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There were four homicides overnight, all in the Bronx, as a Brooklyn family buried their son who died from a previous shooting.

There were also two people wounded in overnight shootings, a decrease in the rate of serious assaults, but worrisome for police officials as law enforcement and community groups combine in a struggle to reduce the violence in the city.

The family of 22-year-old Armani Hamilton, of Kingsborough 3 Walk, mourned his loss at the Grace Funeral Home on Conduit Boulevard in East New York. Hamilton, a school para who worked students with disabilities, was slain outside his car after running errands in front of his building at the Kingsborough Houses, a NYCHA development in Bedford Stuyvesant.

Hamilton was shot twice in the chest by someone apparently waiting for him outside his building. He was rushed to Kings County Hospital but could not be saved.

Armani Hamilton was shot and killed after being shot twice in the torso in Brooklyn. (Photo by Lloyd Mitchell)

His mother Maria Gonzalez said, “He was a special kid, he worked with his kids with disabilities.”

“He had just gotten done running errands and asked if I wanted Chinese food. He never made it upstairs, I called his phone and ran outside to him laying on the ground. I believe he was set up,” Gonzalez said.

Mother of slain shooting victim Maria Gonzalez speaks at the funeral for her son Armani Hamilton in the Kingsborough Houses. (Photo by Lloyd Mitchell)

His father Anthony Armani Hamilton hugged Gonzalez and mourned his son’s loss.

“This shocked me to the core,” Hamilton said. “I told him to be careful as Brooklyn is hot. This is a bad to me as it is for the family that buried the 1-year-old (killed in his stroller on July 12). I have so many fond memories of that young man. He was very intelligent and hard work. We are hurt. Put the guns down.”

Pastor Elias Loadholt said it should be a minimum of 10 years of you are caught with a gun. “It doesn’t matter if the weapon is loaded,” he said.

Here’s a rundown of the violence from overnight:

July 31, 9:30 – A man was shot in the lower back at the corner of East 146th Street and Brook Avenue, police say. He was taken to St Barnabas Hospital in stable condition. No word on suspects.

July 31, 5:54 p.m. –   Police from the 34th Precinct responded to a 911 call of a male stabbed at 520 Audubon Avenue in Manhattan.  Police found a 48-year-old male with stab wounds to the neck and torso. EMS rushed him to Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, but he could not be saved.

The victim has been identified as Telmo Ruiz, 48, of Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn. The motive for the attack is still not known, though sources say he may have been in a dispute at the location.

July 31, 10:41 p.m. – A 21-year-old man was found shot in the torso at the corner of 1741 Randall Avenue in the Bronx. Police from the 43rd Precinct said the victim was unconscious and unresponsive. He was rushed to Jacobi Medical Center where he could not be saved.

Police identified the victim as Wilson, Shaiquan, 21 of Cruger Avenue in the Bronx. The motive in the attack was not revealed.

The suspect was described as a dark-skinned man, thin build, last seen wearing a black hoodie sweatshirt, black pants with a white stripe on the side, black sneakers, and wearing a white mask.

August 1, 1:35 a.m. – A 34-year-old man was found by the 49th Precinct in front of 1166 Burke Avenue, Eastchester Bronx, when multiple bullet wounds to the torso and left arm. He was rushed by EMS to Jacobi Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead from his wounds.

The victim has been identified as Forest Byrd, 34, of Yates Avenue in the Bronx. Motive in the attack has not yet been revealed.

August 1, 6:34 a.m. – A 35-year-old man was found shot in the lobby of 22-30 Dix Avenue in Far Rockaway, Queens. The victim, whose identity is being withheld at this time, died of his injuries at St. John’s Hospital. Police from the 101st Precinct said a Black man standing 5 feet, 7 inches tall, wearing white clothing, shorts, and having dreads, is being sought.

There were also reported shots fired at several hot-spot locations in Brooklyn, but no reported people shot. A strong effort by local anti-violence organizations is credited with reducing violence in Brooklyn, a borough with most of the shootings and violence in recent months.

