Memorial Wall

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

May 12th:
Hana Williams
died on May 12th, 2011

Hana was a 13yo girl adopted from Ethiopia by a couple from Washington, USA. According to them, Hana "enjoyed knitting and crocheting, reading, drawing and various crafts, playing soccer and riding her bicycle." Aside from Hana, the couple had seven biological children and one more adopted son, also from Ethiopia. The children were home-schooled. The family had a copy of the controversial parenting book To Train Up a Child, and, according to witnesses, followed the book recommendations "to use a switch, cold baths, withhold food and force children outside in cold weather as punishment."

According to Hana's adoptive mother, on the evening of May 12th Hana was outside (it was raining), and started removing her clothes and throwing herself onto the ground, hitting her head. The mother and eight children watched Hana's agony from inside the house, and, according to one of the kids, laughed at it. When the mother finally called 911, she said, "I think my daughter just killed herself... She's really rebellious."

Hana weighed 76lbs in 2008, 108lbs in 2009, and only 78lbs in 2011 when she died of hypothermia, malnutrition, and gastritis. She had marks on her body, from previous beatings.


Posted by Manya on February 10th, 2016

May 13th:
Carla Nicole Bone
died on May 13th, 2002

13-month-old Carla-Nicole from UK was killed by her mom's boyfriend because she wouldn't walk. For that, he smashed her head on the wall. "Your actions were a cruel and unnatural treatment of a young child," the judge told him during the trial. "When you became frustrated while she resisted your efforts to care for her, your temper got the better of you and you took it out on the child. You exploded into a level of violence and ferocity on the morning of the death which was altogether on a different scale. It seems you completely lost your temper and in that state of mind assaulted her so severely she died." Sentencing Carla-Nicole's mom, the judge said, "You woefully failed to protect your daughter when your partner assaulted her. You were under a legal obligation as Nicole's mother to do what was reasonable to protect her and, as the jury have found, you woefully failed in that obligation in a way that contributed to her death."


Posted by Manya on May 11th, 2017

Logan Bruce Borchik
died on May 13th, 2014

1yo Logan from Colorado, USA, died of fatal brain injury that was caused by being shaken by his mom while his dad watched it. The woman explained that Logan was choking on a penny, but his injuries, which included broken ribs, were "not consistent with resuscitation or choking," according to the doctors."After the shaking incident," the District Attorney said, "neither [the mother] nor her boyfriend … despite both observing obvious signs of the child's medical distress, sought medical care for the infant for three days during the child's unresponsiveness, before summoning help." Both parents were found guilty of child abuse resulting in death. "There is nothing that will bring back Logan who was a beautiful young boy and while a modicum of justice is served through this conviction for a horrible crime, the primary lesson here is never, ever shake a child," said the District Attorney.


Posted by Manya on March 20th, 2017

May 14th:
Carly and Sawyer Simpson
died on May 14th, 2013

7yo Carly and 5yo Sawyer from South Carolina, USA, lived with their dad and mentally ill mom. She suffered from hallucinations and delusions, where she felt the world was out to harm her and her family; medication used to help. On May 13th she called her mother five times and asked bizarre questions, e.g. if her mother really wanted her, or if her grandmother was better off in heaven. A family friend saw her that day because he came by to borrow her husband's truck. "At that time I couldn't tell that there was anything wrong with her as far that I would say would be something that would cause danger," he said. "I could tell she was highly agitated, you know typical of husband and wife arguing type of scenario." Later that night he received a puzzling text message from her, which read "Hell on Earth?" He replied "huh?" but did not get a response. When her husband and kids went to bed, the woman unlocked her husbands gun and shot both of the kids in the head, in their beds, because she "didn't want them to live in this awful world," as she later explained. She then shot her husband and tried to crash her car. The husband survived, though suffered a traumatic brain injury, which left him paralyzed and with a bullet stuck in the back of his eye, that the doctors couldn't remove.


