Megan Frix

Photo of a young woman with fair skin and short brown hair, laughing; she is wearing a black and white blouse.Name: Megan Frix.
Died: January 8, 2023.
Age at death: 26.
Cause of death: Unspecified homicide.
Location: Cumming, Georgia, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Megan was killed by her father in a homicide-suicide.

Case Status:
Jerry Frix (Father), deceased.

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Patrice Johnson

Photo of a young woman with brown skin and dark, short hair. She has large eyes and a square jaw, and is leaning on someone to the right of the photo. A hand supports her chin.Name: Patrice Johnson.
Died: November 18, 2022.
Age at death: 26.
Cause of death: Stabbed.
Location: Springfield Gardens, Queens, New York City, New York, USA.
Disability: Cerebral palsy.

When Patrice’s aide arrived at her house, they found her dead, along with her aunt and stepmother. Patrice’s nephew was arrested on suspicion of having stabbed all three women to death after an argument.

Police say that Patrice’s stepmother, 65-year-old Hyacinth Brown-Johnson, died trying to protect her. Also killed was Latoya Gordon, 47, Hycainth’s daughter.

Case Status:
Jabari Burrell (Nephew), charged with three counts of first-degree and second-degree murder, grand larceny, and criminal possession of a weapon.

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Hayden Garreffa

Photo of a young man with short brown hair and fair skin, wearing a gray sweater, holding a large, fluffy tabby cat.Name: Hayden Robert Garreffa.
Died: October 22, 2022.
Age at death: 19.
Cause of death: Stabbing.
Location: Ebensburg, Pennsylvania, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Hayden went missing and, two days later, was found dead in a wooded area near his home. Court documents state that he had gotten into a fight with his cousin over his cousin’s girlfriend, and his cousin told his sister that Hayden would be dead by the end of the day. Then, his cousin and eight other people allegedly kidnapped Hayden, took him to the woods, and beat and stabbed him to death.

Case Status:
Isaac Joel Buchkoski (Cousin), charged with conspiracy to commit kidnapping and first-degree kidnapping.
Summer Isabella Settlemyer, charged with conspiracy to commit kidnapping and first-degree kidnapping.
Mia Shai Catalfano, charged with first-degree kidnapping.
Taylyn Nashell Edwards, charged with first-degree kidnapping.
Thomas Alan Rivera, charged with first-degree kidnapping.
Jesse Lee Wadsworth, charged with first-degree kidnapping.
Desean Garcia Alvarez, charged with first-degree kidnapping.
Unnamed 14-year-old girl, charged with first-degree kidnapping.

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Joshua Djuric

No PhotoName: Joshua Djuric.
Died: September 26, 2022.
Age at death: 18.
Cause of death: Malnutrition.
Location: Yagoona, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Disability: Autism.

Joshua’s body was found in his home. He had not been taken to the doctor despite his declining health, and his mother said she had given him only bread and soft drinks to eat. Joshua had been kept in the house, with the windows covered, and had not been allowed to attend school.

Case Status:
Keti Jovanovska (Mother), charged with manslaughter.

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Shanelle Colquhoun

No PhotoName: Shanelle Colquhoun.
Died: July 24, 2022.
Age at death: 26.
Cause of death: Stabbed.
Location: Brooklyn, New York, USA.
Disability: Wheelchair user.

Shanelle was stabbed to death; her brother was arrested on suspicion of having killed her.

Case Status:
Her brother, age 17, has been arrested.

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Adam Kortes

Portrait photo of a young man with short brown hair, fair skin, and a slight mustache; he is smiling for the camera. He is wearing square wire-rimmed glasses and a purple shirt.Name: Adam Kortes.
Died: July 21, 2022.
Age at death: 27.
Cause of death: Asphyxia; torso compression.
Location: Danville, Pennsylvania, USA.
Disability: “Special needs” (Multiple disabilities).

Adam died from being restrained, his chest compressed so that he could not take a breath. Police say his parents would restrain him when he had “episodes”, and that his father had sat on Adam. The death was registered as a homicide and his parents were charged.

Neighbors remember Adam as a young man who used to walk around the neighborhood, and never bothered anyone.

Case Status:
Kristine Kortes (Mother), charged with neglect of a dependent person and involuntary manslaughter.
Richard Kortes (Father), charged with neglect of a dependent person and involuntary manslaughter.

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Prakash Thakur

No PhotoName: Prakash Thakur.
Died: July 12, 2022.
Age at death: 26.
Cause of death: Head injury.
Location: Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh, India.
Disability: Deaf.

Prakash and his cousin were drinking together when his cousin became angry at him and allegedly killed him by hitting him in the head with a rock.

Case Status:
Pradeep Thakur (Cousin), arrested.

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Gulabi Kerketta

No PhotoName: Gulabi Kerketta.
Died: July 11, 2022.
Age at death: 23.
Cause of death: Beaten.
Location: Alipurduar, West Bengal, India.
Disability: Intellectual disability; Deaf.

Gulabi’s brother allegedly beat her to death because she couldn’t make it to the toilet and had an accident in her room.

Case Status:
Ajit Kerkatta (Brother), charged with murder.

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No PhotoName: Pankaj.
Died: May 23, 2022.
Age at death: 22.
Cause of death: Throat cut.
Location: Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh, India.
Disability: Intellectual disability.

Pankaj’s brother allegedly cut his throat and tried to burn his body. Police say he confessed to the crime during interrogation.

Case Status:
Ashok (Brother), arrested on suspicion of murder.

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Baili Cowell

No PhotoName: Baili Cowell.
Died: April 24, 2022.
Age at death: 18.
Cause of death: Unspecified caretaker neglect.
Location: Toledo, Ohio, USA.
Disability: “Functionally impaired”.

Baili was found dead in her home. Police, who arrested her mother, say she had been left immobile, allowing pressure sores to develop, that she was dehydrated, and that she had not been taken to medical appointments.

Case Status:
Shelly Gantka (Mother), charged with involuntary manslaughter.

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