Memorial Wall

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Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
~George Santayana

December 28th:
Lucinda Knoll
died on December 28th, 2013

39yo mother of three from New York, USA, Mrs Knoll was murdered by her ex-boyfriend. He tried make it look like a robbery, so that she would die and he would get the custody of one of the children, the one they had in common. Mrs Knoll was "a happy and outgoing person who loved giving help to people in need," according to her family and friends.


Posted by Manya on December 13th, 2017
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December 29th:
Jyoti Singh Pandey (Nirbhaya)
died on December 29th, 2012

Jyoti was a 23yo girl from Delhi, India. Her dad sold his farm land and worked double shifts to give her an education, because she wanted to study and he loved her. "It never entered our hearts to ever discriminate," - he said, - "How could I be happy if my son is happy and my daughter isn't? And it was impossible to refuse a little girl who loved going to school."

On December 16th, Jyoti and her male friend saw a movie together in South Delhi, and at 9:30PM took a bus home. There were six other people on that bus, they all assaulted Jyoti and her friend, broke his ribs and knocked him unconscious, and violently beaten and raped Jyoti with a metal rod, before throwing them both on the side of the road. Jyoti fought back, leaving bite marks on all of her assailants. The friend survived, while Jyoti died a week later, after undergoing multiple surgeries to remove her inflamed intestines and reproductive organs.

The incident (commonly referred to as "the 2012 Delhi gang rape") resulted in public protests against the state and central governments for failing to provide adequate security for women. The Indian government re-evaluated its laws concerning rape prosecutions, passed multiple new laws and set up six new courts. Critics argue that the legal system remains slow to hear and prosecute rape cases, but most agree that the case has resulted in a tremendous increase in the public discussion of crimes against women and statistics show that there has been an improvement in the number of women willing to file a crime report.

Indian laws forbid disclosing rape victims' identity to the public without consent of their family, so initially Jyoti was referred to as Nirbhaya, "fearless".


Posted by Manya on October 17th, 2015
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December 30th:
Izayah Wayne Denison
died on December 30th, 2008

2-month-old Izayah from Washington state, USA, was shaken and spanked with a spatula by his mom's boyfriend, while mom was in hospital, being treated for post-partum depression. The boyfriend pleaded guilty to second degree murder and is serving 14 year prison sentence. Izayah's organs saved lives of three babies.


Posted by Manya on December 13th, 2017
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December 31st:
Virginia
died on December 31st, 2008

She was the most courageous and outgoing person I knew, and I wish I had been there more for her. She took her own life two days after my birthday.


Posted by Casey on July 17th, 2009
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Laura Aceves
died on December 31st, 2012

Laura was a 21yo mother from Arkansas, USA. She worked at a Tyson Foods plant, deboning chicken. Her apartment complex manager describes her as a "very, very sweet girl". "She went to work, and came home, and took care of her son," he said, "I don't think I ever saw her without a smile."

Laura had a violent ex, Victor Acuna-Sanchez, the father of her 4 months old son. He was out on bail, awaiting trial for previous attacks on Laura, including a felony for aggravated assault. Victor was under court order to have no contact with Laura and to check in with probation by phone twice week. He followed neither order, kept threatening to kill Laura, physically assaulting her, and damaging her property. She kept calling the police, but somehow they were unable to protect her. Laura's body was found in her apartment, with a gunshot wound to her head, and her 4 months old son covered in her blood. Victor was arrested the same evening in his mom's house, hiding in the shower with a .22-caliber handgun.


Posted by Manya on February 2nd, 2016
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January 1st:
Jeffrey Fehr
died on January 1st, 2012

18yo Jeffrey from California, USA, committed suicide because he was bullied for being gay. The bullying started as early as 3rd grade and continued till his death. "Jeff loved everyone with everything he had," said his friend. "He always wanted everyone to get along, without drama. He was a leader." Jeffrey's parents supported him, signed him up for counseling for depression, and encouraged him to pursue art, theater, dance, and cheerleading. He hung himself on New Year's day. "So many people gained strength from Jeff," his father said. "The unfortunate part is that Jeff didn't realize it."


Posted by Manya on March 5th, 2017
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January 2nd:
Arisa Vana David
died on January 2nd, 2018

25yo Vana was involved in an on-and-off abusive relationship for the past seven years. "Many times she would write on Facebook that she and the man done and then people seeing them hugging up and walking the road," Vana's mom said. "The next thing people seeing the man beating her all over the place. She could not have talked to anyone, the man would feel offended. She got a little job in the parlour right here and he going there and abusing she. He always sticking up on her. Over a year ago, he pelt her with a cellphone and her eye got damaged, she always had to go to the doctor." Vana was choked to death in front of her two daughters, aged 7 and 2.


