Name: Ari Ase. Age at death: 8. Disability: Autism.
Name: Mya Ase. Age at death: 7. Disability: Autism.
Name: John Savage. Age at death: 3. Disability: Autism.
Died: July 7, 2019. Cause of death: Multiple murder-suicide. Location: Syracuse, New York, USA.
Ari, Mya, and John were all autistic. Ari smiled all the time; Mya sung songs. Both liked music. Mya was a talented artist whose teacher thought she would one day become famous. Ari would read the dictionary for fun. Three-year-old John, a precocious boy who could already count and spell, loved reading books.
Their mother packed the three children into a rental car and ignited a charcoal grill, filling the car with carbon monoxide and killing them all.
Name: Keith Theriot. Died: January 26, 2019. Age at death: 50. Cause of death: Multiple murder. Location: Ascension Parish, Louisiana, USA. Disability: Unspecified; disabled veteran.
Keith played the guitar.
Keith had kicked his son out of his trailer, so the son went to live with his girlfriend. Two weeks later, he killed his girlfriend, her father, and her younger brother; then he drove to his parents’ house and shot Keith and his wife Elizabeth. Keith survived long enough to tell police that it was his son who had shot him.
Perpetrator: Dakota Theriot (Son), charged with murder.
Name: “Miss He” (Pseudonym). Died: October 11, 2018. Age at death: 3. Cause of death: Multiple murder-suicide. Location: Evening Village, Hunan Province, China. Disability: Epilepsy.
Miss He’s father was worried about having taken out loans to pay for her medical care, so he decided to buy life insurance and fake his own death. Not telling his wife what he was doing, he drove his car into a river. Three weeks later, thinking him dead, Miss He’s mother took her and her four-year-old brother to the river and drowned herself and both children.
Name: Jonathan “JJ” Schmoyer. Died: September 29, 2018. Age at death: 2. Cause of death: Multiple murder-suicide. Location: Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA. Disability: Suspected autism.
JJ’s father rigged his car to explode. He put JJ in the car seat, lured 66-year-old family friend David Hallman into the car, and set off the explosives. All three were killed.
In suicide letters left behind, the killer mentioned that he “had something against autism, which he suspected JJ had.”
From JJ’s obituary:
“JJ was a loving, intelligent and inquisitive child who loved to explore, laugh, take walks, roller skate and play patty-cake. JJ also loved to eat Subway meatball sandwiches and he adored Thomas the Tank [Engine] and his Spider-Man and SpongeBob t-shirts.”
Name: Ernest Starry. Died: July 28, 2018. Age at death: 85. Cause of death: Multiple murder-suicide. Location: Robstown, Texas, USA. Disability: Unspecified; elder nursing home resident.
Other victims: Roel Mireles (41), Thelma Montalvo (60), and Isaiah Starry (13).
Ernest Starry was the oldest of four people killed by his son in a shooting spree that took the lives of his wife Thelma, his stepson Roel, and his grandson Isaiah. After fatally shooting Ernest and his wife, who was visiting him at his nursing home, the killer committed suicide. His motive is still unknown.
Name: Jacob Edwards. Died: July 10, 2018. Age at death: 6. Cause of death: Multiple murder-suicide. Location: Prices Corner, Delaware, USA. Disability: Williams Syndrome.
Jacob was shot by his father during a murder-suicide in which his father killed Jacob’s entire family. Also dead are Julie Edwards, Jacob’s mother, his little sister Brinley and his little brother Paxton.