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Protesters outside of Tower City in Public Square demonstrate in reaction to Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo being acquitted of manslaughter charges after he shot two people at the end of a 2012 car chase in which officers fired 137 shots. Photo by Ricky Rhodes/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- Largely peaceful demonstrations following the acquittal of a Cleveland police officer in the killing of an unarmed couple continued Saturday evening, as some groups of people turned more rowdy and police said there were multiple arrests.

Cleveland police made 71 arrests among the protests, police chief Calvin Williams said during a news conference Sunday.

Williams added that the protests on Saturday were largely peaceful, and that city police were not armed with riot gear.

“We only moved in to make arrests when things got violent and protesters refused to disperse,” he said.

Michael Brelo, 31, was acquitted of voluntary manslaughter and a lesser charge of felonious assault in the shooting deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams. Prosecutors said Brelo was one of 13 officers who fired 137 times into the couple's car in the November 2012 shooting.

Among those arrested Saturday night was a man was charged with assault after he allegedly injured a patron at Harry Buffalo's on East Fourth Street when he threw an object through the window, police said.

After a day in which peaceful demonstrators carried signs and chanted after the handed down a not guilty verdict, police reported that some protesters were turning "disruptive."

The protests continued into the evening, when a crowd temporarily blocked downtown street intersections and chanted anti-police slogans. Demonstrators also marched past fans getting out of a Cleveland Indians-Cincinnati Reds game, adding to the congestion throughout the area.


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John Nash and wife Alicia Nash attend the Nobel Laureate Exhibition Reception during the 20th Hamptons International Film Festival at The Maidstone Hotel on October 5, 2012 in East Hampton, New York. Photo by Sonia Moskowitz/Getty Images(MONROE, N.J.) -- Princeton University mathematician and Nobel Prize winner John Nash, whose life was the subject of the film A Beautiful Mind, was killed in a taxi crash along with his wife in New Jersey on Saturday.

Nash and Alicia Nash were in a taxi on the New Jersey Turnpike when the driver lost control and crashed into a guard rail, said New Jersey State Police Sgt. Gregory Williams. Nash was 86; his wife was 82.

Authorities don't believe Nash or his wife were wearing seat belts since they were both ejected from the taxi, said Williams. The couple lived in Princeton, New Jersey.

Nash won the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1994 and worked as a senior research mathematician at Princeton University.

His life story, including his struggles with paranoid schizophrenia, were portrayed by Russell Crowe in the 2001 film A Beautiful Mind, which won four Oscars including Best Picture.

"Stunned...my heart goes out to John & Alicia & family. An amazing partnership. Beautiful minds, beautiful hearts," Crowe posted on Twitter Sunday.

The Nashes also became recognized for their work in mental health care advocacy.

Earlier this week, Nash was in Norway to receive the Abel Prize for mathematics, according to NJ.com. The Abel Prize, awarded by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, recognized his work on partial differential equations.

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@shellyygreen/Twitter(TULSA, Oklahoma) -- An Oklahoma firefighter was killed attempting a water rescue and about 350 homes were under water in a small Texas town as a large part of the central and southern Plains states remained under a flash flood watch Sunday following a day of powerful storms.

In Claremore, Oklahoma, about 30 miles northeast of Tulsa, firefighter Jason Farley died when he was swept away while attempting a water rescue, said Deputy Chief Matt Wilson of the Claremore Fire Department.

Three to six inches of rain fell in the Oklahoma City metro area, which has had the rainiest 40 days and 40 nights in that city's history as 20.46 inches have fallen.

The National Weather Service said major flooding continued along the Blanco River near Wimberley, Texas, about 40 miles southwest of Austin and 63 miles northeast of San Antonio. Rescues were ongoing in the area, where more than 9 inches of rain was reported as the Blanco River rose 35 feet within a few hours Saturday.

More rain was expected today for areas east of Interstate 35 in the Southern Plains with the rainfall lasting into Memorial Day. A tornado watch was issued for parts of Arkansas and Louisiana until 8 p.m. on Sunday.


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New York State Police(NEW YORK) -- A body was found in the Hudson River near where a New York man disappeared while kayaking with his fiancée, who has been accused of murdering him.

