Robert Gearty

Vice President Pence told West Point’s most diverse graduating class in history that they will go to war for America at some point in their life.

Pence addressed the U.S. Military Academy’s 2019 graduating class of more than 980 cadets at the institution’s 221st commencement on Saturday morning in West Point, N.Y.

“It is a virtual certainty that you will fight on a battlefield for America at some point in your life,” the vice president told the graduates. “You will lead soldiers in combat. It will happen.”

“Some of you will join the fight against radical Islamic terrorists in Afghanistan and Iraq,” he said. “Some of you will join the fight on the Korean Peninsula and in the Indo-Pacific, where North Korea continues to threaten the peace, and an increasingly militarized China challenges our presence in the region. Some of you will join the fight in Europe, where an aggressive Russia seeks to redraw international boundaries by force. And some of you may even be called upon to serve in this hemisphere.”

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“And when that day comes, I know you will move to the sound of the guns and do your duty, and you will fight, and you will win,” he said. “The American people expect nothing less.“

Vice President Mike Pence salutes a graduating cadet before handing a diploma to her during graduation ceremonies at the United States Military Academy, Saturday, May 25, 2019, in West Point, N.Y. (AP Photo/Julius Constantine Motal)

Vice President Mike Pence salutes a graduating cadet before handing a diploma to her during graduation ceremonies at the United States Military Academy, Saturday, May 25, 2019, in West Point, N.Y. (AP Photo/Julius Constantine Motal)

The graduating class, their families and other attendees also heard Pence say, “as you accept the mantle of leadership I promise you, your commander in chief will always have your back. President Donald Trump is the best friend the men and women of our armed forces will ever have.”

The cadets leave West Point as U.S. Army second lieutenants.

During his remarks, Pence noted that Trump has proposed a $750 billion defense budget for 2020 and said the United States “is once again embracing our role as the leader of the free world.”

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The 2019 cadets included 223 women, 34 of whom are black. Both totals are all-time highs since the first female cadets graduated in 1980. The academy graduated its 5,000th woman Saturday.

Vice President Mike Pence speaks during graduation ceremonies at the United States Military Academy, Saturday, May 25, 2019, in West Point, N.Y. (AP Photo/Julius Constantine Motal)

Vice President Mike Pence speaks during graduation ceremonies at the United States Military Academy, Saturday, May 25, 2019, in West Point, N.Y. (AP Photo/Julius Constantine Motal)

The 110 African Americans who graduated were double the number from 2013. There were also 88 Hispanics who graduated.

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West Point held other events leading up to the commencement, including a wreath-laying on Tuesday featuring the academy’s oldest living graduate, retired Col. Doniphan Carter, class of 1944 and a graduation parade on Friday, the Westchester Journal News reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Long Island cops are investigating another possible MS-13 gang slaying after unearthing a badly decomposed body Saturday in a bucolic and popular nature preserve.

Cops said the victim was killed in 2016 in the Massapequa Preserve on the south shore of Nassau County after being lured there by the gang. The notorious MS-13 gang has been singled out by President Trump for its wanton brutality, which has led to a series of crackdowns by law enforcement on the federal and local levels.

“We’re here on a beautiful day on the holiday weekend for yet another gruesome discovery,” Nassau District Attorney Madeline Signas said at a news conference.

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The number of MS-13 victims whose bodies have been found in Nassau County since 2016 now totals 11, officials said.

“This war if you will that took place in ’16 and ’17, we recovered close to 11 victims, all, most buried in shallow graves throughout Nassau County,” Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said.

Homicide detectives said they know the identities of the latest victim  — and the killers. Those names weren’t released Saturday. No arrests have been announced.

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The discovery of the body came was the result of an investigation that led to the arrests of four MS-13 members for the 2017 killing of 19-year-old Julio Gonzales-Espantzay. He was hacked to death with machetes after being lured to the Massapequa Preserve with the promise of marijuana and sex, police said.

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His body was discovered two months after his murder, a short distance from where cops made Saturday’s discovery.

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An “Old Guard” soldier who was photographed placing a small American flag at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during a severe thunderstorm is drawing notice ahead of Memorial Day.

