Marquail Johnson

Marquail JohnsonName: Marquail Johnson
Died: Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013
Age at death: 8
Cause of death: Murder (Suffocation)
Location: Peoria, Illinois, USA

Details:
At the age of 6, Marquail confessed Christ. At his church, he was known as "Little Deacon Johnson".

A few days before his first day of second grade, Marquail went missing while playing hide-and-seek with some cousins in a vacant lot near his aunt's house. An all-night search ensued. In the morning, Marquail was found dead, suffocated inside an old refrigerator.

At first it was thought that Marquail's death had been an accident, but slowly, suspicion began to mount that the boy's death had been the result of a deliberate act. His mother, who said she had been at work the day of Marquail's disappearance, had not been seen at her workplace. The refrigerator had been latched from the outside. Though Marquail was said to be autistic, no diagnostic paperwork or medication was found at his house. The yard where Marquail's body was found was fenced in, and his cousins reported that they did not play there.

A coroner's jury ruled that Marquail's death had been a homicide. No one has yet been arrested; police are still investigating.

References:
Marquail Johnson Obituary
Death of 'autistic' boy, 8, found naked and suffocated inside discarded refrigerator ruled a homicide
Death Of 8-Year-Old Peoria Boy Found In Refrigerator, Marquail Johnson, Ruled As Homicide By Coroner
Death of 'autistic' boy, 8, found naked and suffocated inside discarded refrigerator ruled a homicide
Peoria boy's death ruled a homicide

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