Posted by Manya on March 20th, 2017

May 15th:
Morsal Obeidi
died on May 15th, 2008

16yo Afghan born Morsal lived in Hamburg, Germany with her family of five siblings. She went to high school and dressed as German girls her age: uncovered hair, makeup, and jeans. Her family felt she "dressed like a slut" and frequently beat her up for it, on one occasion knocking out her tooth. Morsal was a regular visitor at Child and Youth Services welfare center, and was offered housing away from her family, but kept returning back home against the advice of social workers; they described her family relationships as "highly ambivalent".

In May of 2007, Morsal's family sent her to Afghanistan for 9 months to be "re-educated" about religion and culture, and only allowed her to return to Germany after she promised "to be obedient". And in May of 2008, 16yo Morsal was stabbed and beaten to death at a parking lot by her 23yo brother. He was sentenced to life imprisonment. When the verdict was read out in court, he yelled that had the trial taken place in Afghanistan, he would have already been released long ago. Click on Morsal's name to read a very interesting article about her life and death.


Posted by Manya on March 20th, 2017

May 16th:
Graziella Dailler
died on May 16th, 2014

48yo Mrs Dailler, originally from France, lived in Australia and worked as a beauty therapist. "She was like a sister to me. She was a very stoic person, she had a lot of dignity and pride. She took great pride in her own appearance and she loved making other women feel good about who they were," her boss said. Mrs Dailler had three adult children and an abusive boyfriend, and both she and her children have been in contact with the police about the situation.

On May 16th, 2014, Mrs Dailler's daughters came to check on her because she missed her daughter's birthday and didn't show up to work. They discovered the bodies of their mother and her boyfriend, who killed her and then himself.

"Anyone who is experiencing domestic violence, please seek what help is out there and get yourself out of the situation before your family is grieving like ours is." ~ Mrs Dailler's children


Posted by Manya on July 8th, 2016

May 17th:
Khyra Ishaq
died on May 17th, 2008

Khyra was a 7yo girl from Birmingham, UK, who was beaten and starved to death by her mom and stepfather. Two other children in the household were also abused in the same way, but survived. The family has been causing concern for years prior to Khyra's death. Children were emaciated and, until they were taken out of school, were constantly begging for food, searching for it, or stealing it from other children. Neighbors believe they saw Khyra eating out of a bird feeder. One of the children recalls, "Khyra stole bread from the kitchen or something from the cooker. Junaid (the stepfather) told her 'you've won a prize, you've got a nice treat'. He gave her a jar of chocolate and told her to eat it all. It made her feel really ill and it made her vomit."

There was plenty of food in the house. The court ruling said the following about the mother: "Food was an issue for her and she seemed unable to understand that whilst it may well have been appropriate for her to lose weight, it was certainly not appropriate for these growing children to do the same." The stepfather was punished by being deprived of meals as a child, and said his father beat his 3yo sister to death for failing to flush the toilet. The court ruling also mentioned his "strong belief" in evil spirits. Detective inspector who investigated Khyra's death, said the following:

"The defendants created a situation in which the children, who were being educated at home, had been kept away from their extended family, friends and the outside world. They were also prevented from doing the things that an ordinary child does. Khyra's untimely death was ultimately caused by an overwhelming infection brought on by severe malnutrition – a cause of death you don't expect to see in the western world, let alone Birmingham, in the 21st century."


Posted by Manya on February 4th, 2016

May 18th:
Anthony Tirrell Murray
died on May 18th, 2014

30yo Anthony from Georgia, USA, was stabbed to death by his girlfriend during an argument. She said the knife "just seemed to puncture his chest." A medical examiner, however, testified the blade cracked a rib and punctured Murray’s lung, aorta and pulmonary artery. The woman was acquitted of murder, but found guilty of aggravated assault and sentenced to 15 years in prison. Sergeant Joe Harris with Columbus Police testified at the trial, stating that domestic violence has a tendency to be highly under-reported, especially by male victims. The woman who killed Anthony had prior reports of domestic violence on other boyfriends, including one in which she was alleged to have beaten a man with a crowbar. Anthony had two children. She had four.


