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Evgen_Prozhyrko/iStock(NEW YORK) -- A 26-year-old woman on the job for six months.

A father of two with 24 years of experience in law enforcement.

These are just two of the four police officers shot and killed in the United States this week -- part of what one expert calls a disturbing "multi-year" trend of violence toward police.

June 23: Wellston, Missouri

In Wellston, Missouri, officer Michael Langsdorf from the North County Police Cooperative was shot and killed on Sunday night in what police described as an execution.

Langsdorf was responding to a report of a person trying to cash a bad check, and when he confronted the suspect, a struggle broke out between the two on the floor, said North County Police assistant chief Ron Martin.

The suspect pulled a gun from his waistband and hit the officer on the side of the head several times, causing Langsdorf to lose his hold, Martin said.

The suspect then got up and stood over Langdorf who was on the ground, facedown; the suspect pointed the gun at the back of Langdorf’s head and fired one shot, striking him in the neck, Martin said.

The suspected gunman has been arrested, police said.

Martin said, who knew Langdorf, was overcome with emotion when asked about the attack.

The gunman "was successful in executing a cop yesterday," Martin said, his voice shaking.

Langsdorf, 40, leaves behind two children, his parents and his fiancé, said police.

Langsdorf had 17 years of police experience and joined the North County Police Cooperative this April.

"There's no such thing as a routine call," Martin said. "This is the danger that our police officers in this community face every day."

June 20: Mission, Texas

Cpl. Jose Espericueta of the Mission, Texas, Police Department was shot and killed on Thursday, June 20, authorities said.

Espericueta, a 13-year veteran, leaves behind a wife and two children, police said.

The shooting unfolded when a woman waved down an officer Thursday to say her son had fired shots at her car, police said.

Espericueta responded and tried to make contact with the suspect, who then ran away from him, police said. As the suspect ran, he turned around and began firing, police said, and he exchanged gunfire with Espericueta and other officers.

It was the first time the town saw the loss of a police officer in the line of duty since 1978, police said.

A suspect was taken into custody.

June 19: Sacramento, California

Tara O'Sullivan, a 26-year-old Sacramento police officer who graduated from the police academy in December and was hired in January, was shot and killed on June 19, authorities said.

O'Sullivan, who had partnered with a training officer and was accompanied by others from the department, had responded to a domestic dispute and was standing by while a woman gathered some of her belongings, police said. The young officer was shot in an ambush attack, police said.

Multiple officers fired back in the intense firefight, police said. About 50 minutes after O'Sullivan was shot, officers rushed in with an armored car to rescue her and take her to a hospital, according to police.

The standoff lasted hours before the suspected shooter surrendered, police said.

O'Sullivan was a member of Sacramento State's Law Enforcement Candidate Scholars' Program, which "allows young men and women to go directly into the academy to serve," Sacramento State President Robert Nelsen said.

"We lost a hero. We lost a leader," Nelsen said at a news conference on Thursday. "We will never forget her... and we will aspire to be as good as she is."

June 17: Racine, Wisconsin

Officer John Hetland, a 24-year veteran of the Racine, Wisconsin, Police Department, had worked the day shift on Monday, June 17. He was off-duty and at a bar that night when he saw an armed robbery unfolding, police said. He tried to intervene and was shot, police said.

Hetland is survived by two children, Racine Mayor Cory Mason said.

"I just really can't express how deeply we feel the loss of this officer," the mayor told reporters last week. "It's been more than 40 decades since we've had a loss in this city."

Hetland will be laid to rest on Wednesday, Racine Police Chief Art Howell said.

Police are still searching for the gunman; the Kenosha County Sheriff's Department on Sunday released three updated photos of the suspect. Authorities also ask residents to check their security cameras from that night and contact police if they notice anything suspicious.

'Part of a multi-year trend'

Beyond the four police officers shot and killed this week, a Nebraska State Patrol trooper died in a car crash on Thursday.

Monday also marks the funeral for Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy Joseph Gilbert Solano who was shot while off-duty at a Jack in the Box on June 10. Solano, 50, died two days later.

But officer deaths overall, as well as officer deaths by gunfire, are down this year from last year, according to the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund. Twenty-five officers have been shot dead this year, compared with 31 deaths at this time last year.

However, John Cohen, a former acting undersecretary at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and current ABC News contributor, called the slayings "part of a multi-year trend of increased acts of violence directed at law enforcement."

