Edwin Arrigo

Name: Edwin Arrigo (also called Edwin Armigo or Erwin Arnigo).
Died: May 23, 2021.
Age at death: 18.
Cause of death: Police shooting.
Location: Valenzuela City, Phillippines.

Edwin was known in his village as a helpful child who would do anything for anyone without asking for anything in return.

Edwin lived near an illegal cock-fighting ring. He was shot by police, but the story the police tell, and the story his family tells, are different.

The police say he was at the cock-fight, and they shot him because he tried to grab one of their guns. But Edwin’s family says that he was nowhere near the illegal cock-fight, and the police dragged him there so that they could justify having shot him during their break-up of the cock-fighting ring. The family says they have witnesses who can corroborate their story, and who say they saw the police grab Edwin in a bear hug, shoot him at close range, and drag him away.

The police officers involved have been fired. An investigation is underway.

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Ayushi Majethia

Photo of a young Indian woman, her dark hair cut short, a small scar across her eyebrow and one eye turned slightly outward, looking at the camera with a thoughtful expression.Name: Ayushi Majethia.
Died: March 27, 2021.
Age at death: 27.
Cause of death: Accidental/Negligence (Dehydration/pneumonia after going missing).
Location: Chembur, Maharashtra, India.

Ayushi, who had intellectual disability as well as autism, went to a nearby temple with her mother. They became separated, and Ayushi got lost. The family went to police, asking for help. They showed the police her mental health certificate. Her brother explained that Ayushi was a vulnerable disabled person and they needed to start searching for her right away, because she could easily be hurt on her own.

But the police did not file a First Information Report until Ayushi had been missing for 17 days. Some people saw her on the trains, and one of Ayushi’s friends who saw her also called the police; but nothing was done.

It wasn’t until May 3 that Ayushi’s family were informed that she was dead. Her body had been found two days after she went missing; she had died of dehydration and pneumonia, and her body had been cremated a day later because all the mortuaries were full of COVID victims. Her family had to identify her from pictures.

Had the police acted when they asked for help, Ayushi’s family believes she would be alive today.

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Erica Shultz

Photo of a young woman with straight blond hair and glasses, holding a black cat.Name: Erica Shultz.
Died: December 27, 2020 (Body found; missing Dec. 6).
Age at death: 26.
Cause of death: Murder (Stabbed, bludgeoned).
Location: Butler Township, Pennsylvania, USA.

Erica worked at a grocery store. She had an emotional support cat. Her favorite color was red. The last time her sister saw her, they talked on FaceTime about a Disney puzzle Erica was working on.

A man that Erica met on a dating app kidnapped her from her house, took her out to the woods, and killed her by stabbing her and hitting her in the head. He was caught and charged with murdering Erica and another person–and is a person of interest in a third murder.

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William Alcantara

Photo of a heavyset young man with dark hair and pale skin, smiling for the camera.Name: William Alcantara.
Died: December 10, 2020.
Age at death: 24.
Cause of death: Deep vein thrombosis.
Location: Chula Vista, California, USA.

William lived with his parents as a young adult. When he had to be taken to the emergency room, the state took him away from his parents and put him in a group home. His father believes this was because he had a habit of making waves–complaining about William not being scheduled for a dental appointment he needed, and later on in the group home, complaining that William was over-medicated so that he became tired but could not sleep.

At the group home, William began to lose weight. Originally a chubby young man, he became thin and his father worried he was going to starve to death. But because of the COVID-19 pandemic, William and his parents were unable to visit, and even phone and video chat was becoming less available. William’s father told the county guardians about his son’s situation–how he was getting skinnier and more unhappy and unhealthy–but nothing was done.

William died from deep venous thrombosis, and on autopsy it was noted that his body was badly bruised. His death certificate calls his death “natural”, but his family believes he died from being forced to stay in one place all day, not allowed even to walk around. “The caregiver kept assaulting my son,” William’s father says, “punishing him to keep… calm.”

Deep vein thrombosis happens when a blood clot blocks a major blood vessel. The risk factors for DVT are old age, recent surgery, pregnancy, obesity, trauma, and inactivity. Of these risk factors, William had only two: Trauma (the bruising to his body) and inactivity (being forced to stay quiet in the same place all day, or perhaps restrained). DVT is a known risk factor of restraint or forced inactivity. Although DVT can happen without risk factors, the bruising to William’s body and the fact that this death was that of a young, otherwise healthy man makes it clear to me that there should be further investigation.

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Rashaad Germany Jr.

Germany, Rashaad JrName: Rashaad “Deuce” Germany Jr.
Died: October 30, 2020.
Age at death: 18.
Cause of death: Murder (Shot).
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.

Rashaad, named after his father, was called “Deuce” by family and friends. He was a recent high school graduate, a homebody who spent most of his days playing video games.

Rashaad was found dead, shot on the streets of Indianapolis. “They picked on a handicapped child, somebody that couldn’t fight back,” says his grandmother.

Rashaad’s murder has not been solved. Anyone who has any information about how Rashaaad died should call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.

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