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pay homage to the stone wall. >> dana: and they got great weather for it. thanks, bryan. we appreciate it. thanks for joining us. a busy week. a good one, too. hope you have a great weekend. see you monday. i'm dana perino. here's shep. >> the lueck family would like to express their gratitude for the effort put forth by the salt lake police department as well as all the people provided tips on this case. >> shepard: mackenzie lueck's uncle speaking for the family after the police announce the college student is dead and her accused killer in custody. we'll take you to salt lake city where the police chief just revealed many new details about the case. also, there's word the families of two americans that die in the
dominican republic are ordering their own autopsy and the fbi getting ready to go public with part of its investigation. plus, a boy took a direct hit from a bolt of lightning and lived to tell about it. >> when it hit me, i was really sore and i fell. >> shepard: we'll hear more from the 10-year-old and his mother as reporting begins now. >> we're filing charges of aggravated murder, aggravated kidnapping, obstruction of justice, and desecration of a body in the homicide of mackenzie lueck. the man charged with these horrific and tragic crimes is the person of interest. >> shepard: here's the man police say kidnapped and
murdered mackenzie lueck. he threw her body in a burn pit in the back yard according to police and set her on fire with gasoline. the salt lake city police chief says they found burned pieces of her skin among the dirt and ash there after they dug behind the suspect's house and property. neighbors had reported seeing him burning something in his back yard and creating smoke and a stench. mackenzie lueck had been missing a week after a lyft driver says he took her from the airport to a park in the middle of the night where she got into someone else's car. police had been looking into lueck's use of dating apps and there were indications she may have been leading a double life online. dating several older men and seeking sugar daddies. we're hearing bizarre stories from people that new the suspect, including a contractor said that suspect wanted him to build a secret room with hooks
on the wall. our producer interviewed that contractor and saw talks between a man whose numbered matched the suspect and the contractor. after verifying it, we blacked out the number. the contractor says the suspect wanted a secret door and claimed it was so he could listen to his music. he said he wanted it done before his girlfriend came out. we're also hearing from the former -- the suspect's former roommates who say he used dating apps frequently and met a lot of women that would stay in his room for days. >> would see girls coming in and out frequently. they would stay for two or three days. but never leave his room. like to get foot. >> he had apps, dating apps and he was meeting a lot of people through those. i know he knows -- he's had a
lot of -- a long list of dates. >> shepard: we know the suspect rented out hisasement as an air b&b. a cleaninggo says there were cameras everywhere in the house, including three in the master bedroom alone. we don't know whether those cameras may have captured the last moments of mackenzie lueck. the college student whose family held out hope for so long. now started to plan a funeral. matt finn reporting live on scene in salt lake. matt? >> shep, the district attorney says right now the murder suspect is at the county jail being booked on charges of aggravated murder, aggravated kidnapping and discretion of a human course. they say they will review the entire police case and likely bring formal criminal charges at a later date. the murder suspect is scheduled to appear in court next week. prosecutors here tell us that the state crime lab worked
through the night last night to test all of the evidence that was removed from the murder suspect's house, including horrifying dna evidence. the district attorney here is not commenting on whether the suspect has a criminal background, but our own review appears to shown traffic violations. authorities say there was a connection between mackenzie and the murder suspect. some type of nexus. police have mentioned cell phone communication, but police say the suspect denied ever seeing a picture of mackenzie lueck or any online profile. but police say the suspect's phone suggests otherwise. >> the arrested person stated he didn't know what mackenzie looked like and denied having seen a photo or online profile of mackenzie. despite having several photos of her and the profile photo. the arrested person denied any personal contact with mackenzie or meeting with her at any time.