The storm hit Thursday in D.C. as members of the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment, better known as “The Old Guard,” were planting flags at each grave at the cemetery as they do each year at this time.

“During the storm, one of the most extraordinary displays of discipline and dedication to duty ever to be witnessed at Arlington National Cemetery was taking place at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier,” the Old Guard’s Facebook page said in a post.

A severe thunderstorm Thursday failed to stop a sentinel from placing a flag at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

A severe thunderstorm Thursday failed to stop a sentinel from placing a flag at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. (3d U.S. Infantry Regiment)

SEN. COTTON TELLS STORY OF SERVING WITH ‘THE OLD GUARD’ AT ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

“With only a few watching from cover, a Tomb Sentinel approached the Unknowns with U.S. flags in hand. As thunder shook the ground and rains washed down without abandon, the Tomb Sentinel pierced through the elements with breath-taking precision.

“He knelt and placed the flags in honor of the Unknowns. For the select few who saw this moment, it was jaw-dropping. Humans have their limits, but The Old Guard has yet to meet theirs.”

TRUMP PAYS RESPECT TO MILITARY DEAD AT ARLINGTON AHEAD OF MEMORIAL DAY

A comment to the post identified the sentinel as Tyler McKee, according to WTHR-TV.

Thousands of homes in the D.C. area lost power in the storm which also knocked down a significant number of trees, WUSA-TV reported.

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Several homes were severely damaged.

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An “Old Guard” soldier who was photographed placing a small American flag at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during a severe thunderstorm is drawing notice ahead of Memorial Day.

The storm hit Thursday in D.C. as members of the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment, better known as “The Old Guard,” were planting flags at each grave at the cemetery as they do each year at this time.

“During the storm, one of the most extraordinary displays of discipline and dedication to duty ever to be witnessed at Arlington National Cemetery was taking place at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier,” the Old Guard’s Facebook page said in a post.

A severe thunderstorm Thursday failed to stop a sentinel from placing a flag at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

A severe thunderstorm Thursday failed to stop a sentinel from placing a flag at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. (3d U.S. Infantry Regiment)

SEN. COTTON TELLS STORY OF SERVING WITH ‘THE OLD GUARD’ AT ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

“With only a few watching from cover, a Tomb Sentinel approached the Unknowns with U.S. flags in hand. As thunder shook the ground and rains washed down without abandon, the Tomb Sentinel pierced through the elements with breath-taking precision.

“He knelt and placed the flags in honor of the Unknowns. For the select few who saw this moment, it was jaw-dropping. Humans have their limits, but The Old Guard has yet to meet theirs.”

TRUMP PAYS RESPECT TO MILITARY DEAD AT ARLINGTON AHEAD OF MEMORIAL DAY

A comment to the post identified the sentinel as Tyler McKee, according to WTHR-TV.

Thousands of homes in the D.C. area lost power in the storm which also knocked down a significant number of trees, WUSA-TV reported.

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Several homes were severely damaged.

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Oregon authorities are seeking a would-be thief who was armed with a hatchet when he tried to rob a convenience store, only to flee when the clerk drew a gun and called 911.

However, the clerk’s quick thinking cost him his job, with the president of Plain Pantry in Oak Grove explaining to local station KOIN-TV that the chain has a zero-tolerance policy for weapons.

He said employees are trained to de-escalate robbery situations to avoid injury, according to the station.

The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office on Friday released surveillance video of the incident which took place April 28 at the store, seeking tips in identifying the suspect who fled empty-handed and without the 12-inch hatchet.

‘DOGGIE DOOR BANDIT’ SOUGHT BY OREGON POLICE AFTER CAPTURED SQUEEZING INTO HOME

Image from surveillance video showing a convenience store in Oregon pulling out a gun on a masked would-be robber who had a hatchet.

Image from surveillance video showing a convenience store in Oregon pulling out a gun on a masked would-be robber who had a hatchet. (Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office )

“We’d like to reunite you with the hatchet you left behind after the clerk responded with a handgun and a 911 call and you fled the scene,” Sgt. Marcus Mendoza said in a news release.

Mendoza said the suspect placed the hatchet on the counter and reportedly telling the clerk, “I’m sorry. I’ll leave.”

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“The suspect got on his knees with his hands in the air, then abruptly fled the store,” he said.

