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Salford Quays tragedy: Body pulled from water by police after desperate search ends

It came after there was a widespread search for the missing teenager earlier today. Despite being warned about the dangers of swimming in the quays many people still flocked to the area as temperatures hit over 30C in the north west.

Police were called at around 4.40pm and recovered the unnamed man’s body from the water around three hours later.

Paramedic vehicles from the North West Ambulance Service arrived just before 8:15pm.

The 19-year-old hasn’t been named and an investigation is underway into the death, with a file being passed to the coroner.

Announcing the sad news, the force tweeted: “Sadly, despite a rescue operation at Salford Quays this evening, a 19-year-old man has lost his life.

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“Our thoughts are with this young man’s family and friends, and the people who witnessed the tragic events.”

Detective Inspector Helen Bagnall, of GMP’s Trafford district, said: “Firstly our thoughts are with this young man’s family and friends, and the people who witnessed the tragic events.

“Sadly, this proves how dangerous going into unfamiliar water can be, especially when you can’t see below the surface of what could be very cold water.”

Many people claiming to have witnessed the tragic incident voiced their concerns about there being no lifeguards stationed at the quays.

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One person tweeted: “This was horrifying to witness. Please work with the council to have water supervision during this hot weather.

“I am from Belfast and they have the rescue service, lifeguards along the water every year after a big music festival.

“Young people just don’t see the danger.”

Another person tweeted: “This is so sad. But what is even sadder is that after this had happened, there were still lots of people jumping in the canal.

“Salford and Greater Manchester Police were trying to move people on and asked for a bit of privacy and were getting loads of abuse. So sad.”

A third wrote: “This is so sad. I see everyone enjoying themselves in the quays every weekend when the sun is shining.

“Just take care everyone when you are in the water. You never know what’s underneath. RIP my friend.”

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and the North West Ambulance Service assisted the police.

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Hot air balloon tragedy: Five dead after collision with power lines in Albuquerque, NM

Albuquerque Police Department (APD) said the basket hit the power lines at around 7am on Saturday morning. The basket travelled along the wire then separated from the balloon causing it to fall around 100ft into a busy intersection where it then caught fire.

The balloon floated away and landed elsewhere.

An investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is ongoing.

In a statement on Twitter, APD said four individuals had been declared dead at the scene but a fifth was in critical condition.

They later issued a statement stating the fifth individual had died.

They said: “Our prayers go out to the friends and family of all five people who tragically lost their lives.”

In a statement to the press, Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller, described the incident as “an extremely tragic situation”.

He said: “First and foremost we want to offer our condolences to the families.

“These were New Mexicans, these were Burqueños and their families are experiencing deep suffering right now.”

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Mayor Keller added: “This is a tragedy that is uniquely felt and hits hard at home here in Albuquerque and in the ballooning community.”

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Andrea Yates: 20 years since the tragedy that shocked the nation

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — It was a tragedy that saddened the nation and brought postpartum illness into the spotlight. On June 20, 2001, Andrea Yates drowned her five small children one by one in the bathtub of her Clear Lake home.

Yates, who is now 56, was tried twice for the deaths of her children.

In 2002, she was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to life in prison. Her conviction was later overturned based on false testimony.

A second trial in 2006 resulted in a verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity. Yates was sent to Kerrville State Hospital, a mental health facility, where she remains today. She has now spent a third of her life institutionalized.

Twenty years after the tragedy, ABC13’s Jessica Willey is hearing from those who saw the case unfold in the ABC13 Original “Andrea Yates: 20 Years Later”.

Yates’ former attorney and friend George Parnham shares how the case changed his career and gives a glimpse into her life now. Former paramedic John Delbosque also talks about why he will never forget that dark day, and Joe Owmby, lead prosecutor in both of Yates’ trials, discusses the testimony that led to her murder conviction being overturned.

“She’s where she wants to be. Where she needs to be,” said Parnham. “And I mean, hypothetically, where would she go? What would she do?”

Yates, a former nurse, called 911 for help after she drowned her children. She laid out John, 5, Paul, 3, Luke, 2 and 6-month-old Mary in the bed. Noah, 7, was still in the bathtub.

