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Former Marine steps down as July 4 parade grand marshal of Texas town after threats of violence

Haley Carter, coach for the Afghanistan Women’s National Football Team, hosts a free soccer training clinic during the World Human Rights Celebration on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, at Legends Sports Complex.

A former Marine slated to lead Friendswood’s Fourth of July parade backed out Thursday after a coordinated campaign to remove her as grand marshal led to threats of violence against her and her family, the city’s parks department announced. 

Haley Carter, who also chairs Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Commission Against Gun Violence, “voluntarily stepped down,” she said, after failed congressional hopeful, former RV salesman and conservative talk show host Jesse Kelly sicced his hundreds of thousands of Twitter followers on her and her family Wednesday. Kelly said he took exception to Carter’s political views and even posted a photo of her child in an effort to intimidate Friendswood officials into canceling her inclusion in the parade. 

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