data sharing.”
The leader of the four-week WHO mission to China, Peter Ben Embarek, said on Tuesday he was not pressed to remove anything from its final report, though he did admit there was some difficulty in accessing raw data
It is “perfectly possible” COVID-19 cases were circulating in November or October 2019 around Wuhan, Embarek said, potentially leading to the disease spreading abroad earlier than has been documented.
Lab leak considered least likely possibility
The report acknowledges that there is literature suggesting SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the coronavirus disease, may have been circulating earlier as indicated by sewage testing in Spain and Italy. But officials at Tuesday’s news conference said the methodology of those studies need more scrutiny.
Dominic Dwyer, a WHO mission expert, said there was “no obvious evidence” that any Wuhan-area labs were involved in the outbreak.
Some members of former U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration have promoted a lab leak theory, though they have not provided specific evidence to support their supposition.
READ | WHO report on origins of SARS-CoV-2:
Three laboratories in Wuhan working with coronaviruses had “well-managed,” high-quality biosafety levels, and there had been no reports of compatible respiratory illness among staff during the preceding months, the report said.
Nor had they tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus in subsequent blood screening for antibodies, the report said.
The report also discusses evidence — supporting or conflicting — for two other possibilities.
Direct spread from bats to humans was considered as possible, while potential spread through “cold-chain” food products was considered possible but not likely.
White House urges more action from WHO
The White House on Tuesday urged WHO to take additional steps to determine the origins of COVID-19 in its own comment.
“There’s a second stage in this process that we believe should be led by international and independent experts. They should have unfettered access to data. They should be able to ask questions of people who are on the ground at this point in time, and that’s a step the WHO could take,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters.
WATCH \ WHO last month says it believes lab leak theory unlikely:
Dr. Peter Ben Embarek, a World Health Organization expert who is part of the team investigating the origins of the novel coronavirus, says it is ‘extremely unlikely’ the virus came from a lab in Wuhan, China. 0:36
Earlier Tuesday, more than 20 heads of government and global agencies in a commentary published Tuesday called for an international treaty for pandemic preparedness that they say will protect future generations in the wake of COVID-19.
But there were few details to explain how such an agreement might actually compel countries to act more co-operatively.
An increasing number of younger people in British Columbia are becoming infected with COVID-19 and some are dying, just as vaccines are protecting older populations, the provincial health officer said Monday.
Dr. Bonnie Henry said younger patients who are ending up in intensive care units need more time there, in part because of clusters of cases in some communities.
“We saw that with some of the outbreaks that were happening in First Nations communities where people at a younger age were much more likely to need hospitalization or critical care. And sadly, where we’ve seen younger people die from the virus,” Henry said.
COVID-19 is spreading through crowded households and workplaces as cases rise among people between the ages of 20 and 39, and up to age 59, she said.
“With a higher number of people in that age group being affected, the probability that somebody is going to end up in hospital at a younger age goes up,” Henry said, adding some people who have been hospitalized have underlying health conditions.
Indoor gatherings, even with people having minimal contact, should be avoided as the variant first identified in the United Kingdom becomes more prevalent, transmitting COVID-19 easily as it spreads, Henry said.
“The only safe place for us to gather now in our small groups, with our friends and families, is outside,” she said of her public health order limiting gathering numbers to 10 and among people who must stick to the same group.
“I’m calling on all of us again to go back to our basics. This is not the time to be getting together even with a small group of friends. This is not the time to have that wedding. Put it off. Put it off to the summer and we will be a different place, a post-pandemic place.
“We are seeing things increasing, whether it’s the end of our second wave or the beginning of the third, it is worrisome.”
Henry said establishments hosting weddings and similar events will be held accountable for putting their employees and others at risk.
She also called on businesses to continue having safety plans in place regardless of whether owners or employees have been vaccinated.
“It takes time for that to come into effect. And it takes time when we have this much transmission in our community,” she said, adding businesses with ongoing transmission could be closed for at least 10 days.
“For all of us, don’t let up now. And if you are blatantly disregarding those public health orders, there are ramifications for that.”
Health officials have been meeting with religious leaders to finalize plans for the resumption of outdoor services with an announcement expected in the coming days, Henry said.
Canada’s roster for the SheBelieves Cup has been ravaged by injuries and pandemic-related travel issues, with captain Christine Sinclair one of seven players to miss the four-country soccer tournament that starts next week in Florida.
Canada Soccer announced Saturday that Sinclair and midfielder Diana Matheson, who have 500 caps and 205 international goals between them, didn’t make it to camp in Orlando because of injury. And that veteran goalkeeper Erin McLeod and uncapped defender Bianca St-Georges had both gone back to their clubs after picking up injuries at camp.
