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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 10th:
Kami Ring
died on June 10th, 2013

10yo Kami from Maryland, USA, was a straight-A student who loved to laugh, sing, and dance. "She loved everything about life," her godmother said. On the first weekend of her school break, Kami attended a local carnival and was staying the night at the home of people she considered her grandparents. She disappeared from her bedroom in the middle of the night, and her body was found the next day just 60 yards in front of their home. Kami was raped, beaten, and strangled to death by their relative who was living in the house at the time. "They would never have even had Kami around him if they knew he was this sick," her godmother said. "We have taught her to scream at the top of her lungs if something ever happened," her stepdad said. "Kami's a model 10-year-old. She was staying somewhere she felt safe."


Posted by Manya on March 22nd, 2017
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Sophia ONeil
died on June 10th, 2015

Baby girl Sophia died at the hands of a violent man lacking the temperment to care for a child, even though he was in a position of trust. After savagely beating her, because she wouldn't stop crying, he attempted to give her a bath as she was slipping away. When he finally went to get help 911 it was too late. Feran-Baum was always tearful about his crime and had no words to express how sorry he is. As we know, apologies cannot bring back the dead... and now the world has lost another child so valuable and full of promise, and loved.


Posted by Unloved on June 30th, 2019
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June 11th:
Christian Pearson
died on June 11th, 2017

Friends, family and his former teachers gathered Saturday night with hundreds of others in Chino Valley's Memory Park to remember Christian Pearson a 10-year-old boy. Christian died on Sunday, June 11, 2017, after being taken off life support. Initial reports indicate he died from injuries associated with multiple cracks to his skull and severe burns to his body. His former teachers describe Pearson as a smart boy who had an infectious smile. And as a sponge, eager to soak up all the learning they could dish out. He was very good at math, his favorite subject. So good that his fourth-grade teacher had to call him out into the hall and tell him to quit shouting out all the answers to questions...to let the other students have a try once in a while. Christian's mother, Juliana Moreno, and her boyfriend, Daniel Terry, have been arrested and charged with first-degree murder.


Posted by Jane on June 17th, 2018
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Maleeya Marie Murley Avalon
died on June 11th, 2011

17-month-old Maleeya from Tennessee, USA, lived with her mom and visited with her dad. During one of the visits she was raped, bitten, and thrown against the table by her dad's girlfriend; dad was not involved in any of it. Maleeya died of brain injury.


Posted by Manya on July 18th, 2016
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Carly Sawyer
died on June 11th, 2009

Carly was a 5yo girl from Virginia, USA, whose parents fought for her custody for 2.5 years. At the end Carly stayed with her dad and stepmom. They punished her for bed wetting by spanking, withholding food, tying her hands (so that she couldn't get food from the fridge while they weren't looking), and keeping her tied up in a cardboard box. Carly died of blunt-force trauma with contributing factors that included starvation, ligature restraint and medical neglect. Her dad set up an obituary where he referred to Carly as "God's newest angel," and the stepmom said that Carly caused herself the brain injury by throwing herself on the floor because she was upset. Both pleaded guilty to first degree murder.


Posted by Manya on May 20th, 2016
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Phoenix Sinclair
died on June 11th, 2005

Phoenix was a 5yo girl from Manitoba, Canada, who was murdered by her mom and stepdad. When she was born, both of her parents had a history with Child Protective Services, and initially she was removed from them right after birth, as they were deemed unprepared to care for a baby. They were allowed to visit with her, and six months later they took her home. There was domestic violence in the household, and Phoenix' little sister died of respiratory infection, but Phoenix wasn't removed from the house. Her parents broke up, she stayed with dad, and there were multiple abuse and neglect reports; for example, once Phoenix was taken to a hospital because she had a piece of styrofoam in her nose for three months, and the doctors weren't sure her dad would consistently give her antibiotics to cure the resulting infection; she mostly stayed with a family friend. When Phoenix was four, her dad moved to another province, and soon her mom took her from the family friend. Her mom had a new husband by then, with one child they had together and two more children the man had from a previous marriage. A year later Phoenix died of physical abuse and neglect. She was made to sleep in a cold basement, was given very little food, forced to eat her own vomit, shot with a BB gun, and played a "game" with, in which her stepdad strangled her till she passed out. On the day Phoenix died, the man was beating her continuously for over 15 minutes while her mom looked on. When the couple finally left the house, Phoenix' 12yo brother checked if she was OK, and discovered she was dead. The couple didn't report her death, and continued to claim her welfare benefits for another 8 months; they were arrested when they tried to pass another girl as Phoenix, after the boy reported her death to police.


