Sarah Curran

Photo of a young adult woman with short curly blond hair.Name: Sarah Curran.
Died: July 23, 2020.
Age at death: 22.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Winchester, Virginia, USA.
Disability: Asperger syndrome.

Details:
Sarah’s ex-boyfriend killed her by choking, drowning, stabbing, and bludgeoning. They had recently broken up.

At ten years old, Sarah gave out Pop-Tarts to people waiting at a local bus stop. As a teen, she was a Special Olympics swimmer, bowler, and roller-skater and rode on a float in the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival. She volunteered at a local food and clothing pantry. She loved animals, so she volunteered at the animal shelter. As an adult, she used to spend her Social Security check on buying people steak dinners at a restaurant.

When she moved out, her family worried that she would be taken advantage of because of her kind and trusting nature. Sarah was living in a homeless encampment when she died. She had strong political opinions, backing the Affordable Care Act on social media.

Perpetrator: Larry Lee Mullenax III (Ex-boyfriend), charged with murder.

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April Zavala

No PhotoName: April Heather Zavala.
Died: June 14, 2020.
Age at death: 24.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Elko, Nevada, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
April’s mother strangled her because she wanted to dress herself instead of letting her mother dress her. She said that caring for April during the COVID pandemic had become too stressful. At the time of her death, April had not seen a doctor in several years.

Perpetrator: Judith I. Zavala (Mother), charged with first-degree murder.

Source:
Mom bound over to district court in daughter’s death
Mom says stress led to daughter’s strangulation

28-year-old woman

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Name Unknown.
Died: June 3, 2020.
Age at death: 28.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Smuts Ngonyama Informal Settlement, Butterworth, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa.
Disability: Unspecified.

Details:
While her caregiver was away, this 28-year-old woman’s brother killed her, leaving her under a blanket with “upper body injuries”. Medics were called but declared her dead at the scene.

Perpetrator: Her brother, age 24.

Source:
Disabled woman murdered in EC – brother arrested
Media Statement, South African Police Service, Office of the Provincial Commissioner Eastern Cape

Isabel Rosin

Photo of a young woman with dark hair, smiling for the camera.Name: Isabel Rosin.
Died: April 28, 2020.
Age at death: 26.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Disability: Schizoaffective disorder.

Details:
Isabel’s husband smothered her. He said he was trying to restrain her during a drug-induced psychotic episode, but at autopsy, she tested negative for drugs.

Isabel was an avid reader.

Perpetrator: Brian D. Rosin (Husband), charged with first-degree murder.

Source:
Uptown man accused of smothering wife who had bad trip on magic mushrooms
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Gladys Ambert

Drawing of Gladys Ambert, a young woman with curly black hair in two ponytails; she is wearing a pink T-shirt.Name: Gladys Ambert.
Died: April 7, 2020.
Age at death: 27.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Orlando, Florida, USA.
Disability: Deaf, cerebral palsy, intellectual disability.

Details:
Gladys’s mother abandoned her when she was two years old, but her grandmother took her in and lovingly raised her. At 26 years old, Gladys went to stay with younger relatives–an aunt and two cousins. But her aunt and cousins beat her, tied her up, and kept her in filthy conditions. She died from abuse and neglect, and they discarded her body and tried to pretend she had run away from home. Her body was found on her 27th birthday, and an autopsy concluded that she had suffocated while being restrained, her body compressed too much for her to breathe.

Perpetrator: Nellie Ambert (Aunt), charged with first-degree murder, aggravated manslaughter, aggravated abuse of a disabled person, neglect, and abuse of a disabled person; Jasmine Ambert (Cousin), charged with neglect and abuse of a disabled person; and Christian Matias (Cousin), charged with fabricating evidence and providing false information to an officer investigating a missing person.

Source:
‘Sheer horror’: 3 relatives arrested in death of woman, 27, who had cerebral palsy, mental capacity of 5-year-old
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Rajjan Kushwaha

Photo of a young Indian woman with a bindi on her forehead, her hair tied behind her head.Name: Rajjan Kushwaha.
Died: March 24, 2020.
Age at death: Adult.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India.
Disability: Unspecified.

Details:
Rajjan had been married to her husband because he promised to care for her if he got a dowry. Her husband liked to drink, and one day when he wanted drinking money, he became angry at her that he wasn’t getting more dowry money. He beat her to death with a brick.

Perpetrator: Ganesh Kushwaha (Husband), arrested.

Source:
Man murdered his wife with brick for dowry
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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
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Harilal

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Name: Harilal.
Died: December 23, 2019.
Age at death: 20.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Hyderabad, Telangana, India.
Disability: Mental illness or disability.

Details:
Harilal, who had been mentally disabled since childhood, developed a drinking problem as he reached adulthood. When he came home drunk, his mother argued with him. Then, when he fell asleep, she strangled him and dumped his body.

Perpetrator: Islavath Chandi (Mother), confessed to murder.

Source:
Mother kills disabled son, dumps body

Valerie Valdez

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Name: Valerie Valdez.
Died: June 3, 2019.
Age at death: 25.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Rockdale, Texas, USA.
Disability: Down syndrome.

Details:
Valerie’s mother killed her with an overdose of cough medicine.

Perpetrator: Frances Valdez (Mother), charged with murder.

Source:
Rockdale mother charged in disabled daughter’s death
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Vivek Kakadiya

No PhotoName: Vivek Kakadiya.
Died: March 28, 2019.
Age at death: 22.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Khijaria village, Visavadar taluka, Junagadh district, Gujarat, India.
Disability: Intellectual disability.

Details:
Vivek’s sister-in-law strangled him because she believed he was “a burden… she would have to carry for the rest of her life”.

Perpetrator: Daya Kakadiya (Sister-in-law), charged with murder.

Source: Gujarat: Woman held for killing brother-in-law with learning disability