Kevin Marshall

Marshall, KevinName: Kevin Marshall.
Died: July 4, 2019.
Age at death: 20.
Cause of death: Murder (Run down with car).
Location: Newton County, Georgia, USA.

Details:
Kevin was at a 4th of July celebration. He was talking to a neighbor when the neighbor’s boyfriend, enraged that she was talking to a black man, began beating him up. Marshall walked away; but the man got in his car and ran him down, killing him.

Kevin’s mother says he will be remembered for “his selfless acts, radiant smile, and warm spirit.” He “loved family and… little kids, and he loved going to church.”

Kevin’s killer was arrested after fleeing across state lines and charged with malice murder.

References:
Driver hits, kills 20-year-old man with special needs on July 4th, police say
Police: Woman missing after boyfriend accused of killing man with special needs
Sheriff: Suspect intentionally ran over, killed special needs man
Autistic man viciously attacked, run over by fleeing suspect
Mother of man killed in hit-and-run makes desperate plea for driver to come forward
Murder victim’s mother calls her son’s death a hate crime
Man wanted for hitting, killing autistic man captured in New York
Man Wanted for Running Over, Killing Autistic Black Man with His Truck Arrested in New York
Georgia man wanted in fatal hit-and-run caught in New York
Murder suspect found in upstate New York
Newton County hit-and-run suspect arrested in New York
Suspect accused of running over special needs man arrested in New York
Suspect fled Georgia after allegedly killing an autistic man, later found in NY

Osaze “Ozzie” Osagie

Osagie, OsazeName: Osaze Osagie.
Died: March 20, 2019.
Age at death: 29.
Cause of death: Police shooting (Armed with knife).
Location: State College, Pennsylvania, USA.

Details:
Osaze’s parents, worried about his mental health, called police and asked them to check on their son, then got in their car to drive to their son’s apartment and meet the police there. But when they arrived, they found that the police had shot their son because he was holding a knife, and that he was dead.

Osaze’s friends created a memorial web site. On the site is this biography:

“Osaze was born on August 2, 1989, in Ithaca, NY. He gave his life to Christ when he was three. He walked faithfully with the Lord all the days of his life. He is survived by his parents Sylvester and Iyunolu Osagie, a sister, and two brothers. Osaze attended Corl Street Elementary School, Park Forest Middle School, CLC Charter School, State College Area High School. Diagnosed with autism while attending Penn State University, he finally had to withdraw when mental health challenges became too difficult to manage.

“For the next ten years, Osaze wrestled with complications arising from these challenges. However he was able to use his many skills to work and volunteer with various organizations in the community. His life was cut short when he was killed by police on March 20, 2019, in State College, Pennsylvania. He is home with Jesus, his Lord and Savior.

“Osaze was often referred to as “gentle” by those who knew him. Ever faithful, he considered himself a New Yorker for life. His favorite NBA team was the New York Knicks, no matter how badly they did, and his favorite NFL team was the New York Giants. He was an avid Penn State Nittany Lions Football fan, keeping track of stats, interviews, and everything in between.

“Osaze was a quiet young man, soft-spoken, and personable. He loved to read his bible and loved to go to church. He attended State College Assembly of God and State College Access Church and enjoyed being around his church family. He loved music. He loved to pray. He was considerate and kindhearted. He cared deeply for others. Osaze loved his family dearly.

“He will be missed.”

References:
State College defends police handling of incident that led to death of autistic man
State College Response To Osagie Family Lawsuit Says Officers Followed Training, Shooting ‘Justifiable’
Family of autistic man shot and killed by State College police files notice to sue over his death
Osaze Osagie’s parents discuss their son’s death, law enforcement at Borough Council meeting
No Charges Filed In Death Of Man With Autism Shot By Police In State College
DA: No charges in shooting death of autistic man with knife
Did the Pa. mental health system fail Osaze Osagie? Centre County DA calls for change
Protesters take to the streets in State College following Osagie report
No Charges Filed Against Officers In Death Of Osaze Osagie
Hundreds Attend The Funeral Of Osaze Osagie, Who Was Fatally Shot By State College Police
Osagie family establishes scholarship in memory of Osaze Osagie | Penn State University
Family of Osaze Osagie, State College man killed by police, hires attorneys
Man fatally shot by police in State College identified
View Osaze Osagie’s Obituary on CentreDaily.com and share memories
Police Kill 29-Year-Old Black Man They Tried to Serve With ‘Mental Health Warrant’
Demand Justice for Osaze Osagie
Community mourns after Osagie shooting – Centre County Gazette, 3/28/2019
Remembering Osaze
Penn State community voices concerns over race in wake of police shooting
His Name Was Ozzy and He Was Murdered by the Police
Heartbreak, frustration on Penn State campus over fatal State College police shooting
‘I feel so sad for everybody.’ State College mourns man killed in police-involved shooting

