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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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January 26th:
Marilyn Gandert
died on January 26th, 2018

Marilyn Gandert’s burned body was discovered on January 27th on the mesa west of Rio Rancho. Marilyn a beloved postal worker had been renting her home on Taylor Ridge Rd to her daughter in law, Alissa Bickett, grandson, Drake Bickett and their roommate Annie Rael, police said and had evicted all three occupants on January 23rd, 2018. Investigations believe Bickett and Rael killed Marilyn inside the rental home on January 26th and then transported her body to Rio Rancho where they set her on fire.


Posted by Jane on June 29th, 2018
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January 27th:
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:
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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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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January 29th:
Adeline Hill
died on January 29th, 2018

A 66-year-old mother Adeline Hill and her 42-year-old daughter were found with gunshot wounds to their heads inside a home in the 1200 block of Greeby Street, just before 11:30 p.m. Monday. Police say Adeline, who was in a wheelchair, was found on the first floor and the daughter was found on the second floor. Both were pronounced dead at the scene. Police found a gun inside the home but it’s not clear if it’s the murder weapon. The daughter’s 39-year-old boyfriend who lives inside the home was taken for questioning.


Posted by Jane on June 18th, 2018
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Darcey Freeman
died on January 29th, 2009

Darcey died in hospital on 29 January, hours after her father stopped the car carrying her and her siblings, picked the four-year-old up and threw her from the bridge. Darcey was on route to her first day at school. Minutes earlier, Freemen had told his former wife to “say goodbye to her children” and that she would never see them again. Several motorists witnessed the peak-hour incident He stopped once briefly when Darcey’s brother repeatedly asked his father to go back to get Darcey because she could not swim. Freeman was found guilty of his daughter’s murder by a jury in 2011 after they rejected his defence of mental impairment.


Posted by Jane on June 18th, 2018
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January 30th:
Kayleigh Slusher
died on January 30th, 2014

Kayleigh Slusher, was a happy pigtailed girl who liked to dress up like Barbie and Minnie Mouse but became a downcast figure who rarely ventured out. When she did, neighbors said, she looked like a zombie, with dark circles around her eyes. Sara Krueger was a doting mother to her 3-year-old daughter until her boyfriend moved in a year ago and the couple began using methamphetamine, police and neighbors said. Neightbours are struggling to understand what allegedly led her mother Sara Krueger, 23, and her boyfriend, 26-year-old Ryan Scott Warner, to abuse and kill Kayleigh.


Posted by Jane on June 17th, 2018
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January 31st:
Nur Aina Nabihah
died on January 31st, 2018

Aina Nabihah, was only nine years old when she was pronounced dead while receiving treatment at a Malasian Hospital (Hospital Tunku Jaafar, Seremban), on the 1st of February. Aina suffered from damaged kidneys, torn intestines, and broken ribs, due to trauma afflicted by a blunt weapon. Not long after her death, it was revealed that her stepmother, and her own father frequently beat her and inflict physical abuse on her as punishment.


Posted by Jane on June 17th, 2018
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Logan Marr
died on January 31st, 2001

5-year-old Logan Marr was found dead at her her foster mother's home. Police determined that Logan had died from asphyxiation after being bound with duct tape and strapped into a high chair in the basement. The foster mother was later tried and convicted of manslaughter.


Posted by Jane on August 19th, 2018
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February 1st:
Rebecca Eldemire
died on February 1st, 2015

21yo Rebecca from Ohio, USA, was a junior student at Miami University, geography major. She was killed by her boyfriend the day after they broke up. He took it hard, so hard that she called the police for protection when she discovered he's coming to her house the next day. But when he arrived and was frisked by the police (because she knew he had guns and was concerned about it) - they spoke some and she let him in and told the police officers all was fine. When the police left, he went back to his car, got his gun, shot Rebecca, and then himself. miamistudents.net published a great page titled "The Becca We Remember," with tons of people who knew Rebecca sharing what she was like. "We don't want her to be remembered just as the girl who died," said Alicia. "We want her to be known as the girl who lived; a girl who had a strong spirit and loved everything on the Earth."


