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

Bryleigh Klino

Photo of a thin teenage girl with fair skink, sitting in a wheelchair. Her blond hair is in a messy bun, and she is wearing a pale green shirt and pink neckerchief.Name: Bryleigh Klino.
Died: February 25, 2022.
Age at death: 17.
Cause of death: Neglect (Unspecified; death in the setting of neglect, severe bedsores).
Location: Auburn, New York, USA.

Details:
Bryleigh, who had Rett syndrome, loved the cartoon SpongeBob SquarePants and would watch it as much as she could. Many of her things were SpongeBob-themed. She also enjoyed listening to country music and traveling.

When Bryleigh died, hospital personnel noticed that she had severe, untreated bedsores and called the authorities, who arrested Bryleigh’s parents and charged them with endangering the welfare of a child.

References:
Court Records: Auburn couple charged in 17-year-old’s death neglected health concerns
Two charged after investigation into disabled Auburn teen’s death
Couple charged in connection to death of 17-year-old with disabilities
Auburn couple charged in connection with death of disabled 17-year-old daughter
Bryleigh Klino Obituary (2022) – Auburn, NY – The Citizen

Jamie Garcia III

Garcia, JamieName: Jamie Garcia III.
Died: February 6, 2022.
Age at death: 7.
Cause of death: Homicide (Stabbed).
Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA.

Details:
Jamie lived with his mother and two-year-old little sibling. On the day he died, neighbors saw him running down the street, with his mother chasing him; then she caught him and brought him back into the house. Two hours later, police were called to the house, found Jamie stabbed to death, and arrested his mother on suspicion of murder. Jamie’s little sibling was unhurt.

References:
Woman arrested after dead child found inside southeast OKC home by police
‘He was beautiful’: Oklahoma family remembers 7-year-old boy found brutally stabbed to death
Child found dead inside Oklahoma City home identified by police
“He was beautiful,” Family remembers 7-year-old boy found brutally stabbed to death in OKC