>> so far we have not heard from mackenzie's mother or father. mackenzie's uncle says the family is not taking any questions or interviews right now. shep? >> shepard: what more do we know about the suspect, matt? >> shep, the murder suspect's profile indicated that he worked for dell or goldman sachs. we've reached out to them and have not heard back. the district attorney says it's likely that this murder suspect was involved in the military. police say there's much more investigating to do on this suspect's background, including whether he acted by himself. shep? >> shepard: thanks very much. matt finn on scene. let's go to katie who is live with us now, a defense attorney. so many details. sounds like they have a plethora of evidence. >> it does. while the suspect is supposedly
maintaining his innocence based on the police interviews, the circumstantial evidence does seem to be overwhelming. we still don't have a lot of the details that are missing about the relationship between these two people. >> we know they have dna from skin tissue in the burn pit in the back yard. they have more than just circumstantial evidence. their description sounds like a lot of physical evidence. >> yeah, absolutely. she obviously has been identified on the property. the question, of course, is what are the specific details about how her death transpired. i think that is something that will take some time to play out. just a horrific set of circumstances regardless. >> shepard: they searched the house a couple days ago. they had a search warrant. when they did, they have access to what we know exists. a large camera systems that includes three cameras in the master bedroom. whether the storage drive or whatever the server was for
these camera was was still in the house is an unknown. getting ahold of that would be helpful. >> absolutely. so interesting how important digital forensic evidence is, in this case and in all of these cases these days. it's critical whether it's for exoneration circumstances or securing a conviction. >> shepard: you would hope this family wouldn't have to live through a trial here. i guess there's always that possibility. it feels like one of those cases. tell me your take, that might end in a plea. >> well, it could. on the defense side, there's horrific facts that we have already. you have to understand that there is potential circumstances that maybe there was an accident that went wrong and things really spiralled from there. there's theories that could be put forth by a defendant. not necessarily to his full exoneration but i don't know whether he pleaed or not.
it remains to be scene what the circumstances of the death are, whether there's other people involved. there are other questions that remain. >> shepard: there are. we know her phone stopped sending out signals after they left the park. they were at the park together. her phone stopped sending out signals and there's been nothing else from that phone since that moment. for police, that's big. one more thing, katie. we got these reports from the former roommate that he would have women in the his home for days on end. women he met on apps. you think that investigators would be trying to track that down just to make sure there aren't others. >> oh, absolutely. i'm sure they will spend a lot of time reaching out to former contacts. sounds like he may not have a criminal history. who knows what hasn't and has been reported. those reports are critical. >> shepard: thanks, katie.
i appreciate it. >> thank you, shep. >> shepard: some breaking news now. we've been watching this massive fire sweeping through an apartment complex. dana perino showed it to you in the last hour. the fires were just -- the flames were insane. this is santa clara in california, south of san francisco. i don't know if we have any of the video from when this thing was fully engulfed. i think they're going to get some of that together for you. firefighters appear to have put out most of the flames. the scene is still smoldering. we don't know if anybody was in it or if there are any injuries. do we have the video from awhile ago? it's caught up in our video system at the moment. take my word, it was -- this thing was rolling. the firefighters there, as they always do, getting it under control. we don't know about injuries. it will be awhile. when we know more, we'll let you know more. grieving families are taking
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>> shepard: the neo-nazi that killed a woman when he plowed his car into a crowd in charlottesville, virginia will spend the rest of his life behind bars. james fields sentenced today. the year was 2017. he drove into counter protests at a white nationalist rally killing a woman and hurting dozens others. fields pleaded guilty to hate crimes. a jury recommended life and a few centuries. sentencing is set for next month. now the mysterious deaths in the dominican republic. the families of two americans who died there are taking matters into their own hands to try to find out what really
happened. over the last year, at least 13 u.s. citizens have died after getting sick in the d.r. tourism officials say the cases are not connected. jacqui heinrich with more. >> the families say they want to know what happened. cynthia day and nathaniel holmes were found dead may 30th, five days after another american tourist died in her room. according to a family attorney, the couple was so sick the day before they died, they couldn't fly. hey asked a friend to get them medication for vomiting and fever. the friend offered to extend their hotel stay because they were so ill. now it's a waiting game to see what the toxicology tests show. the couple's lawyer told fox news the families wanted an
independent autopsy done to get a complete autopsy as to the cause and manner of death. the families appreciate the o outpouring of support. a family attorney said they have to rely on the fbi for answers because her body was cremated in the d.r. shep? >> shepard: officials say the deaths are not unusual. >> unrelated and natural causes. they say the number is not unusual considering two million americans visit the d.r. each year. 13 american tour as well ass have died in the dominican republic says the beginning of 2018, 4 after having a drink from a mini bar and five with similar causes of death. the reports spurred a lot of media attention and 65 reports of near fatal incidents. shep? >> shepard: jacqui, thanks. coming up, it's the longest vote
>> shepard: after a two-year investigation into russian meddling, the special counsel found that the kremlin, vladimir putin, interfered in the 2016 presidential election in sweeping and systematic fashion. today with the russian president seated next to him at the g-20 summit in japan, here's what president trump said when asked whether he warned russia against doing it again in 2020.
