PROVIDENCE â Eight-year-old Estuardo Estrada of Providence stares up into the beady eyes of a Triceratops, a three-horned, plant-eating dinosaur that roamed the earth 65 million years ago.
Illuminated by overhead multi-colored lights, the beastâs head â boasting the largest skull of all land mammals â suddenly moves from side to side, itâs short, pointed tail wagging in unison.
The creature suddenly lets out a roar, startling Estrada and the crowd of other junior paleontologists standing nearby.
Wide-eyed and breathless, Estrada grips the hand of his stepfather Gabriel Vargas.
BURRILLVILLE â Shannon Heil and Markell Torres hadnât known each other long, but they bonded quickly through a mutual passion for competitive cheerleading â something they were both very good at.
Their brief time together ended tragically on a rural stretch of Route 102 Thursday afternoon in one of the most violent car crashes Police Chief Stephen J. Lynch has ever seen.
âIt was a nasty car accident ... just devastating,â said Lynch, his voice trailing off.