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Gov. Holcomb proclaims ‘Eva Education Day’ honoring Holocaust survivor Eva Kor

Gov. Holcomb proclaims ‘Eva Education Day’

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — People all across Indiana are remembering Eva Kor, a woman who survived the Holocaust, and what her message means to the world.

Gov. Eric Holcomb officially declared Jan. 27 “Eva Education Day” to make sure Hoosiers will never forget that message.

Eva and her twin sister were 10 years old when they were forced to take part in the Nazi experiments of Dr. Josef Mengele. Unlike many, they both survived and despite the horrors they were subjected to, Eva chose to spend the bulk of her life teaching people how to forgive.

Holcomb talked about what kind of impact Eva had on him and why he chose to dedicate a day in her honor.

“She meant the world, to not just me, but to folks and countries on every continent of this globe,” Holcomb said. “If I can only take away five experiences with me, she’s one of them.”

Jody Blankenship, president and CEO of the Indiana Historical Society, shared with News 8 that he feels privileged to be able to help share Eva’s legacy with people now and for future generations.

Holcomb said he’s learned one thing above all else after getting to know Eva and her story: “Forgiveness does lead to freedom for yourself and for others.”

A crowd of people, of all ages, gathered at the Indiana Historical Society to watch it become official and watch a documentary about Kor’s life.

“Knowing her legacy is going to live on in folks who have never been exposed to her message yet — that’s equally powerful,” Holcomb said.

Hope, healing, humanity: Those are the messages organizers hope people walk away with after learning about Kor’s mission.

Meanwhile, about 1,000 schools across the state and several hundred libraries have received Eva Educational toolkits.

“She’ll be remembered for generations to come now that her message will be in schools,” Holcomb said.

The governor’s office has encouraged all schools to take time out of the day to show students the documentary.


Florida woman accused of zipping her boyfriend in suitcase for hours until he died

(CNN) — Sarah Boone called 911 and said her boyfriend got trapped in a suitcase and died during a game of hide-and-seek, according to court records.

The Florida couple had been drinking Chardonnay and doing puzzles Sunday night in their Winter Park apartment, Boone told authorities, when they thought “it would be funny” to hop in a suitcase as a part of the game, according to an arrest affidavit from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

Boone, 42, zipped up Jorge Torres Jr. in the blue suitcase containing a few items for donating. Two of his fingers stuck out, so she assumed he could open it, according to the affidavit.

She went upstairs to bed and thought he’d get himself out of the suitcase and join her, only to wake up Monday and find him still in it and not breathing, the affidavit says.

Boone was arrested Tuesday and faces a second-degree murder charge after investigators determined videos on her phone contradicted her story.

The phone footage shows her mocking her boyfriend as she filmed his cries for help, and telling him it was his punishment for cheating, according to the arrest affidavit.

“I can’t f**king breathe, seriously,” her boyfriend said in the phone video. “That’s on you. Oh, that’s what I feel like when you cheat on me,” she responds.

The video shows the victim pushing on the suitcase and trying to get out, the affidavit says. When police showed the video to Boone, she pushed it away halfway through and said she didn’t want to watch it, the affidavit says.

Police searched her iPhone after she signed a waiver and gave verbal and written consent. CNN has reached out to her public defender.

Boone denied intentionally leaving Torres in the suitcase, according to the affidavit.

Boone called police Monday afternoon and said she woke up hours earlier but assumed her boyfriend was on his computer in another room. When she could not find him, she suddenly realized he was still in the suitcase.

“Sarah unzipped the suitcase and found Jorge unresponsive and not breathing,” the affidavit says. “Sarah zipped Jorge in the suitcase to where he could not get out. Jorge begged Sarah repeatedly telling her he could not breathe and Sarah left him in the suitcase … and demonstrated a depraved mind without regard for Jorge’s life.”

When police arrived at the scene, they found the victim near the front door with a laceration on his lip and bruising around his eye.

Boone is being held without bail. No cause of death is listed on the arrest affidavit.