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Rainbow infinityAutism Memorial is dedicated to remembering those autistic people who died because of malpractice, lack of resources or support, or outright murder. Occasionally, a news story will be widely covered, but most cases receive very little memorial. Even when an autistic person is murdered by a family member and it becomes a big news story, the autistic person often becomes lost amidst sympathy for the murderer. This site is here because everyone should be valued, and everyone should be remembered.

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Nov. 22nd, 2016

Chance Vanderpool

Name: Chance Vanderpool.
Died: November 22, 2016.
Age at death: 4.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse; skull fracture.
Location: Glen St. Mary, Florida, USA.

Details:
Chance and three of his brothers, including his two-year-old little brother, lived with their mother. Five months before his death, his mother's boyfriend moved in with them. He was controlling and violent and beat both boys; Chance had to go to the hospital twice for head injuries. Each time his mother said they had been accidental.

On the morning of November 22, Chance was found unresponsive and taken to the hospital, but he could not be revived. Doctors found that he had a skull fracture, and saw that his body had bruises and a burn. They became worried for Chance's surviving three brothers.

Chance's little brother had been taken to the hospital along with Chance. When doctors examined the two-year-old, they found injuries consistent with abuse.

Chance's three brothers were taken into state care; his mother's boyfriend was arrested for child abuse.

References:
Baker Sheriff investigating death of 4-year-old autistic boy
Arrest made for the death of 4-year-old autistic boy in Baker
4-year-old child with autism dies; Baker County man charged with child abuse of sibling
4-year-old boy with autism dies in Baker County
Baker County child with autism dies; Man charged with abuse of sibling
Man accused of abusing 2-year-old after sibling dies

Nov. 20th, 2016

Austin Skidmore

Name: Austin Skidmore.
Died: November 20, 2016.
Age at death: 19.
Cause of death: Death in restraint.
Location: Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

Details:
Austin was a resident at a hospital for autistic people. He died when he "became agitated" and three men restrained him with his arms across his chest.

Not long before that, a girl with autism at the same facility was badly burned in a hot shower.

References:
Police investigate death at same hospital where girl with autism was burned

Nov. 13th, 2016

Tyler "TJ" Caudill

Name: Tyler Joseph "TJ" Caudill.
Died: Late August 2016; body found November 13, 2016.
Age at death: 6.
Cause of death: Murder (Abuse, neglect).
Location: Portsmouth, Ohio, USA.

Details:
TJ was abused and starved by his mother and her boyfriend; then he went missing. His body has been found, and his mother and her boyfriend charged with murder, but his cause of death remains unknown.

References:
UPDATE: Mother, Boyfriend charged in death of 6-year-old boy
Mother, Boyfriend Arrested in 6 Year Old Boy's Death
Portsmouth Police find body amidst search for missing 6-year-old
Scioto grand jury indicts couple in death of autistic boy

Oct. 29th, 2016

Tianna Kirchner

Name: Tianna Kirchner.
Died: October 29, 2016 (Body found); died about 4 years previously.
Age at death: 4.
Cause of death: Unknown.
Location: Everett, Washington, USA.

Details:
Tianna's family, under investigation in her death, has given several different explanations of why Tianna died. They said she died of chicken pox or a brain tumor, that she drowned in the bathtub or that another child had drowned her.

How Tianna died is not known, but what is known is that Tianna's body was found stuffed into a concrete-filled storage container four years later.

References:
Parents Under Investigation After Missing 4-Year-Old’s Remains Found Encased in Concrete
Body of 4-year-old girl found in plastic tub in Everett; she’s been dead several years
Child’s body found in plastic storage bin in Everett
4-Year-Old Girl's Corpse Hidden For Four Years
Timeline surrounding death of child found in storage bin
Grandmother wants answers after grandchild's remains found in Everett
Body of 4-year-old girl missing for years found encased in concrete in storage container

Oct. 17th, 2016

Elisa and Martin Manrique-Lutz

Photo of Martin and Elisa. They are children with brown hair, photographed outdoors. Martin is wearing a red sweater and looking away to the left. Elisa has long, tangled hair; she is holding a feather up to her lips.Name: Elisa Manrique-Lutz.
Age at death: 11.

Name: Martin Manrique-Lutz.
Age at death: 10.

Died: October 17, 2016.
Cause of death: Multiple murder-suicide (Poisoning).
Location: Davidson, Sydney, Australia.

Details:
Elisa and Martin were from Colombia and lived in Australia. Their neighbors often saw them playing in the front yard. At school, Elisa used to take teachers' hands and take them on walks. Martin was a talented and precocious artist.

Elisa, Martin, and their mother Maria were killed in a murder-suicide by their father, who had installed pipes to turn the house into a gas chamber and released carbon monoxide into the children's bedrooms, killing the whole family.