Tamira Billingslea

Photo of Tamira Billingslea, a toddler girl with dark-brown skin and black hair in braids decorated with pink beads. She is wearing a colorful sweater, and eating chips from a bag of Doritos.Name: Tamira Billingslea.
Died: July 9, 2018.
Age at death: 3.
Cause of death: Neglect (Left unsupervised; drowned).
Location: Valparaiso, Indiana, USA.

Details:
When Tamira went missing, her mother waited more than an hour before she called the police. Tamira was found drowned in a pond.

She loved TV, McDonald’s, and chicken nuggets and fries, and she gave kisses only to her father.

Editor’s note: I consider this a borderline case. Tamira’s mother is African-American, and among American blacks, waiting an hour or more before calling the police is not unsurprising. However, an hour’s delay before calling the police to help find a three-year-old could very well have sealed the little girl’s fate. Tamira’s mother was charged with neglect of a dependent.

References:
Attorney: Evidence challenges claims of neglect in drowning death of Valparaiso girl
Tamira Billingslea remembered by father as ‘one of a kind’ as Valpo resident works to raise money for child’s burial
Valparaiso mom charged in 3-year-old girl’s drowning; waited an hour before calling police, court records say
Judge enters not guilty plea for Valparaiso mom charged with neglect in daughter’s death

Abdirahman Abdi

Photo of Abdirahman Abdi, a man with very dark skin and short curly black hair. He is wearing a white T-shirt and has earbuds in his ears.Name: Abdirahman Abdi.
Died: July 24, 2016.
Age at death: 37.
Cause of death: Death in police custody; during beating/restraint.
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Details:
Abdirahman was a Somali-Canadian Muslim. Along with his family, he had traveled to Canada as a refugee from Ethiopia in 2009.

Abdi kept to himself. He was shy, especially around women or people he didn’t know well. He had worked at a car wash, but lost the job when the business shut down.

On the day he died, Abdi went to a coffee shop he often visited. He approached a couple sitting at a table and began to talk to them, then reached out toward the woman to shake her hand. When she drew back, Abdi left, and she called the police, apparently unnerved by his odd behavior and thinking that Abdi had intended to assault her.

Police arrived and Abdi ran from them, trying to get home. They chased and caught him, using batons and pepper spray and beating him with fists and billy clubs. Abdi began begging, but he spoke in Somali and the police could not understand him and most likely did not care to listen even if they could have understood. A bystander tried to tell the police that Abdi was mentally disabled, not a criminal, but because he was also Somali, he translated the Somali “mentally ill” incorrectly and told the police officer that Abdi was “a crazy man”. What he had meant to say was that Abdi was only confused, not a criminal; the officer heard that Abdi was dangerous. Despite the bystanders’ attempts to help and Abdi’s pleading, the officers continued to hit him.

Abdi passed out from the beating after about ten minutes, and instead of administering first aid, the officers handcuffed him. Another ten minutes passed before they tried CPR, but Abdi was already dead. An ambulance was called to take his body to the hospital, leaving blood stains on the pavement.

Abdi’s probable autism was never publicly acknowledged because people from Somalia, where he comes from, often don’t openly talk about mental health, and there is no word for autism in Somali. Socially awkward and disabled, he always greeted people with the exact same “Hi, how are you today?” He was polite and quiet. He was variously described as “mentally ill”, “mentally disabled”, and “autistic”.

Abdi’s Somali Muslim community has held vigils and protests and placed memorials to him. They report they have become more afraid of police since Abdi died.

