Palak

Photo of Palak, a teenager wearing a blue shirt. Her hair is short, and her skin is tan. The photo is indistinct and small.Name: Palak (n/a).
Died: July 15, 2017.
Age at death: 14.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Ludhiana, Punjab, India.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
Before killing himself, Palak’s father hanged her because he was “worried about her future”.

She is survived by her brother and mother, who were not home at the time of the murder.

Perpetrator: Mukesh Kumar (Father).

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William Johnson

No PhotoName: William Johnson.
Died: July 11, 2017.
Age at death: 72.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Glendale, Arizona, USA.
Disability: Disabled veteran; wheelchair user.

Details:
William was beaten to death by his stepson because he would not get out of bed.

Perpetrator: Heath Allen McConkey (Stepson).

Source:
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Mahalakshmi

No PhotoName: Mahalakshmi.
Died: June 28, 2017.
Age at death: 28.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Bengaluru, Karnataka, India.
Disability: Depression.

Details:
When Mahalakshmi’s mother died, she became depressed, and her younger brother took care of her. But he became convinced that because of his sister, he would never be able to get married; so he strangled her when she lay down to take her afternoon nap.

Perpetrator: Shiv Kumar (Brother), charged with murder.

Source:
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Grant Heckman

Photo of Grant Heckman, a boy wearing a white sweater and smiling at the camera. He has fair skin and brown eyes and hair.Name: Grant Heckman.
Died: June 19, 2017.
Age at death: 28.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Westphalia, Michigan, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy.

Details:
Grant was shot by his father in a murder-suicide.

He leaves behind his brother, sister, and mother.

Perpetrator: George Heckman (Father).

Source:
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Johnnie and Shirley Ervin

No PhotoName: Johnnie Ervin.
Age at death: 67.
Disability: Mobility impairment (Used walker).

Name: Shirley Ervin.
Age at death: 69.
Disability: Dementia.

Died: June 18, 2017.
Cause of death: Multiple murder (Stabbed).
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Details:
Shirley and Johnnie were stabbed to death by their son.

Perpetrator: Dexter Barnes (Son), charged with first-degree murder.

Source:
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Sandra Nickells

No Photo
Name: Sandra Nickells.
Died: June 17, 2017.
Age at death: 72.
Cause of death: Murder-Suicide.
Location: Adamsville, Utah, USA.
Disability: Alzheimer’s, chronic illness.

Details:
Sandra was shot by her husband, who called police to report what he had done just before shooting himself as well.

Perpetrator: Tom Nickells (Husband).

Source:
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Lam Mei-kam

No PhotoName: Lam Mei-kam.
Died: June 6, 2017.
Age at death: 76.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Hong Kong.
Disability: Stroke, wheelchair user, chronic illness.

Details:
Lam was strangled to death by her husband.

Perpetrator: Wong Kwok-man (Husband), arrested on suspicion of murder.

Source:
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Lorraine Smith

Photo of Lorraine Smith. She is a woman with light skin and straight brown hair cut to chin-length with bangs. She is smiling at the camera. She is wearing a blue silk turtleneck blouse and some blue beads.Name: Lorraine Gladys Smith, née Shiel.
Died: May 17, 2017.
Age at death: 53.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Jefferson Township, Pennsylvania, USA.
Disability: “Serious medical issues”.

Details:
Lorraine was shot by her husband in a murder-suicide.

She was a mother of one who enjoyed sewing and collecting Kewpie dolls.

Perpetrator: Edward Smith (Husband).

Source:
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Lovedeep Singh

No PhotoName: Lovedeep Singh.
Died: May 17, 2017.
Age at death: 12.
Cause of death: Multiple murder.
Location: Fateh-Ullah-Shahwala, Dharamkot, Himachal Pradesh, India.
Disability: Mobility impaired; bedbound.

Details:
Lovedeep and his three-year-old sister Jasmine were killed by their father, who hacked them to death with an axe. Police said that he was frustrated because two of his sons were physically disabled. He initially tried to blame the crime on their mother and her brother, but then when the truth came out he ran from police.

Perpetrator: Sher Singh (Father), on the run, wanted for murder.

Source:
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Sabrina Ray

Photo of Sabrina Ray. She is a thin girl with pale skin and dark brown hair in a boy cut. Her expression is solemn.Name: Sabrina Ray.
Died: May 12, 2017.
Age at death: 16.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Perry, Iowa, USA.
Disability: Unspecified.

Details:
Sabrina was tortured and starved by her family. When she died at age 16 after being drop-kicked down the stairs by her adoptive brother and subsequently starving to death, she weighed 56 pounds and looked like an eight-year-old child.

Her death may have saved the lives of her two adopted sisters, who were also abused and were rescued from the home and taken to the hospital when Sabrina was found dead.

Perpetrator: Marc Ray (Adoptive father), charged with child endangerment and child neglect; Misty Ray (Adoptive mother), charged with child endangerment and child neglect; Carla Bousman (Adoptive grandmother), arrested as an accomplice; Josie Raye Bousman (Niece), arrested; Justin Dale Ray (Adoptive brother), charged with child endangerment and willful injury.

Source:
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