Jake Harkins

Jake HarkinsName: Jake Harkins
Died: September 6, 2013
Age at death: 10
Cause of death: Gunshot
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

In a regular school, Jake Harkins was so overwhelmed that he would tell his mother, "All done," and have a meltdown. So they found him a private-placement school, and there he was happy.

But Jake's father ended all of that.

In the middle of the night, Jake's father shot his mother twice in the head. Then he shot Jake as he lay sleeping. Then he killed himself. Miraculously, Jake's mother survived despite her injuries and was talking to the police the next day, and his fourteen-year-old sister survived by barricading herself in the bathroom. Ten-year-old Jake died at the scene.

Jake's school has dedicated a small memorial to him, in the playground that he had loved as a student. His teachers, classmates, and mother attended the dedication.

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