>> [question inaudible] >> shepard: oh, well. during that same meeting, the president talked about what he called fake news. according to the reports, president trump joked with vladimir putin about journalists saying to get rid of them. and then this. >> shepard: yes, yes, we have two the same. not exactly the same. the russian president has a history of ordering the murders of journalists as well as his political rivals. they joked about journalists there. in a few hours, he will have a working breakfast with the saudi prince. this is after the united nations
that that man, the saudi crown prince, played a role in the murder of "the washington post" columnist, jamal khaishoggi. he was a fierce critic of the prince. in october, khaishoggi went into the saudi consulate. it's widely believed men hacked up his body with a bone saw. the crown prince denies having anything to do with it. the report is based on prejudice and prefabricated islands. u.s. intelligence says it's spot on. in an interview, president trump would not comment at all and at the same time would not commit to having the feds investigate khaishoggi's killing. the president instead defended the united states relationship with the saudis. after breakfast with the crown prince, the president will meet with china's leader, xi jinping as the two countries try to
hammer out a truce over trade. john roberts is traveling with the president reporting today from osaka, japan. john? >> shep, good morning. at 11:30 japan time, 10:30 new york time, the big meeting between president trump and xi jinping. a meeting that may set the course for future trade talks. and the president was asked about what chinese officials told fox news that they have a promise from president trump not to impose more sanctions on china the next six months as a good will gesture to try to get talks going again. the president said no. he hadn't made any such promise. when he was asked whether he thought president xi would put a deal on the table, the president said this. >> we'll see what happens. you'll know before most. we'll see what happens tomorrow. it will be an exciting day, i'm sure, for the people and i'm sure the world. a lot of people are talking
about it. very interesting. it's going to come out well for both countries. hopefully it will work out. >> in an effort to control the dialogue, chinese officials told fox news yesterday that china will not make any trade concessions unless and until all tariffs currently imposed on china are lifted. in addition, they want restrictions against chinese telecom giant huawei lifted. a senior administration official told fox news the latter thing is not likely to happen in any case and because president trump believes that it's tariffs that have brought china to the negotiating table, what reason would he have to take tariffs off the table until a deal is done. top trade officials got together last night. president trump has a press conference this afternoon. we're sure he will talk at length about china. he will be asked about it.