Posted by Manya on February 11th, 2018
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January 3rd:
T.M.
died on January 3rd, 1999

May you rest in peace.


Posted by secretsouls on May 9th, 2008
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Alexa Linboom
died on January 3rd, 2012

5yo Alexa from Tennessee, USA, stole a sip of grape soda from her stepmom on New Year's Day. For that, her dad and stepmom forced her to drink two and a half liters of soda and water over one-to-two hours. Alexa went unconscious and died in the hospital two days later. Both adults pled guilty to murder.


Posted by Manya on July 29th, 2016
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January 4th:
Zainab Ansari
died on January 4th, 2018

7yo Zainab from Pakistan was staying with her uncle while her parents were performing Umrah (pilgrimage to Mecca). Zainab went missing on her way to a Quran tuition class, which was very close to her house. She was kidnapped by a 24yo mechanic who tortured, raped, and strangled Zainab to death. He was arrested nineteen days later, confessed, and his DNA matched with the samples of at least eight minor girls who were raped and murdered within the same neighborhood.

Zainab's death resulted in mass protests across Pakistan; Punjab chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif said, "Those societies that cannot protect its children are eternally condemned."


Posted by Manya on February 11th, 2018
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Junko Furuta
died on January 4th, 1989

Junko was a 16yo highschool student from Tokyo, Japan. She was walking home from school when abducted by four boys roughly her age (all under 18), that she didn't know, and was raped, tortured, and mutilated for six weeks, before they killed her and disposed of the body by placing it in a 55 gallon drum filled with concrete.

They never met her before and had no grudge against her - they picked her at random, just because they could. What they did to her during those 44 days is too graphic to post here (click on her name if you want to read about it), but another disturbing part of the story is that this was happening in the home of one of the boys, with his parents present at least some of the time. They said they thought Junko was his girlfriend, and/or they were too scared of their son to say anything.



Posted by Zoe on July 28th, 2009
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January 5th:
Esther Anuhya
died on January 5th, 2014

24yo Anu from India worked as a software engineer and enjoyed singing, reading Manga, and watching Korean films. Anu spent Christmas with her family and was returning home. Her train arrived to Mumbai at 5AM; normally she would have waited till daylight at the station, and then taken a bus home. Instead, Anu accepted a ride from a stranger. According to witnesses, "she must have refused to ride on the motorcycle, but he took her stating he too was going towards Andheri and would drop her for a meager amount and under duress, as he put her bag on the motorcycle, she must have ridden the bike." When Anu protested that he was taking her in the wrong direction, he robbed, raped, and murdered her, burnt her body, and left it in a ditch.


Posted by Manya on December 28th, 2017
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January 11th:
Nixzmary Brown
died on January 11th, 2006

Nicky was a 7yo girl from Brooklyn, NY, who was repeatedly beaten, molested, and tortured, and finally murdered by her stepdad, while her mom ignored it and/or participated. There were numerous reports to Child Protective services, starting from back when Nicky was 5yo. Neighbors called, and school called too, when she came to classes with a black eye. At the time CPS was "swamped" with cases and the reports weren't followed up. Nicky was kept in a locked room with a cat litter box and a chair, to which Nicky was often tied and/or duct taped. Her head was hit against a bathtub. She was molested by more than one person. On January 11th she was beaten to death for stealing a cup of yogurt. She did not take that yogurt, it was still there in the fridge, when the police arrived.

The case resulted in public outrage and a few changes in CPS administration. Specifically, 525 more social workers were hired, and a police officer is now assigned to each case, to serve as a link between law enforcement, child protective services, and school.


Posted by Manya on December 22nd, 2015
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January 17th:
Cyrus Belt
died on January 17th, 2008

Cyrus was a 24-month-old boy from Hawaii. His mom was going to smoke crystal meth, so she left Cyrus with his dad and another man. That man was also high on meth, he took the baby to a three-story-high highway overpass bridge and threw him down, where Cyrus was then ran over by a delivery truck. Interestingly, his dad sued the state for failing to protect his son, because there were prior DHS reports about his mother's drug use.


