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Teenager Speaks About The Aftermath Of Her Brother's Suicide

WASHINGTON (WUSA9)--Sixteen year-old Leilani Tizon is a courageous teenager who talks candidly about an issue rarely discussed in public: suicide.

It's the 10th leading cause of death for Americans, and it leaves shattered families in its wake.

"It sounds harsh but I've spent the last five years thinking that my brother doesn't love me. And that this is my fault," Leilani told us, from the living room of her suburban Washington home.

Growing up, Leilani and Christopher Tizon were inseparable.

"My brother and I were best friends. We were 6 ½ years apart," she said. "He was 18 when everything happened. I was 11."

Their father, Robert, was on a deployment to Saudi Arabia with the Air Force, when Christopher put a loaded gun to his left temple and pulled the trigger.

"He was very handsome," said Leilani, glancing over her shoulder at a large framed photo of her brother. She smiles.




Occasionally Cake of Old Town Alexandria needs diapers as part of the Northern Virginia Family Service Diaper Drive. Customers can drop off diapers from Sat., May 4 through Mother’s Day, Sun., May 12, and be entered to win a Mommy and Me Cupcake Decorating Class, to be held on Tues., May 14 at 5 p.m. Three winners will be chosen from a raffle drawing.  Call (703) 647-9638 or visit www.occasionallycake.com for more information.

The Mommy and Me Cupcake decorating will be taught by owner, Sabrina Campbell, mom of two daughters and soon-to-be son. She will discuss cupcake decorating techniques, creativity and tips for parent and child.

Summer Travel Season: Important Tips On Your Passport

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA 9) --- Are you ready with all your travel documents? Vivianne Pommier of Pommier Travel Services gives JC Hayward some important tips on making sure your passport and VISA are up-to-date before you hop on the plane.


a. Required anywhere outside of the U.S. including travel to Canada and Mexico for adults and infants.

b. Make sure there is at least 6 months validity remaining on the passport.

c. Expect 4 - 6 weeks for processing for passports.


1. Check out good details on VISA that are described on airline websites like this one.

2. Most visited countries that NEED VISA's:

a. Brazil

b. Russia

c. India

d. China

3. Take extra photos for the VISA process.

LivingSocial Hacked; Millions of Accounts Compromised

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- LivingSocial customers' accounts have been hacked, according to the deal site's CEO on Friday.

"LivingSocial recently experienced a cyber-attack on our computer systems that resulted in unauthorized access to some customer data from our servers," the CEO letter to its customers said. 

Up to 50 million customers may have been affected.

CEO Tim O'Shaughnessy also told customers to change their passwords with step-by-step instructions. 

"The information accessed includes names, email addresses, date of birth for some users, and encrypted passwords -- technically 'hashed' and 'salted' passwords. We never store passwords in plain text," the letter said. 

Here's the full letter:

Subject: An important update on your LivingSocial.com account

Publisher, photographer probed over topless Kate photos

Publisher, photographer probed over topless Kate photos

PARIS (AP) - French prosecutors have placed the publisher and photographer of unauthorized topless snaps of Prince William's wife, Kate, under formal criminal investigation, they said Thursday.

Caroline Chassain, spokeswoman for the Nanterre prosecutor, said that Mondadori Magazines France and local photographer Valerie Suau were placed under investigation earlier this month over possible criminal exploitation of the images, which appeared in the French Closer magazine last September.

The photos showed the duchess of Cambridge relaxing at a private villa in Provence, in southern France, sometimes without her bikini top and, in one case, her suit bottom partially pulled down to apply sunscreen.

Chassain added that Suau's employer, local newspaper La Provence, was also placed under formal criminal investigation on Monday, but she did not elaborate.

The investigation will likely take months to complete.

Police Ask For Help In Robbery Investigation

Police Ask For Help In Robbery Investigation

Bethesda, Md. (WUSA9) -- An armed bank robbery in Montgomery County is still being investigated and with no new leads, detectives are turning to the public.

Police say a suspect wearing a "dark blue jacket, a light green button up, gloves and a Halloween mask" robbed M&T bank off of Seven Locks Road on December 22, 2012 in the early morning," police said in the news release. 

The suspect walked into the bank, intimidated the teller with a small black handgun and left with an "undisclosed amount of cash," police said.

The robber is described as an "unknown race male, over 6'0'' tall, with a medium build." Investigators are urging anyone who may have tips about this incident to come forward and contact the Robbery Section at 240-773-5100, police said.

Officer killed in MIT standoff ID'd as Sean Collier, 26

(USA TODAY) -- MIT police officer Sean Collier, 26, of Somerville, Mass., died Thursday night after two men fired gunshots at Collier, who responded to a disturbance on the campus.

MIT police chief John DiFava said Collier was "a dedicated officer who was extremely well liked by his colleagues and the MIT community," according to a press release from the Middlesex District Attorney office.

Massachusetts General Hospital pronounced Collier dead upon arrival Thursday after 10:30 p.m. when he was found between Vassar and Main streets,10 minutes after the first reports of gunshots on the MIT campus

Collier worked in the Somerville Police Department information technology department before he joined the MIT police in January 2012, Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone said.

"He was an outstanding employee for us," Curtatone said. "I have no doubt he was also an incredible officer for MIT."