“He was face down and kind of bobbing in the water, and that’s when I realized she drowned them,” said Delbosque.

Delbosque has never spoken publicly about that day.

“I’d say it was my worst call,” he said.

In interviews with HPD, the 36-year-old said she killed the children because she was not a good mother. Yates also told a Harris County psychiatrist she wanted to save them from Satan.

Her husband, Russell “Rusty” Yates was at work at NASA when the drowning happened. Despite losing all of his children, he stood by her.

“She loved those kids,” Rusty said to a throng of media in 2001.

Yates had attempted suicide twice, was admitted to psychiatric hospitals and treated for postpartum depression and psychosis before the drownings. A doctor warned the couple about having more children, in light of Andrea’s illness. However, Mary was born in November 2000.

In 2005, an appeals court overturned the conviction based on false testimony by one of the state’s expert witnesses.

Dr. Park Dietz testified that Yates got the idea about drowning her children from an episode of Law & Order, however no such episode existed.

Owmby said he and his team were blindsided by the testimony but did not expect it to have such a great impact.

There was a new trial in 2006 with a very different outcome.

“Thank goodness Dr. Dietz did what he did,” said Parnham.

For 14 years, Kerrville State Hospital has been Yates’s home. Parnham said he thinks of her like a daughter and still talks to her often. She comes up for review for release every year and waives it every single time.

At 80 years old, Parnham is still practicing law. He said Andrea’s case has changed how people view mental illness, especially when it comes to the law.

As he reflects on the last 20 years, his only wish for Yates is that she is comfortable. He said she is happy and still remembers her first words to him.

“She said, ‘Please don’t leave me alone,’ and I haven’t at all,” he said.

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Our Yorkshire Farm's child heartbroken after tragedy on Ravenseat Farm

Our Yorkshire Farm’s Miles has been left heartbroken after the death of one of his flock.

The 14-year-old aspiring farmer tends to his own sheep, following in the footsteps of parents Amanda and Clive.

Fans of the Channel 5 show will have seen Miles working with his dad closely at Christmas time, as he cared for chickens as well as his sheep.

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However, a number of viewers were taken aback by the fact he then picked out the chicken they’d eat for Christmas dinner, Yorkshire Live reports.

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In her 2019 Adventures Of The Yorkshire Shepherdess, Amanda had penned: “Every year we replenish our ageing flock of hens with end-of-lay hens destined for processing.

“Miles takes them under his wing caring for them in the barn until they become acclimatised to the weather at Ravenseat and can become free-range.”

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She continued: “He also has his own flock of sheep, a dozen Texdales (Texel/Swaledale crosses).

“He lambs his little flock himself. Everything is timed carefully to make sure that his sheep’s due dates coincide with the Easter school holidays.

“He gets to see it all, and he was heartbroken when one day he went outside to feed his sheep and found one had escaped and got into the feedstore, overindulged, become bloated and died.

Miles was said to be heartbroken by the loss of one of his beloved animals
Miles was said to be heartbroken by the loss of one of his beloved animals

“It’s entirely his flock and he makes decisions about who he keeps and who he sells, with just a hint of guidance from Clive.”

Amanda described her son as quiet, sensitive and knowledgeable and says he lives for the day when he can farm full-time.

But when it came to picking a chicken, Miles didn’t seem to have any qualms, showing that his farming skills had developed.

Amanda commented: “We live on a farm, it’s just the cycle of life and death.”

As she cooked in the kitchen, alongside some of her other children, she added: “Sometimes to get the best of your animals and your produce, it requires eating them!”

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Michelle Dewberry from tragedy to her love of caravan holidays

She is a well-known name in Hull but now former Apprentice star Michelle Dewberry is set to become a more familiar face on the national stage when the current affairs and news channel GB News launches this weekend.

She is one of the faces of the soon-to-be-launched channel, and has been tweeting about the launch, this Sunday, for several weeks, setting out her intentions to cover the stories that ‘matter’ to viewers.

Michelle may seem to have it all, with a new baby and wealthy partner, former Crystal Palace Football Club owner Simon Jordan, however, she has not sought to hide an extraordinarily difficult childhood, which means that her ‘privileged’ label couldn’t be more wrong.