New York State police said the body was pulled from the river near West Point Saturday, and was taken to the Orange County medical examiner for autopsy and identification.

Police released no identifying information about the body.

Vincent Viafore, 46, disappeared last month after his kayak capsized. Prosecutors charged Angelika Graswald, 35, with his with second-degree murder last month in connection with his death. The pair were kayaking together on the Hudson River in April when it is alleged that Viafore's kayak filled with water, causing it to capsize.

Police initially said it appeared that Graswald tried to help Viafore, but then charged her two weeks after the incident.

Prosecutors said last month that Graswald, a Latvian national, admitted to investigators that she tampered with Viafore's kayak so that it would take on water.

Prosecutors said Graswald also told police that she watched Viafore struggle in the Hudson's icy waters for several minutes before he went under.

Prosecutors said Graswald admitted to New York State Police it "felt good knowing that he was going to die," and implied that "this was her only way out."

Graswald's motive, as alleged by prosecutors, was two life insurance policies that could benefit her for a total of about $250,000. Graswald even "talked about what she could possibly do with the money," prosecutors said.

Graswald's lawyer said he plans to challenge the alleged confessions.

"We're going to find out whether they indeed happened, whether they were voluntary or forced," Graswald's attorney, Richard Portale, said of the alleged confessions reported by prosecutors. "And it's all going to come out."

Graswald has not yet entered a plea. Her bail has been set at $3 million.


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People march in protest to the Cuddell Recreation Center where Tamir Rice was killed, in reaction to Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo being acquitted of manslaughter charges after he shot two people at the end of a 2012 car chase in which officers fired 137 shots May 23, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. Photo by Ricky Rhodes/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- Cuyahoga County Judge John O'Donnell Saturday acquitted Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo in the 2012 shooting deaths of two unarmed people. But why was the decision announced at the start of Memorial Day Weekend?

"The decision to announce the verdict in this high-profile case on a holiday weekend was not made lightly," Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Administrative and Presiding Judge John J. Russo said in a statement.

"The prime consideration was to not delay the reading of the verdict any longer than necessary," the statement added. "While the wait was difficult for many, it was especially hard on the parties involved in the case and their families. Once Judge O’Donnell reached his verdict and finished writing his opinion, he and the Court wanted to let the parties know the decision as quickly as possible.

"It was agreed that by announcing it on a Saturday morning, the potential for downtown traffic issues and the resulting impact on the community could also be lessened," the statement said.

Russo also wrote: "On this Memorial Day Weekend, we honor and thank those who served our nation and paid the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms and rights that we enjoy."

Brelo was acquitted of voluntary manslaughter and a lesser charge of felonious assault in the shooting deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams, as O'Donnell said he couldn't determine whether the officer alone fired the fatal shots at the end of a 137-bullet barrage.

O'Donnell ruled that Brelo's use of deadly force was constitutionally reasonable based on how the events unfolded.

"It was reasonable, despite knowing now that there was no gun in the car and he was mistaken about the origin of the gunshots," he said.

Prosecutors said Brelo, 31, was one of 13 officers who fired 137 times into the couple's car in the November 2012 shooting. The 22-mile, high-speed chase through Cleveland began when an officer tried pulling over Russell for a turn signal violation. His car backfired while speeding away, causing officers to think someone in the car had fired a gun.

No gun was ever found in the car. Russell and Williams were each shot more than 20 times.

Brelo was the only officer charged criminally because prosecutors said he intended to kill Russell, 43, and Williams, 30, alleging that he reloaded during the shooting barrage and that it was his final salvo that killed the couple.

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aijohn784/iStock/Thinkstock(CLINTON, Mo.) -- Police in Missouri say that they shot and killed a convicted sex offender and accused murderer on Saturday after he allegedly threatened officers with a weapon and refused to surrender.

James Horn was accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and her teenage son. He had also been charged with kidnapping for allegedly keeping the woman confined in a wooden box. Police had been searching for Horn when they encountered him in an abandoned house on Saturday. It was there that Horn threatened officers was shot.