the concern among american officials is there will be a period of four hours between that bilateral meeting and the president's press conference, which gives china plenty of time to try to spin the narrative of what happened during that meeting, shep. >> shepard: it's interesting, john. the "wall street journal" reported on those exact preconditions and then larry kudlow denied those exact preconditions. now they're preconditions. so they were right. that's very interesting. what about the putin meeting? >> the putin meeting, what president trump said about telling putin not to meddle in the election, please, being -- seen by many mean as being somewhat flip and glib, that the president would joke about it suggesting he's not serious about russian interference in the upcoming election. chuck schumer tweeting about it earlier today. the joke is on us and putin is the only one laughing. president trump is giving him a green light to interfere in
2020. president putin putting president trump in a difficult spot extending an invitation to come to moscow next may to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the allied victory over the nazis to end world war ii. president trump has attended 75 anniversary commemorative ceremonies for the d-day invasion. he was in portsmouth, england and normandy. do you want your candidate standing next to vladimir putin in may of 2020 in moscow? when asked about it, a white house official told fox news said it's important to commemorate the troops that lost their lives in world war ii. he has not confirmed participation. he may go, he may not go. the campaign will probably
suggest he not go. shep? >> shepard: we'll see what happens. that's usually what they say. thank you, john. a fox urgent and a live look at capitol hill. republican senators have just blocked a bill that would restrict president trump from launching a military strike against iran without the approval of congress. congress had been asking if you want to do something in iran, you have to come to congress because constitution. republicans just blocked that. the voting had been drags on since before dawn and it's the longest vote in the history of that body. meantime, iran is meeting with our allies in other countries in vienna after president trump pulled out and guess what happened? i can read it to you. just came in in an urgent from the associated press. didn't make it into the script. i want to read this to you. it's breaking and new and important. britain, for instance and
germany have a special trade channel up and running with iran that aims to circumvent sanctions. how do we know this? the european union send out a statement. the british, the french and the germans with iran to circumvent what america is doing because the british and the french and the germans think it's the exact wrong thing to do. iranian regime is warning this this could be the last chance to save the deal. ellison barber reporting live in jerusalem. ellison? >> shep, yeah, big developments with that statement coming from the e.u. iran had talked about this. we just got the statement. as you alluded to, it puts the e.u. at odds with the u.s. the remaining signatories of the deal met in vienna earlier today. officials from france, germany, britain, russia and china all trying to convince iran to stick with the nuclear deal despite
the u.s.' withdrawal and implementation of new sanctions. that statement released moments ago, the e.u. said a trade channel with iran aimed at circumventing u.s. economic sanctions is up and running. it's unclear if this system will have large enough transactions to keep iran in the nuclear deal. it's very significant. iran's deputy foreign minister said that there was some progress in vienna today but not enough. >> i can say one step forward compared to the previous meeting we had, but it's still not enough. it's still not enough. >> officials have said iranian officials have said iran's main deal is selling oil before the same rate before u.s. left the agreement last year. >> shepard: the former vice president joe biden is defending his record on civil rights after
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president, joe biden, defending his civil rights record today after an emotional exchange on the debate stage in miami last night. senator kamala harris blasting him for opposing federally mandated school bussing in the 70s, revealing that she was one of the kids on the bus in berkeley, california. >> to hear you talk about the reputations of two united states senators that built their reputations and career on the segregation of race in this country, and with us not only that, but you also worked with them to oppose bussing. you know, there was a little girl in california what was part of the second class to integrate her public schools. she was bussed to school every day. that little girl was me. >> a mischaracterization of my position. i did not praise racist.
that is not true. if we want to have this campaign litigated on civil rights, i'm happy to do that. >> shepard: but he did oppose vehemently federally mandated bussing in the 70s. during an event in chicago, the former vice president said 60 seconds in a debate exchange isn't enough time to explain a lifetime committed to civil rights. >> folks, the discussion in this race today shouldn't be about the past. we should be talking about how we can do better. how we can move forward. how we can give every child in america the opportunity of success stories. >> shepard: political analysts moved kamala harris toward the front of the crowded democratic pack. her team says they raised more money since the debate than on any other day since she launched her campaign. chris wallace is with us now live from washington. what did you think, chris? >> she lit him up. i mean, it was something to
watch. that's why these debates are interesting. you know, it's like a plane fight. hours of boredom, punctuated by moments of sheer excitement and terror. that's what you saw yesterday. it was precise, it was personal and it was powerful. i think particularly i think he was probably pretty ready to take on the attack that, you know, he had done business with segregation senators. but when she made it about bussing and turned out -- i didn't know this and my guess is he didn't either, that she was bussed to school in berkeley back in the 70s and as you say, was part of the second class to be integrated there, i think that that stunned him. i don't think he was quite ready for that. so you know, he can do a little bit of cleanup as he did today at operation push in chicago, but it's not going to compare with the 18 million people that watched live last night.
