Lacey Fletcher

Fletcher, LaceyName: Lacey Fletcher.
Died: January 3, 2022.
Age at death: 36.
Cause of death: Neglect (Starvation, pressure sores).
Location: Slaughter, Louisiana, USA.

Lacey lived with her parents. She attended school until the ninth grade, and then was home-schooled.

Her parents say that she refused to leave the couch and had severe anxiety; but she had her last medical appointment more than a decade before she died. Her parents say they considered getting a commitment order, but nothing was ever done to help her.

Lacey’s body was found sitting on a filthy couch at home. She had multiple pressure sores and infections, was underweight, and tested positive for Covid-19. According to the coroner who ruled her death a homicide, she had suffered “at least a decade of neglect”.

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Edward Ware

Photo of a young man with dark skin and black hair; one of his eyes is turned outward. He is wearing a white T-shirt, and smiling for the camera.Name: Edward Ware.
Died: December 14, 2021.
Age at death: 36.
Cause of death: Restraint-related.
Location: Miami, Florida, USA.

Edward lived in a group home. While he was on the phone with his father, he said he wanted to leave. Staff restrained him, suffocating him, as Edward tried to apologize. Edward died in the hospital the next day.

The group home staff were charged with manslaughter.

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Dustin Paradis

Photo of a young man sitting in a recliner. He has short brown hair, fair skin, and a scruffy beard. He is wearing glasses and a gray T-shirt. He is holding a sleeping brown dog with short floppy ears.Name: Dustin Paradis.
Died: October 13, 2021.
Age at death: 34.
Cause of death: Police shooting.
Location: Augusta, Maine, USA.

Dustin lived at a homeless shelter when he had a fight with another resident. Staff called the police, who fatally shot Dustin. The other resident was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police say Dustin was holding a knife, but Dustin’s family and neighbors say they should have tried to defuse the incident without killing Dustin. “He needed help,” a neighbor says, “…but nobody was helping him.”

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Richard Wix Jr.

Name: Richard B. Wix Jr.
Died: September 23, 2021.
Age at death: 30.
Cause of death: Medical neglect.
Location: Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA.

Richard’s body was found in his home, where he lived with his father, about a week after his death. The home itself was in such bad shape that it was condemned; Richard’s father was arrested on suspicion of having fatally neglected or abused him. Officials say he “did not seek appropriate medical attention” for Richard.

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Eric Liao

Name: Eric Liao.
Died: September 9, 2021.
Age at death: 30.
Cause of death: Restraint-related.
Location: Omaha, Nebraska, USA.

Eric had a meltdown at a bowling alley and bit his caregiver. Staff at the bowling alley pinned him down and called police. Only when police had already handcuffed Eric did they notice he was unresponsive; and by then, it was too late. Eric was dead on arrival at the hospital.

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