Lynch said Horn was armed and hiding in a closet when police found him.

Clinton, Missouri Police Lieutenant Sonny Lynch said that many in the area are glad the manhunt for Horn is over. "People were fearful of this man and him being at large," Lynch said, "so I'd say that the sigh of relief is pretty big at this point."

Still, Lynch said that the whole situation is tragic. Everything, he added, is "overshadowed by the fact that we've lost two residents, two people in Clinton, Missouri, tragivally killed by this man, we believe, and so we think about that and our thoughts are with the family."

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Andreyuu/iStock/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) -- A judge Saturday deemed a Cleveland police officer not guilty in the shooting deaths of an unarmed couple in 2012, an incident that involved a high-speed chase and a hail of bullets.

Michael Brelo was found not guilty of voluntary manslaughter and a lesser charge of felonious assault for the shooting deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams. He was visibly emotional as Cuyahoga County Judge John P. O'Donnell read a portion of the verdict in open court.

Prosecutors alleged that Brelo was one of 13 officers who fired a total of 137 bullets into their car in the November 2012 shooting, but O'Donnell ruled that his entire use of deadly force was constitutionally reasonable.

"It was reasonable, despite knowing now that there was no gun in the car and he was mistaken about the origin of the gunshots," he said.

The 22-mile, high-speed chase through Cleveland began when an officer tried pulling over Russell for a turn signal violation. His car backfired while speeding away, causing officers to think someone in the car had fired a gun.

Thirteen officers fired upon the car at the end of the chase, among them Brelo, who prosecutors said shot 15 times into the windshield while standing on the car's hood when it was stopped.

No gun was ever found in the victims' car. They were each shot more than 20 times.

Brelo was the only officer charged criminally because prosecutors said he intended to kill Russell, 43, and Williams, 30, alleging that he reloaded during the shooting barrage and that it was his final salvo that killed the couple.

Attorneys for Brelo argued that other officers also fired during the final seconds of shooting and that prosecutors couldn't prove which shots were fatal and when they were fired.

Brelo had pleaded not guilty.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and Police Chief Calvin Williams urged the protesters who gathered to remain peaceful. O'Donnell echoed similar sentiments before reading from his verdict.

"The verdict should be no cause for a civilized society to celebrate or riot," he said. "Whatever the outcome, two people are still dead and the defendant's life is forever changed."

Brelo will remain on unpaid suspension upon completion of a review by a critical incident committee, said Williams.

After the shooting, the U.S. Department of Justice conducted an investigation that determined the Cleveland Police Department engaged in a pattern of using excessive force and violating civil rights. The city and the department are now negotiating a reform-minded consent decree.

The U.S. Attorney's Office, the FBI and the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice said in a statement they will review the testimony and evidence from the trial and "collaboratively determine what, if any, additional steps are available and appropriate given the requirements and limitations of the applicable laws in the federal judicial system."


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Alex_Schmidt/iStock/Thinkstock(AMES, Iowa) -- A 13-year-old girl has been called a hero by police after she saved her little brother from an alleged abduction attempt at their Ames, Iowa, home.

The teenage girl woke early Friday "to some commotion in the basement," Ames Police Department PIO Jason Tuttle told ABC News Saturday.

She heard her little brother yelling for help and found a suspect pulling the boy -- who police said is under 10 years old -- through a basement window, Tuttle said.

"She approached the suspect in the front yard, then [the suspect] let go of him and took off running," Tuttle said.

The suspect had "struck the little boy in the face several times," Tuttle said. The boy was hospitalized for minor injuries, including a bloody nose and swelling to his face, and later released.

Tuttle said the boy "is pretty traumatized by what happened."

The suspect, identified as 17-year-old Akuk Akok of Ames, was located by police and taken to two medical facilities for mental health evaluations, police said. Akok was in a medical facility Saturday and will be taken into custody when he's released, Tuttle said.

Tuttle says the teen girl is "a hero in this situation."

"We don't know exactly what [Akok's] intentions were ... he wouldn't say much to us," Tuttle said.

"You can only imagine why someone would go into someone's house at one in the morning and try to steal a child from a house," he added. "So we really do think the sister prevented her brother from either being harmed further or potentially saved his life."

