Otto Rapihana

Photo: Teenage boy with light-brown skin, brown eyes, and dark curly hair. One of his front teeth is chipped. He has the beginnings of a mustache.Name: Otto Rapihana
Died: November 9, 2012
Age at death: 20
Cause of death: Fire
Location: Glendene, New Zealand

At school, Otto was the student who always welcomed special guests. He loved the outdoors and planned to have a 21st birthday party on the beach.

Otto lived in an apartment with a caregiver who left him locked in a bathroom while she went to buy food. The house caught on fire (the cause of the fire has not been made public; the fire serviced called it “sensitive and complex”) and Otto died in the bathroom.

Otto is mourned by two siblings and his special education classmates. His housemate was badly burned but survived the fire.

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