Anyone with information in regard to any of these shootings is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM, or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls are strictly confidential. Anthony Armani Hamilton wears a Sleep in Peace face mask for his late son who was shot and killed. (Photo by Lloyd Mitchell)

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Valtteri Bottas will stay in Formula One next season with the Mercedes team, clearing the way for remaining teamed with six-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton.

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The Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team announced Bottas’ contract extension in a statement Thursday that also hinted Hamilton’s contract extension is coming soon.

Mercedes has won the past six championships and is unbeaten in F1 this season. Bottas won the season opener, and Hamilton captured victories in the past three races. He enters Sunday’s race at Silverstone with a 30-point lead on Bottas for the championship.

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff said in the release: “We are very excited that Valtteri will stay with the team for at least one more season. We’re seeing the strongest Valtteri we’ve ever seen this year – in terms of his on-track performance, but also physically and mentally. He is second in the championship, finished the last season in P2 and plays a very important part in our overall team performance.

“I’m confident that we have the strongest driver pairing in F1 today and signing Valtteri is an important first step in retaining this strength for the future. Valtteri is a hard-working, straightforward guy who has a good relationship with the entire team – including his team-mate, which is not a given when both drivers are fighting for the championship.

“I’m looking forward to seeing him continue to raise the bar together with us this year and in 2021.”

Hamilton remains in a contract year and said in preseason testing that talks had been put on hold to focus on the season. Wolff’s comments reaffirm, though, that Hamilton is expected to return with Bottas next year.

Hamilton signed his most recent deal in June 2018, halfway through the final season of his previous contract. Though he had been linked to Ferrari, the team has filled its 2021 lineup and also has struggled mightily this year.

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— Valtteri Bottas (@ValtteriBottas) August 6, 2020

Bottas joined the team in 2017 when Nico Rosberg retired as the reigning series champion. The Finnish driver has eight victories in 66 starts.

Here’s the release:

The Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team is delighted to announce that it has extended its agreement with Valtteri Bottas until at least the end of the 2021 Formula One season.

The new arrangement will see Valtteri compete with the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team for the fifth consecutive season.

He joined Mercedes in 2017 and has so far scored eight wins and 12 pole positions with the team, as well as 39 of his 48 F1 podium finishes.

Valtteri played a key role in the team’s success in the Constructors’ Championship over the past three seasons and finished runner-up in the Drivers’ Championship in 2019. He is currently second in the 2020 Drivers’ standings, too.

“I’m very happy to stay with Mercedes in 2021 and build on the success we’ve enjoyed together already,” said Valtteri. “Thank you to everyone in the team and the wider Mercedes family for their continued support and their trust in me. I’m very proud to represent this great team and the three-pointed star on our journey together again next year.

“The past few years have been all about continuous improvement, working on every aspect of my performance. I’m confident that today I’m the strongest I’ve ever been, but I can always raise the bar. Mercedes embraces the same philosophy: They always want to get better and are always hungry for more.

“Ever since I fell in love with F1 as a kid it’s been my dream to one day become world champion. I’m in the fight for the title this year and staying with Mercedes puts me in the best possible position to compete for it next season as well.

“We’re in the middle of a shortened season and I want to give my absolute best in every single race we’ll go to this year. The puncture last weekend was a bit of a blow in my fight with Lewis, but I’m determined to come back strong this weekend on the same track.”

Toto Wolff said: “We are very excited that Valtteri will stay with the team for at least one more season.

“We’re seeing the strongest Valtteri we’ve ever seen this year – in terms of his on-track performance, but also physically and mentally. He is second in the championship, finished the last season in P2 and plays a very important part in our overall team performance.

“I’m confident that we have the strongest driver pairing in F1 today and signing Valtteri is an important first step in retaining this strength for the future.

Valtteri is a hard-working, straightforward guy who has a good relationship with the entire team – including his team-mate, which is not a given when both drivers are fighting for the championship.

“I’m looking forward to seeing him continue to raise the bar together with us this year and in 2021.”

Valtteri Bottas re-signs for another season with Mercedes F1 team originally appeared on NBCSports.com

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