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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 11th:
Nixzmary Brown
died on January 11th, 2006

Nicky was a 7yo girl from Brooklyn, NY, who was repeatedly beaten, molested, and tortured, and finally murdered by her stepdad, while her mom ignored it and/or participated. There were numerous reports to Child Protective services, starting from back when Nicky was 5yo. Neighbors called, and school called too, when she came to classes with a black eye. At the time CPS was "swamped" with cases and the reports weren't followed up. Nicky was kept in a locked room with a cat litter box and a chair, to which Nicky was often tied and/or duct taped. Her head was hit against a bathtub. She was molested by more than one person. On January 11th she was beaten to death for stealing a cup of yogurt. She did not take that yogurt, it was still there in the fridge, when the police arrived.

The case resulted in public outrage and a few changes in CPS administration. Specifically, 525 more social workers were hired, and a police officer is now assigned to each case, to serve as a link between law enforcement, child protective services, and school.

Posted by Manya on December 22nd, 2015
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January 12th:
Samaii and Sammare Daniel
died on January 12th, 2018

5-year-old Samaii Daniel and 8-year-old and Sammarre Daniel were fatally injured by Queshan Brooks who shot at his stepmother and her two young daughters (his step sisters). Samaii and Sammarre Daniel, were taken to the hospital where they later died from their injuries. The girls were playing at the time of the incident. Their mother was badly injured but survived. "It's sad, heartbreaking, to the neighborhood here," said Tangela Rutherford a neighbout...adding; "It's very sad. Someone comes and assassinates two kids." A candlelight vigil was held for the two sisters

Posted by Jane on June 29th, 2018
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Aidan Bossingham
died on January 12th, 2014

Aidan Edward Bossingham, age 13, was starved to death by his mother, Jessica Lee Jensen. He weighed 21 pounds when he died. Though Aidan was diagnosed with a human growth hormone deficiency, Jensen refused to give him medication and had not taken him to a doctor since 2008. She treated him differently from his siblings, ages 14 and 7. All three children were homeschooled. Jensen was charged with murder.

Posted by Jane on June 18th, 2018
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January 13th:
Nikki Whitehead
died on January 13th, 2010

Nikki Whitehead was literally born in prison, her mother doing time for drug possession. She was raised by her grandmother, who had a tough time keeping her on the straight and narrow. At only 17 years old, Nikki ended up pregnant with twins, naming the girls Tasmiyah and Jasmiyah. For 12 years the trio lived with Nikki's grandmother, the girls' great-grandmother. But Nikki dreamed of giving her daughters a better life. So, she and the twins moved about 20 miles away. The young mom made sure her girls had the advantages that eluded her. When the twins hit high school, they started to bitterly resented their mother's discipline. It was clear that Nikki was losing control. The polices were called to house, on January 13, 2010. The twins told them they had come home from school to find their mother dead. Investigating detectives quickly realized the girls were lying and eventually had enough evidence to arrest them. After nearly four years awaiting trial, the twins finally confessed to the brutal attack and murder on tape. Police believe Nikki never stood a chance in the savage attack.

Posted by Jane on June 16th, 2018
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January 14th:
Mikaeel Kular
died on January 14th, 2014

Mikaeel died from injuries inflicted when his mother smacked him and struck him on the body and head with a clenched fist. When he was sick for a third time, she dragged him to the bathroom by his arms and "beat him heavily" on his back as he lay over a bath. The court heard that he had more than 40 separate injuries, including bruises to his back, chin and cheek, trauma to the brain, haemorrhage in the spinal cord and injuries to his arms. John Dunn, Procurator Fiscal for the East of Scotland, said there could be few crimes more shocking than a parent killing their child.

Posted by Jane on June 15th, 2018
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Phoebe Prince
died on January 14th, 2010

15 yo schoolgirl, Phoebe Prince was subjected cruel verbal and electronic attacks by fellow school students prior to hanging herself in the stairwell of her home. Prosecutors say she was stalked and harassed almost constantly from September 2009 until she killed herself Jan. 14. In March 2010, a state anti-bullying task force was set up as a result of Phoebe's death.

Posted by Jane on July 30th, 2018
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January 15th:
Nicholas James Hunter
died on January 15th, 2015

Police found 30 yo Nicholas James Hunter’s body with seven gunshot wounds to his chest on Thursday January 15th 2015. They were responding to a 911 call placed by his wife who told dispatchers that she had shot her husband during a fight. An investigation revealed evidence that led to her being charged with first degree murder.

