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Most viral stories of the week: Gunshots, The World Naked Bike Ride and John Stevens

Here are the most popular stories of the week based on social referral traffic:

5. Hearing gunshots, Buffalo boy opens door to get siblings to safety and is shot

June 30, 2016: Harold McNeil wrote about Juan “Macho” Rodridguez, the courageous 11-year-old who saved his brothers and sisters from gunfire. "It’s just unreal," said a neighbor.

A prayer vigil was held for the two shooting victims on Humason Ave. last night, Thursday, June 30, 2016. 11-year old Juan Rodriguez and 20-year-old Detavian MaGee are hospitalized. Detavian’s mother Sandra MaGee listens as Pastor Giles speaks with his arms around both moms. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

A prayer vigil was held for the two shooting victims on Humason Ave. last night, Thursday, June 30, 2016. 11-year old Juan Rodriguez and 20-year-old Detavian MaGee are hospitalized. Detavian’s mother Sandra MaGee listens as Pastor Giles speaks with his arms around both moms. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

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4. ‘Oh Lord, I’m sorry. I’m so sorry,’ Greer says as he is sentenced in friend’s death

 June 27, 2016: "You were drunk. You possessed a loaded gun, and you killed your best friend,” a judge told 44-year-old Michael Greer this week. Reporter Melinda Miller covered the court case.

Michael Greer was sentenced to 18 years for shooting his friend Michael Atkins during an argument in September 2015.

Michael Greer was sentenced to 18 years for shooting his friend Michael Atkins during an argument in September 2015.

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3. The Buffalo World Naked Bike Ride is back and as bare as ever

 June 25, 2016: Yep, you've read that right. There is a World Nake Bike Ride and it's in Buffalo on July 9.

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2. Food stamp rules change, and 800 in Erie County lose benefits

June 27, 2016: Why did 800 people lose access to their food stamp benefits? Charity Vogel reports on this technical glitch.  

Getting enough food to fill their plates became more difficult for hundreds of people in Erie County when guidelines changed for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. (Mark Mulville/News file photo)

Getting enough food to fill their plates became more difficult for hundreds of people in Erie County when guidelines changed for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. (Mark Mulville/News file photo)

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1. East Amherst native, 'Idol' contestant John Stevens facing partial deafness after being hit by van

June 26, 2016: Remember that red haired kid who took sixth place on the third season of "American Idol?" He got into an accident last weekend, reported Anne Neville. 

John Stevens, formerly of East Amherst, became famous across the country after his sixth-place finish on “American Idol” in 2004.

John Stevens, formerly of East Amherst, became famous across the country after his sixth-place finish on “American Idol” in 2004.

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