Adding to the roster woes is the fact that centre back Kadeisha Buchanan (Lyon), fullback Ashley Lawrence and forward Jordyn Huitema (both Paris Saint-Germain) were denied release by their French clubs.
Canada, tied for eighth with Brazil in the world rankings, opens play Thursday against the top-ranked Americans.
The 37-year-old Sinclair has been a constant for Canada. Since her senior debut in 2000, she has played in 296 of Canada’s 341 international matches (86.8 per cent). Since 2007, when she became full-time captain, Sinclair has missed just three camp call-ups.
Priestman, in her first camp at the Canadian helm, opted to see the glass half-full, saying the absences mean opportunity for other players and a chance to assess the depth of the program.
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Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team named a new head coach just nine months out from the upcoming Summer Olympics. Bev Priestman tells Signa Butler her plans for Tokyo and the future of the program. 6:01
FC Edmonton took UBC midfielder Thomas Gardner first overall in Friday’s CPL-U Sports draft, one of four Thunderbirds selected in the two-round draft.
Concordia had three players chosen while two each came from the University of Montreal, Mount Royal University and Ontario Tech University.
The 16 players selected will attend pre-season training with the hope of securing a contract. They are eligible for a developmental deal that allows a player to sign with a CPL club while preserving any remaining U Sports eligibility.
The 22-year-old Gardiner was drafted sixth overall in the 2018 draft and 12th overall in 2019, both times by Pacific FC. A native of North Vancouver, Gardner joined the Whitecaps FC residency program in 2011, signing his first pro contract with the USL’s Whitecaps FC 2 in 2015.
FC Edmonton coach Alan Koch, then with the Whitecaps organization, gave Gardner his pro debut in the USL Championship. Gardiner made one appearance for the MLS Whitecaps in a pre-season game against the Portland Timbers in February 2016.
“Tommy is a creative player who we know can play and contribute in the CPL,” Koch said in a statement. “Injury and COVID prevented him from playing in the league previously, and we are excited to welcome him to FC Edmonton.”
WATCH | Coverage of the 2021 CPL – U SPORTS Draft:
Coverage of the 2021 CPL – U SPORTS Draft. 1:01:48
Atletico Ottawa used the second pick on Carleton defender Chris Malekos. Winnipeg’s Valour FC then took six-foot-seven goalkeeper Yuba-Rayene Yesli from the Montreal Carabins.
The 21-year-old ‘keeper, a CF Montreal youth product, spent time with Vibonese Calcio in Italy’s Serie D, helping them earn promotion to Serie C.
“You can’t coach size,” said Valour coach Rob Gale.
York United FC took 19-year-old midfielder Christopher Campoli from Ontario Tech University before Pacific FC chose UBC defender Chris Lee.
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Calgary’s Cavalry FC used the sixth pick on midfielder Victor Loturi from Mount Royal University. Loturi spent time with Calvary in 2019.
Carleton forward Stefan Karajovanovic went seventh to HFX Wanderers FC before Concordia defender Garven-Michee Metusala was taken by CPL champion Forge FC to complete the first round.
York took Karajovanovic fifth overall in the 2019 draft.
Valour FC used the 14th overall pick on Carleton defender Tony Mikhael, who has been called up by Lebanon’s under-22 team.
York University defender Reggie Laryea, younger brother of Toronto FC fullback-midfielder Richie Laryea, went 15th overall to Atletico Ottawa. Reggie Laryea has also spent time with the University of Akron and League 1 Ontario’s Sigma FC.
UBC defender Jackson Farmer was taken 16th overall by FC Edmonton. The 25-year-old Edmonton native has won one cap for Canada at the senior level and was a youth international at the U-15, U-18 and U-20 level.
The six-foot-two centre back also played for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2, Charleston Battery and Calgary Foothills.
The league says 17 U-Sports draft choices have made CPL rosters since the first draft in 2018. Cory Bent, taken first overall in the last U Sports draft (2019), played 10 games for HFX Wanderers last season.
1. FC Edmonton, Thomas Gardner, midfielder, UBC; 2. Atletico Ottawa, Christopher Malekos, defender, Carleton University; 2. Valour FC, Yuba-Rayene Yesli, goalkeeper, University of Montreal; 4. York United FC, Christopher Campoli, midfielder, Ontario Tech University; 5. Pacific FC, Chris Lee, defender, UBC; 6. Cavalry FC, Victor Loturi, midfielder, Mount Royal University; 7. HFX Wanderers FC, Stefan Karajovanovic, forward, Carleton University; 8. Forge FC, Garven-Michee Metusala, defender, Concordia University.