Posted by Manya on February 10th, 2016
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January 18th:
Donald Parojinog
died on January 18th, 2011

83yo Mr Parojinog used to work for the US Postal Service, then for a barber shop. He and his wife were members of Nativity Catholic Church, and he also was an active member of a local Knights of Columbus chapter, serving for two years as the grand knight. Mr Parojinog suffered three strokes and became unable to care for himself, so his daughter began to care for him and his wife. On January 18th, 2011, she called 911 and said she had a deceased elderly person in her home. When the operator told her someone will be coming right over, she asked, "when they come, do they have to have all those bells and whistles going on?" The police officers found emaciated, naked body of Mr Parojinog, with more than a dozen of sores; five were so deep that the bones were exposed. His daughter told the judge she was following her father's wishes: "He didn't want to live if he could not get around on his own," she said. "I don't think he asked to die with bug larvae inside infected wounds," the prosecutor responded. "I don't think he asked to die in his own feces and urine, and live in that squalor." Mr Parojinog's daughter was sentenced to 12 months in a county jail for neglect. "There has to be some punishment imposed," said the judge. "There has to be some message sent that this type of conduct is unacceptable and it cannot be tolerated by our community. If you can't do what it takes, then initially you have to say no. You can't say yes and fail to act. It's that simple."


Posted by Manya on January 18th, 2018
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January 19th:
Chantal
died on January 19th, 2004

We didn't know each other long, but our fight was the same. Your suicide rocked me to the core. On one hand, I was so happy that you were not longer having to fight. On the other hand, I felt even more alone. I pray you have spent the last four years in peace. Miss you.


Posted by Bravehearts on January 4th, 2009
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Laura Ashley Skinner
died on January 19th, 1987

3yo Laura from Ohio, USA, lived with her mom and mom's boyfriend. Mom worked two jobs, and the boyfriend was babysitting Laura. She was raped, sodomized, and battered to death. The boyfriend was sentenced to 12 years in prison for involuntary manslaughter; rape was never prosecuted. There's a bench in Antrim Park, in Columbus, Ohio, with a plaque in memory of Laura, with this quote from a song by Martina McBride, Concrete Angel:

A statue stands in a shaded place
An angel girl with an upturned face
A name is written on a polished rock
A broken heart that the world forgot

Through the wind and the rain
She stands hard as a stone
In a world that she can't rise above
But her dreams give her wings
And she flies to a place where she's loved


Posted by Manya on January 18th, 2018
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January 20th:
Chloe Valentine
died on January 20th, 2012

4yo Chloe from Australia lived with her mom and mom's boyfriend. Mom had a problem with methamphetamine addiction, the house was unsanitary, Chloe witnessed domestic violence, and was often left unsupervised. Child protective services received 22 reports. Chloe's grandma wanted to take custody of her: her mom would drop her off at grandma's house for a few hours and not pick her up for a few days. "It was really hard knowing I had to give her back because I didn't know if she was going to come back the same way," said another woman who cared for Chloe while her mom was drinking. Yet Child Protective Services found no grounds for removal of the child from her mom's custody. Chloe died because she was forced to ride (and repeatedly crash) a motorbike, while her mom and mom's boyfriend were filming it. They only called for ambulance when Chloe stopped breathing, and left the hospital as soon as her life support was turned off, before she died. Chloe's grandma said in her victim impact statement, "They say people look peaceful in death. Chloe didn't. She looked battered and bruised and alone."


Posted by Manya on January 19th, 2018
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January 21st:
Malaya Faith Heun
died on January 21st, 2014

Malaya was a 15-month-old girl from North Carolina, who was beat to death. Her mom worked 18hr shifts 5-6 days a week, supporting the family, and left Malaya with her aunt. Malaya died of septic shock following blunt force trauma to the abdomen. The autopsy report listed several injuries including clavicle and rib fractures, some bruising on her head and hemorrhaging. "That was my sister. I left her with people I thought I could trust, " said Malaya's mom.


Posted by Manya on February 27th, 2016
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Sirita Sotelo
died on January 21st, 2005

Sirita was a 3yo girl from Seattle, USA, whose mom was incarcerated on drug charges. Sirita was placed with foster parents who loved her. She liked to sing, dance, dress up, and used to delay her bedtime by asking to look at Mars. She could point it out in the sky because her foster dad taught her how.

A year later Sirita was removed from her foster parents and placed with her dad and stepmom. And another year later Sirita was found dead, with a fractured skull and severed liver. "My intentions were to help Sirita, never to harm her in any way," said her stepmom. "I tried so hard... but she struggled every day, never smiled. (...) I do remember that I lost it; my mind went blank," she said.

The stepmom suffered from depression, PTSD, and other mental health issues, because she was sexually abused as a teenager, and had a drug-addicted father. However, the prosecutor said, "It is inconceivable anyone could be so depressed, so angry they would commit the acts of violence that the defendant did in this case."


