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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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Paul Gladwell

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

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.

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Matthew Tirado

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Died: February 14, 2017.
Age at death: 17.
Cause of death: Neglect/Abuse (Malnutrition, beating).
Location: Hartford, Connecticut, USA.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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Alex Santiago

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

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.

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Dominik Prusinski

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

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.

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