9. Forge FC, Jose da Cunha, defender, Cape Breton University; 10. HFX Wanderers, Kareem Sow, defender, University of Montreal; 11. Cavalry FC, Ethan Keen, defender, Mount Royal University; 12. Pacific FC, Victory Shumbusho, forward, UBC; 13. York United FC, Danial Rafisamii, midfielder, Ontario Tech University; 14. Valour FC, Tony Mikhael, defender, Carleton University; 15. Atletico Ottawa, Reggie Laryea, defender, York University; 16. FC Edmonton, Jackson Farmer, defender, UBC.
Police detained more than 2,500 people and used force to break up rallies across Russia on Saturday as tens of thousands of protesters ignored extreme cold and police warnings to demand the release of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.
Navalny had called on his supporters to protest after being arrested last weekend as he returned to Russia from Germany for the first time since being poisoned with a nerve agent he says was applied to his underpants by state security agents in August.
The authorities had warned people to stay away from Saturday’s protests, saying they were at risk from COVID-19, as well as prosecution and possible jail time for attending an unauthorized event.
But protesters defied the ban and, in at least one case in temperatures below –50 C, turned out in force. Leonid Volkov, a Navalny ally, called on them to do the same next weekend to try to free Navalny from what he called “the clutches of his killers.”
In central Moscow, where Reuters reporters estimated at least 40,000 people had gathered in one of the biggest unauthorized rallies in years, police were seen roughly detaining people, bundling them into nearby vans.
The authorities said just some 4,000 people had shown up, while the Foreign Affairs Ministry questioned a crowd estimate from Reuters.
“Why not just immediately say 4 million?” it suggested sarcastically on its official Telegram messenger channel.
Ivan Zhdanov, a Navalny ally, put turnout in the capital at 50,000, the Proekt media outlet reported.
Some protesters chanted “Putin is a thief,” “Disgrace” and “Freedom to Navalny!”
U.S., EU condemn ‘harsh tactics’
Navalny’s wife, Yulia, said on social media that she had been detained at the rally. Navalny’s mother, Ludmila, was also at the protest.
Some of Navalny’s political allies were detained in the days before the protest, others on the day itself.
At one point, protesters surrounded a sleek black car with a flashing light used by senior officials, throwing snowballs at it and kicking it. A group of police officers was also pelted with snowballs by a much bigger crowd.
The OVD-Info protest monitor group said that at least 2,250 people, including 855 in Moscow and 327 in St. Petersburg, had been detained at rallies in nearly 70 towns and cities.
The United States condemned what it described as “harsh tactics” used against protesters and journalists and called for Navalny’s “immediate and unconditional” release.
“We call on Russian authorities to release all those detained for exercising their universal rights,” U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement.
The U.S. strongly condemns the use of harsh tactics against peaceful protesters and journalists in Russia today. We call on Russia to release those detained for exercising their rights, including Aleksey Navalny, and to credibly investigate his poisoning. <a href=”https://t.co/FnYRt3RAkQ”>https://t.co/FnYRt3RAkQ</a>
The European Union’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, said in a tweet that he deplored the “disproportionate use of force” by authorities, while Britain’s foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, condemned the “use of violence against peaceful protesters and journalists.”
Navalny, a 44-year-old lawyer, is in a Moscow prison pending the outcome of four legal matters he describes as trumped up. He accuses President Vladimir Putin of ordering his attempted murder. Putin has dismissed that, alleging Navalny is part of a U.S.-backed dirty-tricks campaign to discredit him.
Some protesters marched on the prison, where police were waiting to arrest them.
Images of protesters with injuries such as bloodied heads circulated on social media.
The scenes were reminiscent of the months-long unrest in Russia’s neighboring ally Belarus, where anti-government protests flared last August over allegations of voter fraud.
One Moscow protester, Sergei Radchenko, 53, said: “I’m tired of being afraid. I haven’t just turned up for myself and Navalny but for my son, because there is no future in this country.”
He added that he was frightened but felt strongly about what he called an out-of-control judicial system.
Protests across Europe
There was no immediate comment from the Kremlin, which had previously called the protests illegal and the work of “provocateurs.”
State prosecutors said they would look into alleged violence against police officers by protesters.
In Berlin, Hamburg and Munich, nearly 1,000 people demonstrated against Navalny’s arrest. Small demonstrations were also held in Bulgaria, and some 200 to 300 people protested in Paris.