Posted by Manya on March 20th, 2017

May 19th:
Enna Isabel Barreto
died on May 19th, 2008

Mr and Mrs Barreto from Mississippi, USA, started adopting children from Guatemala in 2005. By 2008 they had a total of eight, most under the age of three, including 2yo Enna Isabel. The young children were kept in a separate mobile home, and locked at night. The children were fed cereal and bologna sandwiches, rarely bathed, forced to drink hot sauce as punishment and spent hours tied up with duct tape after they "were cutting up." One of the children was frequently locked overnight in a cage inside a closet. Another child was waterboarded on multiple occasions. The dwelling was littered with garbage, food, soiled diapers, dog feces, dirty laundry and spent needles Mrs Barreto used to administer diabetes medication; there was also a puppy mill in the backyard. Marainna, teen daughter of Mrs Barreto, had to drop out of high school in order to care for the children. According to her, adoption inspectors "just stayed in the living room or the dining room, dining room or the den, so nobody has ever, none of them has ever really been to the back trailer."

Enna died of physical abuse and neglect. 17yo Marainna served 5 years in prison. Mr and Mrs Barreto were on the U.S. Marshals Service's 15 Most Wanted Fugitives list for failure to appear on original charges of child neglect, child abuse, tampering with a witness, and manslaughter in the death of Enna and the abuse of six other children. They were on the run for six years, but eventually were caught. Mrs Barreto pleaded guilty and died in prison.


Posted by Manya on March 20th, 2017

May 20th:
Heaven Woods
died on May 20th, 2014

Heaven was a 5yo girl from Georgia, who lived with her abusive mom. Her dad petitioned for primary custody of Heaven back in 2012, when she was 3yo, telling the court that visitation with her mom should be limited because of violence towards the child. Mom responded that he was the violent one. He continued his battle for custody, petitioning the court again in 2013 and in January of 2014. On May 20th, 2014, Heaven was beat to death by her mom and mom's boyfriend, for soiling her pants, which she couldn't help due to her injuries. Cause of death was blunt-force trauma to the abdomen and extreme blood loss that had accumulated in the child’s stomach.Autopsy revealed Heaven suffered long-term physical abuse before she died.

"I cannot express what you took from me. I will never understand why you did this to my Heaven, an innocent child who could not defend herself. She was playful, she was loving, she was understanding," said Heaven's dad in court.


Posted by Manya on February 27th, 2016

May 21st:
Levai Bonnar
died on May 21st, 2013

Levai was a 7yo boy from Australia who was abused and killed by his mom and her boyfriend. The man was a Christian hip-hop music producer, referred to himself as being "the General of the Army of the Helpers" and said the army "carried out the will of God". He physically and sexually abused Levai and his siblings under the guise of "punishment" in accordance with a "bizarre" discipline regime inspired by religion and a movie about Spartan soldiers called 300. Levai's mother sometimes participated, and sometimes recorded the abuse on her phone. Levai died of fractured skull and bleeding to his brain, and post-mortem found dozens of bruises, abrasions, scars, and fractures on his body.


Posted by Manya on May 20th, 2016

Sabia Rani
died on May 21st, 2006

Sabia was a Pakistani girl beaten to death by her husband. It was an arranged marriage; after the marriage certificate was signed, Sabia stayed in Pakistan for three more years while her husband and his family lived in UK. When Sabia was 19, she came to UK to stay with them. She didn't speak a word of English, didn't know anyone in the country, and never went outside alone. Her husband didn't like how she made his lunch, that she struggled figuring out how to apply makeup, and that she didn't know how to buy groceries. Five months after her move to UK Sabia was dead.

There were four adults in the household aside from Sabia and her husband. He was beating her for at least three weeks. 90% of her body was covered in bruises. She had 15 bone fractures. The family said they saw no injuries on her body, didn't realize she was in pain, and that she must have been killed by "evil spirits".