Police filed an arrest warrant for Akok for first-degree burglary. This is a forcible felony, so he'll be charged as an adult, police said.

Further charges are pending through juvenile court, police added.

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Hidde Tuinte is shown in this undated photo. Photo Courtesy: Hidde Tuinte(TAYLOR, Texas) -- "Let Hidde walk!"

That's what Taylor High School students in Texas are demanding on t-shirts, signs and social media after foreign exchange student Hidde Tuinte, 17, said he was recently told by the school that he may not be able to walk at the school's graduation next Friday because he's missing required classes.

"It's been so crazy these past few days," Tuinte, originally from the Netherlands, told ABC News Saturday. "I feel I have a whole army working for me. I had no idea people liked me this much."

Tuinte's host "mother," Jennifer Lovejoy, told ABC News Saturday that Tuinte is a "boy with a good heart" and that she thinks "it's wonderful" his friends are supporting him in such an amazing way.

"All he wants is to walk with his friends," she said. "It's never been about the diploma. I just want to say, 'Look, give him a certificate of completion that he's completed a year here, and let him walk.'"

Lovejoy added that although Tuinte is a senior at the high school in Texas, he still has another year of high school left in the Netherlands before he will go onto college there.

Taylor Independent School District Superintendent Jerry Vaughn said he was "in the process of reviewing this concern" in a statement to ABC News.

"Be assured that Taylor ISD is investigating the situation, the educational records and the concerns of the student," Vaughn said. "ISD will follow Taylor ISD board policies that address graduation and commencement. All students who have fulfilled the required course work for credits as well as the required state assessments will be allowed to participate in graduation."

Tuinte said he was working with the school to get his complete transcript from the Netherlands and possibly complete work over the long Memorial Day weekend to make up for the classes he's missing to assess if he can be allowed to walk at graduation.

Regardless of whether he gets to walk, Tuinte said he's had a "great experience" in the U.S. and is considering moving here permanently in the future.

"I've learned a lot about myself and what I want to do, and I've met a lot of good friends I'll be coming back to definitely visit," he said.


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Metropolitan Police Department(WASHINGTON) -- A newly unsealed arrest affidavit concludes that the quadruple murder inside a DC mansion "required the presence and assistance of more than one person," authorities said.

Only one suspect in the murder and ensuing fire has been named publicly.

Daron Wint, 34, was arrested Thursday at 11 p.m. on Rhode Island Avenue in Northeast Washington, DC Metropolitan Police said. He is charged with first degree felony murder while armed. Members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force made the arrest. He was arraigned Friday afternoon.

Wint was named by Metropolitan Police as the suspect in the murders after his DNA was found on the crust of a Domino's pizza that had been delivered to the house, authorities said.

The court documents, meanwhile, describe the charred scene that firefighters responded to on the afternoon of May 14. Firefighters found three unconscious adults in one of the second floor bedrooms, but they found a fourth victim in an adjacent bedroom where the blaze was largely contained, according to the affidavit.

That fourth body was that of 10-year-old Phillip Savopoulos. The medical examiner later determined that the child's cause of death was thermal and sharp force injuries.

The affidavit states that Phillip Savopoulos "was located on the charred remains/mattress spring of a queen sized bed."

There were signs at the scene that the fire was set purposefully and the suspects had planned for it to spread further than it had.

Firefighters found "the presence of an ignitable liquid on the stairs and in the room in which the three adults were located. Several matches and a matchbox were found at the top of the stairs," the affidavit states.

His parents Savvas and Amy Savopoulos were both pronounced dead on the scene. Their housekeeper Verlicia Figueroa, who was found in the same bedroom as the couple, was transported to Georgetown University Hospital though "lifesaving efforts failed and Mrs. Figueroa was pronounced dead," the report states.


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Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(GOLETA, Calif.) -- A massive cleanup remained under way on the California shores Friday as a crude-oil slick from a ruptured pipeline covered nearly 10 squares miles of Pacific Ocean and nearly 8 miles of coastline, forcing the closure of beaches and campgrounds just as Memorial Day weekend nears.

