Macabre scenario of radical's murder of 2 police gets darker
12:21 EST, 17 June 2016
12:22 EST, 17 June 2016
PARIS (AP) — The killer who knifed to death two police officials in their home this week, claiming allegiance to the Islamic State group, tracked the couple days before the gruesome murders and uploaded his claim of responsibility on the family computer, a judicial official said on Friday.
As the investigation into the gruesome deaths on Monday advanced, France honored the couple, Commander Jean-Baptiste Salvaing, No. 2 officer in Mureaux, a hardscrabble town west of Paris, and Jessica Schneider, a police administrator in nearby Mantes-la-Jolie, another challenging town for police.
pre bonded hairHundreds of officers convened for a somber ceremony at the prefecture of Versailles, the region where the two had lived and worked. President Francois Hollande, who presided, praised the couple as "two heroes of daily life."
French President Francois Hollande pays his respects at the coffin of one the two police officials killed by an extremist claiming allegiance to IS, Friday, June 17, 2016 in Versailles, near Paris. Police commander Jean-Baptiste Salvaing and his companion, police administrator Jessica Schneider were stabbed Monday by attacker Larossi Abballa, who was killed in a police raid. (Dominique Faget, Pool via AP)
Larossi Abballa, 25, convicted in 2013 of a role in a jihadi network for the Pakistan-Afghan border, was killed by a police intervention unit which had surrounded the home and tried in vain to negotiate.
The couple's 3-year-old son was found alive inside the home.
Signals from Abballa's recently purchased telephone were captured in the town where the couple lived, Magnanville, and around the Mureaux police station on three consecutive days before the June 13 killings — on June 8, 9 and 10, the judicial official said.
"One can imagine that (he) was tracking" Salvaing, said the trusted official who was not authorized to discuss the case publicly.
The investigation revealed yet another macabre aspect to the killings: Abballa uploaded his more than 12-minute video claiming responsibility — and pledge of allegiance to the Islamic State on Facebook Live — using the family computer.
It also appears he took photos of Salvaing from the family computer, the official said.
The question of a revenge attack has hung over the killings. However, police officials have said there is no proof linking Salvaing to his killer, who lived in the area, even though the commander likely knew of him.
France has been on tenterhooks about potential attacks by the Islamic State group after two waves of attacks last year, including November massacres in Paris that killed 130.
Hollande said during the ceremony that security officials had stymied more than 15 attack attempts in the past few months.
The latest may be that of a 22-year-old Frenchman arrested this week in the tourist-heavy medieval city of Carcassonne, in southern France. He faces possible charges of criminal terrorist association for allegedly preparing to attack people in the street, notably Americans and Russians, the judicial official said.
The man, from the Tarn region, north of Carcassonne, was detained this week with a knife and hammer after bragging online about wanting to kill people, a security official said Thursday. Further information, including his identity, was not immediately available.
remy hair extensionsThe killing of the police officials shook the nation's police officers, stretched by the state of emergency and the month-long Euro 2016 soccer championships.
Investigators have yet to decipher the scenario of the killings, and are studying the possibility that the police officer's wife was killed first, contradicting initial reports, judicial and police officials said.
At the ceremony, Hollande said measures would be taken to ensure anonymity for police who now feel threatened out of uniform. He did not elaborate on the measures. He also said off-duty police may now carry arms, a demand that has grown with the threats.
"France will continue its implacable fight against terrorism with even more determination in memory of their sacrifice," Hollande told police mourning their colleagues, calling police "sentinels of the Republic."
Hollande posthumously made Salvaing and Schneider, a police administrator, knights of the Legion of Honor, France's highest honor.
Police officers carry the coffin of one of the two police officials killed by an extremist claiming allegiance to IS, during a ceremony Friday, June 17, 2016 in Versailles, near Paris. Police commander Jean-Baptiste Salvaing and his companion, police administrator Jessica Schneider were stabbed Monday by attacker Larossi Abballa, who was killed in a police raid. (Dominique Faget, Pool via AP)
Police officers pay homage to the two slain colleagues during a white march in Mantes-la-Jolie, west of Paris, Thursday, June 16, 2016. French police officials Jean-Baptiste Salvaing and his companion Jessica Schneider were killed Monday by an Islamic State extremist. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)
A French police officer holds a rose and an candle to pay homage to the two slain colleagues during a white march in Mantes-la-Jolie, west of Paris, Thursday, June 16, 2016. French police officials Jean-Baptiste Salvaing and his companion Jessica Schneider were killed Monday by an Islamic State extremist. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)
French President Francois Hollande delivers a speech during a memorial ceremony honoring the two police officials killed by an extremist claiming allegiance to IS, Friday, June 17, 2016 in Versailles, near Paris. Police commander Jean-Baptiste Salvaing and his companion, police administrator Jessica Schneider were stabbed Monday by attacker Larossi Abballa, who was killed in a police raid. (Dominique Faget, Pool via AP)
French President Francois Hollande awards posthumously the Legion d'Honneur at one the two police officials killed by an extremist claiming allegiance to IS, Friday, June 17, 2016 in Versailles, near Paris. Police commander Jean-Baptiste Salvaing and his companion, police administrator Jessica Schneider were stabbed Monday by attacker Larossi Abballa, who was killed in a police raid. (Dominique Faget, Pool via AP)
Police officers and residents walk to pay homage to the two slain police officials during a white march in Mantes-la-Jolie, west of Paris, Thursday, June 16, 2016. French police officials Jean-Baptiste Salvaing and his companion Jessica Schneider were killed Monday by an Islamic State extremist. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)
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Chris Rock's 33-year-old girlfriend Megalyn Echikunwoke flashed a diamond ring on her wedding finger on Saturday evening while at the Apollo in the Hamptons 2016 party in New York City.