Posted by Jane on July 7th, 2018
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January 16th:
Karina Moore
died on January 16th, 2009

Karina Janay Moore was 2 when she died Jan. 16, 2009, from injuries sustained 10 days earlier in her Post Falls foster home. According to police, her foster mother said the little girl fell down a flight of carpeted stairs. However, the Spokane County medical examiner ruled the death a homicide due to “blunt force” head trauma. The foster parents accepted a plea deal...pleaded guilty to lying to the court.

Posted by Jane on June 17th, 2018
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January 17th:
Cyrus Belt
died on January 17th, 2008

Cyrus was a 24-month-old boy from Hawaii. His mom was going to smoke crystal meth, so she left Cyrus with his dad and another man. That man was also high on meth, he took the baby to a three-story-high highway overpass bridge and threw him down, where Cyrus was then ran over by a delivery truck. Interestingly, his dad sued the state for failing to protect his son, because there were prior DHS reports about his mother's drug use.

Posted by Manya on February 10th, 2016
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January 18th:
Donald Parojinog
died on January 18th, 2011

83yo Mr Parojinog used to work for the US Postal Service, then for a barber shop. He and his wife were members of Nativity Catholic Church, and he also was an active member of a local Knights of Columbus chapter, serving for two years as the grand knight. Mr Parojinog suffered three strokes and became unable to care for himself, so his daughter began to care for him and his wife. On January 18th, 2011, she called 911 and said she had a deceased elderly person in her home. When the operator told her someone will be coming right over, she asked, "when they come, do they have to have all those bells and whistles going on?" The police officers found emaciated, naked body of Mr Parojinog, with more than a dozen of sores; five were so deep that the bones were exposed. His daughter told the judge she was following her father's wishes: "He didn't want to live if he could not get around on his own," she said. "I don't think he asked to die with bug larvae inside infected wounds," the prosecutor responded. "I don't think he asked to die in his own feces and urine, and live in that squalor." Mr Parojinog's daughter was sentenced to 12 months in a county jail for neglect. "There has to be some punishment imposed," said the judge. "There has to be some message sent that this type of conduct is unacceptable and it cannot be tolerated by our community. If you can't do what it takes, then initially you have to say no. You can't say yes and fail to act. It's that simple."

Posted by Manya on January 18th, 2018
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January 19th:
Laura Ashley Skinner
died on January 19th, 1987

3yo Laura from Ohio, USA, lived with her mom and mom's boyfriend. Mom worked two jobs, and the boyfriend was babysitting Laura. She was raped, sodomized, and battered to death. The boyfriend was sentenced to 12 years in prison for involuntary manslaughter; rape was never prosecuted. There's a bench in Antrim Park, in Columbus, Ohio, with a plaque in memory of Laura, with this quote from a song by Martina McBride, Concrete Angel:

A statue stands in a shaded place
An angel girl with an upturned face
A name is written on a polished rock
A broken heart that the world forgot

Through the wind and the rain
She stands hard as a stone
In a world that she can't rise above
But her dreams give her wings
And she flies to a place where she's loved

Posted by Manya on January 18th, 2018
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died on January 19th, 2004

We didn't know each other long, but our fight was the same. Your suicide rocked me to the core. On one hand, I was so happy that you were not longer having to fight. On the other hand, I felt even more alone. I pray you have spent the last four years in peace. Miss you.

Posted by Bravehearts on January 4th, 2009
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January 20th:
Chloe Valentine
died on January 20th, 2012

4yo Chloe from Australia lived with her mom and mom's boyfriend. Mom had a problem with methamphetamine addiction, the house was unsanitary, Chloe witnessed domestic violence, and was often left unsupervised. Child protective services received 22 reports. Chloe's grandma wanted to take custody of her: her mom would drop her off at grandma's house for a few hours and not pick her up for a few days. "It was really hard knowing I had to give her back because I didn't know if she was going to come back the same way," said another woman who cared for Chloe while her mom was drinking. Yet Child Protective Services found no grounds for removal of the child from her mom's custody. Chloe died because she was forced to ride (and repeatedly crash) a motorbike, while her mom and mom's boyfriend were filming it. They only called for ambulance when Chloe stopped breathing, and left the hospital as soon as her life support was turned off, before she died. Chloe's grandma said in her victim impact statement, "They say people look peaceful in death. Chloe didn't. She looked battered and bruised and alone."

Posted by Manya on January 19th, 2018
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