Mother shields baby during plane crash, sacrifices her own life to save the child


COLOMBIA – A mother’s love is something that can never be underestimated. Mothers always tell their children that they would do anything for them, and, thankfully, most of us never realize how far they will go.

Sadly, in Colombia, a mother sacrificed her life in order to save her baby’s as the plane the family was traveling in crashed.

A well-known doctor from Bogota, Colombia, Fabio Grandas, was flying a HK2335-G aircraft on October 13th with his wife, Mayerly Diaz Rojas, their baby, and the family’s nanny, Nuris Maza.  The group had decided to fly from Santa Marta to the Guaymaral airport. 

Initial reports seem to indicate that Grandas, known as an experienced pilot, had no difficulties during the flight until they neared the city of Ubate.  Grandas declared an emergency as the plane started to lose altitude and ultimately crashed in the Novilleros area.

Rojas must have known that the plane was crashing and took her baby, Martin, and used her body to take the impact and shield as much of it as her body could take from the baby.  Miraculously, the move worked, and Martin survived when no one else in the plane did. 

Witnesses to the crash called emergency authorities to report the incident and have rescue personnel respond just after 5pm.  Upon their arrival, they were able to get to the wreckage and began looking for survivors.

Rescue members located the bodies of Grandas, Maza, and Rojas.  Rescue personnel found the infant, Martin, alive and still clutched in his mother’s arms.  It appears as if Rojas knew the plane was going down and used her body to shield Martin from most of the impact of the crash, thus, saving his life.

Medics stated that Martin did not seem to sustain any serious injuries and was transported to the Fundacion Santa Fe de Bogota Hospital for treatment.  He was later transferred to the Marly Clinic in Chia according to El Tiempo and was last listed in stable condition. 

The victims’ names were released shortly after the identities were confirmed and the news of the death was taken hard by the medical community.  Grandas’ death was viewed as a “huge loss for medicine in Colombia.”

Grandas was a member of the Air Patrol which travels to remote areas of the country to render medical aid.  The Air Patrol paid tribute to all of the victims of the crash.

Colombia’s Civil Aviation Authority will be investigating the cause of the crash which will likely take significant time to be completed. In the meantime, they issued a statement that read that they wanted to express “solidarity with the families of the victims.”

They stated:

“According to initial information, the plane had all of its technical documentation up to date.”

Sadly, this is not the first plane crash this year in Colombia or in recent years.  The Colombian Bureau of Aircraft Accidents reported several plane crashes in recent years, including two others in 2020, one of them claimed four lives.

Prior to these events, the Country also suffered significant loss when a plane carrying Brazil’s Chapecoense Real soccer team to a game in Medellin struck treetops while descending.  This caused the plane to crash, killing 71 people on board and leaving six survivors. 

In that incident, the charter plane was carrying 68 passengers and nine crew members when it took off from the Viru Viru airport in Santa Cruz.  The plane struck the treetops as it made its approach to the Jose Maria Cordova International Airport in Rionegro.

The team was headed to the area to play against the Atletico Nacional of Medellin in the first part of the Sudamericana final.  The team had reached its final of a major South American club competition. 

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Twin 15-year-old girls murdered in their own home while a distraught mother saved younger children

April 21, 2020

SAN DIEGO, CA – A mother recently lost her two 15-year-old twin daughters on April 15th, reportedly at the hands of an ex-boyfriend. According to the mother, the suspect had told her that he “finally knows what he needs to do,” before coming over to murder her children.

Police covered the block of a home located on Central Avenue in San Diego after calls started coming in about a reported shooting on April 15th.

When first responders hit the scene, they entered the home to find two 15-year-old girls, Caira and Leah Christopher, dead. The deceased children’s older brother, 22-year-old Gary Paul Goode, was also wounded.

According to Joann Hoyt, she and 38-year-old Dwayne Edward Groves Jr. had broken up prior to him allegedly coming to murder her children inside of her home:

“He’s not been talking to me. I let him come by on Easter to see the little ones. Then today he said he figured it all out. He finally knows what he needs to do. And he showed up at the house and shot my back window out.”

What played out thereafter can only be described as a parent’s worst nightmare:

“My 15-year-old daughter tried to close the door on him and he kicked the door open and he shot her in the head. And then he went after my other three older kids.”

Feeling helpless in the situation, the mother gathered her younger children and sought safety:

“I grabbed the little kids and ran out the back because I knew I couldn’t do anything for my daughters.”

Lt. Thomas Seiver from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department confirmed the tragic outcome from the violence that erupted on April 15th, noting that two female victims were identified in the home. Deputies located Groves hiding out in the back yard of a nearby home after arriving. He was reportedly taken into custody without incident.

The suspect was booked into the San Diego Central Jail under charges of murder, attempted murder, and assault with a deadly weapon. Groves is currently being held without bail and has an arraignment tentatively scheduled for May 1st.

San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan stated the emotional turmoil that comes with cases involving children being slain:

“It’s a strike to the heart when you see children being murdered. It’s something that keeps us up at night.”

The case is being described as a domestic violence incident based upon the victim’s mother and the suspect’s previous relationship. Stephan noted that there’s been a national uptick in domestic violence incidents across the country ever since stay-at-home orders have been adopted:

“When you have people who are essentially at home and are staying at home, you have less people who can observe injuries and the pain.”

Taylor Miller, who was the teen girl’s JV basketball coach at Helix Charter High School, is heartbroken over the death of the girls:

“I’m going to miss seeing them grow.”

Miller spoke about the level of personality and energy that the girls brought to the basketball team:

“[Leah] was the one to bring them in. Reel them in like, ‘Hey guys. We’re trying to get better. We have a game tomorrow. We need to focus here.’”

She described Leah’s sister, Caira, as being a little looser and more jovial at times:

“You could hear Caira’s laughter echoing through the gym. She just kept everybody happy and having a good time.”

When reflecting on the time she spent with the young girls, Miller was thankful for just having had the opportunity to spend the time she had with them:

“I want to say thank you to them for teaching me. As much as I had the coaching title, they coached me up for my next steps in life.”

We at Law Enforcement Today cannot imagine how this woman is feeling. Our prayers will be with her and her family during this difficult time.


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