Born in Hull on a council estate on Boothferry Road, she shared a three-bed terraced house with her five brothers and sisters, and says money was tight.

She spent her entire childhood on the ‘at risk’ register and admitted she had a violent father.

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Michelle Dewberry won The Apprentice in 2006, pictured with Sir Alan Sugar
Michelle Dewberry won The Apprentice in 2006, pictured with Sir Alan Sugar

After leaving school at 16 with two GCSEs, she claimed she spent lot of time hanging around estates with her then-boyfriend who was “in and out of prison”.

But the defining moment of her young life came when her sister tragically died at the age of 19, after falling from a tower block. Michelle was just 16 at the time.

It was a turning point in her life.

In a previous interview she said: “I was devastated.

“I felt that she’d been robbed of having a life, so I decided I was going to make mine extraordinary.

“I wanted a life that was good enough for her and me.”

It led to an apprenticeship with St John Ambulance, which in turn took her to employment with KCOM where she excelled in IT, and she was head-hunted by Tiscali, an internet service provider, where she was promoted to project manager.

Michelle Dewberry has had a turbulent life but this weekend sees the start of a new aspect to her career
Michelle Dewberry has had a turbulent life but this weekend sees the start of a new aspect to her career

She started her own business at 24 – which she gave up to join the BBC hit show The Apprentice, which she won and landed herself a job with Sir Alan Sugar.

But it was not to last long. She quit after four months and has never really explained the reasons behind it.

However, since then she’s written a book, stood in local elections, as well as presented on TV.

Her inspirational yet troubled background it sure to help her when tackling a range of issues for GB News.

Feisty and opinionated, she’s not afraid to put people right when they question her sincerity or motives, often through her Twitter account, where she has over 100,000 followers.

She said in the past: “I worked my backside off, to try and become successful.

“I spent most of my adult years with depression and serious suicide ideation. After years of therapy and medication, I am now finally happy. That to me has become my definition of success – my hard-won true internal happiness.”

“Other than that, I’ve been through more challenges, adversity and upset that I hope most of you will ever come close to. And to those who call me privileged – you’re right. I am privileged to be alive, and given how many times I almost chose not to be, I will never take that for granted.”

Michelle Dewberry with her baby born who was born last year, nine weeks early
Michelle Dewberry with her baby born who was born last year, nine weeks early

Her Twitter profile lists her firstly as ‘mum’ and secondly as ‘Hull girl’ with everything else listed afterwards, including business coach, author, speaker, election candidate 2017-2019, politics debater and finally, presenter.

She has described in the past how people wrote her off because of her Northern accent, dismissing her as a “Northern numpty”.

“I just used to laugh and think: ‘More fool you, you’re underestimating me and you’re going to get bitten by it because you can’t see me coming’.”

Indeed, she is unafraid to defend herself against trolls.

When a group calling themselves Stop Funding Hate, who are against the introduction of GB News tweeted recently, she immediately hit back with: “Attempting to dictate what other folk can watch, while bullying brands/advertisers and attempting to cancel any views which differ from your own, is kinda hateful.

“Maybe you need to reconsider what you guys call yourselves. Bully boys is a more accurate name.”

For the past few days she’s been posting polls on Twitter, canvassing public opinion on everything from whether parents will allow their children to have the Covid vaccine, to whether people care about Boris Johnson’s nuptials.

In her personal life, she has recently continued to face the same adversity that she endured as a child.

In July last year, her son was born nine weeks early and she went spent weeks by his incubator at Hull Royal Infirmary’s Neo-Natal ward.

Then in May this year she was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, which she said is linked to the traumatic end to her pregnancy and the early labour she went through with her son.

Despite her ‘starry’ status she remains as down to earth as ever, and recently tweeted how she’d had a family weekend away caravanning in Cleethorpes.

In 2007 she penned her autobiography ‘Anything is Possible’ which charts her extraordinary rags to riches tale.

Now, with the start of a new career this weekend, it seems the headline of Michelle’s book has never been more accurate, or more poignant.

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Our Yorkshire Farm's Amanda Owen opens up about childhood tragedy

Amanda Owen is best known for showing her farm life on Channel 5 series Our Yorkshire’s Farm.

