16-year-old boy

Name Unknown.
Died: March 16, 2021.
Age at death: 16.
Cause of death: Murder.
Location: Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.

After this 16-year-old was found dead on the floor of his home, the teen’s cousin was charged with murder.

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Merna Aprem

Photo of a young woman with wavy brown hair, wearing a black dress.Name: Merna Aprem.
Died: May 23, 2019.
Age at death: 20.
Cause of death: Neglect (Drowned in bath after seizure).
Location: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Merna grew up as one of six children. She had epilepsy, often waking up with bites on her lips from having had an overnight seizure; falls were a danger for her.

She was an avid Star Wars fan who loved swimming and visiting coffee shops. She was a creative young woman who expressed herself in singing, art, and short-story writing.

At 20 years old, Merna moved into a group home where her family trusted she’d be cared for properly. Instead, she drowned when she had a seizure because she was left in the bathtub without an attendant.

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Taye Miles, Rylan Miles, Arye Miles, and Kadyn Cockman

Name: Taye Miles.
Age at death: 13.

Name: Rylan Miles.
Age at death: 12.

Name: Arye Miles.
Age at death: 10.

Name: Kadyn Cockman.
Age at death: 8.

Other victims:
Cynda Miles (Non-disabled, age 58)
Katrina Miles (Non-disabled, age 35)

Cause of death: Multiple murder-suicide (Shot).
Location: Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia.

Taye, age 13, and her little brothers Rylan, Arye, and Kadyn, lived with their mother and their grandparents on a farm, where the four children were home-schooled by their mother Margaret.

The family was working on making the farm self-sustaining. Cynda had a business making crafts. They grew vegetables and even built their own dam. The house was being made wheelchair-accessible in case Rylan, who had a condition causing chronic pain, ever needed to start using a wheelchair.

The four children all kept journals, and Taye, the oldest, was becoming an accomplished writer. All the children were learning to swim.

All four children, their mother, and their grandmother were shot to death by their grandfather, who then killed himself.

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Joshua Klumper

Photo of Josh Klumper, a teenage boy with chin-length brown hair and freckled skin, wearing a yellow polo shirt and smiling for the camera.Name: Joshua William Klumper.
Died: September 16, 2017.
Age at death: 17.
Cause of death: Suicide/Neglect.
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.

Josh cared deeply about others and had a strong sense of justice. When he saw the troubles of the world, he became stressed and anxious and sometimes had meltdowns. He felt that his respect had to be earned and never obeyed people in authority just because they were in authority, but he was unfailingly kind to others. He liked to discuss philosophy. As a child, he like Minecraft, BMX bicycles and scooters; as a teen he learned car and motorbike mechanics.

Joshua often had to deal with suicidal thoughts and had been to mental health units three times, trying to get help. But instead of getting help, he had been put in the back of a police car, restrained, and locked in seclusion.

Feeling suicidal yet again, Joshua went to the hospital. He was made to wait for four hours, only to be told they “couldn’t fix him” that night. Joshua gave up and left the hospital.

Days later, Joshua committed suicide at the age of 17. Two days before his death, he wrote down his wishes: “Love. Peace. Help the world.”

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Elisa and Martin Manrique-Lutz

Photo of Martin and Elisa. They are children with brown hair, photographed outdoors. Martin is wearing a red sweater and looking away to the left. Elisa has long, tangled hair; she is holding a feather up to her lips.Name: Elisa Manrique-Lutz.
Age at death: 11.

Name: Martin Manrique-Lutz.
Age at death: 10.

Died: October 17, 2016.
Cause of death: Multiple murder-suicide (Poisoning).
Location: Davidson, Sydney, Australia.

Elisa and Martin were from Colombia and lived in Australia. Their neighbors often saw them playing in the front yard. At school, Elisa used to take teachers’ hands and take them on walks. Martin was a talented and precocious artist.

Elisa, Martin, and their mother Maria were killed in a murder-suicide by their father, who had installed pipes to turn the house into a gas chamber and released carbon monoxide into the children’s bedrooms, killing the whole family.

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