"There's a lot of wildlife out there," said veterinarian Dr. Christine Fiorelo, who is helping to treat six birds.

The oil leak was first reported around noon Tuesday in southern California. Officials said that up to 105,000 gallons of crude oil had escaped the busted pipeline and that 21,000 gallons had reached the waters off the California shore, which 200 species of animals and birds call home.

"It's terrible to know that all of that toxic material is out there," Fiorelo told ABC News. "It's a very heavy, thick, tarry oil. It's a hard product to get off."

Houston, Texas-based Plains All American, the pipeline's owner, came under fire as the U.S. government took swift and tough action against it Friday.

Plains All American had 175 safety and maintenance violations in the last nine years and paid out more than $24 million in damages, according to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration's records.

Patrick Hodgins, the director of safety and security for Plains, said recently though that "the number of reportable incidents, by percentage, is well within the industry norms."

The administration said the pipeline had been inspected May 5 through an outside vendor, chosen by Plains All American. It also said today that it had asked the pipeline owner to share the results of that inspection so the administration could see what the pipeline knew before the leak.

A spokesman for the pipeline said Friday's cleanup efforts had been "productive," with a total of 145 bins being filled with contaminated oil.

"We continue to focus our efforts on the shoreline and removing the oil there," said Rick McMichael, the senior director of operations for Plains All American. "We are making good progress although we still have a ways to go."

Plains All American said it had shut down the flow of oil and McMichael said Friday the pipeline was currently working to excavated the affected section of pipeline.

The administration also ordered the pipeline to suspend operations until the agency deemed it safe to reopen; remove the part of the pipe that had failed in 45 days and have it tested; and purge the line of all remaining oil product.

Officials warned Thursday that there was a potential that far more oil had leaked into the Pacific Ocean through the faulty pipeline.

"California is tremendously well-prepared to deal with these spills, much better than probably anywhere else in the country, and maybe in the world, so that's fantastic," veterinarian Fiorelo said on Friday. "But it's also, of course, very terrible that it has to happen at all."


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KGTV-TV(SAN DIEGO) -- A Navy jet has skidded off a runway during takeoff for a training flight in San Diego, and its pilot was rescued by a civilian boat, a Navy official said.

The T-45 Goshawk crashed into the San Diego Bay Friday at around 2:30 p.m. PT, the official said, as it was taking off from Naval Air Station North Island.

"Local mariners safely recovered the pilot from San Diego Bay," Naval Air Forces Public Affairs said in a written statement. "The aircraft was conducting routine training in advance of aircraft carrier landing qualifications prior to the mishap."

The pilot was taken to a local hospital, where he was treated and released, according to a statement from Naval Air Station North Island.

The pilot was from Training Squadron NINE (VT-9), stationed out of Naval Air Station Meridian, Mississippi, officials said.

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Courtesy of Omahas Mayor Office(OMAHA, Neb.) -- The chilling audio recorded in moments after an Omaha police officer was shot in the line of duty this week has been released, and it reveals the frantic efforts to get help for the mortally wounded cop.

Officer Kerrie Orozco, 29, was shot in the chest just above her bullet proof vest on Wednesday while serving a felony warrant and later died from her injuries at Creighton University Medical Center, police said.

"Help an officer! Help an officer!" someone can be heard yelling on the recording of the exchange between officers at the scene and dispatch. The dispatcher then warns other officers the scene wasn’t yet secure.

Orozco was set to go on maternity leave the next day to take care of her newborn daughter, Olivia Ruth, who was born premature and set to be released from the neonatal intensive care unit, authorities told ABC News. Orozco was back to work the week after giving birth to Olivia on Feb. 17, according to officials.

The audio was released by Mean Streets Omaha, a citizen's group that live-tweets police radio calls in Omaha. The Omaha Police Department did not immediately confirm the authenticity of the recordings to ABC News.

Orozco and two other officers were in pursuit of 26-year-old Marcus D. Wheeler on Wednesday afternoon near 30th Street and Martin Avenue, police said. He was wanted on a felony warrant for first-degree assault from a September 2014 shooting.

