Mom ‘heartbroken’ after 4 children killed in Orlando standoff; police officer comatose

The children find dead Monday by police in Orlando, Fla.: Aidan Lindsey, 6; Lillia Pluth, 10; Dove, Lindsey, 1; and Irayan Pluth, 11.


A family representative says the mother of four children who were taken hostage and killed Monday in Orlando, Fla., “grieve significantly” since the tragedy, who also was a police officer in a coma with a head wound and the shooter dead.

“I’m devastated, and feel all alone,” the spokesman, Walter Benenati, quoted Ciara Lopez as saying, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

Lopez, 31, wants her children to be remembered as “loving, wonderful,” and “full of life,” the report said.

Mother of children killed in Orlando, stand-off: ‘I’m devastated’

— Orlando Sentinel (@orlandosentinel) 13 June 2018

Meanwhile, wounded police officer Kevin Valencia was in a coma and in critical condition Wednesday, with “a long way to go for recovery,” said Dr. Chadwick Smith in Orlando Regional Medical Center.

“We were each other’s first boyfriend and girlfriend when we were 12,” Valencia is a wife, Meghan, told the Associated Press. “You can imagine that someone is literally everything to me.”

“We were each other’s first boyfriend and girlfriend when we were 12. You can imagine that someone is literally everything to me.”

– Meghan Valencia, the wife of the critically injured Orlando police officer Kevin Valencia

The deadly ordeal began Sunday night when Lopez left her apartment and told the police that she was assaulted by suspect Gary Wayne Lindsey, 35.

Officer Kevin of Valencia, next to the woman, Meghan, tells about her husband, the love of her life, who is fighting for his life.

— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) 13 June 2018

After a long stand-off, in which Lindsey barricaded himself inside the apartment and eventually killed, police were able to the apartment Monday night. They found two of the children dead in a bedroom, and two other children in the other bedroom.

@orlandohealth Dr. Chadwick Smith says @OrlandoPolice Officer Kevin Valencia was shot in the head, he is still in a coma and has a long road ahead of him #FOX35

— Holly Bristow (@hollybnews) 13 June 2018

Orlando police chief John Mina confirmed that all four children had been killed by Lindsey, not by the police, shots fired at Lindsey during a firefight.

Authorities that the children as Irayan Pluth, 11; Lillia Pluth, 10, Aidan, Lindsey, 6; and Deaf Lindsey, 1.

Press Officer Kevin Valencia in your thoughts and prayers.

— Mayor Jose Alvarez (@MayorJoseAlvar2) 11 June 2018

Benenati is managing a GoFundMe page for the family to help cover funeral expenses, the Sentinel reported.

Meanwhile, Meghan Valencia asked for the prayers of the public for her policeman husband.

“He has all the support he can get,” she said. “So that he wakes up. So that he can live, because my boys need a daddy and I need my man, and this community has a real hero.”

A separate GoFundMe page has been set up for the wounded officer. As of Thursday morning, it was about halfway in the direction of his goal.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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