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Sherry Johnson Parker and her daughter Olivia Parker hold signs along Highway 231 asking drivers to pray for Ethan, a 5-year-old boy who was taken hostage after a bus driver was shot and killed near Midland City, Ala. The hostage ended Monday afternoon; the child was freed and the gunman shot by authorities.

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Alabama hostage standoff ends with child safe, gunman dead

Authorities kill a gunman holding a 5-year-old boy hostage in an underground bunker in rural Alabama on Monday and plucked the child to safety without injury, a local law enforcement official said.

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