Konstantin Stjepić

Photo of Konstantin Stjepic. He is a boy with olive skin, photographed outdoors, dressed in a puffy down jacket and a camouflage-pattern knit cap. He is squinting in the sunlight, mouth slightly open.Name: Konstantin Stjepić.
Died: March 12, 2017.
Age at death: 10.
Cause of death: Wandering-related, most likely accidental.
Location: Lopare, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Details:
When ten-year-old Konstantin went missing, local authorities began a search, and his town turned out to comb the mountains where he had been lost. However, the search was not as thorough as it could have been because local authorities were unwilling to ask for help from federal authorities, who were their political opponents.

Although it can't be said for sure whether Konstantin would have been found alive if the authorities had been willing to ask for help, the decision not to do so was made by people who could have foreseen that it would risk his life.

References:
Bosnian Serbs Trade Blame Over Missing Boy's Death
Nestao mali Konstantin koji boluje od autizma: Otišao je od kuće i nestao bez traga, u toku je velika potraga na Majevici

James Thomas

Photo of James Thomas, taken outside by the trunk of a big tree. He is a white man with blond hair and a scruffy beard.Name: James Michael Thomas.
Died: March 10, 2017 (Body Found).
Age at death: 38.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

Details:
James's friends remember him as a generous soul who "would give you the shirt off his back" because he "just didn't know any better". He loved motorcycles and loved riding his red scooter.

When James went missing, the town turned out to search for him. But about two months after he disappeared, James's body was found. He had been murdered.

At his funeral, his body was escorted to the cemetery by more than 100 people on motorcycles.

James's murder is still unsolved. Anyone with information is asked to call the Nashville police department.

References:
Nashville family seeks answers after son goes missing, holds vigil
Questions surround a Nashville man's death as he's laid to rest
Body found in Cheatham County is missing Nashville man, police say

Jeffrey Franklin

Photo of Jeffrey Franklin, a teenage boy wearing a baseball cap. His ears stick out and his skin is fair. He is smiling.Name: Jeffrey "JR" Franklin.
Died: March 1, 2017.
Age at death: 16.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Guilford, New York, USA.

Details:
Jeffrey had been adopted when he was about nine or ten years old. He was deaf and used a wheelchair as well as being autistic and developmentally delayed.

Jeffrey’s adoptive parents killed him. Then they burned down their trailer to try to hide the evidence.

References:
Parents accused of killing disabled son, burning down house
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Parents Allegedly Murdered Adopted, Handicapped Son And Set Fire To Cover it Up
Parents arrested for allegedly killing son, setting fire to cover up crime
Parents accused of murdering disabled son, setting house ablaze
Parents murder disabled son, set him on fire
Upstate NY couple accused of killing adopted son before fire
Couple accused of killing deaf son, lighting house on fire to destroy evidence
'Almost Immediately Red Flags Went Up': Parents of Disabled Boy Killed in Home Fire Charged with Murder
Parents charged in disabled son's death, arson
New York Parents Accused Of Killing 16-Year-Old Adopted, Disabled Son
Couple accused of killing adopted disabled boy before fire
Upstate New York Couple Accused of Killing Adopted Special Needs Son, Setting Fire to Home
Parents of deaf boy allegedly kill him, burn his body — then cash in on death
N.Y. Parents Accused of Murdering Teen Son with Special Needs — Then Burning Their House Down to Cover It Up
Couple accused of arson to hide son's killing
New York parents charged in disabled son's death, arson
Parents charged with murder, arson in death of disabled teen
Parents' alleged murder of adopted son with special needs becomes even more disturbing
Adoptive Parents Killed Special Needs Son In Plot Inspired By 'Manchester By The Sea': DA
Disturbing new details emerge in death of Mount Upton teen
A prosecutor says 'Manchester by the Sea' inspired a couple to kill their special needs son
DA says autopsy shows parents killed son
Couple allegedly inspired by ‘Manchester by the Sea’ to kill son

Paul Gladwell

Name: Paul Gladwell.
Died: February 16, 2017.
Age at death: 38.
Cause of death: Death in restraint.
Location: Lowestoft, Suffolk, England, UK.

Details:
Paul was a father to three children, ages 8, 2, and 1. The two-year-old boy had Asperger's, like his father.

When his son was bullied, Paul went to a bar and confronted the parent of the child who had been bullying his son. The other man headbutted Paul, starting a fight. Police arrived and restrained Paul, one of them kneeling on his neck. When they took him away in a police van, Paul was already unconscious; by the time they called an ambulance, he was brain dead.

References:
Pontins Pakefield death: Tributes paid to man who died
Man dies after falling ill in police custody following incident in Pontins
Man dies after being restrained by Pontins holiday camp staff
Pontins holidaymaker dies after being 'restrained by guards' and arrested
Two investigations launched after Paul Gladwell, 38, from Colchester died following a period in police custody
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Dad dies in police custody after being 'pinned down and arrested over Pontins bar bust-up'
Holidaymaker, 38, dies ‘after Pontins staff pinned him down'
Investigations continuing after the death of Paul Gladwell following arrest at Lowestoft Pontins
IPCC to investigate death of a man following arrest by Suffolk Police
Tributes flood in to 'huge character', Paul, who died after incident at holiday park

Matthew Tirado

Photo of Matthew Tirado, a young boy with light-brown skin and curly black hair. He is wearing a red tank top.Name: Matthew Tirado.
Died: February 14, 2017.
Age at death: 17.
Cause of death: Neglect/Abuse (Malnutrition, beating).
Location: Hartford, Connecticut, USA.