But now, the Yorkshire Shepherdess has opened up her past life and her struggle from her teenage years.

In a heartbreaking video, Amanda shared details about the loss of her father at a young age.

The TV star is working with Barnardo’s, and her story came as part of a new campaign with the charity.

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Amanda Owen is best known as the star of Our Yorkshire Farm
Amanda Owen is best known as the star of Our Yorkshire Farm

The 46-year-old shared the emotional impact of loosing her dad so young. She said: “My name’s Amanda Owen and my dad died when I was 17.

“So my dad was called Maurice, he was a giant of a man. He was six foot nine, he was just a real gentle giant.”

However, she also explained how she did feel some regret about the time they shared.

Amanda continued: “We had a great relationship but I suppose thinking about it now, I maybe would have made more of the time that we have together.

“If I’d known I was going to lose him at such a young age.

“So if I could give one piece of advice or message to any children or young people out there who, sadly this year have lost parents, grandparents, relatives or friends.

“I would just say ‘try and find it within yourself to talk about how you’re feeling. Don’t keep those emotions all bottled up inside’.”

Amanda was speaking as part of the Barnardo’s Believe in Me campaign, which looks at how bereavement impacts young people.

As the UK’s leading children’s charity, this is hoped to raise awareness for how young people can seek support.

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The Grand Designs which ended in tragedy and heartbreak

It’s the must-see home renovation programme which has gripped millions of us – but there are tragic tales and outcomes to many of the Grand Designs featured in the Channel Four programme.

One of the biggest disaster has to be Edward Short, 52, the unlucky star of the ‘saddest episode ever’ who revealed he is still building his luxury lighthouse-inspired house 10 years later – but will never even get to live in it.

He is planning to sell Chesil Cliff House in Devon as it has plunged him into millions of pounds of debt, with the disastrous project’s costs spiralling to £6million.

The dad-of-two, who has split from wife Hazel since the episode aired in 2019, admitted: “It was my overconfidence and arrogance that got me here in the first place so I’m doing what I need to do.”

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Edward Short's marriage broke up from the strain of his 'vanity project' featured on Grand Designs
Edward Short’s marriage broke up from the strain of his ‘vanity project’ featured on Grand Designs

The luxury home, once complete, was planned to feature a huge circular tower based on a lighthouse design along with a spectacular ‘glass edge’ infinity swimming pool, a home cinema and a sauna and steam room.

Edward is now urging locals fed up with the unfinished eyesore to “stick with it”, although he admits it proved the final straw for his wife.

“The whole project has been a horrendous strain for Hazel, I have sunk our family purse into this and I really feel for her.

“I never meant to put her through any of this,” he told Devon Live.

Originally pegged to cost £3million, he says the figure has now doubled – but remains optimistic of putting the home on the market by the end of the year to recoup his losses.

Unfortunately, Edward is far from the only hopeful to see his grand plans go awry.

From tragic blazes that tore through the ‘UK’s cheapest home’ to vandals’ house parties and stress-induced heart attacks – these desperate projects will make you think twice about calling in the builders, reports The Mirror.

Edward Short never got to live in his Grand Design, and he and his wife split over the stress of the huge renovation project
Edward Short never got to live in his Grand Design, and he and his wife split over the stress of the huge renovation project


Chris Miller and his wife Sze Liu Lai were shown in 2007 renovating a ramshackle houseboat in Essex using recycled materials.

The couple planned to move out of London and enjoy life afloat with their two children.

But the £80,000 scheme, called the Medway Eco-barge, ran into problems and their 100ft boat was left moored unfinished in the Thames estuary near Southend.

It became a target for vandals and squatters and broke free from its moorings in 2011 before being found washed up on a beach.

Chris Miller's house boat project ran into problems and it was left vandalised and abandoned
Chris Miller’s house boat project ran into problems and it was left vandalised and abandoned

Steve Morgan, 29, from the nearby Barge Cafe, said: “I did not know what it was at first. Then I saw the roof and realised it was the boat from Grand Designs – it looked very strange just sat there opposite our cafe.

“The boat had been up the coast for a couple of years now – it’s a bit tatty to be honest with you.”

Cheapest Home in Britain

The Dale family were the proud owners of ‘Britain’s cheapest home’, which was built for just £27,000.

