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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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August 31st:
Alan Charpentier
died on August 31st, 2014

54yo Mr Charpentier from Nevada, USA, was a Navy veteran who worked for Social Security Administration as an IT tech and enjoyed photography as a hobby. He left his wife and moved to Washington state with another woman, but one Sunday he returned to his ex-wife's home to do the chores and some yard work. She was OK with him loving someone else, but didn't want a divorce, and stabbed him to death and then set the house on fire, attempting suicide.


Posted by Manya on August 27th, 2016
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September 1st:
Melonie Biddersingh
died on September 1st, 1994

Melonie Biddersingh's charred, malnourished body was found in a burning suitcase in an industrial parking lot north of Toronto in 1994. The teen's body went unidentified for years until 2011, when her stepmother told an Ontario pastor the girl had "died like a dog" after being confined and denied food and medication. Melonie's father, Everton Biddersingh, was found guilty in January of first-degree murder in his daughter's death. Elaine Biddersingh's Melonie's stepmother's defence lawyers was found guilty of second-degree murder in her stepdaughter's death.


Posted by Jane on June 18th, 2018
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September 2nd:
Naiya Villegas
died on September 2nd, 2014

5yo Gigi from Texas, USA, loved Disney movies, especially Frozen and Brave, coloring, playing guitar and singing, cooking with mom, and going to church with her grandparents. Gigi's mom had an abusive boyfriend. He assaulted her while on probation for an unrelated crime, but the judge released him again, prohibiting him all contact with Gigi's mom. Six days later, at 3AM, the man broke into Gigi's home. Her mom ran outside for help. When she returned, she found 5yo Gigi with a slit throat, and the man trying to cover the wound with paper towels.


Posted by Manya on July 18th, 2016
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Dominick Andujar
died on September 2nd, 2012

6yo Dominick from New Jersey, USA, died protecting his sister from a rapist who broke into their home the night before her 12th birthday. The man was convicted and sentenced to 110 years in prison for murder, attempted murder, aggravated sexual assault, burglary and terrorist threats. "There is no sentence or punishment harsh enough for this amoral individual," said the chief of police Scott Thompson. "The name that people should remember is that of Dominick Andujar, the 6-year-old murder victim who saved his 12-year-old sister's life through one of the most heroic acts of self-sacrifice that I have ever known."


Posted by Manya on June 26th, 2016
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September 3rd:
Ally Steinfeld
died on September 3rd, 2017

Ally Steinfeld, 17, was a trans female who said in May on her Instagram account that she was coming out. Less than five months later, she was gruesomely killed at her girlfriend’s house. The girlfriend, who is among three charged with first-degree murder and other crimes, wanted her dead, according to interviews conducted by Texas County Sheriff’s investigators. Briana Calderas, 24, began dating Steinfeld about a week before her death, according to Amber Steinfeld, the slain girl’s mother. “She was excited, talking about her and Briana meeting (the family),” Amber told The Star on Thursday. “She was happy.” Police believe Steinfeld was killed Sept. 3 in Calderas’ Cabool, Mo., home — where they found a burn pile, human remains and blood on the living room carpet. Andrew Vrba, 18, admitted that he tried to poison Steinfeld, police say. When she didn’t drink the liquid, he stabbed her multiple times, gouging out her eyes and stabbing her genitals, according to court documents. Calderas and Vrba’s friend Isis Schauer allegedly then traveled to a nearby Walmart to buy supplies to help burn the body. All three are charged with first-degree murder, abandonment of a corpse and armed criminal action.


Posted by Jane on July 4th, 2018
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Nina Reiser
died on September 3rd, 2006

31yo Nina was an OB/GYN from Russia who married an American computer programmer Hans Reiser and moved with him to California, USA. They had two children, but the marriage didn't work out and Nina filed for divorce five years later, stating that he was a workaholic spending too much time on business trips abroad. The divorce and custody hearings were heated, and she had a temporary order of protection against him, but he had visitation with kids on weekends. One such weekend they argued and he hit her on the face and strangled her while their kids were playing computer games downstairs.

At first he refused a plea bargain of 3 years, then accepted a plea bargain of 15 years to life, then filed a 300-page-long appeal, and then stated, "I ask that I be allowed to commission her being cloned, and the children allowed to help raise her so that she has a happy childhood filled with love. If the government will not pay for her to be cloned, then I will upon my release, if allowed."

The children are with their maternal grandmother in Russia, and a jury awarded them $60 million against their father for the death of their mom.


Posted by Manya on August 27th, 2016
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September 4th:
Sherry Charlie
died on September 4th, 2002

19 months old Sherry from Canada and her 3yo brother were removed from their parents because of their alcoholism, domestic violence, and neglect of children. They were placed with their aunt, whose husband had a history of 19 criminal offenses that included domestic violence, but there were no complaints of child abuse, and they had three biological children. Just a couple of weeks later the man killed Sherry because she wouldn't stop crying. He shook her, hit her head against the floor, and stomped on her stomach with his foot, in front of three other children. He then blamed Sherry's death on her 3yo brother.


