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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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June 16th:
Asha Saini and Yogesh Jatav
died on June 16th, 2010

19yo Asha from India fell in love with a 19yo boy from her neighborhood, Yogesh Jatav. He was an orphan living with his aunt and uncle, and worked as a driver. She was a school drop out, helping her family with their vegetable selling business. However, Yogesh belonged to a Scheduled Caste, lower social class than Asha. When her parents discovered that, they tortured and killed both teens by electrocution. "She was crying loudly. She was pleading, 'Kill me, but please don't hurt him.' She loved him and they wanted to get married," a neighbor said.


Posted by Manya on March 23rd, 2017
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June 17th:
Lillian Abigail Eyman
died on June 17th, 2009

6yo Abby from Arkansas, USA, loved competing in beauty pageants, cheerleading, fishing, and playing barbies. She was shot in the back by her mom, who then committed suicide.


Posted by Manya on June 14th, 2018
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June 18th:
Nabra Hassanen
died on June 18th, 2017

17yo Nabra, high school sophomore from Virginia, USA, was celebrating the holy month of Ramadan at the local mosque. Between 3AM and 4AM about 15 teenagers, including Nabra, walked over to a McDonald's nearby, and on their way back to the mosque came into a dispute with a construction worker who was driving by. He drove into a curb, followed the kids to a parking lot, chased them with a baseball bat, hit Nabra with it, grabbed her, and drove off with her in his car, as the rest of the kids fled to the mosque. He raped and murdered Nabra, and dumped her body in a pond near his home.


Posted by Manya on June 25th, 2018
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Twins Chris and Cru Kahui
died on June 18th, 2006

Chris and Cru Kahui were 84 days old when it happened. Someone close to them - someone who should have been protecting and loving them - either picked them up and hit or threw them against a hard surface or shook them violently. The boys suffered traumatic brain injuries, the result of severe impact forces to their tiny heads. They died later that week after all efforts to save them were exhausted. To this day nothing more despite an extensive investigation and trial it is still not proved how the twins sustained their fatal injuries or why.


Posted by Jane on March 21st, 2016
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June 19th:
Esmin Green
died on June 19th, 2008

49yo Esmin Green from Jamaica was living in NYC and working at a daycare, to support her 6 children in Jamaica. She was losing her job and about to lose her apartment, was struggling emotionally, seemed agitated, and her church pastor called 911. Mrs Green was waiting for treatment for nearly 24 hours in the psychiatric ER waiting room. At 5:32AM she collapsed on the floor. The hospital staff was present, but ignored Mrs Green till 6:35AM, when they nudged her with their foot. Help was summoned three minutes later, an hour after her collapse. Mrs Green was already dead; she died of blood clots caused by long period of inactivity. Security camera footage was released to the public; Mrs Green's oldest daughter, 31yo Tecia Harrison, said she couldn't watch it. "I haven't seen it, and I don't think I have the heart or mind to watch it because that's my mother there," she said. "That's the woman who gave birth to me 31 years ago. I cannot watch that."


Posted by Manya on May 12th, 2017
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June 20th:
Samia Shahid
died on June 20th, 2016

Samia Shahid, a 28yo beautician from UK, divorced her first husband (the marriage was arranged by her family) and married someone else. Two years later she received a phone call, claiming that her father was critically ill in Pakistan. Her husband suspected it was a lie, but she flew to see her father anyway. Once there, Samia was raped by her first husband because he felt disappointed, as her decision to divorce him eliminated his chances of moving to the UK and becoming a British citizen. Samia ran out of the room, threatening to go to the British High Commission. Her father held her legs while her ex-husband strangled her with her scarf. The family claimed Samia died of a heart attack; local press agencies reported that she committed suicide due to depression over infertility. Samia's husband filed a complaint, and a few months later her ex-husband confessed to the murder.