Police in Siberia’s Yakutsk, one of the coldest cities in the world, where the temperature was –52 C on Saturday, grabbed a protester by his arms and legs and dragged him into a van, video footage showed.
In Moscow, some journalists covering the protests were detained, drawing a rebuke from the U.S. Embassy.
“Russian authorities arresting peaceful protesters, journalists,” spokesperson Rebecca Ross said on Twitter. “Appears to be a concerted campaign to suppress free speech, peaceful assembly.”
WATCH | Bill Browder calls on Canada and its allies to sanction Russian officials:
Bill Browder, head of the Global Magnitsky Justice Campaign, is calling on the international community to take action following the arrest and jailing of outspoken Putin critic Alexei Navalny in Russia. 1:45
There were outages on mobile phone and internet services, the monitoring site downdetector.ru showed, a tactic sometimes used by authorities to make it harder for protesters to communicate among themselves.
Britain’s Foreign Office said it was “deeply concerned by the detention of peaceful protesters.”
In a push to galvanize support ahead of the protests, Navalny’s team released a video about an opulent palace on the Black Sea they alleged belonged to Putin, something the Kremlin denied. As of Saturday, the clip, with the words “Putin’s palace” in the title, had been viewed more than 69 million times.
Navalny’s allies hope to tap into what polls say are pent-up frustrations among the public over years of falling wages and economic fallout from the pandemic.
But Putin’s grip on power looks unassailable for now, and the 68-year-old president regularly records an approval rating of more than 60 per cent, much higher than that of Navalny.
A West Virginia state lawmaker has been charged with entering a restricted area of the U.S. Capitol after he livestreamed himself with rioters, the Justice Department announced Friday.
Ken Kohl, a top deputy federal prosecutor in Washington, announced the charge against Derrick Evans on a call in which he presented dozens of new charges against members of a mob that stormed the Capitol on Wednesday.
It wasn’t immediately announced if Evans is in custody. Several other state lawmakers across the country travelled to Washington, D.C., for demonstrations this week but it’s unknown if any other elected official joined the mob of Donald Trump supporters attacking the U.S. Capitol.
A growing number of Republicans and Democrats said they want to expel Evans from the legislature if he does not resign. His attorney, John Bryan, said late Thursday that the delegate didn’t commit a crime and doesn’t plan to resign.
Other people who were charged include a man who was photographed in the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and an Alabama man who had Molotov cocktails and firearms in his truck parked near the U.S. Capitol, Kohl said.
Devon Levi’s unexpected emergence as Canada’s starting goaltender fits with an unusual 2021 world junior hockey championship.
Levi, from Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Que., is just the third goalie in the last 40 years of Canadian junior teams to not come from one of the country’s three major junior leagues.
A Junior A star last season with the Carleton Place Canadians and a Northeastern University freshman this season, Levi wasn’t invited to Canada’s summer camp.
He spent more days isolating in a hotel room during selection camp than he did on the ice because two Canadian teammates tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.
How Levi spent the 14 days alone in his hotel room is a window into his personality.
He says yoga, hand-eye co-ordination drills, visualization, video analysis and school homework more than filled the time between in-room workouts and team video meetings.
“I honestly packed my day to the point where I couldn’t get everything done,” Levi said.
That constant investment in himself helped elevate Levi to Canada’s starter, says his Carleton Place Canadians coach Jason Clarke.
‘He’s an undersized goaltender nobody knew about’
“The only way I can describe Devon Levi is like he’s married, 35 years old and has two kids, except he’s only 19,” Clarke told The Canadian Press on Monday.
“He’s just a very focused, mature individual who just wants to get better every day.
“He’s an undersized goaltender nobody knew about,” Clarke continued. “If you don’t have the internal fortitude, the discipline, the focus, investing time in yourself rather than spending time then I just don’t think you’re going to be able to get to the next level.”
Canada (2-0) faces Switzerland (0-2) on Tuesday in Pool A. All 10 participating teams are walled off from the general public and playing games in an empty Rogers Place because of the pandemic.
The six-foot 189-pound Levi was chosen in the seventh round (212th overall) by the Florida Panthers in October’s NHL entry draft.
He grew up idolizing Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price, who backstopped Canada to world junior gold in 2007.
Levi’s mentor since his draft day is another Canadian goaltending star, however.
He’s conversed with recently retired NHL veteran Roberto Luongo, who works in Florida’s goaltending department.
Levi was born two years after Luongo backstopped Canada to a silver medal at the 1999 world junior tournament in Winnipeg.
