Tulare Mourns Multiple Community Tragedies

Tulare Loses One Life — Many More Impacted— in Deadly Shooting at Funeral

Published on March 6th, 2020 | By Blaine Manuel Leal


The tragic shooting in Tulare was shocking and devastating for the community. It is reported to have resulted in a 23-year-old named DJ Jones losing his life while five other party attendees were injured, at least one or them children.
Tulare is unfortunately aware of the devastating impacts of shootings and violence and the impact they can have on communities. However,  this incident is even more cruel than the Pato's Place Massacre or even what's seen on the streets some regular times in Tulare. 
Also, The Fresno Bee in particular has reported that at least one innocent child was shot multiple times, possibly recovering and in serious condition.
DJ was a Tulare residents according to published reports and was the only reported fatality at the time of this writing. One attendee who was struck was a seven-year-old child whose needs healing energy and prayers at this time.
The Tulare Police and County Sherriff can be contacted and likely encourage anyone with information to contact them immediately.


Rudy Carrasco, TW Administrator, Loses His Life Tragically In Car Accident 

Published on March 6th, 2020 | By Blaine Manuel Leal


Tulare tragically lost one of its most beloved leaders, Mr. Rudy Carrasco, Dean of Students at Tulare Western, in an automobile accident on Wednesday, February 26th. Mr. Carrasco was just 46 years old and is survived by his wife and three children, all of Woodlake. 
On the Senior Class of Tulare Western Twitter account, the advisors managing the account and presumably students stressed  the importance of living by Mr. Rudy Carrasco's values, such as "kindness, generosity and integrity". They also promised to "carry on his light" he brought to the school as an administrator, revered and beloved by all. Also on social media, Tulare Western's Softball Team recently posted on Twitter, saying that their most recent win, 21-1 against SJM, was dedicated to him. Mr. Carrasco also supported sports and his daughter, Kelcey, who played for TW Softball and now collegiately at Fresno State.
As Dean of Tulare Western, Rudy, also known as Mr. Carrasco, contributed to the academic and athletic well being of the school. Many students benefitted from his expertise on the field, and he was Athletic Director at TWHS, among other adminstrative and teaching roles, before becoming Dean. 
Tulare Joint Union School District released a statement expressing their deepest condolences for the Carrasco family and school community, pointing out that he was remembered by all students and parents for and being dedicated to his job, and that his TWHS tenure began back in 1997. 
The investigation into the car accident in ongoing, and anyone with relevant information should contact the Tulare Police Department and County Sheriff.



The candidacy of Pete Buttigieg is historical in many ways, and he doesn't have any intention of slowing down. In fact, the race is in the getting down to the wire and Mayor Pete might be gaining momentum

Published on September 30th, 2019 | By Blaine Manuel Leal

  The 2020 presidential race has already been one of the most innovative and exciting in recent memory. With so many diverse candidates on the Democratic side, there have been historical moments that helped define this race in a new way. One of those candidates is Pete Buttigieg, who is the first gay man to reach such success in a presidential campaign.

He has already raised that bar in terms of what is expected from the LGBTQ Community in national elections. He has been seen frequently with his partner, which has created a normalizing effect on same-sex marriage and attraction across the country. He has also discussed his coming-out openly on social media and national television, doing more yet to further the rights of the queer community.

Not only that, but his candidacy shows no signs of letting up. In fact, many pundits praised his recent performance at the debate, including his presence over other candidates in the field. With a background in civic leadership in the mid-west, along with experience as in the US Military, it's no surprise he's such a popular candidate.

This election season has already made history within the LGBTQ Community. Only time will tell if this will be the year that an openly gay candidate breaks the glass ceiling in the White House. 

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