Kevin Wilkes

Wilkes, KevinName: Kevin D’Juan Wilkes.
Died: June 19, 2016.
Age at death: 32.
Cause of death: Asphyxia.
Location: Jacksonville, Florida, USA.

Details:
Kevin lived in an assisted-living facility, and one of the other residents there had a habit of bullying him. The other man, a large man who weighed about 300 pounds, would sit on him. Police had been summoned on at least one other occasion, and the other resident had been seen punching Kevin and dragging him around.

Apparently, no effort was made to keep the bully away from Kevin, because the agency kept them housed together. It should have been foreseeable that eventually, Kevin would be hurt, but nobody did anything until one day, staff saw that the bully was sitting on Kevin again, and Kevin wasn’t moving. By the time they got the other resident off Kevin, he had stopped breathing. Kevin was taken to the hospital and died there.

Kevin leaves behind a grandmother, who remembers him as “loving… he wouldn’t hurt a fly.”

References:
Disabled man charged in roommate’s death
Disabled man dies after alleged abuse from other resident at Westside nursing home: Police
Grandmother of disabled man heartbroken after his death
Man accused of abuse after disabled man dies
Mentally disabled Jacksonville man arrested in death of man at same care facility

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