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An investigation into a South Carolina man’s fatal shooting of his daughter has led to murder charges.

Jermaine Pressley, 43, of Greenville, was accused of discharging a firearm with the intent of killing a person, resulting in the death of the victim, the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday in an arrest affidavit.

Nadeja Jermainequa Pressley, 23, was killed at 1 a.m. Sunday when her father mistook her for an intruder. She was struck after her father fired through the door.

Investigators don’t dispute Pressley’s claim “but whoever was at that door he intended to shoot,” Lt. Ryan Flood told Fox News Friday.

SOUTH CAROLINA MAN WHO MISTAKENLY SHOT, KILLED DAUGHTER ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES, POLICE SAY

Jermaine Pressley is facing a murder charge in the shooting death of his daughter in Greenville, S.C.

Jermaine Pressley is facing a murder charge in the shooting death of his daughter in Greenville, S.C. (Greenville County Sheriff’s Office)

Pressley was also charged with possession of a weapon during a violent crime and three counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Investigators said his conviction for possessing heroin 15 years ago barred him from owning a gun. Investigators said they found three guns in his home.

 SOUTH CAROLINA DAD FATALLY SHOOTS DAUGHTER HE THOUGHT WAS INTRUDER: REPORT

Pressley was charged with drug possession Monday, a day after the shooting.

He was denied bond at a hearing Friday, Fox Carolina reported.

Multiple members of his family were there for the appearance.

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“This was a tragic accident,” Pressley’s niece Rokiesha Suber said, according to the station. It was a mistake. We love Jermaine. Jermaine loved his daughter. His daughter was all he had. She was his pride and joy. The family is united.”

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A 97-year-old woman who died in December was buried by her son in her backyard — all because he wanted to keep cashing her monthly benefit checks, Arizona authorities said.

Leonie Shannon’s body was unearthed Wednesday in San Tan Valley pursuant to a search warrant, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

Daniel Shannon, 66, was charged with fraud and improper disposal of his mother’s body, the news release said.

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“Our detectives did a great job on this case, and in bringing Mr. Daniels to justice,” Sheriff Mark Lamb said. “These types of cases are especially troublesome when the crimes involve family members.”

Mugshot for Daniel Shannon, 66,

Mugshot for Daniel Shannon, 66, (Pinal County Sheriff’s Office )

Detectives were tipped off to the alleged scheme by a person who was concerned the mother hadn’t been seen in some time, FOX10 Phoenix reported.

Shannon initially said the woman wandered off and never returned, but then allegedly admitted she passed away on Dec. 21, according to the station.

MOLDOVAN MAN ACCUSED OF FAKING OWN DEATH FOR $2M INSURANCE PAYOUT PLEADS GUILTY IN MINNESOTA COURT

The sheriff’s office says Shannon decided not to report her death and bury her in the backyard so he could continue to cash the checks she was drawing from Social Security and the Veterans Administration, the station reported.

Shannon allegedly told detectives he needed to keep getting the benefit money in order to help pay for a patent on his invention, the news release said.

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The sheriff’s office offered no information on the invention.

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A 97-year-old woman who died in December was buried by her son in her backyard — all because he wanted to keep cashing her monthly benefit checks, Arizona authorities said.

Leonie Shannon’s body was unearthed Wednesday in San Tan Valley pursuant to a search warrant, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

Daniel Shannon, 66, was charged with fraud and improper disposal of his mother’s body, the news release said.

MAINE MAN USED UNSUSPECTING FATHER AS GETAWAY DRIVER FOR BANK ROBBERY, POLICE SAY

“Our detectives did a great job on this case, and in bringing Mr. Daniels to justice,” Sheriff Mark Lamb said. “These types of cases are especially troublesome when the crimes involve family members.”

Mugshot for Daniel Shannon, 66,

Mugshot for Daniel Shannon, 66, (Pinal County Sheriff’s Office )

Detectives were tipped off to the alleged scheme by a person who was concerned the mother hadn’t been seen in some time, FOX10 Phoenix reported.

Shannon initially said the woman wandered off and never returned, but then allegedly admitted she passed away on Dec. 21, according to the station.

