Cynthia Busch

No PhotoName: Cynthia Busch.
Died: March 10, 2016.
Age at death: 24.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Fairfield Township, Ohio, USA.
Disability: Developmental disability.

Details:
Cynthia was shot by her mother in a murder-suicide.

Perpetrator: Barbara Busch (Mother).

Source:
Fairfield Twp. Police identify mother, daughter found dead in murder-suicide
Mother fatally shoots disabled daughter, self in Fairfield Twp.
Police: Mother Killed Daughter, then Killed Herself
Police: Overwhelmed mother killed developmentally disabled daughter
Cynthia Busch Obituary
autism wars: On The Murder of Cynthia Busch
No Mystery Here: Call a Murderer a Murderer
Cynthia Busch: The Disability Holocaust Continues

Michael Furst

Photo of Michael Furst. He is a young man being held up by someone behind him; he is up to his waist in water and leaning over to look into the water. He has red hair and fair skin; his arms are curled over his chest because of spasticity. He wears a blue T-shirt.Name: Michael Furst.
Died: February 2016; body found March 6, 2016.
Age at death: 24.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Peshtigo, Wisconsin, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy.

Details:
Michael died of starvation because his mother, though she was paid a government stipend to care for him, did not feed him. When he was found dead, his body weighed only 36 pounds.

Perpetrator: Renee Furst (Mother), died of a drug overdose several days after Michael died.

Source:
Peshtigo man with cerebral palsy starved to death by mother — also dead
Peshtigo starvation death investigation complete

Carmina Brown

Black and white photo of Carmina Brown, a young woman with straight, dark hair and pale skin. She is squinting into the sun.Name: Carmina Brown.
Died: December 11, 2015.
Age at death: 27.
Cause of death: Multiple murder-suicide.
Location: Kennewick, Washington, USA.
Disability: Developmental disability.

Details:
Carmina was shot by her father in a murder-suicide. He also killed her mother, Elena.

Carmina worked at Goodwill and was on a Special Olympics swim team. She enjoyed cycling and went to camp every summer.

Perpetrator: Doug Brown (Father).

Source: Neighbors, friends reeling after apparent murder-suicide in Kennewick
Carmina, Elena, Douglas Brown Obituary

Vishal Gaikwad

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Name: Vishal Gaikwad.
Died: October 27, 2015.
Age at death: 19.
Cause of death: Multiple murder-suicide.
Location: Pashan, Pune, India.
Disability: Unspecified physical disability.

Details:
Vishal’s father killed him and his mother (Arati Gaikwad, age 35) with an axe before hanging himself.

Perpetrator: Raju Laxman Gaikwad (Father).

Source: Man hacks son, wife to death, then hangs self

Corey Carpenter

No PhotoName: Corey Carpenter.
Died: October 23, 2015.
Age at death: 27.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Blanca, Colorado, USA.
Disability: Fragile X.

Details:
Corey starved to death when his mother stopped giving him food and water. He weighed only 57 pounds.

Perpetrator: Carol Carpenter (Mother), charged with first-degree murder.

Source:
Colo. mom arrested after disabled son, 27, dies of malnourishment
Blanca mother resisted getting medical help for son
Preliminary set on starvation death

Justin Kirby

Photo of Justin Kirby. He is a man with fair skin and light brown hair, wearing a white sweatshirt. His hair is cut short.Name: Justin Kirby.
Died: September 26, 2015.
Age at death: 26.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Bloomington, Indiana, USA.
Disability: Rod-cone dystrophy; visual impairment.

Details:
Justin was shot by his wife. She claimed self-defense, but the placement of the bullet wounds proved he had been shot while trying to run away.

Perpetrator: Taylor Roxann Kirby (Wife), pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, sentenced to 22 years.

Source:
Woman who killed husband sentenced to 22 years
Neighbor says children played 20 feet away from dying father

Jessica Hagan

A blonde young woman with Down Syndrome, wearing a medal.Name: Jessica Hagan.
Died: September 8, 2015.
Age at death: 19.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Cranston, Alberta, Canada.
Disability: Down syndrome.

Details:
Jessica’s mother poisoned her with a fatal drug overdose.

Jessica loved the Alberta Ballet and collected Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh! cards. Her brother, a bodybuilder, names her as his biggest supporter.

Perpetrator: Christine Hagan (Mother). Never charged; died months later of natural causes.

Source:
Homicide unit investigating suspicious death in Cranston
Calgary police declare Jessica Hagan’s death a homicide, but no charges

Joyce Taylor

Photo of Joyce Taylor. She is a young woman with long blond hair and glasses, wearing a wide-brimmed black hat.Name: Joyce LaDonna McIntire Keys Taylor.
Died: August 17, 2015.
Age at death: 26.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Amarillo, Texas, USA.
Disability: Unspecified (Mental illness, possibly depression).

Details:
Joyce’s husband suffocated her.

She was pregnant when she died. Her four-month-old fetus, a boy, died with her.

Perpetrator: Allen Taylor (Husband), charged with capital murder.

Source:
Man indicted in killing of pregnant wife
Man Charged with Murdering Pregnant Wife
Obituary | Joyce LaDonna McIntire Keys Taylor | Rector Funeral Home

Thandazile Mpunzi

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Name: Thandazile Mpunzi.
Died: August 1, 2015.
Age at death: 20.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Kwazulu-Natal (Manguzi), South Africa.
Disability: Albinism.

Details:
Believing that albino body parts would make them rich, Thandazile’s boyfriend, a local healer, and two other men decided to kill her. Her boyfriend lured her out to a remote spot, where she was strangled and dismembered.

Perpetrator: Mandla Mabuza, pleaded guilty to murder, 20 years; Lindokuhle Khumalo, pleaded guilty to murder, 20 years; Bhekukufa Gumede (healer); unnamed 17-year-old male (Boyfriend), sentenced to 18 years.

Source:
Boyfriend jailed for albino muti murder
KZN albino murder: 2 suspects plead guilty
Commission outraged at killing of albino woman

Lala Mardigan

Photo of Lala Mardigan. She is a young woman with dark brown skin, wearing a yellow shirt; she has headphones in her ears.Name: Lala Mardigan.
Died: Late July 2015.
Age at death: 20.
Cause of death: Neglect.
Location: Wadeye, Northern Territory, Australia.
Disability: Lupus, intellectual disability.

Details:
Lala lived in a remote part of Australia. She had spent some time in foster care, but returned to her mother at age 18 even though her mother had told the health service she could not care for her. Despite a case worker’s warning that Lala was not being cared for, the health department did not assign her a guardian. At 20, Lala died from malnutrition and infection, a victim of neglect.

Perpetrator: Lala’s family and the health department.

Source: Twenty-year old’s death highlights the people in remote communities falling through the gaps