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This Memorial Wall is our tributes to those who have died as a result of child abuse, domestic violence, rape, religious abuse, or other types of abuse. Some of these people we knew personally, others we only heard of. Abuse is not a theoretical concept, it happens to real people, and costs lives. It's important to honor those we lost to abuse by telling their stories, so that the secret that killed them does not remain secret, and so that other lives might be saved, as a result of increased awareness.
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November 4th:
Lisa Steinberg
died on November 4th, 1987

Lisa was a 6yo NYC girl who was illegally adopted: her mom hired an attorney to find Lisa adoptive parents, and the attorney simply took the girl home, bypassing all the laws, paperwork, and CPS checks. Lisa was physically and sexually abused and neglected for years. On November 1st the man was going out for dinner, Lisa wanted to come along, and he hit her on the head with a hammer and left for more than ten hours. Lisa died in a hospital four days later.

Posted by Manya on October 18th, 2015
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November 5th:
Ryan Weeks
died on November 5th, 2008

3yo Ryan from Oklahoma, USA, along with his mom and siblings, were known to child protective services. The first case was opened when Ryan was almost 1yo: the mother couldn't protect her children from drugs and violence in the home. Kids were moved between foster care, shelters, and her home multiple times. The last time they were sent back to live with her and her boyfriend, the judge reportedly said, "I hope I don't regret this." That's after he saw bruises on the kids and heard testimony of the kids, the foster parents, a doctor, and the DHS workers, stating that the children were being physically abused by the mother's boyfriend during unsupervised visitations. Ryan died of blunt force trauma to his head, which resulted in skull fracture and traumatic brain injury.

Posted by Manya on March 27th, 2016
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Jerry Darst
died on November 5th, 2012

Jerry, I miss and love you so much! You helped me and mom get though the day! I know your happier now, now you can be with your wife, But please always remember.... I love you! I have had a hard road to go down and since you been gone it seems to be harder! I know there's bumps in the road all the time but everything I have been through! Atleast you passed from old age! And a easy death! I love and miss you to the moon and back! I know your watching down on me! I love you! R.I.P!

Posted by Grace on January 13th, 2014
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November 6th:
Edward Miller
died on November 6th, 2013

Eddie was a 20yo man from UK who was murdered by his girlfriend, an older and much more experienced woman. They met two years prior to that, and she was emotionally and physically abusive. On multiple occasions she broke things around the house, gave him a black eye, even attacked him with a knife, but Eddie dismissed it, saying "Look at the size of her. What could she do to hurt me? It was only a small knife anyway."

She claimed to have been sexually abused as a child, and physically abused by her prior romantic partners, and Eddie told his mom "I want to help her, I want to support her. She hasn't had it easy and she is facing up to her demons.". Forensic psychologist Emma Kenny testified at the trial, "The reason that [she] tells him this information is so that when her behaviour is unreasonable, she can say, ‘but it's not because of who I am, it's because of what's happened to me'. So she takes away responsibility of herself and she puts it on the responsibility of the people who've done these things to her. And that is quite powerful because what that says to Eddie is, ‘if you let me down, if you hurt me, if you reject me, all you're going to do is be one of those horrible people that's made me the way I am. Can you please heal me, can you help me?' And that's clever because it means that she'll get what she wants."

On November 6th the woman killed Eddie by stabbing him 24 times, till the knife went 9 inches into his body and the blade broke off. The judge said, "Throughout this trial you have tried to portray yourself as a serial victim of domestic violence, that picture is not an accurate one."

Posted by Manya on February 27th, 2016
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November 7th:
Anne-Marie Birch
died on November 7th, 2013

47yo Mrs Birch from Kent, UK, ran a dog walking firm and had an estranged husband of 20 years who was stalking her. She had a restraining order and an NMO against him, and he kept violating both. On one occasion he slipped a copy of the restraining order, with a threatening message handwritten across it, under her door. In the two months prior to her death, Mrs Birch called the police nine times about the stalking. During one such call she said, "I got the order against him, you know, it's with a power of arrest, but they said any, any time he contacts you, to phone and we'll get him arrested, but it's just not happening, there's nothing happening, you know." The last time Mrs Birch called the police was on November 7th at 8:32AM, she was concerned about her ex husband following her while she was dog walking. At 2:04PM on the same day someone called the police because they found her body on the path where she walked the dogs.

Posted by Manya on July 18th, 2016
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November 8th:
Johnny Richards
died on November 8th, 2015

Johnny Richards was killed on 11/08/2015. Family members said they can't understand why anyone would want to hurt Richards, who is an amputee in a wheelchair. “He didn't deserve to die, like that's terrible,” said his sister-in-law, A.D. Askew. "He's a very calm, nice person. I don't understand. Crime is up these days...I don't know if he brought these people home with him or what happened but this is a secure building so they just couldn't walk in." Officials from the Cincinnati Police Department's Homicide Unit arrested and charged Richard's daughter, Shevelle Richards, 36, with aggravated murder for Richards' death.

