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Reece Coleman

Reece M. Coleman, 9 Years Reece M. Coleman was 9 years old and had autism. He died on July 19, 2018, in Branson, Missouri, when his family...

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Reece Coleman

Reece M. Coleman, 9 Years

Reece M. Coleman was 9 years old and had autism. He died on July 19, 2018, in Branson, Missouri, when his family was sightseeing on a Duck Boat. The boat capsized in a storm while crossing Table Rock Lake. He is from Indianapolis, Indiana. 8 members of his family died in the same accident, including his father Glenn Coleman and two siblings, Evan and Arya. His mother Tia Coleman was on the boat but survived.

Tribute to Reece Coleman: Reece Coleman loved the water and his family took the Ride the Ducks tour because it was something he'd enjoy doing, said his mother, Tia Coleman. She described her son, who had autism, as "the happiest, sweetest boy," who made every day worth living (A look at the 17 people killed in the Missouri boat accident, Chicago Tribune, Hannah Grabenstein and Brian Slodysko July 22, 2018.)

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Friday, June 29, 2018

Raheel Uddin

Raheel Uddin (2012-2018)

Raheel Uddin was 5 years old and had autism. He was born on August 19, 2012. On June 29, 2018, he wandered away from his home in Calgary, Canada. He was found later that day and discovered to have drowned in a nearby retention pond in the Saddle Ridge area of Calgary. His parents are Rozina Mina and Mohammad Rashad Uddin.

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Monday, December 25, 2017

Paul Kevin Rozier

Paul Kevin Rozier, 7 Years

Paul Kevin Rozier was 7 years old and had autism. On December 24, 2017, he wandered away from his home in Mililani, Hawaii. On the morning of December 25, 2017, Paul Kevin Rozier's body was discovered in a backyard pool about a half a mile from his home. His parents are Paul and Jasmine Rozier.

Tribute to Paul Kevin Rozier:

His personality, his spirit, his heart, he was just the most caring, loving, amazing kid ever. We only had seven years with him but those were the best seven years I could have ever asked for (Jasmine Rozier as quoted by CBS News).

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Saturday, December 23, 2017

Jeremy Garcia

Jeremy Garcia (2002-2017)

Jeremy Garcia was 15 years old and had autism. Jeremy wandered from his home and was hit by a truck on December 23, 2017, while walking in the road on the South Side of San Antonio, Texas. Jeremy later died at the hospital from his injuries. His parents are Ray and Tiffany Garcia.

Tribute to Jeremy Garcia: 

Jeremy Ray was a special boy who touched many lives. Jeremy's journey with Autism began in 2004. Though faced with many challenges and obstacles, Jeremy persevered and showed unconditional love to everyone around him. He lived life to the fullest and taught those around him patience, tolerance and acceptance. Although Jeremy was non-verbal, he was able to communicate through his beautiful smile and showed affection in many different ways. His communication of love transcended beyond spoken language (Read more at Mission Parks Obituary for Jeremy Garcia).

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Christopher Dixon

Christopher Paul Dixon (2004-2017)

Christopher Paul Dixon was 13 years old and had autism. He was born on July 31, 2004. Christopher Dixon wandered away from his home in Syracuse, Indiana (near Elkhart, Indiana) on September 22, 2017, and drowned in Lake Wawasee.

Tribute to Christopher Dixon:

In many ways, Christopher's autism allowed him to touch the lives of his parents, grandparents, caregivers and friends in unexpected and surprising fashions: he would reach up and take his mother or father's hand while walking for no obvious reason; he would sit and share special moments with his younger cousin, Michael, and ride with him on a special tricycle his grandparents obtained; he would swing so high that he became horizontal to the ground while laughing out loud (Read more at Christopher Dixon's Obituary on Legacy .com)

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Zachary Christian Urda

Zachary Christian Urda (1998-2017)

Zachary Christian Urda was 19 years old and had autism. He was born on August 24, 1998, and passed away at his home in White Crossings, Pennsylvania on September 11, 2017. He was a student at what is now Merakey Education and Autism Centers (formerly known as NHS School for Autism when he was a student) and he worked at Frank's Place in Simpson, Pennsylvania. His parents are Timothy E. and Debra A. Rosencrans Urda.

Tribute to Zachary Christian Urda:

Zach was an autistic child. He wore this disability as a badge of honor. Zach took great pride in helping others like him, especialy his younger brother, Nico and his little sister, Shay. Zach always wanted to bring awareness to this mental disease and we all feel this to be true (Read more at the Obituary of Zachary Christian Urda).

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Anthony Aurilia

Anthony Aurilia, 3 Years

Anthony Aurilia was 3 years old and had autism. Anthony and his twin brother Nicholas Aurilia lived on Long Island in Melville, New York. On the morning of July 26, 2017, while their mother was sleeping, the twin brothers wandered out of the house and accidentally drown in the family pool located in their backyard. His parents are Patrick and Sue Aurilia.

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Blogs: Age of Autism (Long Island Boys with Autism Drown Together in Family Pool)