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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 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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November 14th:
Meika Jordan
died on November 14th, 2011

Meika was a 6yo girl from Calgary, Canada. Her parents were divorced, and shared custody. On November 10th her father and stepmother didn't return her to her mom because a few days prior they burnt her hand with a lighter and didn't want her mom to see that. Over the following weekend they beat her to death. Here's how her stepmother explained this decision:

"I woke up at about four o'clock, it was the same thing again, you get the same screaming, the spanking, probably pulling on ears, you know, just the same regular normal stuff that we normally do. She acted up the whole entire day. So that's why she was being spanked and that's why she was getting even more riled up, more angry because it wasn't stopping... we kinda decided to shove her and try to give her motivational speech and yell at her and, you know, just get her going. And she wasn't doing what she was told."

Meika sustained multiple injuries, including brain trauma from being thrown down the stairs. She was clinically dead the when paramedics arrived, but was resuscitated and rushed to a hospital, where she died the next day. "My only saving grace is they were able to get her to the hospital just long enough for us to say those final goodbyes," said her mom.


Posted by Manya on May 20th, 2016
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Jasmine McClain
died on November 14th, 2011

Jasmine was a 10yo elementary school student who was bullied because she didn't have brand-name clothing. Jasmine hanged herself. Her mom said, "I just lost it because she took her last breath in my arms. She was a loving child. I just don't understand."


Posted by Manya on February 5th, 2016
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November 15th:
Agnes Caviston
died on November 15th, 2014

Agnes Caviston was bedridden and suffering from dementia. On the last day of her life an ambulance took her from the foreclosed Grovetown home where she lived with her son to a rental house. There was no furniture, said Adam Patterson, one of the Capital City Ambulance employees who transported Ms. Caviston. It was a very cold day, he remembered, and when they got to the house, Caviston told them to put the elderly woman on the bare floor. He wouldn’t have left her but Caviston insisted he had movers coming with their furniture, Patterson testified. No movers came. Caviston testified that he borrowed a home health care aide’s vehicle to gather as many possessions as possible from the Grovetown house. When he got back to Wicklow Drive, his mother’s aide warned him the fire in the fireplace was dangerous without a screen. He told the jury he moved his mother from the den to the living room with dozens of blankets. A spark from the fire must have lodged into a blanket because he soon heard his mother scream, Caviston said. Richmond County authorities have booked aviston on murder and arson charges in the death of his elderly mother.


Posted by Jane on June 17th, 2018
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November 16th:
Hakan Erdem
died on November 16th, 2015

Hakan Erdem father said he hadn't slept well for 10 days due to his (severely disabled)child's screaming when he drove Hazan to a randomly selected parking lot and cut throat with a kitchen knife According to his testimony. He said he didn't want him to live like that anymore, not to live without his son, he then rang his wife and 911 before cutting his own neck, wrist and abdomen. Attempted suicide.


Posted by Jane on June 17th, 2018
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November 17th:
Jzyra Thompson
died on November 17th, 2015

19-month-old J'zyra from Texas, USA, lived with her mom, four older siblings (the oldest was 5yo), and mom's boyfriend. On November 17th, the adults put the kids to bed and went outside to get some pizza, and then to visit a relative. They were gone for about two hours, during which time one of the kids placed J'zyra in the oven and turned it on. The oven tipped over, trapping the baby inside. By the time the adults returned, J'zyra was burnt to death. Her mother was sentenced to 12 years in prison, for child endangerment, leaving the children unsupervised.


Posted by Manya on January 18th, 2018
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November 18th:
Evelyn Lupidi
died on November 18th, 2015

Samira Lupidi, 24, knifed 17-month-old Jasmine Weaver and three-year-old Evelyn Lupidi to death at a women's refuge, a court heard. She stabbed them repeatedly in the chest as they struggled, before running out of the room, yelling that she had 'killed the children'. She told officers that the girls' father - her partner Carl Weaver, 31 - slapped her twice the night before and she was scared he was going to kill her, the court heard. She was found guilty of both murders by a jury of six men and six women following just 90 minutes of deliberations.


Posted by Jane on June 19th, 2018
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November 19th:
Christina Corrigan
died on November 19th, 1996

13yo Christina from California, USA, died from childhood obesity. "All of us learned to see Christina, not as an overweight child, but for the person she was - the goodness in her heart and the sweet, understanding and friendly girl we all knew," her elementary school friend said. At the time of death Christina weighed 680 pounds, had more than 100 bedsores, and was covered in feces because she couldn't make it to the bathroom. Christina's mom was found guilty of misdemeanor child abuse and sentenced to 240 hours of community service.


Posted by Manya on June 15th, 2018
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