“He was very nice, very peaceful,” a local shopkeeper said. “I think he will go to heaven.”

The man who beat Abdi to death was charged with manslaughter, but acquitted. A civil lawsuit is planned.

References:
‘When will our lives matter?’: Pain and heartbreak follow Ottawa officer’s full acquittal in Abdirahman Abdi manslaughter trial
Man near death after police beating: Witnesses
Mentally disabled Somali-Canadian dies during violent arrest
‘All of us are hurting’: Abdirahman Abdi mourned at funeral
‘We are scared of the police’: Community reels after Abdirahman Abdi’s death
2 officers under investigation in death of Ottawa man identified
Witnesses recount Abdirahman Abdi’s ‘gruesome’ encounter with Ottawa police before his death
Death of black man in Canada after arrest sparks race debate
Let death of Abdirahman Abdi be last of its kind
More focus needed on mental health after Abdirahman Abdi’s death, advocates say
SIU investigates after man critically injured in police incident
Vigil held in Montreal for Abdirahman Abdi, who died after struggle with Ottawa police

Canada police officer charged in death of mentally ill black man

Mzee Mohammed

Photo of Mzee Mohammed, a teenager with brown skin and black hair in cornrows.Name: Mzee Mohammed Daley.
Died: July 13, 2016.
Age at death: 18.
Cause of death: Death in restraint.
Location: Liverpool, England, UK.

Details:
Mzee was a black Jamaican teen living in Liverpool. He was part of a big Jamaican clan, with family all over the world. He had ADHD and autism, and was a college student.

Like many black people in England, he often had to deal with racial prejudice when he went out. When he was sixteen, a racially motivated attack left him hospitalized; after that, Mzee never left home on foot, always taking taxis when he went to buy food. He spoke of returning to Jamaica, where he could escape from prejudice and rejoin his extended family.

On the day he died, Mzee had run from his home to a nearby shop, upset and telling the shopkeeper that people were chasing him. The shopkeeper called a cab to take him to his father’s house, but somehow Mzee ended up at Liverpool One, a big shopping center, instead. There, the barefoot and overwhelmed Mzee was called in to police as “a black person threatening people with a knife”. Police responded to the call and restrained Mzee face-down. Mzee stopped breathing, and could not be revived.

After weeks of waiting for post-mortem tests and investigations and navigating bureaucracy, Mzee’s family finally gained custody of his body and brought him home to Mandeville, Jamaica for burial.

References
Mzee Mohammed Daley was an innocent victim of mental illness
Teenager detained by police ‘offered no aggression’ before death
Updates from inquest into death of teenager detained by police
Footage of harrowing final moments of teen’s life shown to inquest
‘He died like a slave’: the tragic death of Mzee Mohammed
18 year old black teenager Mzee Mohammed died shortly after being detained by police at a shopping centre in Liverpool
Black man killed in UK police custody echoes racial tensions sweeping US
Family Of Mzee Mohammed Want Answers Over His Death In Police Custody
Family of tragic teen Mzee Mohammed urged: “Keep his memory alive”
Fundraising appeal launched for family of tragic Mzee Mohammed
Heartbroken mother of teen who died in police custody says officers ‘have questions to answer’
Man fined by courts for “slurring” against teenager Mzee Mohammed on Reddit
Mzee Mohammed Death at Liverpool One
Mzee Mohammed death: Ambulance which took tragic teen to hospital examined
Mzee Mohammed death: Appeal issued for key witness as IPCC continue probe
Mzee Mohammed death: Liverpool mayor promises transparent inquiry

Mzee Mohammed death: police watchdog seeks female witness
Mzee Mohammed inquest hears more tests are needed
Mzee Mohammed inquest: hearing into death of Liverpool teenager
Mzee Mohammed lies face down as he’s detained by Merseyside police
Mzee Mohammed police custody death investigated
Mzee Mohammed police custody death: Post-mortem exam inconclusive
Mzee Mohammed’s death in police custody, just like my brother’s, shows that Black Lives Matter isn’t just a US issue
Teenager Mzee Mohammed dies after police detain him at Liverpool One