In March of 2017, we introduced you to Molly, a therapy dog owned by Retired U.S. Army soldier Ron Leonard. Now, two and a half years later, she is making news again.

Just over two weeks ago, police say a man shot and killed his wife and 6-year-old grandson before turning the gun on himself. The man’s 4-year-old granddaughter, who was uninjured, ran to a neighbor’s house for help.

That neighbor was Ron Leonard, who lives across the street from where it happened. It will be a night he will never forget.

“There are things that stick with you, other things don’t, and this one will,” Leonard said.

Police said Terry Majors, 64, is believed to have shot his wife, Leigh Shea-Majors, 61, and grandson, Ty Dodson, 6, before killing himself. Major’s granddaughter was able to escape.

“The little girl ran to our house and was screaming, and we had the opportunity to have her in the house and comfort her down as the police did their work out there,” Leonard said.

The one providing the greatest amount of comfort at Leonard’s home: Molly. She is a therapy dog through the Canines For Christ, which Leonard is a Chaplain for. The organization and its dogs visits people in nursing homes, schools, and even victims of domestic violence. Leonard says Molly’s impact on the community is heartwarming.

Molly therapy dog

In a statement to Law Enforcement Today, Leonard said that Molly sprang into action and comforted over 13 police officers. She also comforted the family members and the neighborhood.

“It just absolutely makes me happy to know that we’re having an effect on people’s lives every single day when we wake up,” Leonard said.

We first learned about Molly as she and Leonard were traveling around the state of Tennessee honoring 9-1-1 “Hidden Heroes” during National Telecommunicators Week.

“Our therapy dog Molly makes regular visits to Nashville, Tennessee 9-1-1 communications centers bringing joy and laughter to an already stressful job,” said Ron. “We also travel with her to children’s events, The Hope Lodge (American Cancer Society), Churches, Assisted Living Facilities, etc. Molly and I also travel helping other 9-1-1 communications centers and training other therapy dogs to respond to a crisis!”

Molly has made over 4,000 visits, bringing joy, laughter and God’s comfort and making a lasting difference in reducing stress and brightening the days of those she visits.

Therapy Dog Eases 9-1-1 Dispatcher Stress

Consisting of more than 700 volunteers in 39 states and 3 foreign nations, Canines for Christ is an animal-assisted therapy ministry that uses ordinary people and their beloved dogs to share God’s message of love, hope, kindness, and compassion to the community. For more information, see K9forchrist.org.

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Stories involving little kids always hit close to home for us.  That’s why what’s happening in Chicago, for example, was a tough one to report on yesterday.

Prosecutors say that two Chicago gang members allegedly executed a 9-year-old boy in an attempt to get back at a rival gang for a prior shooting, according to a report from Fox.

Corey Morgan and Dwight Doty began their trials on Tuesday in connection with the slaying. The impending charges now have the two members of the Bang Gang/Terror Dome faction of the Black P Stones gang trying to pin the blame on each other, sources say.

9-year-old Tyshawn Lee was executed as part of an alleged act of gang retaliation. (Chicago Police)

 

Tyshawn Lee, just 9-years-old at the time, was still in his school uniform when the Chicago gang members approached him back in 2015, prosecutors say. Corey Morgan and Kevin Edwards reportedly kept a lookout while Doty lured Lee into an alley, using a juice box as a way to get him to come with him, they said.

Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Margaret Hillmann said that Doty then took out a .40 caliber handgun and shot Lee, killing him. 

 

After the horrific execution, prosecutors say that Edwards drove the getaway car. He pleaded guilty to first-degree murder earlier this month in exchange for a 25-year prison sentence, Fox noted. 

The supposed reason for the murder?

Prosecutors say that the 9-year-old boy’s father, Pierre Stokes, was a member of a rival gang – the Killa Ward faction of the Gangster Disciples. Doty and Morgan were apparently seeking revenge after a shooting in October 2015 left Morgan’s brother dead and his mother severely wounded. The pair blamed Stokes for the action, and sought to retaliate, prosecutors said.

Even though the three men traveled to the site together and the young child was brutally gunned down, Morgan’s attorney, Thomas Breen, is attempting to shift the sole blame onto the man who allegedly pulled the trigger – Dwight Doty. 

“That execution of that 9-year-old boy has to come from one singularly evil person,” Breen said to the court without directly naming Doty. “Not from a plan. His killer did so of his own volition and for his own reason. Not at the behest or help of Corey Morgan.”

But Doty’s public defender argued that Morgan had the motive as it was his family members who were reportedly gunned down just a month prior. He also said that the Morgan family had organized the purchase of the firearm that was used to kill 9-year-old Lee. 

 

Investigators say that a few months after the murder of his child, Stokes allegedly shot three people outside a gas station in retaliation. One of the people who was shot was Morgan’s girlfriend. Stokes is now being held without bail, Fox said.

Authorities say that the two rival gangs have been locked in a war since 2011, with as many as 15 reported shootings being traded back and forth between the groups. 

 

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