The timing is interesting as the next day the comedian finalized his divorce from wife of 20 years, Malaak Compton-Rock.
The ring - a yellow gold double band with a small diamond - could be an engagement ring. As PageSix revealed on Thursday, a friend shared a clear image of the ring and added it was time to celebrate 'new beginnings,' strongly suggesting the standup could be on his way to another marriage.
Bling it on! Chris Rock's girlfriend Megalyn Echikunwoke flashed diamond ring on wedding finger on Sunday the night before his divorce was finalized from wife of 10 years Malaak
'Last night we celebrated new beginnings . . . #lovewins,' the unidentified friend wrote in the caption.
The site pointed out Echikunwoke seemed to take a dig at Malaak when she replied 'Bye, Felicia,' which is a catchphrase that pretty much translates to 'don't let the door hit you on the way out,' only not as polite.
A friend added crying-laughter emojis.
They look good together: The standup and Echikunwoke at the Governor's Ball at the 88th Academy Awards back in February; she does not appear to have the ring on here
perruques cheveux naturelsThe post was then taken down.
The beauty glowed as she held onto Rock, who was also in great spirits. She had on a lovely floral-print dress with spaghetti straps and her hair was worn down over her bare shoulders.
A source told PageSix, 'she always wears that ring,' which appears to be true as she has had it on several times in the past six months. They have been dating for one year and she lives at his New Jersey home.
The last one: Rock and Malaak back in 2014; they have two daughters together and have raised an adopted daughter as well
His rep then said Chris was '100 percent' not engaged.
On Monday Chris and Malaak both appeared in a New Jersey courtroom to finalise the split, reported TMZ.
The 51-year-old comic actor and his wife - who have been separated since 2014 -have two daughters Lola Simone, 14 and Zahra Savanna, 12.
Chris and Malaak Compton-Rock also appear to have been raising eight-year-old Ntombi, who first came to live with them from South Africa when she was six months old, according to the website, although details are unclear.
In divorce papers, Malaak listed Ntombi-futhi Samantha as a dependent along with the Rocks’ two biological daughters.
The kids: Chris with Malaak and children Lola, Zahra Savanna and Ntombi at the Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted premiere in NYC in 2012
She stated that in addition to their two children, there is a child 'who has resided with the parties since before her first birthday.'
But rather mysteriously, a spokesman for Chris told TMZ he does not have an adopted child.
TMZ previously reported that back in 2008, the family took in Ntombi who remained in their house and was subsequently enrolled in a local school.
perruques cheveuxShe mingles with the big guns: Chris and Megalyn with Harvey Weinstein at the Apollo party
The site added that the girl's parents were thought to be unemployed and from South Africa, although it is not known why she was living with the Rock family.
They add that when Chris and Malaak began divorce proceedings, Chris maintained contact with his two biological daughters.
However their divorce case is sealed so it is not known what settlement was reached.
Meanwhile, Chris began dating actress Megalyn earlier this year. Megalyn, who has had recurring roles in 24, ER, CSI Miami, The 4400, 90210 and Damien, was most recently featured as the animal-powered Vixen in the TV series Arrow.
Madonna surprised fans with an unexpected appearance at a 25th anniversary screening of her documentary Truth Or Dare on Wednesday.
The superstar showed up at the event held at the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan to the delight of the 400 or so in the audience.
lace front wigsThe 58-year-old pop culture icon shared a couple of photos on her Instagram showing her standing between two on-screen images of herself from her Blond Ambition tour of 1990.
'Surreal moment!' she wrote alongside the picture.
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'Surreal moment!' Madonna surprised fans at a 25th anniversary screening of documentary Truth Or Dare and posed next to images of herself from the 1990 Blond Ambition Tour
Madonna: Truth Or Dare was first released in May 1991 and followed the Material Girl on tour and showed her behind-the-scenes with then-boyfriend Warren Beatty, praying with her backup dancers and facing arrest for public indecency at her concert in Toronto, Canada.
'So many freedoms we take for granted that we did not have then. Thank you Alek Keshishian. We changed history with this film.!' Madonna wrote.
Keshishian directed the film that was shot in black and white.
Who's that girl? The pop icon, who just turned 58, delighted the 400 or so fans gathered to watch the film at the museum Of Modern Art in Manhattan on Wednesday
Demure: Madonna wore an off-he-shoulder red dress with white floral detailing and cinched at the waist with a black band for her surprise appearance
Sharing 'a kiki': She was accompanied by her daughter Lourdes 'Lola' Leon, 19
In a second photo shared via her Instagram, she's seen sharing 'a kiki' with daughter Lourdes Leon or Lola as she calls her.
cosplay wigsMadonna wore a red off-the-shoulder dress with a flounce neckline and black spaghetti straps.
The frock features white floral detailing, half-sleeves and was cinched under the bust with a black band.
She added a matching black and white floral patterned purse and wore her signature blonde hair styled in loose waves to her shoulders.
Madonna had just returned from a birthday trip to Cuba with Lola, 19, and adopted children, 10-year-olds David and Mercy.
Truth Or Dare AKA In Bed With Madonna showed behind-the-scenes footage of the singer including candid moments with then-boyfriend Warren Beatty and prayer circles with her dancers
Getaway: Madonna recently celebrated her 58th birthday with a trip to Cuba accompanied by daughter Lola, 19, and her adopted children David and Mercy, both 10