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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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Feb. 16th, 2017

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

Feb. 14th, 2017

Matthew Tirado

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.

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

Jan. 22nd, 2017

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

Jan. 17th, 2017

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

Jan. 9th, 2017

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

Dec. 9th, 2016

Anthony Corona

Name: Anthony "Antaba" Corona.
Died: December 9, 2016.
Age at death: 18.
Cause of death: Death in restraint.
Location: San Bernardino, California, USA.

Details:
Anthony, called "Antaba" by his family, attended a special-needs school where he had been going since he was a child.

On the school bus home, Anthony and another student got into a fight. In response, school staff restrained Anthony, and he died.

References:
School staff mourns San Bernardino student with autism who died after bus altercation
Staff mourns student with autism who died after school bus altercation
Riverside student with autism dies after school bus altercation in San Bernardino
San Bernardino Police Probe Death Of Teen With Autism Who Succumbed After Fight On School Bus
INT: Autistic student dies in school bus altercation
Gofundme: Sudden Passing by Virginia Orozco
Student With Autism Dies on School Bus After Altercation
Student with autism dies on bus heading home to San Bernardino
Autistic Student Dies on School Bus Ride, Cause Unknown
Why did autistic San Bernardino student die in school bus struggle?

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

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