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Dameian "Luke" Gulley

Dameian GulleyName: Dameian "Luke" Gulley
Died: November 18, 2013
Age at death: 14
Cause of death: Murder
Location: Visalia, California, USA

Details:
From Luke's obituary:
"Dameian was kind, caring, loving, and trusting. He had such a big heart. He enjoyed soccer, video games, marbles, basketball, football, reading, crafts, and helping others. Dameian often volunteered his time at a nursing home in Tulare, CA where he would call out Bingo and paint fingernails. He would also dance to the music of Michael Jackson to put a smile on people's faces. Dameian received the nickname "Luke" from his Grandpa John when he was just a few months old. The nickname came from the Star Wars movies and just sort of stuck. Luke will be missed dearly."

Fourteen-year-old Luke lived with his mother, stepfather, and siblings. Like most autistics, he kept to a routine, which included walking to school every morning. When he didn't show up at school, police treated Luke as a runaway--even though his mother insisted he wouldn't have deviated from his usual route.

Four days later, Luke's body was found dumped in a ravine in Sequoia National Park; he had been murdered, and suspicion fell on Luke's stepfather, who had once had a job which involved driving a shuttle bus to the park. Police had been called twice when Luke's stepfather became angry at the boy.

Luke's stepfather is currently being held without bail, charged with murder.

References:
Dameian Gulley: Obituary
Stepfather arrested in Gulley's death
'We knew we had foul play'
Visalia step-father arrested for the murder of 14-year-old Damiean "Luke" Gulley
Stepfather Left Voice Mail Asking for Help
Central California man arrested in stepson's death
Tags: family involved, location: usa, murder, teenager
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