Details:
Matthew lived with his mother and his nine-year-old little sister. His father described him as "a docile boy" whom he had not seen in a year. When he last saw Matthew alive, his father said the boy looked sad and skinny.

When Matthew was brought to the hospital, he was dying from severe malnutrition, with bruises all over his body. He weighed only 88 pounds at death and had bruises and broken ribs.

References:
Hartford Mother Charged In Death Of Malnourished, Autistic Teen
Hartford PD: Autistic teen suffered multiple cuts and bruises prior to death
Mother to face judge after malnourished, abused teen with autism dies
Family Admonishes 'System's' Failure At Wake For Malnourished Teen
Questions raised on school liability after teen dies of malnourishment, abuse
'He's Very Weak,' Mother Tells 911 Hours Before Malnourished Teen's Death

Rosario Gomez

Name: Rosario Israel Gomez.
Died: January 25, 2017.
Age at death: 14.
Cause of death: Negligence (Drowning; left unsupervised by lifeguard).
Location: Garfield Ridge, Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Details:
Rosario's family remembers him as "...a bright young boy. He was a child with autism, that was his uniqueness. His autism was what made him strong, what made him unique. He loved trains, he loved taking the subway and going on trips in the Metra. He could tell you every stop from his home all the way to whatever destination you had. He loved school and always looked forward to getting up and going. His family was addicted to his charming ways. He loved to help grandma with anything she needed, especially since she has trouble walking. He loved going everywhere with his grandfather."

Rosario drowned in a swimming pool at school. The school had not bothered to give him swimming lessons, and the lifeguard was using a computer in a nearby office instead of staying at his post. By the time Rosario was seen at the bottom of the swimming pool, it was too late to save him.

References:
Suit: Lifeguard Was In Office When Teen With Autism Drowned At Kennedy H.S.
Rosario Israel Gomez Funeral
Autistic boy, 14, drowned in pool 'while lifeguard was on a computer'
Chicago Boy With Autism Drowned While Lifeguard Was on Computer in Office, Lawsuit Alleges
Mother says lifeguard was on computer while autistic son drowned
Lawsuit: Autistic boy drowned as lifeguard used computer

Tanya Valentin

Name: Tanya A. Valentin.
Died: January 22, 2017.
Age at death: 36.
Cause of death: Under investigation (fell from window).
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.

Details:
Tanya had Smith Magenis Syndrome, and lived in a group home for people with developmental disabilities. She communicated in single words.

Tanya was found dead after a fall from her second-story bedroom window. Group home staff and police say it was an accident, but her family are questioning that story. Tanya had cataracts, which severely impaired her vision, and would have had a hard time even finding the window latch, let alone climbing out and falling down. Weeks before her death, her family had seen her with a black eye. She had obviously been punched, but staff never told her family what happened. An ex-staff member who worked at the group home reports that Tanya was mistreated there.

Tanya's death is still under investigation.

References:
Police say woman’s death at group home caused by fall from window; family members don’t believe it
Officials ID group home resident killed in fall
Tanya Valentin's funeral by Valentin Mari

Alex Santiago

Name: Alex Santiago.
Died: January 17, 2017.
Age at death: 21.
Cause of death: Murder (Beaten, stabbed).
Location: Grandview, Arkansas, USA.

Details:
Alex had already survived one murder attempt by his brother, who had locked him in a gasoline-drenched bedroom and lit a match. Alex was airlifted to a hospital, where he spent three days before going home.

Eight months later, his brother finally succeeded in killing him by bludgeoning him with a baseball bat and stabbing him with a sword.

References:
17-year-old arrested after killing autistic brother with baseball bat, sword
17-Year-Old Accused Of Killing Autistic Brother With Bat And Sword
Carroll County murder victim was suspect’s autistic brother; Bat, sword were weapons
House Fire Victims by Taylor Santiago
Brutal slaying: Prosecutor says boy will be tried as adult in brother's death
Arkansas teen pleads innocent in brother's death
Juvenile, for now, pleads not guilty in death of autistic brother
Murder suspect identified: Enters ‘not guilty’ plea in brother’s slaying
Carroll County teen pleads not guilty to capital murder, other charges

Dominik Prusinski

Name: Dominik Prusinski.
Died: January 9, 2017.
Age at death: 21.
Cause of death: Murder (Stabbed).
Location: Oshawa, Ontario, Canada.

Details:
Dominik made videos and posted them online. He liked playing video games and was ranked 108th in the world on Call of Duty. He "never hid who he was", and "could be too trusting", but he was a good friend with "a heart of gold". He was looking forward to marrying his girlfriend, Sarah Sommer.

Dominik walked into the police station with stab wounds. He fought to survive for nine hours, but ultimately died. His death is still an unsolved murder. Anyone with information can call police at 905-579,1520, extension 5402 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

References:
“He’s my baby”: Family reeling after Oshawa man stabbed to death
Obituary of Dominik Prusinski
PRUSINSKI, Dominik Michael Prusinski - Obituary
Man who died after Oshawa stabbing identified as Dominik Prusinski, 21