Posted by Manya on August 27th, 2016
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September 5th:
Raashanai Coley
died on September 5th, 2014

11yo Raashanai From Illinois, USA, lived with her mom, stepdad, and two younger kids, her half-siblings. One day her mom called 911 because Raashanai was unresponsive. She died in hospital later on that night. Mom was charged with murder because Raashanai was malnourished, had scars and bruises, and died of a tear in her stomach caused by blunt force trauma. The neighbors were surprised to find out there was an 11yo girl living in the house; they saw the younger two children playing outside and taking school bus, but Raashanai was pulled out of school the previous year.


Posted by Manya on August 27th, 2016
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September 6th:
Steven Reis
died on September 6th, 2015

55yo Mr Reis from Kentucky, USA, was an Air Force veteran who suffered from PTSD, depression, and diabetes. He disappeared in January of 2015, and his caretaker continued using his credit/debit card to receive his benefits. Nine months later, on September 6th, 2015, Mr Reis' body was found in the basement of an abandoned house. Cause of death was undetermined because the body has decomposed, so the caretaker was sentenced to four years for fraud and ordered to pay back $32,822 in restitution.


Posted by Manya on August 27th, 2016
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September 7th:
Gunner Page
died on September 7th, 2015

3 months old Gunner from Tennessee, USA, was visiting with his dad from Monday night till Wednesday morning, when his mom was supposed to pick him up. Gunner was crying, his dad tried to calm him down, then tried to get in touch with his mom, and then shook Gunner till he stopped breathing, called ambulance, and told the doctors he had no idea what might have happened to the baby. Gunner died of brain injury five days later."I just snapped. I wish I could take it back. I try to be the best dad I can for the kids," the father said.


Posted by Manya on August 27th, 2016
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September 8th:
Robert Watkins
died on September 8th, 2013

2yo Robert from Maryland, USA, was living with his mom's step father (whom he called "Pappy"), along with four other children raging in age from 5 months to 15 years. On September 8th Robert didn't eat his dinner, and Pappy lost it, kicking the 2yo into kitchen cabinets to the point of multiple skull fractures and multiple cuts and bruises.


Posted by Manya on July 8th, 2016
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Daniel Valerio
died on September 8th, 1990

Two-year-old Daniel and his four-year-old brother Ben used to live with their mom and stepdad. Stepdad used to beat them up for crying; Daniel died from the beatings. The photo on the left shows him with a black eye. It was taken a few days before his death. Twenty one doctor saw Daniel with bruises and other marks, and not one of them contacted law enforcement. Daniel's death resulted in public outrage and the Australian laws regarding child abuse have been changed as a result. Now reporting suspected child abuse is mandatory for those who work with children: doctors, teachers, social workers, etc.


Posted by Manya on February 12th, 2016
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September 9th:
Willow Long
died on September 9th, 2013

7yo Willow from Illinois, USA, lived with her mom, 3yo brother, grandma and grandpa, and a 22yo uncle. One day her grandparents were away at work, mom was at a bar, and the uncle was babysitting Willow and her brother. Two days later her body was found with a slashed throat, five stabs to the heart, and defensive wounds on her hands. The uncle said that Willow impaled herself on a stick so he killed her to put her out of her misery.


Posted by Manya on August 27th, 2016
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Coral Ellen Burrows
died on September 9th, 2003

Coral was a 6yo girl from New Zealand whose stepdad used meth. He's been smoking it for five days straight, not sleeping and barely eating, when on September 9th he fed Coral Ellen and her 8yo brother breakfast, got them ready for school, and drove them there. It was raining, and while the man and the boy ran from the car to the school, Coral refused to and got cheeky. That's when he "lost the plot", according to him. He returned to the car and beat her unconscious, right there in the school parking lot; broke her jaw, and she bled a lot. He then drove around looking for a place to hide her body, and when he discovered she was still alive he broke her skull. "I didn't want her to suffer," he told police.

Coral's family released a public statement saying "Our plea to all New Zealander is to treasure your children and help keep safe."


Posted by Manya on March 5th, 2016
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Alexander, Juan and Luis Fuentes
died on September 9th, 2015

Three brothers - Alexander, eight, Juan, nine, and Luis, 10 - were allegedly stabbed to death by their father who then tried to kill himself At a vigil for the children on Wednesday evening, grieving family members placed pictures, candles and toys at the site where their bodies had been found earlier that day. Their cousin Rene Chanquin told KTLA: ‘What can prepare you for three little kids that you spent every Christmas with, being killed that way.’‘We will miss them so very much and it hurts us to know that they will never live to see another Christmas or celebrate another birthday.’


Posted by Jane on July 1st, 2018
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