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:
Bengaluru man murders ‘fat’, ‘depressed’ sister for standing in the way of his marriage
Police book man for murder of his elder sister

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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Police: Michigan elementary school principal killed severely handicapped son, self

Kanchana

No PhotoName: Kanchana.
Died: March 7, 2017.
Age at death: 28.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Trang, Thailand.
Disability: Chronic encephalitis.

Details:
Kanchana’s mother strangled her before committing suicide.

She left behind two children, aged two and nine when she died. They went to live with relatives.

Perpetrator: Somjai (Mother).

Source: Mother kills ailing daughter, then hangs herself

Brandon Strauss

Photo of Brandon Strauss. He is a teenage boy with fair skin. He is wearing a striped polo shirt and his hair is hidden under his bulky helmet. He is leaning on something off to the right of the picture.Name: Brandon Strauss.
Died: February 20, 2017.
Age at death: 21.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Disability: Down syndrome, epilepsy, autism.

Details:
Brandon’s parents burned him over about 10% of his body. He suffered second-and third-degree burns, which were left untreated for several days before his parents poisoned him with his own medication.

Perpetrator: Yolanda Strauss (Adoptive mother), charged with murder and abuse of a vulnerable person; Ross Strauss (Adoptive father), charged with murder and abuse of a vulnerable person.

Source:
Las Vegas couple charged with murdering their special needs son, 21
Couple charged with murder in death of their special needs son
Pair face murder charges in Vegas man’s Feb dying – Vegas Review-Journal
Las Vegas couple are charged with murdering their 21-year-old adopted special needs son who was found with lethal levels of medication in his system
Las Vegas couple face murder charge in death of special-needs son
Pair face murder charges in Las Vegas man’s February death
Las Vegas couple suspected in death of their special-needs son indicted

Devendra Prasad Misra

No PhotoName: Devendra Prasad Misra.
Died: November 18, 2016.
Age at death: 27.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Madhapur, Hyderabad, India.
Disability: A “serious mental disorder”.

Details:
Devendra’s brothers beat him to death because they believed he was demon-possessed.

He worked as a security guard at at MNC, an IT company in Hyderabad.

Perpetrator: Birendra Prasad Misra, Mahendra Prasad Misra, and Dharmendra Prasad Misra (Brothers).

Source:
Hyderabad: Superstition led to man’s murder
Hyderabad: 2 arrested for killing brother, attack on another
Cops yet to find out cause of fight among siblings
Fight among siblings: Cops yet to find out cause of fight among siblings

Andrea Spina

No PhotoName: Andrea Spina.
Died: November 7, 2016.
Age at death: 22.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Vespolate, Novara, Italy.
Disability: Autism, epilepsy.

Details:
Andrea’s father took him out of the institution where he lived; then, when Andrea was asleep, his father strangled him.

Perpetrator: Pietro Spina (Father), charged with murder.

Source:
Man kills disabled son, attempts suicide
The family drama in Vespolate: father kills disabled child and attempted suicide
Novara: uccide figlio disabile e tenta suicidio: padre ricoverato in ospedale
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Uccide il figlio disabile e tenta il suicidio. Temeva che sarebbe rimasto da solo
Vespolate, padre uccide il figlio disabile e poi tenta il suicidio
Dramma a Vespolate: “Non riusciamo a darci spiegazioni del gesto di Pietro”
Il dramma di Vespolate: “Pietro voleva farla finita, ma nessuno immaginava uccidesse il figlio”

Muhammad Wahab

No PhotoName: Muhammad Azwan Wahab.
Died: October 2, 2016.
Age at death: 26.
Cause of death: Multiple murder.
Location: Baling, Malaysia.
Disability: Paralyzed.

Details:
Muhammad and his aunt, 54-year-old Rokiah Abdullah, were killed by his brother.

Perpetrator: Azman Wahab (Brother), charged with murder.

Source: Man accused of killing disabled brother, aunt in Baling denied bail

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: Murder.
Location: Aldrich, Missouri, USA.
Disability: Autism, blindness.

Details:
Austin’s mother 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. He died from dehydration and from being refused the medication he needed to live.

Perpetrator: Kimberly R. Lightwine (Mother), charged with second-degree elder abuse and second-degree murder.

Source:
‘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
Lightwine charged with two felonies in death of son
Mother Accused in Death of Disabled Son Returns to Court
Woman accused of son’s death in Polk County appears in court

Mindy Speck

No PhotoName: Mindy Speck.
Died: August 22, 2016.
Age at death: 21.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Eastlake, Ohio, USA.
Disability: Autism, cerebral palsy, Type I diabetes.

Details:
When Mindy had a meltdown after having to spend a day in the hospital being treated for a urinary tract infection, Mindy’s mother gave her repeated doses of insulin until she collapsed from hypoglycemia. It wasn’t until the next day that Mindy’s mother called paramedics, and by then Mindy was dead.

Perpetrator: Sandra Speck (Mother), pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter.

Source:
Ohio woman confesses to killing disabled daughter
Prosecutor Says Woman Confessed To Killing Disabled Daughter
Eastlake woman admits giving diabetic daughter fatal overdose of insulin
Eastlake woman pleads guilty to killing autistic daughter with insulin overdose
Prosecutor: Woman gave autistic daughter lethal insulin dose
Woman Pleads Guilty for her Daughter’s Fatal Insulin Overdose
Mom pleads guilty to giving autistic daughter lethal insulin dose
Ohio mom charged with murder in 21-year-old daughter’s death
Eastlake woman charged with murder
Prosecutor: Mom confessed to killing disabled adult daughter
Mother Kills Disabled Daughter, Claims She Was ‘Overwhelmed’ By Responsibility
Eastlake woman charged in daughter’s death ‘feels horrible,’ attorney says

Theron Leonard

Name: Theron Leonard.Photo of Theron Leonard. He is a young man with fair skin and short brown hair. He is wearing a gray sweatshirt and a yellow life vest and smiling at the camera.
Died: August 5, 2016.
Age at death: 24.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Otter Lake, Michigan, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy.

Details:
Theron’s mother stabbed him in the chest. He was rushed to the hospital but died of his injuries.

Perpetrator: Tamara Leonard (Mother), charged with murder.

Source:
Mother charged in son’s stabbing death
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Mother charged in son’s stabbing death
Woman stabbed her disabled son to death, police claim