Name: Jake Lasker
Died: July 11, 2012
Age at death: 19
Cause of death: Murder (Stabbing)
Location: Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia
Jake liked playing games on his Xbox. He was 19 years old and had just been declared officially free from the eye cancer for which he had been getting treatment. Jake's family described him as unfailingly polite, a "best friend" to his mother and sister. He liked music; he was a kindhearted soul who "never gave up" and "would do anything for anyone". Despite his Asperger's, he made friends online, especially with other Xbox gamers.
Jake's younger brother Adam is also autistic, and Jake often served as an interpreter for Adam. His mother says, "They had a special bond – if Adam was upset Jake would know to say what's wrong and then Jake would tell us what's wrong because we just couldn't get it out of Adam."
Fatefully, Jake met a man he thought was a friend on Facebook. They played Xbox games together. But one day, when his mother left Jake and two other teens together, Jake's so-called "friend" took a knife from the kitchen and stabbed Jake to death. The third teen had left the room, either unaware of the danger or too afraid to try to help Jake. The coroner determined that Jake had died of blood loss and had suffered wounds to his hands as he fought to survive.
After Jake was dead, the two other teens left the house and told police that Jake had been killed by an intruder, but the third teen went to police later on and explained what had really happened. Jake's killer got a life sentence.
Jake's parents are still grieving for their son. Jake's father has a tattoo of his son. Adam, Jake’s autistic younger brother, died five years after Jake’s murder of natural causes.
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