Heather Waggoner

Portrait photo of a young woman with fair skin and long curly blond hair, smiling for the camera.Name: Heather Waggoner.
Died: March 11, 2020.
Age at death: 41.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Lakeland, Florida, USA.
Disability: Multiple sclerosis.

Details:
Heather was going through divorce proceedings with her husband when he shot her dead and then killed himself.

A friend describes Heather as “a daddy’s girl with a Georgia southern accent”, a doting mother to her grown daughter, who never judged others and would drop everything to help someone in need. She was a talented photographer whose favorite subject was “the best moments of people’s lives.” She worked for Geico.

Perpetrator: Mark Waggoner (Estranged husband).

Source:
Friends mourn after police say man shot estranged wife, then himself
Lakeland murder-suicide: Friends mourn after police say man shot estranged wife, then himself
Heather Waggoner Photography
Heather Waggoner Instagram

Grace Kaldenberg

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Name: Grace Kaldenberg.
Died: March 8, 2020.
Age at death: 79.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Texas City, Texas, USA.
Disability: Elder nursing home resident.

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

Perpetrator: Donald Eugene Kaldenberg (Husband).

Source:
Texas City nursing home shooting ruled murder-suicide, police say

Derrick Christophe

No PhotoName: Derrick Christophe.
Died: February 14, 2020.
Age at death: 40.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA.
Disability: Developmental disability.

Details:
Derrick’s father, who was regularly abusive, beat him to death with a broom handle. Derrick died of internal bleeding.

Perpetrator: Ellsworth Hull (Father), charged with second-degree murder.

Source:
Elderly dad turns himself in after accusations he beat his disabled son to death, cleaned the scene

5-year-old girl

Photo of a young girl with brown skin, a neat gray blouse, and a tracheostomy tube.Name Unknown.
Died: February 10, 2020.
Age at death: 5.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Marietta, Georgia, USA.
Disability: Unspecified; used breathing tube.

Details:
This little five-year-old girl was strangled by her mother.

Perpetrator: Shekina Akbar (Mother), charged with murder, aggravated assault, and child cruelty.

Source: Mother charged with strangling disabled daughter, 5, to death

Makeisha Maynard

A small girl with her hair in braids, wearing a pink school jacket.Name: Makeisha Maynard.
Died: February 9, 2020.
Age at death: 8.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Caroni, Trinidad and Tobago.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
Makeisha’s father beat her to death with a cutlass because she wet the bed. He hung himself the next day.

Makeisha knew her numbers, colors, and shapes, but had trouble writing.

Perpetrator: Michael Maynard (Father).

Source:
Girl, 8, beaten to death after wetting bed, father takes own life
Girl, 8, beaten to death with cutlass
Trinidad: Father beats 8yro daughter to death with cutlass

James Tate

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Name: James Tate.
Died: January 19, 2020.
Age at death: 74.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: West Town, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Disability: Unspecified; used a walker after recent arm and heart surgery.

Details:
James and his wife had told their son that he wasn’t allowed in the house if he was drunk. But his son came home drunk anyway, and when they confronted him about it, his son stabbed him to death and tried to kill his wife, who survived.

Perpetrator: Michael Tate (Son), charged with first-degree murder.

Source:
Man murdered disabled dad, tried to stab mom in in West Town, prosecutors say

Dustin Baggett

Photo of a teenage boy with a buzz cut, grinning widely, showing crooked teeth.Name: Dustin Baggett.
Died: January 18, 2020.
Age at death: 15.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Florissant, Missouri, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
Dustin was pulled out of his burning house by firefighters, but died a day later in the hospital. The fire was investigated and shown to be arson, set by a man who lived in his house.

Dustin’s neighbors had long been worried about how he and the other children in his house were being treated. They called authorities repeatedly. Dustin, though nonverbal, was a friendly boy and constantly smiling. A neighbor remembers, “We all kind of took him in, knowing he needed our love.”

Perpetrator: Bobby Copass (Household member), charged with first-degree arson and murder.

Source:
Man suspected of setting fatal fire in Florissant now charged with murder
15-year-old Missouri boy who lived with autism died after arson fire; upgraded charges expected
Police: Boy, 15, with autism killed in arson fire

Samantha Roberts

Photo of a teenage girl with a dark-blonde ponytail and glasses, sitting in a wheelchair.Name: Samantha Roberts.
Died: January 17, 2020.
Age at death: 20.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Nekoosa, Wisconsin, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy, nonspeaking.

Details:
Samantha was bludgeoned to death by her mother’s boyfriend.

She liked to go on walks with her grandfather. When she was a little girl, she liked Animal Planet and Dr. Seuss books.

Perpetrator: Paul M. Carter (mother’s boyfriend), charged with first-degree intentional homicide.

Source:
Nekoosa Man Charged with Murder in Disabled Woman’s Death
‘I’ll miss that girl forever’: Family, friends remember Nekoosa homicide victim Samantha Roberts
Nekoosa man accused of killing disabled woman
Wisconsin man held in connection to disabled woman’s death
Carter admitted to hitting disabled woman before her death

Thomas Valva

Photo of a small boy in a collared shirt, smiling.Name: Thomas Valva.
Died: January 17, 2020.
Age at death: 8.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Long Island, New York, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
Thomas lived with his father and his father’s fiancee. He and his brother were often starved and made to sleep in the unheated garage. One freezing night, Thomas died from hypothermia.

Thomas was a friendly, well-liked second-grader who enjoyed playing outside. When he was two, he spoke his first words–“Ball” and “go”–while playing with a therapist, rolling a ball back and forth. He also liked puzzles.

Perpetrator: Michael Valva (Father) and Angelina Pollana (Father’s girlfriend), charged with second-degree murder.

Source:
Thomas Valva’s brother details brutal life with NYPD cop dad accused of murder
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NYPD officer and fiancée charged with murder of cop’s 8-year-old autistic son who froze to death in garage
NYPD Dad Charged In Frigid-Garage Death Of Boy, 8: Cops
NYPD cop Michael Valva abused son Thomas Valva for years before his death, mom claims
‘I’m Not Surprised,’ Nanny Says Of 8-Year-Old’s Horrific Death
Child services ignored complaints about cop before his son died
NYPD officer Michael Valva, fiancée charged with murder in death of cop’s 8-year-old son
Father, His Fiancée Face Murder Charges In Death Of 8-Year-Old Long Island Boy
NYPD Cop & Fiancee Accused of Killing 8-Year-Old Boy