When Orozco and another officer pulled up to Wheeler in an unmarked car with lights flashing, Wheeler shot at the officers and then ran, Omaha Police Department Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said on Thursday night, adding new details to how the tragedy unfolded.

When officers caught up with Wheeler, he fired again, and the officers returned fire, Schmaderer said. That's when Orozco was hit by one of at least six gunshots that Wheeler fired, he said.

Wheeler was shot multiple times before collapsing in a nearby yard, Schmaderer said, and he was later pronounced dead from a lethal gunshot wound to the chest.

In the audio recordings, sirens can be heard in the background while medics report back that two patients are en route to the hospital.

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert announced a vigil for Orozco at 7 p.m. Monday at St. John’s Catholic Church at Creighton University. Her memorial is planned for Tuesday at 11 a.m. at St. John’s.

The Omaha Police Department has set up a college fund for Olivia that the community can to donate to.


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flySnow/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Memorial Day Weekend usually conjures up images of backyard parties, beaches and beer.

But Memorial Day is more than just a three-day weekend marking the unofficial start of summer. It's actually been an official national holiday for over 40 years aimed at remembering those who served in the armed forces.

Here is a brief look at the history behind the holiday and how people are expressing the true meaning of Memorial Day through photos on social media.

A few years after the end of the Civil War, May 30 was established as "Declaration Day" -- a day to decorates veterans' graves with flowers. May 30 may have been the selected day because flowers would be in bloom throughout the country, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.

In 1971, Memorial Day was officially declared a national holiday and placed on the last Monday in May, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website says.

In December 2000, the president signed into law The National Moment of Remembrance Act.

"The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation," the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website says.

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Courtesy of Jessica Morales (NAPLES, Fla.) -- Jessica Morales, 18, said she was shocked to open her high school yearbook last week to see what she felt is a racially offensive photo depicting the "border patrol" interacting with students in stereotypical costumes.

"It was just really offensive because it kind of belittles the whole issue," Morales told ABC affiliate WFTS-TV in Tampa Bay, Florida, referring to the immigration process that both of her parents are still enduring.

The photo, which was printed on page 96 of the $90 Naples High School yearbook in Naples, Florida, pictured six students dressed in ponchos and sombreros and wearing mustaches, and one student in a shirt labeled "border patrol."

Morales' father, Miguel Morales, told WFTS-TV the image struck him as "really racist," adding, "I've never seen anything like that, I thought it was 2015 and people don't act like that."

However, a senior who said she participated in the initial staged snapshots, but was not involved with the “border patrol” part of the photo presented there, told ABC News that she and her friends were just fooling around and no offense was intended. She said they were dressed in the themed attire in order to represent a Mariachi band for "Twin Day" during their high school's spirit week in October 2014.

"I am Cuban and I don’t find this offensive," said Sophie Wasmer, 18. "Without a doubt, people wouldn't even making these comments if it wasn't because of social media. ... Even girls I sit at lunch with are antagonizing us. If she [Morales] knew that six out of the seven of us were Latino, I don’t think she would’ve done that [complained]."

The Collier County Public School District expressed regret that the photo got through its yearbook vetting process.

"The picture in question is from Naples High School’s Spirit week," the district said in a statement. "The Naples High yearbook staff has a vetting process for which all content is reviewed. If anyone on the yearbook team finds a picture questionable, the yearbook sponsor brings it forward to Naples High Principal Kevin Saba. That regrettably did not happen in this case."

In the statement, Saba added, “We regret if any Golden Eagle student, parent, or community member found it offensive. It was certainly not our intent.”

Wasmer said she was surprised to learn via Twitter that the photo was causing so much controversy.

"It looks like we were 'Crossing the border, being Mexican,' and that’s not how we wanted it interpreted," Wasmer said. "Our intention was never to offend anyone. ... I'm not really angered by it, but I just want to get over it, pretty much. It was just blown out of proportion."

Morales said she hoped to enter into a career that combats what she feels is offensive behavior, such as the yearbook image.

"It would be amazing to do that," Morales told WFTS-TV. "To ... make an impact on the world because there is so much inequality in it. It would be awesome to make a change."

Morales did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for additional comment.

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