Gwendolyn Thombleson

Photo of a woman in a red polo shirt, smiling for the camera. She has graying brown hair cut into bangs.Name: Gwendolyn “Gwen” Kay Thombleson.
Died: May 1, 2019.
Age at death: 66.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: San Souci, Florida, USA.
Disability: Dementia, poor health.

Details:
Gwen’s husband shot her in a murder-suicide.

She worked for the school district as a data entry clerk.

Perpetrator: Thomas Thombleson (Husband).

Source:
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Alexandra Jacobs

Photo of a blonde woman wearing pearl necklace and earrings; her hair is cut short and she is smiling for the camera.Name: Alexandra Jacobs.
Died: April 10, 2019.
Age at death: 77.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Orono, Minnesota, USA.
Disability: Dementia; wheelchair user due to unsuccessful hip replacement.

Details:
Alexandra’s husband shot her in a murder-suicide.

Alexandra was a skilled painter who created watercolor and oil paintings and exhibited them in galleries. She raised five children, including a daughter with cerebral palsy, and was active in charities that assisted people with disabilities.

Perpetrator: Irwin Jacobs (Husband).

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Sarah Dubois-Gilbeau

Photo of a young African-American girl wearing an oversized red T-shirt. Her hair is done in braids; she has an arm behind her head, and she is smiling.Name: Sarah Dubois-Gilbeau.
Died: April 5, 2019.
Age at death: 5.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.
Disability: Autism.

Details:
Sarah was beaten to death by her father because she refused to do her schoolwork. Her mother says that her father refused to accept she was autistic.

Sarah liked acting out movie scenes and reading Lego Ninjago comic books.

Perpetrator: Brandon Reynolds (Father), charged with child abuse resulting in death.

Source:
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Jaden and Jorden Webb

Name: Jaden Webb.
Name: Jorden Webb.
Died: April 4, 2019.
Age at death: 8.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Tucson, Arizona, USA.
Disability: Autism. 

Details:
Jaden and Jorden, twin brothers, were shot dead by their grandmother.

Perpetrator: Dorothy Flood (Grandmother), charged with murder.

Source:
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Linnie Everett

Photo of a woman with short, curly hair and fair skin, wearing a light white blouse and smiling for the camera.Name: Linnie Maude Everett.
Died: March 30, 2019.
Age at death: 80.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Morton, Mississippi, USA.
Disability: Bedridden, chronic illness.

Details:
Linnie’s husband shot her dead in a murder-suicide.

Perpetrator: Thomas G. Everett (Husband).

Source:
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Kylee Willis

Photo of Kylee Willis, a toddler girl with Down syndrome. She is wearing a Christmas sweater with a reindeer on it. She is grinning and has her forefinger in her mouth. Her hair is light blonde and wispy.Name: Kylee Willis.
Died: March 29, 2019.
Age at death: 4.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA.
Disability: Down syndrome.

Details:
Kylee’s mother’s boyfriend was babysitting for her. When she interrupted him, he beat her severely. She spent several days on life support before dying of her injuries.

Perpetrator: Adam Hughes (Mother’s boyfriend), charged with murder; Corrine Blake (Mother), charged with cruelty to a child.

Source:
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Rebecca Fogel

Photo of Rebecca Fogel, a young woman sitting in an airplane seat, wearing a red T-shirt and smiling for the camera. Her messy dark-brown hair is drawn back in a half-ponytail.Name: Rebecca Fogel.
Died: March 26, 2019.
Age at death: 22.
Cause of death: Murder-suicide.
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.
Disability: Unspecified special needs, wheelchair user.

Details:
Rebecca was killed by her father in a murder-suicide.

Rebecca, an outgoing girl who liked to be around friends, was a long-standing member of the Friendship Circle of Michigan, a group for people with disabilities. Shosh Newman, a Friendship Circle member, says that Rebecca was “like a little sister” who “changed [her] life forever”; thanks to Rebecca, she decided to become a Special Education teacher.

Rebecca loved the color red. As a little girl, she wanted to name her little brother “Mr. Salt”, from Blue’s Clues. She grew up into an articulate young woman who talked non-stop and got standing ovations for her performances at the summer camp talent show.

Perpetrator: Andrew Fogel (Father).

Source:
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Ja’hir Gibbons

Photo of a small African-American boy; he is smiling awkwardly for the camera. The photo is taken at an angle.Name: Ja’hir Gibbons.
Died: March 18, 2019.
Age at death: 2.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Disability: Unspecified; received speech and developmental therapy.

Details:
Ja’hir was beaten to death by his mother’s boyfriend, whom his mother had left to babysit him despite knowing he was abusing the boy. His body showed signs of chronic child abuse.

Perpetrator: Dejon Waters (Mother’s boyfriend), charged with first-degree murder; Brittany Hyc (Mother), charged with child endangerment resulting in death.

Source:
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Kelly Barber

Portrait photo of Kelly Barber, a woman with thick brown hair, wearing a thin silver necklace and suit jacket.Name: Kelly Denise Barber.
Died: October 26, 2018.
Age at death: 57.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Newark, Ohio, USA.
Disability: Unspecified; bedridden.

Details:
Kelly’s boyfriend murdered her; she died of head injuries.

Kelly was a music-lover who played and composed music for the guitar. She was an outgoing woman who could always be counted on to help anyone who asked her, whether they needed food, a place to stay, or someone to go sing karaoke with them. She also liked to spend time with her grandchildren.

When she met the man who killed her, she was a widow who had lost her first husband eleven years previously.

Perpetrator: Brady R. Workman, arrested on a homicide warrant.

Source:
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Dante Mullinix

Photo of Dante Mullinix, a small boy with a mop of curly blond hair, wearing an orange polo shirt and looking at the camera.Name: Dante Mullinix.
Died: September 15, 2018.
Age at death: 2.
Cause of death: Abuse.
Location: Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA.
Disability: Developmental disability, suspected autism.

Details:
Dante was a happy baby. He had a developmental delay; he hadn’t yet learned to walk, and had difficulty chewing and swallowing. He could say a few words, like “ew” and “yeah”. He was being evaluated for autism.

His mother called him “Monkey Man” because he had a favorite blanket with a monkey on it which he carried everywhere. Before he went to sleep, he rubbed his face against his blanket.

Dante’s mother left him with her boyfriend, who abused the boy. Dante was brought to the hospital, unresponsive, with bruises, a compressed neck, and a brain injury, and died a few days later.

Perpetrator: Tyree Bowie (Mother’s boyfriend), charged with first-degree murder, third-degree murder, and child endangerment.

Source:
‘This poor kid was doomed from the beginning:’ The tragic life and death of Dante Mullinix