Posted by Manya on May 12th, 2017
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lil brother james
died on June 20th, 2009

james i miss you so much you were always there for me even when you were feeling terrible you always put on a smile for me. i hope your in peace now away from all the evil in the world just like you wanted us both to be. missing you x


Posted by Hannah(worthlessangel) on September 22nd, 2009
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June 21st:
Anthony Avalos
died on June 21st, 2018

10yo Anthony from California, USA, lived with his mom, her boyfriend, and eight siblings ranging in age from 11 months to 12 years. Department of Children and Family Services responded to 12 different complaints about Anthony's welfare, including physical abuse, neglect, and sexual abuse by a grandparent when Anthony was 4. He was removed from home for 8 months, but eventually was sent back.

On June 20th Anthony's mom called 911 to report that he had been inured in a fall. Paramedics found him unresponsive and not breathing, and he died the next day. His step dad was arrested on suspicion of murder. "I'm mad, because there was multiple reports done," Anthony's aunt said. "There were phone calls, and nobody did anything. I don’t know why they thought that was OK for them to go back with their mother."


Posted by Manya on June 29th, 2018
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June 22nd:
Trisha Sadler
died on June 22nd, 2011

29yo Trisha from Pennsylvania, USA, was raised by a loving family who adopted her as a preschooler. She was a cheerleading champion, a giving volunteer, and a popular employee at the bank where she worked. Trisha was living with her boyfriend of nine years. He had multiple prior convictions for assaults, was violent with her before, and she was supporting him financially. Their neighbors called police because of the noise, and Trisha's coworkers noticed her bruises. Two weeks before her death, Trisha gave her co-worker a warning: If I don't come to work, call the police. He's said he's going to kill me.

When Trisha didn't come to work and the police arrived to her house, they found Trisha's dismembered body in garbage bags, and her boyfriend who barricaded himself in one of the rooms and was screaming, "You won't take me alive." He suffers from schizophrenia and pleaded "guilty but mentally ill" to first degree murder; that doesn't change his sentence, but makes him eligible for treatment in prison.

"She was the baby of the family," Trisha's dad said. "As with any girl in the family, your brothers are very protective of you, and the loss of their only sister has hit them very hard."


Posted by Manya on June 26th, 2016
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June 23rd:
Joey Antonio Nesmith
died on June 23rd, 2006

Joey Antonio Nesmith, 26 yo was fatally injured during a domestic argument with his girl friend. Police found him stabbed several times in the stomach inside an apartment building in West Charlotte. Joey was transported to hospital where he was pronounced dead.


Posted by Jane on July 6th, 2018
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Annjannette Lloyd
died on June 23rd, 2006

Police found Annjannette Lloyd, 31, dead of stab wounds early on the morning of June 23, 2006. Her 9 yo son was sleeping in the bed with his mother when her ex boyfriend broke into the home through a window and attacked them. Jackson stabbed her son in the chest, legs, back and head, but the boy escaped and fled to a neighbor’s home. Her son surrounded by family and court counselors, watched quietly from the last bench in the courtroom as his mother's killer was led away. He’d been brought in at the end of his sentencing just to see that. “I had to explain to him that life without parole would mean he would never get out of prison,” said a High Point police Detective.


Posted by Jane on July 6th, 2018
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June 24th:
Nicola Raphael
died on June 24th, 2001

15yo Nicola from Scotland was bullied in school because she liked Goth music and clothing style. She was fearing for her safety, felt under the threat of physical assault, and spoke to school counselors about it - but didn't want to tell her mom. Nicola overdosed on her mom's painkillers. Her friend Ashley set up a website and email address and invited bullied children too afraid to tell an adult to write in with their experiences. "I was amazed at how many people wrote to me with their stories - and just how many people are being bullied," she said.


Posted by Manya on June 15th, 2018
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June 25th:
Daniel Christopher Benoit
died on June 25th, 2007

7yo Christopher from Georgia, USA, loved going to the beach with his grandparents, reading with his aunt, playing with his two German Shepherds, riding horses, and watching animals on TV. His mom was a professional wrestling valet and a model, and his dad was a professional wrestler. On June 22nd, 2007, Christopher's dad strangled him and his mom, and three days later committed suicide. Motives are unknown; according to medical examiner, "Benoit's brain was so severely damaged it resembled the brain of an 85-year-old Alzheimer's patient," possibly due to repeated, untreated concussions throughout his wrestling career.


Posted by Manya on May 12th, 2017
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