References:
Martin, Elisa, Maria
'An exceptional family': community mourns after family of four found dead in Sydney
Community left in shock as a family of four are found dead in their Sydney home
Davidson deaths: Police investigate murder-suicide at horror home where family of four were killed
Details Of Family Found Dead In Syd Emerge After Suspected Murder-Suicide
Family of four found dead in Davidson, Sydney identified
Fernando Manrique and Maria Claudia Lutz Pena named in Davidson family deaths
Grisly aftermath of tragic Sydney 'murder-suicide' as family-of-four found dead
Man, woman, two children and pet dog found dead inside Davidson, northern Sydney home
Two adults, two children dead found dead in Sydney suburb of Davidson

Oct. 4th, 2016

Carl Gregory

Photo of Carl Gregory. He is in his late teens, with short brown hair, fair skin, brown eyes, and fuzz on his chin. His face is somewhat asymmetrical and he is smiling slightly.Name: Carl Gregory.
Died: October 4, 2016.
Age at death: 20.
Cause of death: Murder (Beaten, strangled).
Location: Broadstairs, England, UK.

Details:
His family describes Carl Gregory as a very typical 20-year-old who loved gaming, modern technology, and Pokémon Go. He had a girlfriend named Chloe, with whom he'd broken up; but they had remained friends and were considering going back to dating again. He was a Marlowe Academy graduate who worked as an online personal shopper for Sainsbury's.

Carl may have been playing Pokémon Go when he was out in a supermarket parking lot. Two men, acquaintances of his, attacked and killed him by beating and strangling him. Initially called "the first Pokémon Go murder" and widely covered, Carl's death fell out of the media spotlight when Chloe and his family explained that the mobile game had nothing to do with the murder.

The prosecutor in the case has stated that he believes there were "elements of vulnerability" involved in the murder because of Carl's Asperger syndrome.

References:
John Dickson and Christopher Pollard in court accused of murdering Carl Gregory near Westwood Cross
Carl Gregory 'murder' in Broadstairs: Girlfriend's tributes as Pokemon Go connection is ruled out
Carl Gregory is beaten to death in car park 'in fight over Pokemon Go'
Murdered Carl Gregory argued with girlfriend over smartphone game just hours before his death
Pokemon Go murder: Two charged over Carl Gregory murder in Broadstairs, Kent
Two men have been charged with the murder of Carl Gregory in Westwood
UPDATE: Two men charged with murder following the death of Carl Gregory in Broadstairs are due to appear in court this morning

Aug. 29th, 2016

Leslie Ramirez

Name: Leslie Ramirez.
Died: August 29, 2016.
Age at death: 3.
Cause of death: Heat stroke.
Location: Durham, North Carolina, USA.

Details:
Leslie was one of five siblings. They lived with their parents and grandmother.

Leslie's mother left her in the family van at 3 p.m. on a summer day. At 7 p.m., Leslie's father returned home to find her still in the van four hours later. She was dead.

Her mother was charged with manslaughter and child neglect.

References:
Mother of autistic girl found dead in a hot van insists it was an accident
Mother charged in death of 3-year-old daughter in Durham

Austin Anderson

Photo of Austin Anderson, a thin boy with fair skin and dark blond hair. He is holding a hand near his face and smiling.Name: Austin Anderson.
Died: August 29, 2016.
Age at death: 19.
Cause of death: Medical neglect, exposure, dehydration.
Location: Aldrich, Missouri, USA.

Details:
In addition to autism, Austin was blind in both eyes and had adrenal insufficiency, so that he depended on steroid medication to replace the hormones normally produced by the adrenal glands.

Austin’s mother got high on meth and took him out to a field in the middle of nowhere. For two days, she withheld his food, water, and medication in the summer heat while Austin begged for her help and she refused to help him. He died from dehydration and from being refused the medication he needed to live.

His mother was charged with second-degree murder and abuse of an elderly or disabled person.

References:
Woman from Aldrich is charged with murdering son found in field
'I killed my kid:' Polk County mother charged after death of blind, autistic teen
‘Let God take you’: Woman said she left her blind, autistic son in field until he died, police say
Friend speaks about mother accused of murdering her son
Bolivar Woman Charged With Killing Disabled Son

Jared Prudhomme

Name: Jared Prudhomme.
Died: August 29, 2016.
Age at death: 26.
Cause of death: Multiple murder-suicide (Shot; bodies burned).
Location: Temecula, California, USA.

Other Victims:
Milford Battison, age 37 (Developmental disability)
Richard Driskill, age 37 (Developmental disability)
Miguel Ferreyra, age 31 (Developmental disability)

Details:
Jared was diagnosed with autism at age 3.

Jared and his three housemates living at a group home were shot to death, probably by their caregiver. Then the killer burned the house and committed suicide.

References:
5 deaths at California care home may be murder-suicide
Four of five Temecula fire victims were shot in possible murder-suicide, authorities say
Why developmentally disabled victims couldn't escape Temecula fire remains a mystery
In Memory of Jared Prudhomme
Press Release: Homicide
4 of 5 Victims Identified in Deadly Temecula House Fire
5 men died in a fire at a home for disabled adults. Their families ask: Why didn't they get out?
5 Dead in Murder-Suicide After Arson Destroys Facility for Adults with Disabilities: Cops
UPDATE: TEMECULA: Care home fire that killed 5 confirmed murder-suicide
Five men found dead after fire gutted home for disabled adults may have been victims of quadruple murder-suicide

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