Brooke Martin

Photo of a young woman with long strawberry-blond hair, wearing a white tank top, smiling for the camera. She has fair skin and brown eyes; her head is tilted.Name: Brooke Martin.
Died: June 11, 2019.
Age at death: 19.
Cause of death: Suicide.
Location: Milton Keynes, England, UK.

Details:
Brooke wanted to become a veterinarian. She was “very caring, thoughtful, and sensitive,” her mother remembers.

Diagnosed with autism and emotionally unstable personality disorder, Brooke had been living with the risk of suicide for some time. She had been repeatedly hospitalized involuntarily due to suicide attempts and self-injury.

Hospitalized once again in a unit that supposedly specialized in personality disorders, Brooke initially improved, but then became suicidal again. Staff observed her handling “potential ligatures” which she had hidden under her blanket; but nobody did anything to help. Only minutes later, having been left unattended despite her obvious and active suicidal intent, she was found unconscious in her room. She died the next day.

An inquest found that the hospital had failed to protect Brooke in several ways. They had not searched her room after they saw her handling ligatures, nor had they taken the ligatures away; she was not put on 1:1 observation; and staff who had seen Brooke in danger did not report the problem.

References:
‘I thought she’d be safe’: a life lost to suicide in a place meant for recovery
Inquest finds serious failures by Elysium Healthcare contributed to death of 19 year old Brooke Martin
Report to Prevent Future Deaths: Brooke Martin
Mum slams private hospital ‘blunders’ after daughter, 19, takes her own life

Cameron Forrest

Name: Cameron Paul Forrest.
Died: April 16, 2022.
Age at death: 24.
Cause of death: Homicide (Traumatic injury).
Location: Gladstone, Queensland, Australia.

Details:
Cameron’s mother and brother allegedly conspired to kill him–first by medication overdose, then by stabbing him with a knife. Cameron died from his injuries. After being treated for self-inflicted injuries and discharged from the hospital, Cameron’s mother and brother were arrested. Both were charged with murder.

Police say Cameron’s brother said Cameron would be better off dead because the family’s financial hardships were insurmountable.

References:
Disturbing details emerge of ‘horrific’ Gladstone death after murder charges laid against mother and son

Easton Ho

Photo of a young man with dark-brown hair, fair skin, and a wispy mustache. He is wearing square-rimmed glasses and a white T-shirt printed with some text.Name: Easton Ho.
Died: April 14, 2022.
Age at death: 25.
Cause of death: Homicide.
Location: Troy, Ohio, USA.

Details:
Easton “lived his life passionately and without fear of what others thought”. He was generous to all, and found making friends easy. He lived with a roommate.

Easton’s girlfriend received a cryptic text message from his phone implying that he had been found by an “old enemy” and that he was leaving and would not be returning. She contacted police, worried, because Easton had autism and probably PTSD from having survived child abuse.

When the police went to the apartment, they found blood on the floor and smelled bleach. Suspicious, police interviewed Easton’s roommate, who allegedly confessed to killing him and sending the message from his phone. Easton’s body was found in a field in Iowa.

The roommate is now in jail, charged with aggravated murder, abuse of a corpse, and tampering with evidence.

References:
Troy Police: Murder suspect cut off Troy man’s thumb to access phone
Police: Troy man admits to killing roommate; body recovered in Indiana
Man cuts off murder victim’s thumb to use phone
Police: Murder suspect cut off Ohio man’s thumb to access phone
Easton Ho Obituary (2022) Miami Valley Today

Zyiar Harris

Photo of a boy with brown skin, wearing a gray baseball cap and black and white patterned sweater.Name: Zyiar Harris.
Died: April 10, 2022.
Age at death: 13.
Cause of death: Accident (Hit by car).
Location: Detroit, Michigan, USA.

Details:
Zyiar rode the bus to and from school. In the USA, school buses are equipped with vehicle-mounted stop signs and flashing lights, and bus drivers are required to display the signs and lights whenever they stop to load or unload students, so that drivers on the road will see the signs and stop to let the children cross the road. Because he was autistic, Zyiar’s driver was supposed to let him off the bus right in front of his own home.

However, instead of stopping in front of Zyiar’s home, Zyiar’s bus driver stopped on a busy street. She did not activate the signs or the lights when she stopped to let Zyiar off, so traffic did not stop. When Zyiar got off the bus to cross the street, he was hit by a car; and instead of stopping to help, the bus driver simply drove away.

Zyiar was taken to a hospital, but his injuries proved fatal. “My son was autistic, so you didn’t care, you just let him out, in the middle of the street,” Zyiar’s mother said. “And then when he got hit, she pulled out, she saw him get hit and still pulled off.”

The bus driver has been charged with child abuse and failing to stop after being involved in an accident.

References:
School bus driver charged in death of 13-year-old boy hit by car last week in Detroit
Detroit Bus Driver Charged In 13-Year-Old Autistic Student’s Death
Final arrangements for Baby Zyair

Kathryn Newhouse

Newhouse, KathrynName: Kathryn “Katie” Newhouse.
Died: March 19, 2022.
Age at death: 19.
Cause of death: Homicide-suicide (Shooting).
Location: Canton, Georgia, USA.

Details:
Katie’s friends remember her as a kind young woman who was always smiling, even when life became difficult. She was proud of her Filipino heritage. She played Minecraft and UberSpire, and, as a trans woman, was an advocate for trans rights. She enjoyed hiking and sightseeing. Her motto was, “Model best behavior in your own sphere, break down stereotypes, and speak out.”

When she was sixteen, Katie’s father had been arrested and charged for holding her down on her bed by her throat; but the charges were dropped. When she was nineteen, Katie’s father shot her, and then killed himself.

References:
Police: 19-Year-Old Trans Woman Kathryn Newhouse Killed by Father
Candlelight Vigil April 4 for Kathryn Newhouse, Trans Teen Murdered by Her Father in Georgia
Autistic Asian-American Teen Trans Woman Kathryn Newhouse Murdered by Her Father in Georgia
Son reacts after Cherokee County dad kills his daughter before shooting himself