>> shepard: that's the clip of the night for sure. the documentation that has come forward now. writing to senator eastland of mississippi at the time that was a staunch segregationist and said blacks were an inferior race. it feels like the sort of thing that might follow him for a while. >> look, that's the problem when you've been in public life for 45 years. since the 70s. and some of those positions, even dealing -- if you were a democratic senator dealing with a lion of the senate at the time like jim eastland, you had to deal with him if you were on the judiciary committee. eastland was chairman, whether you liked him or not. doesn't look good from the prism of 2019. you know, as they say in politics, to the degree you're explaining in politics, you're losing. he's got a lot of explaining to
do. >> shepard: what did you think of buttigieg and the way he handled the terrible racial strife going on in his town? >> i -- first of all, in terms of his general demeanor, one of the things that strikes me about pete buttigieg is how calm he is. you know, a lot of the other people get strident, the men and the women. he always speaks in a calm way. he didn't have a particularly good answer because there is no good answer. 6% of your police force is african american and 20% of your population is. he had two things that went to his favor. one is he didn't try to say mistakes were made. political speak. he said i haven't been able to get it done. he basically owned the problem there. the second was that because of the fact that in short order kamala harris went after joe biden and that moment and that controversy gets forgotten or
lost in the shuffle. >> shepard: marianne williamson, bringing love into this thing. i went back and looked at her twitter history. that's an interesting one to be in this mix. i think she was most googled last night. >> well, you know, i've known her for years. she was a new age guru in the 70s and stuff. she's been around a long time. she's an interesting woman. i don't think she's going to be the next president of the united states. but she was more interesting than a lot of people on the stage. for one, i would be sorry to see her go in the next debate if she's forced out. i think she's there and she offers a different look at things. you know, it's a two-hour show. you want a couple of different notes struck in that, shep. >> shepard: i enjoyed it. there were times, chris, that i felt like oh, i don't know if wallace would sit for this. they were just getting after it
like a chicken house. notice that? >> i did. yeah. >> shepard: it was a free for all sometimes. >> i was thinking about it. obviously -- we had ten or the stage the first republican debate in august of 2015. i think republicans played by the rules better than democrats to. if i remember, there wasn't a lot of talking over people. people had an allotted amount of time and they kept to the time. you can see -- the one person that did play by the rules was joe biden. you know, he went oh, i'm sorry. my time is up. he looked like a wimp when he did that. >> shepard: that time is up quote has some life on the other channels. my time is up, that quote. that has gotten life. i think everybody makes too much out of a first debate. >> absolutely. >> shepard: it's not like yeah, remember there -- nobody will do that. >> shepard: it's a start. >> we don't remember the first debate after the second debate.
you don't even remember wednesday after thursday. if i had to say two big take-aways, i think it further weakens biden and adds to the doubts of just how strong a frontrunner he is and whether he can go the distance in a democratic race and against donald trump. there's no question it gives a boost to kamala harris. she will be higher in the polls, raise a boat load of money. after a strong start and a weak period since then, she's back very much in the game. you know, this is round one of 12 rounds of debates before people actually start voting in iowa next february. >> shepard: chris, you're the man. we'll see you on "fox news sunday." we'll be right back. you drive s. but allstate helps you. with drivewise. feedback that helps you drive safer. and that can lower your cost now that you know the truth... are you in good hands?