Posted by Manya on June 26th, 2016
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February 2nd:
Anita Cobby
died on February 2nd, 1986

Anita, a 26-year-old Australian registered nurse and beauty pageant winner, had been severely beaten, repeatedly raped and had her throat cut before she was dumped in the middle of a farm in the Western Sydney suburb of Prospect; the extent of her injuries shocking even the most hardened of homicide detectives. Sadistic teenage rapist and four members of his gang would eventually be caught and put away for life for the horrific abduction and murder, with a judge recommending he never see the outside of a prison again.


Posted by Jane on June 15th, 2018
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February 3rd:
O'ryan (Rhino) Murphy
died on February 3rd, 2016

When Elk County Coroner Michelle Muccio arrived on the scene scene, she pronounced O'ryan dead, estimating he had expired several hours before the call was made and emergency crews arrived. The apartment was described in court documents as “deplorable.” The two children living there, the late O’Ryan Murphy and his then three-year-old brother, had easy access to morphine, pain killers, over the counter medications, and alcoholic beverages. Several weapons, including a knife and blackjack, were also within reach. The residence was described as having animal feces on the floor, decomposing garbage throughout, being covered in filth, and with little to no internal heat, despite it being winter. The borough’s health inspector determined the apartment to be unfit for human occupancy and it was condemned after being processed by law enforcement. An autopsy performed by the Erie County Coroner’s Office concluded the boy’s cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head, which police say was inflicted by the boy’s caretakers, his aunt Kristy Mae Murphy, 35, and uncle Scott Jeffrey Murphy, 25, both of Ridgway. Police investigation determined that the boy’s parents both of Meadville, had full knowledge their sons were living in squalor and with their aunt and uncle who were known drug offenders with violent tendencies.


Posted by Jane on June 19th, 2018
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February 4th:
Anam Rashid
died on February 4th, 2019

2yo Anam from Pakistan was the first child of her parents. After she was born, their marriage deteriorated due to arguments (Anam's mom explained that her husband wanted a son rather than a daughter), and then her dad threw her and her mom out. "My husband said that he can't keep us at his house," explained Anam's mom, "so I went to my parents' house. They said that they have gotten me married and I can't stay at their house." Mom had nowhere to go, so she drowned Anam in the ocean and tried to commit suicide too, but was rescued and is awaiting trial for murder.


Posted by Manya on May 5th, 2019
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Melvin Roberts
died on February 4th, 2010

Melvin Roberts was very successful. In the early 70s he'd served on the city council in York, South Carolina, then went on to be elected as the mayor. After a two-year term he carved out a career as a defense attorney. Melvin was very well known and respected in the community. His job made him wealthy. He had worked hard for his money in a career that spanned more than 50 years. Melvin's girlfriend of 10 years was Julia Phillips. Throughout their relationship he'd paid all her bills and treated her to luxuries such as beach holidays. After his death friends would claim that things between Melvin and Julia were tense. On February 4, 2010, Melvin was found strangled to death in his home. There was also a bullet hole in his clothes but the shot missed him. Julia told police that a man had broken into their home to rob them. It was later proven that she had staged the home invasion story...that she had murdered him.


Posted by Jane on June 15th, 2018
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Manche Masemola - 20th Century Martyr
died on February 4th, 2018

"Manche Masemola (1913-28)was born in Marishane, a small village in South Africa. German and then English missionaries had worked in the Transvaal Colony for several decades and by the early twentieth century there was a small Christian community among the Pedi people which was widely viewed with distrust by the remainder of the tribe who still practiced the traditional religion. By 1919, an Anglican Community of the Resurrection mission was established at Marishane. Masemola attended classes in preparation for baptism with her cousin Lucia, against the wishes of her parents. Her parents took her to a Sangoma (African traditional healer), claiming that she had been bewitched. She was prescribed a traditional remedy, which her parents made her consume by beating her. Relations worsened, and the mother hid the girl's clothes so she could not attend Christian instructional classes.On February 4, 1928, her parents led the teenager to a lonely place, where they killed her, burying her by a granite rock on a remote hillside. The Anglican Church of Southern Africa commemorates Masemola in its Calendar of saints on the 4th day of February each year, as do some other churches in the Anglican Communion.She is one of the ten 20th-century martyrs from across the world who are depicted in statues above the Great West Door of Westminster Abbey, London". Source: Wikipedia: The free encyclopedia. Retrieved July 15, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Manche_Masemola&oldid=827144938


Posted by Jane on July 15th, 2018
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