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Texas police offer $25K reward to catch Qld man Brenton Estorffe’s killers

The distraught father of a Queensland man, who was shot dead during a home invasion in Texas, is now on his way to the United States.

Michael Estorffe feared he was going to miss his son’s funeral because of a Visa issue, but thankfully was given the all clear this morning.

In an emotional interview on Sunrise on Saturday, Mr Estorffe thanked the media for all of their help.

“Can I just say one thing, I would just like to thank the media for helping me get my visa,” he said.

“It’s a tough time to get that done and now I have to go to the next level and bury Brenton our son…” he said through tears.

Brenton Estorffe was gunned down just after 12:00am on Wednesday, local time, while trying to protect his wife and two kids from intruders who had smashed a window to break into their home.

The Fort Bend County Sherriff’s office has since released vision of a “light coloured sedan” seen speeding from the scene prior to, and following, the shooting.

“Surveillance footage has revealed a vehicle of interest at the time of the shooting. The vehicle appears to be a light colored, 4-door sedan with a sunroof,” Police said.

“The first suspect is a male, approximately 5-feet, 11-inches tall, dark skinned, and was wearing a dark colored hoodie.”

“The second suspect is a male, approximately 6-feet tall, slender build, dark skinned, and had short hair.”

A US$25,000 reward has also been offered by Texas police in a bid to track down the killer.

“Help us catch those responsible for this heinous crime,” Sheriff Troy Nehls said.

“A wife and two small children now have to try and piece their life together without their loving husband and father.”

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Queensland dad shot dead in Texas as wife and young kids slept

A Queensland dad living in the United States has been shot dead in a horror home invasion.

29-year-old Brenton Estorffe was pursuing his dream of playing in the NFL, and living in Texas with his wife and two young children.

Estorffe reportedly heard a window break at the rear of his home in Katy – near Houston – around midnight on Wednesday.

He went to confront the intruders when he was shot and killed, all while his wife and children slept.

It’s understood the intruders have not been caught.

Local Sheriff Troy Nehls said it’s a tragedy.

“We have a homeowner here in Fort Bend County who’s no longer with us, and a father of two small children. It breaks your heart,” Sheriff Nehls said.

While, neighbour Kimberly told Channel 9 the community is shocked that this could happen in their area.

“We’ve left our doors unlocked because we felt like this is such a quiet neighbourhood.

“So it’s pretty shocking to be honest.

“I can’t even imagine what the wife is going through right now,” Kimberley said.

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Turkey agrees to ceasefire arrangement in northern Syria

Fighting in northern Syria will stop for at least five days, under a cease fire deal reached with Turkey.

US Vice President Mike Pence made the announcement a short time ago, with the US to now facilitate the withdrawal of Kurdish troops near the Turkish border.

It’s understood once that is complete, Turkey will agree to a permanent ceasefire.

The deal was reached after the US imposed sanctions an increased tariffs on Turkish steel imports just three days ago.

US President Donald Trump tweeted his congratulations to everyone for coming to an agreement, calling it a ‘great day for civilisation’.

“I am proud of the United States for sticking by me in following a necessary, but somewhat unconventional, path. People have been trying to make this “Deal” for many years. Millions of lives will be saved,” his post reads.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan replied saying that ‘many more lives will be saved when we defeat terrorism, which is humanity’s arch enemy’, in a reply tweet.

It’s understood that Turkey is now set to gain exactly what they were after by launching an offensive.

Once Kurdish troops have withdrawn from the area, Turkish forces will essentially control a strip of Syria more than 30 kilometres deep.

Boxing

Boxer dies just days after being knocked out during bout

The boxing world is in mourning today following the tragic death of American boxer Patrick Day.

The 27-year-old died in hospital overnight, just four days after he was knocked out in a super welterweight fight against Charles Conwell in Chicago.

Following the bout, he was stretchered from the ring and rushed to hospital, however never regained consciousness.

His promoter, Lou DiBella, confirmed in a statement on Thursday morning that Day died after suffering a traumatic brain injury.

“He was surrounded by his family, close friends and members of his boxing team, including his mentor, friend and trainer Joe Higgins,” the statement reads.

“On behalf of Patrick’s family, team, and those closest to him, we are grateful for the prayers, expressions of support and outpouring of love for Pat that have been so obvious since his injury.

“Patrick Day didn’t need to box.

“He came from a good family, he was smart, educated, had good values and had other avenues available to him to earn a living.

“He chose to box, knowing the inherent risks that every fighter faces when he or she walks into a boxing ring.

“Boxing is what Pat loved to do. It’s how he inspired people and it was something that made him feel alive.”

His opponent Charles Conwell also released an emotional statement, writing “I never meant for this to happen to you.”

“If I could take it all back I would no one deserves for this to happen to them,” Conwell wrote.

“I replay the fight over and over in my head thinking what if this never happened and why did it happen to you. I can’t stop thinking about it myself I prayed for you so many times and shedded so many tears.”

Conwell said he “thought about quitting boxing” but would instead use Day as his motivation.

“I know that you were a fighter at heart so I decided not to but to fight and win a world title because that’s what you wanted and that’s what I want so I’ll use you as motivation every day and make sure I always leave it all in the ring every time.”

 

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This is my last time speaking on the situation because of this being a sensitive topic not only for his family and friends but for myself and the sport of boxing. Dear Patrick Day, I never meant for this to happen to you. All I ever wanted to do was win. If I could take it all back I would no one deserves for this to happen to them. I replay the fight over and over in my head thinking what if this never happened and why did it happen to you. I can’t stop thinking about it myself I prayed for you so many times and shedded so many tears because I couldn’t even imagine how my family and friends would feel. I see you everywhere I go and all I hear is wonderful things about you. I thought about quitting boxing but I know that’s not what you would want I know that you were a fighter at heart so I decided not to but to fight and win a world title because that’s what you wanted and thats what I want so I’ll use you as motivation every day and make sure I always leave it all in the ring every time. #ChampPatrickDay With Compassion, Charles Conwell

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WATCH: Prince Harry breaks down whilst talking about wife Meghan and baby Archie

Prince Harry has choked back tears whilst talking about his wife Meghan Markle and the birth of their first child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten Windsor.

The heartwarming scenes played out at the WellChild Awards in London overnight, where the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were guests.

During an emotional speech, the Duke reflected on last year’s awards which the couple also attended, telling the crowd that at that time, only he and Meghan knew that they were going to be parents.

“Last year when my wife and I attended we knew we were expecting our first child and no one else did at the time, but we did. I remember…”

“Sorry,” Harry paused as he became emotional.

“I remember squeezing Meghan’s hand so tight during the awards and both of us thinking what it would be like to be parents one day and more so, what it would be like to do everything we could to protect and help our child should they be born with immediate challenges or become unwell over time.

“And more so, as parents, being here and speaking to all of you, pulls at my heartstrings in a way I could never have understood until I had a child of my own,” Prince Harry said.

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