However, their plans went up in smoke on New Year’s Day in 2018 when an electrical fire ripped through the property and burned it to the ground.

The property was tragically destroyed by a fire on New Year’s Day in 2018.

The Dale family home was nicknamed the cheapest home in the UK - but it sadly went up in flames in 2018
The Dale family home was nicknamed the cheapest home in the UK – but it sadly went up in flames in 2018

Fire crews battled the blaze for six hours, while friends and family launched a JustGiving page to help Simon and Jasmine Dale rebuild their ‘hobbit house’, which appeared on the show in 2017.

The page read: “Simon, Jasmine and their two children have been residents at Lammas eco village, Pembrokeshire, since the start of the project. They have been working on their family home for the last six years.

“This beautiful building was featured on Grand Designs last year. Sadly a fire started on New Year’s Day and their beloved home was burned to the ground.

“Luckily no one was hurt but as you can imagine, the family are devastated.”

Speaking after the house was completed in 2014, Simon said: “I don’t think I could quantify it, but I can feel it in my heart when I walk around at the end of the day and see the bats flying round and hear the birds sing.

“It’s been hard and I wasn’t asking for an easy life. I like challenge. To put in a hard day’s graft and be tired at the end of the day. That exhaustion is a nice feeling.”

The campaign has since raised more than £35,000 for the family.

Eco Mansion

Robert Gaukroger’s beautiful eco-mansion was one of the show’s most impressive designs – but the building was feared abandoned in 2016, with its varnish finish looking worn down and the gardens left in a dire condition.

The Dome House eco mansion in Cumbria was left to rot in 2016 after the owner moved back down South
The Dome House eco mansion in Cumbria was left to rot in 2016 after the owner moved back down South

The gardens of the ultra-modern, seven-bedroom ‘Dome house’ looked scruffy and overgrown and there was no sign of the visionary proprietor, architect and owner Robert Gaukroger.

He spent two years building the unique property in the hillside above Bowness-in-Windermere, Cumbria, at a cost of £1million in 2011.

Robert and wife Milla told Grand Designs the whole project cost in excess of £1million, but he reportedly got locked into an eight-year dispute with a neighbour and decided to move back down south to study at university.

He tried to sell the luxury home for £2.3million in 2015, before dropping the price to £1.45million months later.

It eventually sold to Yvonne Malley – an anonymous donor who’d stumped up the cash to save the build five years earlier when the credit crunch left Robert with a half-finished house.

Robert said: “She said it was clear this was my dream and she wanted to help.”

Yvonne and her family renovated the dilapidated property and now run it as a luxury guest house which has top reviews on Tripadvisor.

Church House

Dean Marks suffered two heart attacks and his marriage collapsed while building his Grand Design
Dean Marks suffered two heart attacks and his marriage collapsed while building his Grand Design

Dean Marks saw his faith pushed to the limit when he decided to convert an 18th century church in Sanwell, West Midlands, in 2005.

He suffered two heart attacks converting an 18th century church in the West Midlands, and after battling his local council for planning permission for nearly five years, the builder’s marriage collapsed as tensions mounted.

As a final kick in the teeth, Kevin McCloud didn’t appear too enamoured with the final product either.

Speaking after the home – which features a swimming pool – was finished at last, he said: “It broke my heart to see so much of the character, the integrity of this place disappear, to be replaced by some pretty hideous features and a rather clunky layout.”

Perhaps unsurprisingly, health problems appear to be a regular concern for Grand Designs stars.

Curved Home

Barry Surtees’ impressive curved home in Brighton was a true labour of love, as he battled a series of banking issues that pushed his body to the limit.

Barry Surtees suffered a serious heart attack while renovating this property, which was feature din Channel Four's Grand Designs
Barry Surtees suffered a serious heart attack while renovating this property, which was feature din Channel Four’s Grand Designs

During the project, Barry suffered a serious heart attack which led him to undergo five bypasses, while the home he stayed in next door also caught fire.

He later said: “It made me question everything, including whether I should be bothering with material things, including the house.”

After completing the home in 2007, it went on sale last year for £3.4million.

