Brandon Andrews

Photo of a young man in a blue dress shirt and paisley navy tie. He has brown hair, brown skin, and brown eyes; in the background is a stone wall with a waterfall flowing over it.Name: Brandon Ato-Kwamina Andrews.
Died: January 17, 2022.
Age at death: 19.
Cause of death: Homicide (Arson fire).
Location: Pontiac, Michigan, USA.

Details:
Brandon enjoyed watching movies, swimming, and spending time with his family.

Brandon, his stepfather, and several other people all lived together in a two-story house. One January night, the house caught fire and was quickly engulfed in flames. Several people had to escape by jumping from the upstairs windows.

Brandon’s stepfather jumped from the second story, then called to Brandon to follow him. But he couldn’t persuade the young man to jump, and Brandon died in the fire, as did 59-year-old Jeff Donnelly, who also didn’t make it out.

Arson investigators examined the house and discovered that the fire had been deliberately started. The arson case is unsolved; but police have surveillance video of someone going from room to room in the house just before the fire. They are asking anyone who may know anything about the fire, or who might have seen anything unusual, to call the Sheriff’s Office at 248-858-5001 or the Detroit Crime Commission at 1-800-442-7766. A $5000 reward is offered.

References:
Brandon Andrews Obituary – Auburn Hills, MI
Pontiac house fire that killed 2, injured 5 was no accident, officials say
Oakland County Sheriff’s Office asking for help to solve Arson Homicides | MI Headlines
Fatal fire in Pontiac overnight leaves 2 dead, injures 5 more
Pontiac residents jump from 2nd story to escape fire; 2 killed in blaze
2 dead, 5 injured in Pontiac house fire
Two killed, five injured in early morning Pontiac fire
Police trying to identify ‘shadowy figure’ seen inside Pontiac home before fire killed 2, hurt 5

Christian Rankins

Photo: Boy with brown skin and dark-brown eyes, dark brown hair cut short, and a blue collared shirt with yellow print, wearing a red birthday hat.Name: Christian Rankins.
Died: December 1, 2021.
Age at death: 6.
Cause of death: Unknown suspicious death.
Location: Mobile, Alabama, USA.

Details:
After Christian’s mother was found “unresponsive with life-threatening injuries” in a parking lot, police checked their apartment and found Christian’s body. His cause of death is still unknown. Neighbors said Christian’s mother was worried about “lack of support” for him.

Neighbors remember seeing Christian sitting with his mother in their car, playing music. His mother’s Facebook page includes many posts about alternative medicine and dietary supplements.

References:
Autopsy to determine how 6-year-old autistic boy died, mother possibly involved

Jesse Byars

Photo of a man with fair skin, curly brown hair and beard, wearing reflective sunglasses in the bright sunshine.Name: Jesse James Byars.
Died: July 11, 2021.
Age at death: 34.
Cause of death: Gunshot.
Location: Atlas Township, Michigan, USA.

Details:
Jesse died from a single gunshot. The murder is still unsolved.

Anyone who has information about Jesse’s death should contact one of the following:
Sheriff’s office at 810-257-3422.
Crime Stoppers of Flint and Genesee County at 1-800-422-JAIL (5245).
P3Tips mobile app.
CrimeStoppersofFlint.com.

References:
Sheriff releases new details in Atlas Township homicide | The Citizen
Man found dead in Atlas Township field was shot and killed, sheriff asks for help identifying suspect
New details in Atlas Township homicide
Sheriff Swanson releases new details in Atlas Twp. homicide

Rashaad Germany Jr.

Photo: African-American teenager with warm brown skin, short hair, and a round face. He is wearing a white sports-themed sweatshirt printed with Born Fly. His hands are clasped across his chest.Name: Rashaad “Deuce” Germany Jr.
Died: October 30, 2020.
Age at death: 18.
Cause of death: Gunshot.
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.

Details:
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.

References:
Indy family pleads for answers after 18-year-old with autism shot to death

Ajin

Name: Ajin, son of Jishoy and Nitya.
Died: January 25, 2020.
Age at death: 6.
Cause of death: Unknown suspicious death (Found bleeding and unconscious after fight).
Location: Vellimadukunnu, Kozhikode, Kerala, India.

Details:
Ajin and his mother, whose husband had left her, stayed with his grandparents. When his mother came down with depression and had to be hospitalized, Ajin was left in a care home, a six-year-old boy housed with 13-14-year-olds. One morning Ajin was found bleeding, unconscious, and dying. One of the staff at the care home said that the boys had been fighting. The cause of Ajin’s death is unknown; whether from abuse by staff, assault by other residents, or simple negligence, his death was most likely preventable.

References:
6-year-old’s death in Kerala govt home exposes apathy and grave security lapses
Death of child with autism at Kerala group home raises safety concerns
6-yr-old autistic boy found dead in Govt owned Children’s home in Kozhikode