Posted by Jane on June 17th, 2018
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November 9th:
Julina Gale Gibson and Nicholas Jeffery Mitchell
died on November 9th, 2017

Julina Gale Gibson 25 and her son, Nicholas Jeffery Mitchell 4, passed away November 9, 2017. She was a family and friend oriented person who worked as a home healthcare provider and loved to take care of people with disabilities. But, to her the best job ever was being a mother Julina’s mother reported that when her daughter's ex-boyfriend, came to their house the pair argued about visitation of their 4-year-old son Nicholas. "The baby's dad had the baby overnight, and he came to drop the baby off," said Julina’s mom,. "…he called my daughter. My daughter went outside to get him, which was unusual because usually he comes in the house." He then shot both Julina and her son Nicholas.

Posted by Jane on July 7th, 2018
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Victoria Rose
died on November 9th, 2010

Victoria Rose was lured to the house of her ex partner by a message he sent her claiming he was 'coughing blood'. When she arrived he shot her twice in the head before fatally shooting himself. Essentially, Victoria was lured to the property that morning on the pretence of bogus medical complaints," A message she took seriously and did not hesitate to responded to.

Posted by Jane on June 17th, 2018
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November 10th:
Shaniya Davis
died on November 10th, 2009

Shaniya was a 5yo girl from North Carolina, USA, whom her mom sold to someone she owed money to. "I gave her to him to cover $200. He was only supposed to have sex," she said. Shaniya was found dead six days later. "I want to say I did the best I could with my children," the mother said in court. "I never said I was a perfect mother, but I was a good mother. I did what I had to provide for them. I did what I had to to make sure they were alright. I didn't have any help from anybody."

Posted by Manya on February 27th, 2016
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November 11th:
Kayla Desiree Hensley
died on November 11th, 2017

The body of Kayla Hensley was found near a dumpster over the weekend, in a mobile home park. Her younger brother is charged with killing her. Kayla's mother, Susan Maltry, shared this statement about her daughter: She was the best thing that ever happen to me and will be missed by so many. She is and will always be my Hero. In 18 years she has (brought) me so much. Kayla was sunshine in every person she knew. And she didn't know a stranger, she would talk up a storm to anyone. She has overcome many downfalls in life. She was born with CP and was told she would never walk, she walked. She was born deaf, and had cochlear implants and was able to hear. If anyone told her she couldn't, she made sure to prove them wrong. She was an amazing girl! There's nothing I could say to make people see how truly blessed I was to have her in my life. She was and always will be my hero.

Posted by Jane on June 16th, 2018
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November 12th:
Mabel Tagala Cama
died on November 12th, 2017

22yo Mabel, a bank teller from Philippines, was raped, murdered, and set on fire in an impounding area just 100 meters from her home. The police arrested a local truck driver and investigated a few more suspects.

Posted by Manya on July 29th, 2018
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Mia Williams
died on November 12th, 2012

Mia was a 41yo nurse from Virginia, USA. She was an army veteran, married to another army veteran (no criminal record), and they had two kids. The marriage was rocky, Mia had an emergency order of protection against her husband once, but didn't renew it when it expired. On September 12th, 2012, Mia and her husband had an argument, she said she wanted a divorce. A few hours later he stabbed her more than two dozen times in front of both kids. They threw things at him to try to get him to stop, and called 911, but their mom died. The man pleaded guilty to spare the kids the trauma of testifying in court. The kids are with their grandma, Mia's mother. She says: "They're in school, and they go through good moments and bad moments, just like us. That's why we want to get this behind us, so we can move forward."

Posted by Manya on June 26th, 2016
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November 13th:
Tyler Joseph Caudill
died on November 13th, 2016

TJ's (Tyler Joseph) Caudill's mother, Margarita White testified that her boyfriend, Hunt, toward TJ changed after Hunt started using suboxone. White said Hunt began physically punishing TJ during potty training by making him stand in the corner on one leg for hours, smearing feces in TJ's mouth and denying him food. White says Hunt's punishments became severe and he would lock TJ in the bathroom for weeks and wouldn't allow her to feed or see him and only Hunt was allowed to feed him. White testified the last time she saw her son she told him she loved him and that he looked really bad. White testified that after TJ died, Hunt placed the body in a cooler. The mother and her boyfriend were indicted on charges of aggravated murder, murder, three counts of endangering children, tampering with evidence, and gross abuse of a corpse.

Posted by Jane on June 17th, 2018
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