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‘SVU’ Recap: Tragedy Strikes & Benson Confronts Stabler For Abandoning Her

A devastating loss brings Stabler and Benson back together on ‘Law & Order: SVU.’ Benson also gets closure after Stabler left her all those years ago.

Olivia’s driving in the rain on her way to receive her award in the opening moments of Law & Order: SVU[1] when Fin calls her. She tells him that something has come up, and she’ll be there as soon as she can. When she gets to the crime scene, she sees a car that’s been burned to bits. The victim? Kathy Stabler.

“Liv,” Olivia hears from a distance. When she turns around, she knows exactly who it is. “Elliot,” she says. They walk toward each other and are both equally stunned after seeing each other[2] for the first time in 10 years. “They tried to kill Kathy,” he tells her.

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Mariska Hargitay during the April 1 episode. (NBC)

Kathy and Elliot had come back[3] to New York to see Liv get her award. They had been living in Italy. Elliot has been working as an international liaison in Rome. Kathy was getting the rental car when the bomb went off. Two of his kids are in town with him.

After the explosion, Stabler stops by the squad room. He sees Fin and Rollins interviewing a suspect in the bombing. Stabler wants to go in and talk with him. At first, Benson says no. “Liv, I give you my word I’ll behave,” Stabler promises. They go into the room together, just like the old days. The suspect says he could hear Kathy moaning. He continues to antagonize Stabler. Before Stabler can throw a punch, Benson steps in.

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Christopher Meloni in the April 1 episode. (NBC)

Afterward, Benson and Stabler fight over what just happened. Nothing has changed. They’re always brutally honest with each other. Stabler soon finds out that Kathy is awake. Kathy doesn’t remember anything about what happened. “It’s just like the old days… you two together[4],” Kathy tells Benson and Stabler. “Always so in sync.” She later says what we’ve all been thinking, “You really didn’t talk for 10 years?”

Stabler finally apologizes for what happened earlier. He also apologizes to Benson for leaving and not telling her. “Elliot, you were the most, single most important person in my life and you just disappeared,” Olivia tells him. Stabler reveals why he couldn’t tell her. “I was afraid. If I heard your voice, I wouldn’t have been able to leave.”

Kathy goes into cardiac arrest. She stabilizes but Benson later gets a call that Kathy died. Benson rushes to the hospital to see Stabler. She hugs and comforts him in his time of need. Stabler, never one to show his emotions, cries in Benson’s arms.


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An Immigrant Family Caught Up in a Distinctly American Tragedy: The Boulder Shooting

On a now-deactivated Facebook page, Mr. Alissa said he had moved to the United States in 2002, years before a vicious civil war turned millions of Syrians into refugees. The Syrian cities that some in his family name as their hometowns — Aleppo and Raqqa — became bombed-out battlegrounds and a haven for the Islamic State as Mr. Alissa and his siblings were growing up and starting businesses in the United States.

The Alissas were part of a tiny Syrian diaspora in Colorado. Arab-Americans make up less than 1 percent of the state’s population, and most[1] of those who identify as “Arab” on census surveys say they are from Iraq, Somalia or Sudan. Just 324 Syrian refugees were resettled in Colorado in the last 40 years, according to data from the Colorado Department of Human Services.

Public records identify Mr. Alissa’s father as Moustafa Alissa, 62, and social-media profiles and interviews indicate that Ahmad was one of at least seven siblings. Several of his older brothers found a foothold in the restaurant business, opening food trucks that later grew into restaurants.

Records show that at various times, the Alissa brothers also ventured into a car-service business and — at one point — junk removal. A brother-in-law, Usame Almusa, a recent immigrant from Syria, filed corporate papers to form yet another restaurant business.

The family moved at least three times over the past two decades, from the largely middle-class city of Aurora to an apartment in Denver to a rental in Arvada, where a former neighbor remembers family members sometimes stopping by to ask questions about the suburban chores of lawns and weeding.

Mr. Alissa had barely started at Denver South High School when the family moved again, and he had to transfer to first one high school, then another, in the nearby city of Arvada. They moved into their current home, a seven-bedroom, 7,400-square-foot house in a quiet subdivision, in 2017, according to public records, and paid $ 634,000. One of the older brothers, Ali, 34, is listed as its owner.


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