Eric Torell

Photo of Eric Torell, a young man with Down syndrome; he has fair hair in a short buzz cut, and is wearing glasses and a jacket and T-shirt. He is smiling at the camera and his glasses are slipping down his nose.Name: Eric Torell.
Died: August 2, 2018.
Age at death: 20.
Cause of death: Police shooting (Holding toy gun).
Location: Stockholm, Sweden.

Details:
Eric had Down syndrome and autism; he didn’t speak much, but he could say the word “Mum”.

When he left home, his family reported him missing. But when the police found him, Eric was holding a cheap plastic toy gun; so when he didn’t respond to commands to put down the gun and lie on the ground, the police shot him dead.

“You can see a mile away he’s got Down syndrome… he wasn’t capable of being threatening,” his mother said. “The only thing he could do was to hug and kiss.”

References:
Sweden acquits officers in disabled man’s fatal shooting
Swedish police ‘murder’ autistic youth with toy gun in Stockholm
Stockholm police shoot dead ‘severely disabled’ man carrying toy gun
Man with Down syndrome was holding toy gun when he was shot dead by police
Swedish police investigated for shooting man with Down syndrome who was reportedly carrying a toy gun
Nyutbildade poliser vid dödsskjutningen av Eric, 20 – en tog examen i juni
Swedish prosecutor considers charges in disabled man’s death
Sweden charges 3 policemen in shooting of disabled man

Bobby Äikiä

Aikia, BobbyName: Bobby Äikiä.
Died: January 14, 2006.
Age at death: 10.
Cause of death: Abuse (Asphyxiation).
Location: Nässjö, Jönköping County, Sweden.

Details:
Bobby had Fragile X, which gave him autism-like traits. In happier times, Bobby visited his stepmother on her farm. He loved riding and grooming their pony, and smiled broadly as he rode on a tractor with her husband.

When Bobby moved away to a shack in the country with his mother and her boyfriend, his life became one of constant abuse. He died because his mother and her boyfriend stripped him naked and buried him in the snow, then took him back inside and put him in bed. There, he aspirated his vomit and died because he was too frozen to turn his head.

References:
Murder of Bobby Äikiä
The Murder of Bobby Äikiä
Bobby Äikiä (1995-2006) – Find A Grave Memorial
Bobby fallet – Wikimini, encyclopedin för barn
Fallet Bobby – extramamman Inger berättar om sorgen
Bobbys mamma har fått barn – som omhändertagits