Posted by Manya on February 19th, 2016

May 22nd:
Teneya Little
died on May 22nd, 2016

40yo Mrs Little, from Wisconsin, USA, was a nurse at the Milwaukee Area Technical College and mother of two teenagers. Her boyfriend was on parole for drug related charges, and had an arrest warrant for battery. "She was just looking scared," her sister said, "like she was scared, like, 'I'm just tired,' and when I seen her I was like, 'He's going to kill you,' and she just looked at me. (...) I think she always attracted people that needed help. That's what it was. She felt like he was good - that he just needed someone there for him or to love him." When Mrs Little pressed charges against him for domestic violence, he tried to convince her to drop the charges. They had an argument, and she died of a gunshot wound to the head. Her children were at home at the time and unharmed. The man told them, "I just blew your mama's brains out. I forgot it was loaded. I shouldn't have put the bullets in."


Posted by Manya on March 21st, 2017

May 24th:
Hope Arismandez
died on May 24th, 2008

Hope was an 8yo girl from Trinidad who liked to read and wanted to be a teacher when she grows up. "She is very intelligent and knows what she is about and is very aware as to what is happening around her. She was taught right from wrong and knew how she was to be treated by anyone, whether they were man or woman," said her dad. Hope was raped and murdered by her mom's boyfriend. He tried to rape her but she fought back and he realized he can't let her live because she'll tell on him, so he slashed her throat. Hope's relative said, "I really don't know why an innocent child like this had to go in such a brutal and inhumane manner. What did she ever do to deserve this?"


Posted by Manya on March 5th, 2016

Gabriel Fernandez
died on May 24th, 2013

Gabriel was an 8yo boy from LA, who died of child abuse and neglect. According to his brother, Gabriel was kept locked in a closet with a sock stuffed into his mouth to gag him, not allowed to go to the bathroom, and forced to eat rotten spinach, cat feces, and his own vomit. He was sent to school in girl's clothes, called gay, and beaten with a club, bat, metal hanger, and belt buckle. He had his teeth knocked out, and went to school with torn lip and black eye. Gabriel's teacher called Child Protective Services several times, but to no avail. On May 22nd, his mother called 911 because he wasn't breathing. When paramedics arrived, they found Gabriel naked in a bedroom, with a cracked skull, three broken ribs and BB pellets embedded in his lung and groin. Gabriel died two days later.

Eight-year-old Gabriel once wrote a suicide note, but authorities dismissed it because it did not include a specific plan to carry out a suicide.


Posted by Manya on February 2nd, 2016

May 25th:
Timothy Wiltsey
died on May 25th, 1991

5yo Timmy from New Jersey, USA, was a nice and quiet boy, according to his school nurse. He lived with his 23yo mom, and both of them struggled attending school/work. In his first year of school, Timmy was late 63 times, and absent another 25 days. His mom also struggled maintaining a job, frequently being late, calling out sick, or just not showing up without a notice. On May 25th of 1991, Memorial Day weekend, Timmy's mom said he went missing at a local carnival when she turned away to buy a soda. Police officers, firefighters, volunteers, and trained dog immediately started searching for Timmy. The case appeared on TV, and Timmy's photograph was circulated on thousands of missing-child flyers and milk cartoons.

Timmy's remains were found eleven months later, in the woods near his mom's old workplace. Cause of death was impossible to determine due to decomposition, but next to the body were Timmy's sneakers, his baby blanket, and a balloon, all featuring his favorite cartoon characters, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Timmy's mom gave multiple different accounts of what happened, but was finally convicted of murder and sentenced to 30 years in prison in 2017, more than 25 years after Timmy's disappearance.


Posted by Manya on March 21st, 2017

May 26th:
Mackenzie Maison
died on May 26th, 2015

5yo Mackenzie and her 3yo sister Makayla from Detroit were starved by their parents. Makayla survived, weighing 17 pounds (she was bigger as an 8 month old baby than as a 3yo child), and Mackenzie passed away. Her grandma said that her parents never withheld food, she was just picky. When her mom called 911, she initially also said that she's calling because Mackenzie refuses to eat, and only later admitted the 5yo wasn't breathing. Medical experts have testified Mackenzie was bruised, malnourished, dehydrated and had pneumonia. She weighed 25 pounds. Both parents were found guilty of felony murder in Mackenzie's death, and first-degree child abuse and torture of both girls.