MOLDOVAN MAN ACCUSED OF FAKING OWN DEATH FOR $2M INSURANCE PAYOUT PLEADS GUILTY IN MINNESOTA COURT

The sheriff’s office says Shannon decided not to report her death and bury her in the backyard so he could continue to cash the checks she was drawing from Social Security and the Veterans Administration, the station reported.

Shannon allegedly told detectives he needed to keep getting the benefit money in order to help pay for a patent on his invention, the news release said.

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The sheriff’s office offered no information on the invention.

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Maleah Davis, the 4-year-old Houston girl who’s been the focus of an intensive search for nearly three weeks, has likely been murdered, the city’s top cop said Thursday.

Davis was reported missing by her mother’s boyfriend, who has been jailed in connection with her disappearance. Though officials say Davis is assumed to be dead, authorities have yet to find her remains.

“We really believe we have a little girl that’s been murdered. We believe that she’s out there somewhere, and we want to bring her home,” Police Chief Art Acevedo said.

He appealed to the public for help in finding the girl.

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“She deserves to be found,” Acevedo said, according to FOX26 Houston. “She deserves to be recovered. She deserves to have a proper burial. We need the community’s help. We need people not to forget. This is not a cat that someone buried in their backyard.”

Mugshot for Derion Vence. (Houston Police Dept. via AP)

Mugshot for Derion Vence. (Houston Police Dept. via AP)

The boyfriend Derion Vence, 26, told police that men in a truck had abducted him, Maleah and his 2-year-old son, but had freed him and the boy. He reported her missing May 5.

MISSING MALEAH DAVIS’ MOM BLAMES HER BOYFRIEND FOR DISAPPEARANCE, SAYS SPOKESMAN

Vence was arrested May 12 on a charge of tampering with evidence after cops say trained dogs detected the scent of human decomposition in his vehicle. Cops say they also found blood in his apartment linked to Maleah.

“We strongly believe he knows where she’s at and if he wanted to tell us, he would,” Acevedo said, according to KTVT.

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A reward for information that helps police find Maleah was upped to $15,000 Thursday.

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A Florida man was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison for his wife’s cold-case murder — a crime their son witnessed when he was only 3 years old and helped crack as an adult.

“Daddy shot Mommy,” the boy told a child welfare worker in 1993 after the death of his 23-year-old mother Bonnie Haim in Jacksonville, according to an arrest affidavit.

Just over two decades later, in 2014, a 24-year-old Aaron Fraser dug up his mom’s remains in the backyard of his childhood home.

MAN GUILTY OF KILLING WIFE AFTER SON FINDS BODY YEARS LATER

The gruesome discovery led to the arrest of 52-year-old Michael Haim, who was found guilty of the murder in April.

Michael Haim was sentenced to life behind bars for the cold-case murder of his wife Bonnie Haim in 1993

Michael Haim was sentenced to life behind bars for the cold-case murder of his wife Bonnie Haim in 1993 (Fox 30 Jacksonville)

His sentence was meted out in Duval County Court.

“For 26 years, we wanted justice. And now we have it,” Bonnie Haim’s sister, Liz Peak said after the sentencing, according to WJXT-TV. “We got justice. But we don’t have Bonnie.”

MAN GUILTY OF KILLING WIFE AFTER SON FINDS BODY YEARS LATER

Fraser, who was adopted after the murder, stood behind his aunt as she delivered her remarks.

“I always knew my mom was buried, I just didn’t know where,” Fraser said last week at a pre-sentencing hearing, according to FOX30 Jacksonville

He was awarded his childhood home in a wrongful death lawsuit against his father.

A water leak led him to dig up the backyard searing for the source, and, under a concrete slab, he found the badly decomposed remains. DNA tests confirmed the remains were those of Bonnie Haim and a medical examiner concluded she died from a homicide “by unspecified means,” according to the arrest affidavit.

Family portrait of the Haim family before Bonnie Haim's murder.

Family portrait of the Haim family before Bonnie Haim’s murder. (Fox 30 Jacksonville)

A spent shell casing found where Bonnie Haim was buried was the same type of caliber as a rifle that Haim owned, the affidavit said.

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At his trial, Haim testified in his own defense, telling the jury that he loved his wife and that he would never hurt her.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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