Posted by Manya on February 15th, 2016
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January 22nd:
Chloe Siokos
died on January 22nd, 2013

80yo Mrs Siokos lived with her husband in a house in North London, UK. They didn't get along, and separated the house into two flats; Mrs Siokos lived downstairs, and her husband lived upstairs. At 6AM on January 22nd, 2013, neighbors called 999 because the house was on fire. Inside was the body of Mrs Siokos with stab wounds, and the body of her husband with no injuries apart from those caused by the fire. The police doesn't believe anyone else was involved in the crime, and that the fire was intentional because petroleum was poured over the house first. "She was a wonderful, feisty woman who was great with my children. She had many tales of when she worked in the rag trade running a clothing factory. Everyone round here liked her and she will be missed, " said one of Mrs Siokos friends.


Posted by Manya on March 7th, 2016
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January 23rd:
Garnett-Paul Spears
died on January 23rd, 2014

5yo Garnett, known online as "G", was killed by his mom for attention. Since the time he was born she kept blogging about his various illnesses, posting photos and prayer requests on social media, receiving sympathy as a single mother of a disabled child. Finally she filled his feeding bag with a lethal amount of salt, and kept blogging about her hardship as the boy was dying. "Throughout his five years, Garnett Spears was forced to suffer through repeated hospitalizations, unneeded surgical procedures and ultimately poisoning with salt, all at the hands of the one person who should have been his ultimate protector: his mother," said the District Attorney after the mother was convicted of second degree murder. "Using the child's 'illnesses' to self aggrandize herself, her actions directly lead to her son's tortured death," the prosecutor said.


Posted by Manya on July 8th, 2016
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January 24th:
Ahmad King
died on January 24th, 2006

3yo Ahmad from Georgia was killed by his foster mom. Apparently, he fought with his sister, foster mom sent him to his room, and he called her a name. For that she beat him with a belt (with a buckle) and a 2ft pipe. Ahmad died of multiple blunt force trauma. The woman said she didn't mean for that to happen, panicked, dumped his body in the woods, went to a local Walmart, and told the police that someone kidnapped Ahmad from her car while she was getting a shopping cart. She was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Ahmad, and 20 years for beating his foster sister too.


Posted by Manya on January 19th, 2018
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January 27th:
International Holocaust Remembrance Day
January 27th, 2005

This day commemorates the genocide that resulted in the death of an estimated 6 million Jews, 1 million Roma, 250,000 mentally and physically disabled people, and 9,000 homosexual men by the Nazi regime and its collaborators during World War Two. Aside from getting murdered, people were placed in concentration camps and abused in various ways: through starvation, medical neglect, torture, physical abuse, rape, sexual abuse of children, indescribable emotional abuse obviously, and various other forms of trauma.


Posted by Manya on January 27th, 2015
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Van Breda Family
died on January 27th, 2015

On 27 January 2015, a brutal murder occurred in the van Breda family home. It is alleged that the youngest son, Henri, of the van Breda family killed his parents, Martin and Teresa, and his brother, Rudi, with an axe. His younger sister was critically injured as well, but did survive the attack. Since 2015 it has been proved that Henri was addicted to drugs and has since been rehabilitated. The case is still ongoing and he has not yet been proven guilty. The van Breda family was a very kind family and did not deserve the brutal killing they had to endure. My heart goes out to Marli van Breda and I hope justice is served.


Posted by Anon on February 3rd, 2017
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January 28th:
T.J
died on January 28th, 2011

We spent grade ten art class together, we sat at the same table, we talked and were friends. Words cannot express how tragic it was when you went missing, and no one expected that it would end this way. I mean, people go missing and show up just fine in this town all the time, right? I had to leave the town, I couldn't stand going pas that place they found you, such a well known place, it just blows my mind. RIP


Posted by S on November 13th, 2013
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Lareeb Khan
died on January 28th, 2015

Lareeb, a 19yo dental technician from Germany, was a victim of honour killing. Her mom said, "Lareeb stayed away from the home for several nights in a row and stopped wearing the headscarf. One day we received a letter from the police saying she had been caught trying to steal condoms. At this point it became clear that there was sexual contact. When I showed the letter to my husband he snapped." Lareeb was grounded and beaten, but continued seeing her boyfriend. One night her father strangled her to death with his bare hands. The judge said, "You lived in two cultural worlds. It is not the case that you may not be allowed to live in your own culture. But you must also deal with our values."


Posted by Manya on July 5th, 2016
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Hatred is something peculiar. You will always find it strongest and most violent where there is the lowest degree of culture.
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe