George Hodgins

Name: George Hodgins
Died: March 6, 2012
Age at death: 22
Cause of death: Murder (Gunshot)
Location: Sunnyvale, California, USA

Details:
George, who lived with his parents in a suburban neighborhood, liked to walk and hike. Neighbors often saw him outside helping his father mow the lawn or taking a walk with his family. He communicated by means of a VOCA and often wore headphones, listening to music. He was very active and loved being outdoors, but was frightened of the neighbors' dogs.

George had aged out of the school system and his mother told a friend that she had had a "nervous breakdown" from caring for him.

George's mother killed him, then shot herself.

References:
Guest opinion: Death by Legislature
Sunnyvale police: Mother killed 22-year-old autistic son, then herself
Parents of autistic children speak out on Sunnyvale murder-suicide

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