"While the numbers may be less when compared to the same time period last year, if you look at it on a multi-year basis we've seen a significant level of violence directed toward law enforcement officers," he said. "It's an issue that has police chiefs and rank-and-file police officers very concerned."

This causes officers to fear for their safety, which may impact their mental health and make them more forceful and aggressive while interacting with the public, Cohen said.

"It's not just simply a matter of police officers feeling more threatened," he said. "They're much more likely to be wary when responding to a call... they may be more willing to escalate to the use of force when they perceive that they may be threatened. That may result in a violent reaction by the person they're contacting."

Cohen calls the "multi-year trend" of violence toward police as "a reflection of the broader levels of anger and violent behavior that's becoming all too common across our society."

"These increased acts of violence against police come at a time where we're also seeing an increase in targeted attacks and hate crimes," Cohen said. "We're a society that has become increasingly polarized, increasingly angry and increasingly willing to use violence as a way to express that anger."

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Chalabala/iStock(NEW YORK) -- The driver of a pickup truck that plowed into a group of motorcyclists in New Hampshire has been charged with seven counts of murder.

Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, 23, was arrested near his home in West Springfield, Massachusetts, Monday morning, Jane Young, deputy attorney general for New Hampshire, said in a press release.

Zhukovskyy was taken into custody on a fugitive from justice charge, based on an arrest warrant issued Monday charging him with seven counts of negligent homicide, Young said.

The victims were hit by a Ford 2500 truck while driving on Route 2 in Randolph, New Hampshire, a few miles from Mount Washington on Friday afternoon, according to New Hampshire State Police.

Three people who were injured in the accident were transported to area hospitals.

The ages of the victims ranged from 42 to 62, according to officials. All seven victims died of blunt trauma, said New Hampshire Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Jennie Duval.

Photos from the scene of the accident shows pieces of several smashed motorcycles scattered throughout the highway.

Zhukovskyy was arraigned in Springfield Monday afternoon. He pleaded not guilty on the fugitive of justice charge, and waived his extradition to New Hampshire, where he will face murder charges.

ABC News could not immediately reach Zhukovskyy or his attorney for comment.

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New Canaan Police Department(NEW YORK) -- Connecticut mom of five Jennifer Dulos, who vanished last month amid a custody battle with her estranged husband, may have disappeared intentionally in a "'Gone Girl'-type case," her husband's attorney alleges.

But Dulos' decades-old friend has shut down that theory.

Dulos was last seen on May 24, police said. Investigators believe she suffered a "serious physical assault" in the garage at her New Canaan home, where bloodstains were found, according to arrest warrants.

 Clothes and sponges with Dulos' blood were found in trash cans in Hartford, where surveillance cameras captured a man appearing to be her estranged husband, Fotis Dulos, disposing of garbage bags, according to the documents. A woman in the man's car fit the appearance of his live-in girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, according to the documents.

Fotis Dulos and Troconis are charged with tampering with or fabricating physical evidence and hindering prosecution. Both have pleaded not guilty.

More charges are likely, prosecutors said.

 Fotis Dulos' attorney, Norm Pattis, insists his client didn't kill his wife and doesn't know where she is.

Pattis told ABC News this week that he's "investigating the possibility that this is a 'Gone Girl'-type case and considering the possibility that no third party was involved in foul play."

In the "Gone Girl" book-turned-film, a wife fakes her own disappearance, framing her husband.

Carrie Luft, a spokeswoman for Jennifer Dulos' family, called the defense's "Gone Girl" theory a "smokescreen."

"I think that drawing any comparison to a work of fiction does an incredible disservice to the family," Luft told "Good Morning America" on Sunday. "This is not a film, this is not a novel, this is our real life."

"Someone we love is missing," said Luft, a friend of 28 years. "This is about someone who is missing following a violent attack and people are doing everything they can to solve the mystery."

Luft described the missing mother as stable, responsible and reliable and "not a woman that would ever, ever leave her children."

"She loves them more than anything in the world," she said.

The five kids are in the custody of Jennifer Dulos' mother.

"The kids are well cared for and are surrounded by people who love them," Luft said.

Luft said she's holding out hope that Jennifer Dulos survived and can be rescued.

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smolaw11/iStock(INDIANAPOLIS) -- A second Catholic high school in Indiana faced the decision of whether or not to fire a teacher in a same-sex marriage, and unlike the first school that publicly refused, this school decided to cut ties with the teacher for the church.

The push by the Archdiocese of Indianapolis for local schools to fire teachers who were in same-sex relationships, arguing that homosexual relationships go against the teachings of the church, gained public attention last week.

At the time, Brebeuf Jesuit Prepatory School announced they would be going against the archdiocese in their request to fire a teacher in a same-sex marriage. As a result, the archdiocese cut longstanding ties with the school.

Cathedral High School announced Sunday they made the "agonizing decision" to go in the opposite direction and "separate" from a teacher, but not the church.

The high school's president and chairman of the board of directors explained their decision in an open letter posted to their website, detailing how they would have had clear repercussions for disobeying the church.

The letter states that the school would not be able to identify as a Catholic school, celebrate the sacraments or have diocesan priests serve on their board of directors, and would lose its 501(c)3 designation, meaning it would no longer be considered a non-profit school.

"Therefore, in order to remain a Catholic Holy Cross School, Cathedral must follow the direct guidance given to us by Archbishop Thompson and separate from the teacher," the letter states, after having earlier referenced that they employed "a teacher in a public, same-sex marriage."

The letter goes on to note that since the other school is a Jesuit school -- and has a somewhat looser affiliation and dependence upon the archdiocese -- the situations are different.

"Because Brebeuf is a specific ministry of the Jesuits, their canonical and nonprofit status is different than ours. Therefore, the two schools cannot function the same way if Cathedral were to receive a similar decree as Brebeuf," the letter states.

The Archdiocese of Indianapolis released a statement on Monday, saying that the decisions come as a response to the teachers not keeping with Catholic doctrine.

"This issue is not about sexual orientation; rather, it is about our expectation that all personnel inside a Catholic school—who are ministers of the faith—abide by all Church teachings, including the nature of marriage. If and when a minister of the faith is publicly not doing so, the Church calls us to help the individual strive to live a life in accordance with Catholic teaching," the archdiocese said in a statement.

The school told its community, via their letter, that "we offer our prayers and love to this teacher, our students and faculty, our Archbishop, and all associated with Cathedral as we continue to educate our students in the Catholic Holy Cross tradition," without naming the teacher.

"We ask that dialogue about this difficult situation be respectful of the dignity of every person and that you continue to pray for our Cathedral family and the wider Indianapolis community," the letter stated.

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Houston Police Department(HOUSTON) -- A Texas mother has been charged with killing her 3-year-old son by hitting him with her SUV during what prosecutors are describing as a game of "chicken."

On June 11, 26-year-old Lexus Stagg allegedly drove toward three of her children in the parking lot of their Houston apartment complex when she struck her son, according to a press release by the Houston Police Department.

Surveillance video taken at the community pool shows a white Lincoln Navigator driving in reverse as three children chase after it. Stagg then allegedly put the car in drive and moved toward them, police said.

Two of the three children were able to move out of the way in time, but the 3-year-old, identified by police as Lord Renfro, was struck and later died at the Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital.

Stagg did not show any visible signs of intoxication and was released after she was questioned, police said.

Authorities initially described the child's death as an "unfortunate accident" but determined it was not an accident after further investigation, ABC Houston station KTRK reported.

Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg told the station Stagg was playing a game of "chicken" with her children.

"Every parent has an obligation to protect their children, even from themselves," Ogg said. "Cars aren't toys and playing chicken with your kids isn't a game."

Stagg's children were playing in front of her in the parking lot when the child was struck, Harris County prosecutor Sean Teare told KTRK. Lord Refro was run over by two of the SUV's tires, Teare said.

In 2013, Stagg's Child Protective Services removed two of Stagg's older children from her home and placed them with a relative, KTRK reported. Her younger children have also been placed with relatives after the 3-year-old's death, CPS confirmed with the station.

On Thursday, Stagg was arrested and charged with criminal negligent homicide in the death of her son, police said. She was released on $1,500 bond Friday afternoon after attending her probable cause hearing, according to KTRK.

It is unclear if Stagg has retained a lawyer. ABC News could not immediately reach her for comment.

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Andrei Stanescu/iStock(SAN JOSE, Calif.) -- Police in San Jose, Calif., are investigating a quadruple murder-suicide after they say a suspect shot and killed four people and then himself inside a home.

Around 8:30 p.m. Sunday, officers responded to multiple calls of a shooting and found several family members fleeing the house, according to the San Jose Police Department.

Officers learned there were possibly more victims inside the home and took an armored police vehicle inside, where they rescued a woman and a woman who had each been shot, police said.

They were rushed to hospitals, where they were pronounced dead, police said.

Two other women and the suspect were still unaccounted for and believed to be inside, said police. At about 1:25 a.m. Monday, officers went inside and found the two missing victims and the suspect. All three had been shot and were pronounced deceased at the scene, said police.

There are no outstanding suspects, according to police, and the identities of the victims and suspect have not been released.

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Corey Hendrickson/Getty Images(CONCORD, N.H.) -- The prep school student who was convicted of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old classmate was released from jail for good behavior.

Owen Labrie's attorney confirmed to ABC News that he was released from Merrimack County’s jail Monday morning after nearly six months.

"Owen is happy to be home with his family. He will be settling in and working on rebuilding his life," his lawyers said in a statement to ABC News. "He’d like to thank the friends and family that have stood by him and supported him all these years."

Labrie, who is now 23 years old, was a student at the prestigious St. Paul's School in New Hampshire when he was accused of sexually assaulting a younger student.

The case raised questions about sex culture on campus in light of accusations that the alleged incident was part of a so-called "Senior Salute," where seniors allegedly target younger students.

In October 2015, Labrie was sentenced to 12 months in prison. A judge suspended that sentence and Labrie was freed on bail under curfew at the home of his mother in Tunbridge, Vt., while Labrie appealed the decision. In March 2016, the court revoked his bail after prosecutors accused him of missing his court-ordered curfew several times.

Earlier this month, the New Hampshire Supreme Court denied Labrie's appeal to have a new trial based on ineffective counsel.

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Rex_Wholster/iStock(RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas) -- Four bodies were found Sunday evening near the Rio Grande River, southeast of the Anzalduas Park in Las Paloma Wildlife Management Area, an area rife with human trafficking, authorities said.

The deceased appeared to be two infants, a toddler and a 20-year-old woman, Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra told ABC News Rio Grande Valley, Texas, affiliate KRGV-TV.

Because the bodies were found on federal property, the FBI will handle the investigation.

The four people may have died from dehydration, investigators told KRGV.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- More than 200 severe weather reports stretching from the Plains to the Southeast on Sunday included a reported tornado near South Bend, Indiana, that damaged a building but injured no one.

About 4 to 6 inches of rain fell in southwest Missouri in fewer than six hours, resulting in a flash flood emergency for parts of that area. Devastating flash flooding was reported in Newton and McDonald counties.

Heavy rain -- more than 4 inches locally, in parts -- also was reported in Kansas. The town of Ellsworth reported hail as large as hens' eggs. Wind gusts of up to 70 mph were reported from Texas to Indiana.

Radar on Monday morning showed a line of strong to severe storms from Texas to Tennessee, with very heavy rain and locally damaging winds.

The severe weather should slide south into parts of southeast Texas and Louisiana later Monday morning, but the storms are forecast to lose some of their intensity.

This weather is part of a slow-moving storm that's heading through the central and eastern U.S. As the storm's warmer sector moves toward parts of the Midwest and Appalachia, more severe weather is expected.

Cities including Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Cleveland and Pittsburgh all could be at risk for strong wind and large hail -- possibly a brief tornado -- in the radar map's "slight risk" region.

More severe weather on Tuesday is likely in parts of the Midwest, with strong winds, large hail and brief tornadoes possible.

The Southeast is heating up. Temperatures and humidity will be on the rise Monday and Tuesday, when Heat Index values will reach triple digits from New Orleans to Miami.

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Jessy Pacheco/Facebook(NEW YORK) -- An Arkansas native attending medical school in Mexico spoke publicly for the first time since his apparent kidnapping last week, but the Sunday press conference seemed to offer more questions than answers.

Jessy Pacheco, of Van Buren, Arkansas, and Carlos Alejandro Delgadillo Romero, also an American citizen and student at Mexico’s Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara, vanished after a graduation celebration on June 15.

Romero was found beaten and shot to death two days later, and Mexican authorities feared Pacheco may have suffered a similar fate. But things took a twist when Pacheco boarded a Dallas-bound flight with his mother, later saying he had no recollection of what had happened to his friend.

On Sunday, Pacheco said he "blacked out" after leaving a graduation celebration at a nightclub in Mexico’s second-largest city, Guadalajara. He said the "complete blackout" left him scrambling for answers and that he couldn’t remember anything between the celebration and boarding a plane in Mexico.

"All my family, friends were there. We were just celebrating and next thing you know [I] blacked out," he said during a news conference alongside his family. "I thought my life was over."

Pacheco, who attended the university's medical school for 2 1/2 years but finished his residency in Arkansas, said he hadn’t spoken with Mexican authorities since returning to the U.S.