Luongo went on to win 489 of his 1,044 career NHL games and win an Olympic gold medal with Canada in 2010.
“He’s talked to me multiple times,” Levi said. “The biggest message he told me that really stuck out to me was ‘enjoy the moment. There might be a lot of pressure, but you only get to live that pressure once and pressure is privilege.’ He said he looks back on his experiences at the world juniors to this day and enjoyed it like crazy.
“Talking to him is a huge honour, especially after everything he’s done in the NHL. It’s unbelievable to be able to talk to a guy like that and to get his input.”
Levi stood out during intrasquad games
In his one season of Junior A hockey, Levi was named the Canadian Junior Hockey League’s most valuable player.
He led Canada East to a silver medal and was named tournament MVP of the 2019 World Junior A Challenge in Dawson Creek, B.C.
But goaltenders from the Western, Ontario and Quebec major junior leagues predominantly get chosen to play for Canada.
Levi joins college goalies Colton Point (2018), who is another Carleton Place Canadians product, and David LeNeveu (2003) as outliers over the last four decades.
Levi has yet to play a game for Northeastern because the pandemic delayed Hockey East’s collegiate season.
He was on Hockey Canada’s radar for summer camp, but wasn’t invited.
“It’s a tough evaluation watching a Junior A game and projecting what guys can do in the best junior tournament in the world,” Canadian head coach Andre Tourigny said.
“We had the mindset that we’d have time when the season starts to see him play and go from there, and if we want to invite him at Christmas we can do so.
“But when the season got cancelled, now we were more in the mindset that if we really want to know what he can do, we need to invite him.”
Levi and other U.S. college players summoned to selection camp quarantined for 14 days upon return to Canada, and then went right back into isolation mid-camp because of the positive tests for the virus.
Levi stood out enough in what practices and intrasquad games there were — he posted a 36-save shutout the day before Canada’s roster was announced — to get the pre-tournament start against Russia.
He didn’t face a barrage of rubber in tournament wins over Germany and Slovakia. Levi maintained his concentration over quiet stretches in games to make athletic saves when needed.
He’s given up one even-strength goal on 27 shots.
“So far, he did not do anything to put a doubt in our heads that’s for sure,” Tourigny said.
Canadian winger Dylan Holloway will play Tuesday after sitting out Sunday’s 3-1 win over Slovakia with an upper-body injury.
Defenceman Braden Schneider returns to Canada’s lineup after serving a one-game suspension for checking a German forward in the head.
Four pregnant women were among 20 migrants whose bodies were found off Tunisia’s coast after their smuggling boat sank, Tunisian authorities said Friday, as search efforts continued for 13 others believed missing.
Nineteen of the 20 migrants who died in Thursday’s sinking were women, according to Mourad Torki, the court spokesperson for the Sfax region in central Tunisia.
The boat, overloaded and in poor condition, was carrying 37 people — three Tunisians and others from sub-Saharan Africa, Torki said.
Coast guard officials and local fishermen retrieved the bodies and brought them to shore and transferred them in white body bags to a nearby hospital where autopsies were carried out.
Four migrants were rescued, Torki said: one remained under medical supervision Friday, and another fled the hospital.
Coast guard boats and navy divers were searching for the 13 missing but found no new bodies or survivors on Friday, amid strong winds and high waves in the area.
Tunisian authorities said they have intercepted several migrant smuggling boats recently but that the number of attempts has been growing, notably between the Sfax region and the Italian island of Lampedusa.
Migrant smuggling boats frequently leave from the coast of Tunisia and neighbouring Libya carrying people from across Africa, including a growing number of Tunisians fleeing prolonged economic difficulties in their country.
The National Women’s Soccer League’s Washington Spirit have waived six players, including Canadian international Jenna Hellstrom.
The 25-year-old forward from Sudbury, Ont., joined the Spirit in December 2019, playing six games during the 2020 season.
Hellstrom has won four caps for Canada and was part of the Canadian team at the 2019 World Cup in France.
She left Kent State as the school’s all-time leader in goals (37), assists (33), points (107), game-winning goals (107), shots (232), shots on goal (115), multiple goal games (6) and multiple assist games (5).
Hellstrom also played club football in Sweden for FC Rosengard, Djurgardens IF, Vaxjo DFF and KIF Orebro.
The Spirit also waived defender Brooke Hendrix, midfielder Jaye Boissiere, and forwardsMeg McCool, Jessie Scarpa and Crystal Thomas.
Washington currently has 15 players under contract, including Canadian goalkeeper Devon Kerr.