Marcus McGhee

Photo of Marcus McGhee, an African-American child with a buzz cut. He is wearing a suit and a broad smile.Name: Marcus “Stink” McGhee.
Died: November 26, 2016.
Age at death: 9.
Cause of death: Negligence (Drowning; lack of supervision).
Location: Perland, Texas, USA.

Marcus was “a sweet, loving boy” who was severely autistic and non-verbal. He greeted people with a hug and liked showing them Blue’s Clues on his tablet.

Marcus like children’s songs. He went to school and was learning to communicate with PECS and sign language.

Marcus was visiting his uncle for Thanksgiving. Although he knew Marcus needed supervision and was attracted to water, Marcus’s uncle did not supervise him or make any attempt to block off access to a nearby pond. Marcus wandered away and was lost. Despite searchers’ efforts, Marcus was found dead, floating in the pond, two days later.

A vigil was held for Marcus, which more than a thousand people attended.

Marcus’s father has filed a wrongful death suit. He says that, had Marcus’s uncle taken even “the most basic of precautions”, Marcus would not be dead.

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