"There are things that we don’t know, and that’s what they [authorities] are trying to figure out because we just don’t know," Pacheco said.

"We don't know who he was with, who had him," his mother, Vilma Franco, added. "We don't know nothing."

His family declined to say how they made contact with Pacheco in Mexico.

Authorities previously said they believed Pacheco's disappearance and his friend's killing occurred in the Providencia neighborhood of Guadalajara on Saturday, according to a statement from the Jalisco State Prosecutor's Office.

Romero, a California native, was found beaten and shot to death a few blocks away from where he was last seen alive, authorities said.

No arrests have been made in the case.

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iStock/kirilllutz(KINGFISHER, Okla.) -- A northern Oklahoma town was warned against consuming public water without boiling it first after a city well tested positive for E. coli. bacteria.

Residents in Kingfisher, about 50 miles northwest of Oklahoma City, were told to boil their water to kill potential E. coli bacteria or other possible “disease causing agents” that could be present, officials said over the weekend.

The city announced that residents should use boiled or bottled water for drinking, making ice, preparing food, washing dishes and brushing teeth, according to a statement. Those taking care of infants, the elderly or people with a compromised immune systems were urged to be extra cautious.

Tests indicated that Kingfisher's water supply may have been contaminated with human or animal waste, according to officials, who added that one of the city’s wells tested positive for E. coli on Saturday afternoon and authorities were working to flush the system to halt any further contamination.

“The city was notified by the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality this afternoon,” the statement said. “Well 12 has been shut down, and chlorination at the water treatment plant has been increased. Water crews are flushing lines to expedite the flow of potential contamination from the water system.”

Officials said they would provide water from an alternative source until the issue is resolved. Early analysis shows that heavy rains and flooding may have contributed to the contamination, according to the statement.

“Initial assessment indicates that the heavy rains, flooding and excessive run-off may have led to the positive E. coli in Well 12,” officials said. “The City is working with ODEQ to resolve the issue and ensure that our water system is safe for you to consume.”

E. coli exposure symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, headaches and other symptoms, according to health officials.

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iStock/Joe Pearl Photography(KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C) -- A man whose body was found in a pond behind his South Carolina home may have been attacked by an alligator, according to authorities.

Deputies from the Charleston County Sheriff's Office responded to the man's home on Kiawah Island, a barrier island about 30 miles south of Charleston, Saturday afternoon after he was reported missing, according to a press release.

The man had not been seen since 10 a.m., but his car was still on the property, authorities said.

Police dogs led investigators to the edge of a large pond behind the man's home, prompting deputies to utilize a helicopter to continue the search.

From the air, the man's body was spotted in the pond, out of sight form his home. When the man's body was retrieved, it had bite marks and wounds "consistent in appearance with an alligator encounter," according to the press release.

Authorities did not release the identity of the man.

The area is known to have alligators, Robert McCullough, a spokesman for the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, told the Post and Courier.

It is unclear whether the bites occurred before or after the man died, according to the department.

The Charleston County Coroner will perform an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

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Nashville.gov(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) --  Police are searching for a Connecticut man in connection with an attack on a husband and wife over the weekend that left one dead and the other seriously injured.

Leigh Ann Zirkle, 58, and her husband Donald Zirkle, 59, were sitting on their back porch in Nashville, Tennessee, on Friday afternoon when a stranger allegedly approached them to ask for directions, police said.

Investigators aren’t sure what happened next, but the sudden encounter turned deadly when the stranger, described as “a white man in his 20s to 30s with long blonde hair and a dirty yellow shirt,” began to attack the couple, police said in a statement.

Leigh Ann Zirkle fled the scene and collapsed in the street after sustaining “significant” stab wounds, including one to her neck, police said. Her husband, Donald Zirkle, was found inside the home and transported to a local hospital where he later died, police said.

“Neighbors rendered aid as officers and Nashville Fire Department paramedics responded,” the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department said in a statement. “When officers arrived, they cleared the residence and found Donald Zirkle, 59, critically wounded at the rear. He was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he died.”

The suspect is thought to have fled in the couple’s 2010 gray Toyota Camry.

Thirty-four-year-old Peter Bohning, of Kent, Connecticut, was not named as a suspect, but police said they were looking question him in connection with the attack.

Authorities found his vehicle, a silver Subaru sedan with Connecticut license plates, “inexplicably parked” at the side of the home with its rear doors open.

Investigators reached out to his family in Connecticut, but they said they hadn’t spoken with him in days.

