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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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December 7th:
Antonio Tucci
died on December 7th, 2015

71yo Mr Tucci from Italy, a wheel-chair bound retired pastry chef, was beaten to death by his nephew. The newphew was cut off from his family due to violent outbursts and theft. Mr Tucci took him home, hoping to provide stable housing and employment, but eventually had to ask him to leave. They often argued because the nephew was demanding Mr Tucci's pension money. On December 7th Mr Tucci was found in his kitchen, with a broken skull. The nephew tried to flee the country, but was arrested.


Posted by Jane on June 15th, 2018
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December 8th:
Corey David Hawkins
died on December 8th, 2002

Corey Hawkins had filed a restraining order against his estranged boyfriend, but in June 2003, Coreys' body was found buried in his ex's backyard. He had been shot in the head. Carol Manion, Corey's aunt, said her nephew had a hard time getting a restraining order because of his sexual orientation. His friends were eventually able to help him, and a restraining order was granted' For victims of domestic violence who are in same-sex relationships, seeking and getting help is doubly hard, advocates of domestic violence say. "They have to continually 'out' themselves in the process of trying to get help," said April Burgess-Johnson, the director of outreach and prevention for the N.C. Coalition Against Domestic Violence.


Posted by Jane on July 6th, 2018
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December 9th:
Jeanette Marie Maples
died on December 9th, 2009

Jeanette Maples died last month; her mother and stepfather have been charged with murder, and state child welfare officials have launched an internal inquiry into how they handled calls alerting them to Jeanette's suspected abuse. Jeanette, a quiet, dark-haired girl who sought refuge in books at her school's library, tried to hide her injuries during her middle school years, friends recalled. But many days when she got into her clothes for gym class, friends saw bruises on her abdomen and legs, which she said came from falling. One classmate, Amber Davis, wouldn't accept Jeanette's explanations about her injuries and pressed her for the truth. "She told me her mom was abusing her when we were in seventh grade," said Davis, 15, one of Jeanette's closest friends during her years at Cascade Middle School. After graduating from eighth grade in the spring of 2008, Jeanette was home-schooled by her mother. Friends and family say she was hidden away with almost no contact with the outside world while her siblings attended school and appeared healthy and happy.


Posted by Jane on June 18th, 2018
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December 10th:
Aqsa (Axa) Parvez
died on December 10th, 2007

Axa was a 16yo girl from Canada who didn't want to wear hijab. She was a teenager, wanted to look like everybody else, and women in hijabs sometimes get looks, especially after the 911 attacks. Axa was from a Muslim family of Pakistani origin, and her dad wanted her to wear hijab while outside. According to friends, she sometimes would change her clothing once she got to school, and then change back before going home. There was tension in the family, and a week before her murder Axa moved in with another family in the neighborhood. Around 8AM on December 10th, her father called 911 and said he had just killed his daughter. Axa was still alive when the police arrived, but died shortly after in a hospital. It was later discovered that it was her brother who strangled her. Both were sentenced to life imprisonment. Her father said, "My community will say you have not been able to control your daughter. This is my insult. She is making me naked." Axa was buried in an unmarked grave, and her family refused a donation of a gravestone and a memorial.


Posted by Manya on February 10th, 2016
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December 11th:
Danny Fernandez
died on December 11th, 2016

Initial reports told police 66-year-old Danny Fernandez fell from his wheel chair causing life-threatening head injuries. Family members later told police they thought Mathews was responsible for beating her step-father over money issues. Christina Mathews has been charged with three-counts of First-Degree Murder, after originally being picked up on Aggravated Battery counts.


Posted by Jane on June 17th, 2018
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December 12th:
Poppi Worthington
died on December 12th, 2012

Poppi a "fit and active, robust little girl" suffocated after being sexually abused by her father, a coroner has ruled. Poppi Worthington died just over five years ago at her home after spending part of the night in bed with her father, Paul Worthington. David Roberts, the senior coroner for Cumbria, ruled the 13-month-old had been sexually assaulted by her father just before her death, after a postmortem found suspicious injuries in her anus. "Poppi was a fit and active, robust little girl ... There is no evidence to suggest or support a natural cause of death. There is evidence that she has been placed in an adult's bed alive and, sometime later, that she has been found there dead."


Posted by Jane on June 29th, 2018
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Nicholas Goodrich
died on December 12th, 2006

Delaware police detective John Radabaugh recounted his interview with Wilson shortly after the child’s death. Ray-tone Wilson told police that on Dec. 12, he was watching Nicholas while his mother Rachel Ewers was working. The baby began to cry while Wilson was playing a video game, Radabaugh said yesterday. Wilson “admitted that he got upset, angry and frustrated with Nicholas and described to us how he grabbed Nicholas by his throat and threw him in an effort to make him quiet.” Wilson then put the child in his crib, where he eventually died, Radabaugh said. Nicholas died in the apartment Ewers and Wilson shared in Delaware. By the time the couple took his body into the emergency room at Grady Memorial Hospital, it was too late, authorities say. An autopsy showed the boy died of head injuries inflicted by severe shaking and blunt-force trauma. A state review of Nicholas’ death determined that child-welfare employees mishandled previous reports of the boy’s abuse. At least five calls about his care were made to Children Services agencies in Delaware and Franklin counties, but neither agency opened an investigation.


Posted by Jane on June 18th, 2018
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December 13th:
Yanelli Vasquez
died on December 13th, 2013

3yo Yanelli from Florida, USA, and her 2yo brother had to stay with their grandma because their mom was arrested on drug-related charges. Both kids were often beaten and yelled at. "I heard her screaming and the baby yell and scream," said one of the relatives who lived next door. "I went over there and I asked her why she was screaming at the kid. I saw the little girl and she looked at me like I was going to be her savior." Yanelli was beaten and drowned; her brother was turned over to foster care; grandma was charged with first degree murder. "They were better off where they were," Yanelli's aunt said. "At least they ain't dead."


Posted by Manya on December 13th, 2017
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December 14th:
Maria Lauterbach
died on December 14th, 2007

The mother of US Marine Lance Corporal Maria Lauterbach told police that Maria "claimed she had been raped by a senior Marine at her command, and that the investigation had gone sour.". Maria was eight months pregnant and preparing to testify against him, when he killed her with a crowbar and burnt her remains.


Posted by Manya on February 10th, 2016
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December 15th:
Laronda Becker
died on December 15th, 2008

Laronda was shot by her ex-boyfriend, two years after she and their two children were granted a permanent order of protection against him due to domestic violence. He was to never contact her or the kids again. On December 15th he broke into her apartment (Florida, USA). Laronda, her mom (who was living there with her), and the two children barricaded themselves in the bedroom and called 911. He broke the door, shot Laronda in the head in front of the kids, tried to shoot their grandma as well (the gun malfunctioned), and finally shot himself too, when the police arrived. He survived, plead guilty to murder.


Posted by Manya on February 10th, 2016
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December 16th:
Jack Jetton
died on December 16th, 2015

38yo Mr Jetton, a former Midlander living in Tennessee, USA, worked for a roofing company and had four children, five siblings, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. At 4:44PM on December 16th he was at home with his wife and three children (aged 2, 3, and 12). The couple got into an argument, and Mr Jetton's wife shot him in the chest. She then called 911 and admitted to killing him.


Posted by Manya on December 13th, 2017
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