Bertha Coombes

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Name: Bertha Coombes.
Died: January 19, 2016.
Age at death: 83.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Petaluma, California, USA.
Disability: Mobility impairment; wheelchair user, after “a series of falls”.

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

Perpetrator: Harold Coombes (Husband).

Source: Police determine east Petaluma deaths murder-suicide

Yasuko Uechi

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Name: Yasuko Uechi.
Died: December 18, 2015.
Age at death: 82.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Kihocho, Japan.
Disability: Unspecified physical disability.

Details:
For some time, Yasuko had been asking her son to buy her a powered wheelchair; eventually she bought one for herself. Yasuko’s son, angry she had bought a wheelchair he said he couldn’t afford, suffocated her to death.

Perpetrator: Norio Uechi; arrested for murder.

Source: Mie cops: Man killed disabled mother over wheelchair purchase
Man kills his mother because she bought a wheelchair without his permission

Kazuko Saito

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Name: Kazuko Saito.
Died: December 13, 2015.
Age at death: 43.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Tokyo, Japan.
Disability: Developmental disability.

Details:
Kazuko’s sister killed her with a knife, then committed suicide.

Perpetrator: Fumiko Saito (Sister).

Source: Murder-suicide suspected after discovery of sisters’ corpses

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

Antonio Tucci

Photo of a balding man wearing a turquoise shirt. He has a wide grin on his face and his eyes are squeezed nearly shut with amusement.Name: Antonio Tucci.
Died: December 7, 2015.
Age at death: 71.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Castel del Piano, Italy.
Disability: Unspecified; wheelchair user.

Details:
Antonio was beaten to death, dying of head trauma after what looked like a robbery gone wrong. However, two days later, Antonio’s nephew was arrested. They had lived together in the past, and now Antonio’s nephew was demanding his pension money. When he would not give him the money, Antonio’s nephew killed him.

Antonio Tucci was a retired baker.

Perpetrator: Claudio Orlando (Nephew), arrested, accused of murder.

Source: Wheelchair-bound pensioner murdered
Anziano trovato morto, fermato un nipote

Payal Sawant

No PhotoName: Payal Sawant.
Died: November 30, 2015.
Age at death: 6.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.
Disability: Paraplegic, intellectually disabled.

Details:
Payal and her 8-year-old sister were tortured by their stepmother when their father was away at work. Payal’s stepmother tried to pass off her death as a natural one, but police saw the marks of abuse on her body. Payal may have died when she was strangled, or when she had her head slammed into a wall.

Perpetrator: Pratibha Sawant (Stepmother); charged with murder.

Source:
Bhandup woman held for torturing, killing stepdaughter
Mumbai: Stepmother booked for killing 6-year-old mentally unstable girl

Adrian Jones

Photo of Adrian Jones, a small African-American boy.Name: Adrian Jones.
Died: September 2015; body found November 26, 2015.
Age at death: 7.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Kansas City, Kansas, USA.
Disability: “Special needs”.

Details:
Adrian was abused by his father. It is likely that he was beaten to death by his father, who then fed his body to pigs.

Perpetrator: Heather Jones (Stepmother), pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and child abuse, sentenced to 25 years to life; Michael Jones (Father), charged with child abuse, aggravated battery and aggravated assault.

Source:
Prosecutor: Abuse charges just ‘tip of the iceberg’ in Michael Jones case
Stepmom enters plea in death of Kan. boy; remains found in pig pen
US stepmother pleads guilty to murder of boy fed to pigs
Kansas woman gets life term in 7-year-old stepson’s death

Helious Griffith

Photo of a toddler with short, light hair against a black background.Name: Helious Griffith.
Died: November 7, 2015.
Age at death: 5.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Mesa, Arizona, USA.
Disability: Dystonic cerebral palsy.

Details:
Helious was born on Christmas Eve and named for the Greek god of the sun.

Child protective services had opened a case on Helious. Brought to the hospital, he was thin and having trouble breathing. They were investigating his mother for neglect because Helios had in the past been seen underweight and dirty.

DCS held a meeting and decided that they would file a petition for in-home dependency so that Helious could be monitored closely. Afraid that she would lose custody for good, his mother strangled him with a length of tubing and then shot herself.

Perpetrator: Lola “Tammy” T. Griffith (Mother).

Source:
Mesa police identify mother, son in murder-suicide at children’s hospital
5-Year-Old Boy in Mesa Murder-Suicide Found With Ligature Around His Neck, Police Say

Dustin Hicks

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Name: Dustin Hicks.
Died: November 5, 2015.
Age at death: 14.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Dawsonville, Georgia, USA.
Disability: Autism, Crohn’s disease.

Details:
Dustin was shot by his mother in a murder-suicide.

Perpetrator: Nina Hicks (Mother).

Source: Dawsonville mother shoots disabled son, self in possible mercy killing