Carl Starke

Name: Carl Starke
Died: August 18, 2015
Age at death: 36
Cause of death: Murder (Shooting)
Location: St. Augustine, Florida, USA

Details:
As a little boy, Carl loved sprinklers, and he was always carrying a sprinkler; he might even sleep with one.

As an adult, he was remembered for his ever-present smile and his tendency to make friends wherever he went. He lived with his mother but went shopping to Game Stop, Home Depot, and Wal-Mart daily.

Carli, his sister, says his autism was a gift to the family, and was “..what made him our Carl.”

A group of teenagers followed Carl home from Wal-mart, intending to steal his car. They believed he was “a soft target” because he was autistic. During the attempt to steal the car, they shot and killed him.

Two Florida Congressmen have drafted a proposal to rename a state law, one dealing with penalties for crimes against people with disabilities. The law would be renamed “Carl’s Law”, in honor of Carl Starke.

References:
Hundreds remember slain St. Augustine man
3 Jacksonville teens held in shooting death of autistic St. Augustine man
Murder Victim Targeted Because He Had Autism: Police
Suspects in Vista Cove killing targeted autistic man
Lawmakers seek ‘Carl’s Law’ label to honor autistic man who authorities say was followed, killed
Williams get 50 years for 2015 Starke murder

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