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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 9th:
Nikita Chawla
died on January 9th, 2015

Ms Chawla, a dancer and choreographer who had just completed her final exams for her performing arts degree at the end of 2014, was savagely murdered on January 9, 2015. Her family paid tribute to her in court as vivacious, brave and creative. 'Nikita was achieving her dreams,' mother Sunila Chawla said in her victim impact statement. 'My light and joy has been snatched away from me.' Ms Chawla had secretly married Mr Singh in September 2011, but by January this year their relationship had deteriorated. While Mr Singh was in India in January 2015, Ms Chawla told friends she was planning on ending her marriage and had started looking for somewhere else to live. Crown Prosecutor Peter Rose QC said 'It appears at some stage the accused had accessed the deceased's phone. Singh last month pleaded guilty to murdering Ms Chawla.

Posted by Jane on June 18th, 2018
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January 10th:
Irene McLean
died on January 10th, 2017

Irene died from malnutrition and multiple rib fractures, after being removed from her family care givers home by adult protective services in terrible shape. She died nearly a month later at Sentera Nursing and Rehabilitation Windermere, according to a Sentera spokesperson. Authorities are now looking over a 3-month period time span into whether McLean got proper care while under her caretaker who is listed as a family member, documents said. She is remembered by her may friends as a kind and woman - one who had a passion for travel she visited over 100 countries during her lifetime. And who liked swimming, yoga, and dance.

Posted by Jane on June 17th, 2018
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died on January 10th, 2015

6yo Moin from Lahore, Pakistan, was repeatedly raped, killed, and left on top of the roof of a local mosque. At first the police suspected the imam, but later found DNA evidence implicating a local barber, 17yo, who confessed and was then killed in a police shootout.

Posted by Manya on July 28th, 2018
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Lorenzo Orozco-Estrada
died on January 10th, 2015

A family still finds it hard to comprehend that they are laying to rest Lorenzo Orozco-Estrada - a little guy who was so active and alive less than two weeks ago. Prosecutors say his mother's boyfriend repeatedly jumped on him and violently shook him while watching him. The 23-year-old man was initially charged with child abuse and other charges. On Saturday, those charges were upgraded to second-degree murder Autopsy results are still pending as prosecutors consider filing second-degree or first-degree murder charges against Mirsad Hamidovic, 23, of Kansas City. Lorenzo's family say they don't want to talk about Hamidovic. They want to talk about the little boy who brightened their lives for two years.

Posted by Jane on June 17th, 2018
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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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