Name: Andrew Sorensen.
Died: October 22, 2021.
Age at death: 19.
Cause of death: Homicide (Beaten, stabbed).
Location: Spokane, Washington, USA.
Andrew, diagnosed with cerebral palsy, was adopted by his family as a 6-month-old baby. As he grew from a happy baby into a sweet child, therapy helped him improve his motor skills; but his parents noticed that he couldn’t stand haircuts, loud noises, or the sound of toast being buttered, and had a hard time figuring out what people expected him to do in social situations. So, in childhood, he was also diagnosed with autism.
In his teen years, Andrew began having mental health problems, and occasionally had to go to the hospital. But he was still as loving has he had been as a child, often bringing home homeless teenagers and sharing what he had with them. His mother would help the teens get their GEDs and get food stamps and Medicaid. Andrew himself graduated from an online high school.
However, in the last year of his life, Andrew’s mental health grew worse and he began to self-medicate with hard drugs.
Andrew’s girlfriend, a 19-year-old girl whom he had helped when she was homeless, and who had recently won a $20,000 settlement after a car accident, took him and a group of other teens to Seattle to spend the money; but they were stranded there when the car was stolen. Andrew, who didn’t have a driver’s license, had to call his uncle to bring him home.
Andrew’s girlfriend called her own parents, was brought home, and was involuntarily admitted to the hospital. A sexual assault kit was ordered, but never done. While hospitalized, the girlfriend made death threats against Andrew and against her own parents, and the police was called, though nobody was charged with a crime.
Soon after he returned from the trip to Seattle, Andrew’s girlfriend’s father allegedly ambushed him, put him in the trunk of his fiancee’s car, stabbed him multiple times, and abandoned the car. Andrew’s body wasn’t found until a year later.
When Andrew’s body was found, his girlfriend’s father claimed that he had killed Andrew because Andrew had been “sex-trafficking” his daughter. However, Andrew’s family believes that the alleged killer was angry because Andrew had helped spend his daughter’s settlement money, which he apparently had plans for.
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