Posted by Manya on March 18th, 2016
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June 12th:
Barbara Bodine
died on June 12th, 2016

Mrs Barbara Bodine fell and struck her head after arguing with her son at her house, in Cooper Township, on April 24, 2016. She died 49 days later, on June 12. Her nephew, told police he could heard Mrs Bodine and her son arguing in the kitchen, then heard a thud. He went into the kitchen and found Mrs Bordine on the kitchen floor. A Sheriff's Deputy said in a report that her son "didn't seem emotionally distraught and didn't ask about his elderly mother's condition. Instead, he was straight faced and had no remorse for his actions."


Posted by Jane on July 22nd, 2018
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Enrique L Rios
died on June 12th, 2016

25yo Enrique from Brooklyn, NY, was one of the Orlando shooting victims. He was a social work student, working as a coordinator at a home healthcare agency, and active in his church. On June 12th 2016 a gunman killed 49 people and injured 53 others inside Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, USA. Enrique was visiting Florida for a friend's birthday, and was one of the 49 killed. "Enrique was a wonderful person. He loved everybody and everybody who knew him loved him," said his mom.


Posted by Manya on July 5th, 2016
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Tyler Gene McMillan
died on June 12th, 2008

13yo Tyler from North Carolina, USA, enjoyed reading, fishing, karate, playing outdoors with his cousins, being a Boy Scout and watching Professional Wrestling. He was homeschooled by his dad and stepmom (after his mom died of cancer several years prior). On June 11th Tyler's dad died him to a tree in the backyard, with his hands and feet restrained by zipties, because Tyler was "being disobedient". He released him the next morning, but tied him back to the tree again a few hours later. According to local news, it was 90 degrees outside, and "the area was blanketed in dense, acrid smoke from the Pocosin Lakes wildfire to the east. State officials had warned residents to stay indoors because of the smoke's health threat." Tyler died of cardiac arrest.


Posted by Manya on July 5th, 2016
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June 13th:
Adrianna Maria Cram
died on June 13th, 2005

4yo Adrianna from Oregon, USA, was removed from her mom's home due to neglect when she was one year old. Her mom was only 17 at the time, and struggled with a drug addiction. Adrianna spent three years in foster care, and then sent to her paternal aunt and uncle in Mexico, weeks before her fourth birthday. Adrianna was beat and tortured to death. Both adults were sentenced for the murder.


Posted by Manya on March 23rd, 2017
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June 14th:
Remie Palmero
died on June 14th, 2015

11yo Mimi from Philippines had autism and struggled communicating, but she was a cheerful and affectionate girl who was loved by her family and neighbors. On June 14th, 2015, Mimi's neighbor and relative took her to a remote location, raped her, strangled her, and mutilated her body. The neighbors saw him playing with Mimi earlier, and started searching for them. Two days later they found Mimi's body. "When I arrived there, I realized that it really is my child. I found her blue slippers, her yellow shorts, her orange spaghetti dress."


Posted by Manya on May 12th, 2017
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June 15th:
Kelsey Jeter
died on June 15th, 2009

Parents of 12yo Kelsey and 13yo Kiersten divorced, and the girls stayed with their dad. On the first visitation with mom, mom said she had a surprise for them. She took them to an abandoned house and slashed their throats. Kiersten was critically injured, but survived. Kelsey died. Their dad said this must have been about the custody; mom felt that killing both girls was the best way around, if she couldn't have the custody. She plead guilty to get life in prison instead of capital punishment, and to spare Kiersten the trauma of having to testify.


Posted by Manya on February 14th, 2016
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Jaidyn Leskie
died on June 15th, 1997

One yo toddler Jaidyn Leskie was kidnapped and murdered in 1997. Despite leads, and the arrest and trial of a prime suspect, Jaidyn's murder remains unsolved. The inability to move forward with what some believe to be new evidence due to the double jeopardy laws in place in Victoria have led his mother to join a coalition asking for reform of these laws. Almost ten years after Jaidyn's death, a kit to assist parents choose safe babysitters was released in his memory.


Posted by Jane on July 22nd, 2018
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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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