“His family in Connecticut told authorities there that they have not heard from him in several days. Bohning’s whereabouts are unknown. He may be in the victims’ Camry,” police said. “Anyone seeing Bohning and/or the Camry is urged to immediately contact the MNPD at 615-862-8600 or their local law enforcement agency.”

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iStock(OAHU, Hawaii) -- Eleven people were killed when a sky diving plane crashed on the island of Oahu Friday, making it the worst U.S. civil plane accident since 2011.

The twin-engine King Air plane crashed Friday about 6:30 p.m. local time and killed everyone on board, according to the Hawaii Department of Transportation.

Initial reports indicated nine people were on the plane before the Federal Aviation Administration said Saturday afternoon that 11 died.

"There's nothing left of the plane," Honolulu Fire Chief Manuel P. Neves told reporters at the airport.

Dillingham Airfield is located on the northwest coast of Oahu, the opposite side from the state's capital of Honolulu. The airfield is used for both military and civilian aircraft.

The same plane was involved in a near-accident in July 2016, according to a National Transportation Safety Board report. The Beech 65-A90 sustained "substantial damage" while taking of from an airport in Byron, California, but the 14 sky divers and pilot were not injured.

"I am closely following the tragic developments out of Dillingham Airfield this evening," Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said in a tweet. "At this time our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the victims."

"There was a fire close to the fence line, we extinguished the fire, so luckily because it was accessible we could get to the fire right away," Neves said. "We're collecting information; it was a sky-dive aircraft."

"We have witnesses that say it was inbound so we're not sure right now [whether it left the airfield], we're gathering information," he added.

There were family members of those on the plane who were waiting at the airfield, Neves said.

Among those killed was Casey Williamson, an employee of Oahu Parachute Center, which owned the plane.

"Casey Williamson was one of a kind who lived life to the fullest. He was a free spirited lover of life and people," his family said in a statement. "He was a friend to all he met. His smile and love for life was contagious. Our family will not be the same without our sweet Casey."

There were at least six employees of the sky-dive company on the flight.

"It is very difficult," he said. "In my 40 years as a firefighter here in Hawaii this is the most tragic aircraft incident that we've had. We've had some helicopters with the military, but this is a civilian plane that went down with that many people on board."

One man who was hiking in the area of the airfield said he saw fire trucks, police and helicopters rush to the scene. When he got closer to the scene he spoke to a couple who saw the plane take off.

"I talked to a couple on my way from the other side [of the airport]; they said they saw the plane, it looks like it was taking off and it looked a little wobbly and that's the last they could see of it," eyewitness Jonathan Keating said.

"With extreme sadness HDOT reports there were 9 souls on board the King Air twin engine plane that went down near Dillingham Airfield with no apparent survivors," the DOT tweeted.

The coroner's officer in Hawaii later told the FAA that no one survived the crash.

There was a more recent military plane crash with more casualties: a C-130 crash in Mississippi in July 2017 that killed 16.

Sixteen people were also killed in a hot air balloon accident in Texas in July 2016.

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iStock(NEW YORK) -- A mother and her two young children have been found dead inside their New York City home just hours after the children's father was picked up by authorities while wandering along a highway, according to the NYPD.

Emergency dispatchers received a 911 call detailing an assault in progress at a Staten Island home about 10:30 a.m. Saturday, NYPD Assistant Chief Kenneth Corey said in a statement. When officers arrived, the home was filled with smoke, and the bodies of the 36-year-old mother and her children, ages 3 and 2, were discovered by firefighters after they extinguished the small fire, Corey said.

The mother's body was lying on a bed facedown, ABC New York station WABC-TV reported.

Authorities had picked up a 36-year-old man believed to be the children's father at 7:48 a.m. while he was walking along the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, and transported him to the hospital for evaluation, Corey said.

He underwent a psychological evaluation at the hospital, according to WABC-TV.

The mother, whose name has not been released by authorities, was an active-duty member of the U.S. Air Force, WABC-TV reported. The 911 call was placed by one of her coworkers, according to the station.

The father, whose identity has not been made public, was also a member of the military, neighbor Rod Hamed, told WABC-TV. He describing him as a "nice guy," the station reported.

The case is being treated as a homicide, Corey said. The medical examiner will determine the cause of death.

Police did not identify the children, either.

The father has not been charged but is being considered a person of interest, according to WABC-TV.

Police had been called to the home once before for a domestic dispute, the station reported.

Additional details were not immediately available.

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