Posted by Manya on February 2nd, 2016

May 27th:
Farzana Parveen
died on May 27th, 2014

30yo Farzana from Pakistan was bludgeoned to death by her family for marrying her husband. They loved each other, she was pregnant by him, and her family initially approved of the marriage, but withdrew their consent after her husband refused to pay more than the agreed-upon bride price. Farzana's father accused him of abducting her, and she testified to the police that she had married her husband of her own free will. Her family then stoned her to death in front of a police station. Her father said, "I killed my daughter as she had insulted all of our family by marrying a man without our consent, and I have no regret over it."


Posted by Manya on March 21st, 2017

May 28th:
Brittany-Jane Royal
died on May 28th, 2013

25yo Brittany-Jane from California, USA, lived with her boyfriend in a tent on a lava field in Hawaii; they were hoping to start an organic farm. Brittany-Jane was 10 weeks pregnant when her boyfriend strangled her during a domestic dispute. "Brittany’s life was about peace (and) love," her mother wrote. "We can all learn from her. She was searching for the perfect place to call home and to raise a child. She is now in that ultimate paradise."


Posted by Manya on May 11th, 2017

May 29th:
Brandon
died on May 29th, 1998

I'm sorry i wasn't there for you when you needed me.I'm sorry for letting you down.I'm sorry for the events that occurred that night that lead to you taking your life.I blame myself and will never forgive myself.I will live with till the day i die.I loved you so much and still do.There isn't a night that i don't think of you or a day i don't cry for you.I hope you have found peace.


Posted by Jennifer on October 23rd, 2013

Asher Lesyshen-Kirlan
died on May 29th, 2013

Asher was a 9yo boy from Colorado who played violin, enjoyed ski jumping, hiking, camping, fishing, and soccer. His parents were living together, but were estranged. On May 27th Asher's mom found out his dad was having an affair. They had an argument where she struck him multiple times, but they seemed to work it out in the end, and he agreed to not divorce her immediately, so that she could keep his health insurance. The the next day seemed to go on as usual, with her going to work and the family eating together, but at 3AM, while her husband was sleeping in the basement, she went to Asher's room and shot the sleeping boy to death, leaving a note to her husband that said, "Remember you are responsible for what has happened here and you are the person that caused it." It was signed, "Lisa & Asher". She then attempted to kill herself too, but survived (though paralyzed), and eventually pled guilty to the murder.

"We did a lot of hiking, a lot of backpack trips. Those are incredibly powerful memories for me," said Asher's dad. "I know every town worth passing through, but what good does knowing do with no one to show it to? I kind of feel that way about Asher."


Posted by Manya on February 27th, 2016

May 30th:
Lisa Isham
died on May 30th, 2015

52yo Lisa Isham from Minnesota, USA, was stabbed to death by her on-and-off boyfriend. She was a "bubbly" person who generally kept to herself (according to her friends), and he had a history of domestic violence, including several felony assaults. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 30 years in prison.


Posted by Manya on May 11th, 2017

May 31st:
Pleasant Ervin Shorty Robinson
died on May 31st, 2010

57yo Mr Robinson, a welder from Texas, USA, was a father of three and a member of The Moose Lodge, a fraternal and service organization popular in North America. He was killed by his wife, who buried him in their front yard and told everyone he left her with another woman. His body wasn't discovered for three years, but eventually she pleaded guilty to murder.


Posted by Manya on March 21st, 2017

June 1st:
Maria Sadaqat
died on June 1st, 2016

19yo Maria from Pakistan worked as an elementary school teacher, and didn't want to marry the son of the school's owner. "They sent in the proposal six months ago but the guy had already been married and had a daughter," explained Maria's aunt. "They wanted her to run the school after marrying the son of the owner of the school. Her father refused the proposal and they took the revenge by doing this." Maria was beaten, covered in petrol, and set on fire; she died of her injuries the next day.


Posted by Manya on March 21st, 2017


 

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