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>> neil: 50 years ago today, police in new york city stormed a seedy mob-owned dive bar and ordered everybody out. it was the fifth days that cops targeted a guy bar. everybody knew the drill, everybody would scattered and be a shamed because they were in a gay bar. but something different happened that night. the people in the bar did not run off like cops expected. for once, they were not
embarrassed and not ashamed. they were gay and proud and they were fed up. their act of defiance that night became a rallying cry for the lgbtq not just in new york but around the world. that's a year later. in 1970, the very first new york city pride parade. this weekend folks will celebrate with another much bigger parade. hundreds of people are gathering right now in greenwich village to celebrate word pride and commemorate 50 years. lady gaga spoke in the last hour. the village exploding with the colors of the rainbow. store fronts on every street with welcome signs for gay people from all over the globe. the crowds in new york city this weekend are expected to test all time records. bryan llenas reporting live outside the stonewall inn.
hello, bryan. >> hi, shep. behind me is that park with the riots started 50 years ago today. this is christopher park in the heart of greenwich village. this is where hundreds of lgbtq people including those most marginalized, trans women and men and those that were the drag queens at the time and those of colors, they stood up against nypd. look over here, this is how close it was to the stonewall inn. now you have people honoring their coverage that paved the way for where we are today in the community. about 1,000 lgbtq people united to stand up against harassment outside of the stonewall inn. they threw bottles, pennies, they threw trash at police as they made arrests at this bar as they harassed people and they pushed them into the cars right outside the stonewall inn. people said they had enough. it was a big turning point. they made arrests and they beat
demonstrators. the riots sparked six days of demonstrations. you know, mark stegall spoke today. he was at the stone wall in that night. this is what he had to say. >> police barged in. anybody that was in drag. anybody that looks typical, they threw up against the wall. i didn't see them hit anybody. i heard them yell in their face. faggot, fairy, queer. all the things i've heard all my life. >> press coverage of the riots was scarce and disparagindispar. the daily news apologized for headlines. the nypd also apologized for how they acted that day. the stonewall inn rebellion led
to the first pride march. now a monument was set up outside the stonewall inn. it's a historic landmark and paying tribute for the people that paved the way for people to love whoever they love without fear. shep? >> shepard: this weekend, madonna at the pier dance and a huge parade. >> a massive parade. we've had pride here for 50 years. four million people from 70 plus countries are coming here. what is most important about this is that there are people coming from countries where being homosexual is illegal. now they can be themselves in america's greatest city, a lot of excitement today. if you look, this is not just about the celebrating what the lgbtq people did 50 years ago. it's about the things that still need to be done. there's work that still needs to be done. 40% of the homeless population
is lgbtq according to some estimates. five times the suicide rate. you can see five times the average suicide rate in the lgbtq community. it's an acknowledgement that work needs to be done but it's a celebration of all the progress that has been made. the ability to have equal -- marriage equality, to love who you love and be who you are without fear. you really feel that today. man, it's going to be quite the weekend. that pride parade come sunday will be something. >> shepard: it's incredible downtown. it's not just gay establishments. every store, every window, everything in lower manhattan is in rainbow. it's amazing to see. >> yeah, it is. that's the most amazing. if you've ever been in the stonewall inn, straight people, women, all types of people. they all love to just talk about and trade stories and feel comfortable. that's the most amazing thing about it. it's like that feeling comes out and spills all over the streets.
>> shepard: thanks, bryan. happy pride thou and yours. should news break out, we'll break in. the big board is up and the final bell is ringing on a friday afternoon. we're in the green. have a fantastic weekend. see you back here seen enough. >> historic, one word for wall street closing outs a banner month. for the dow, we have not seen a june this good since 1938. up 7%. think about that. more than 80 years ago. gas was selling for around 20 cents a gallon back then. sea biscuit, won a race that captured the nation's attention. howard hughes flew around the world in record time. it only took three days and a little over 19 hours. orson wells created a panic with "war of the worlds" and martians