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Maddox Ritch

Maddox Ritch (2012-2018) Maddox Ritch was 6 years old and had autism. He was born on August 14, 2012. On September 22, 2018, Maddox was wa...

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Maddox Ritch

Maddox Ritch (2012-2018)

Maddox Ritch was 6 years old and had autism. He was born on August 14, 2012. On September 22, 2018, Maddox was walking with his father and a friend at Rankin Lake Park in Gastonia, North Carolina, when he wandered away and went missing. After a community search, his body was discovered in Long Creek on September 27, 2018. His parents are Ian Scott Ritch and Carrie Irene Ritch.

Tribute to Maddox Ritch: "Maddox was a sweet and loving little boy who was full of laughter. He loved Paw Patrol, his Teddy, playing with bouncy balls, but above all he loved his mom and dad the most (From Maddox Ritch's Obituary at Raymer Funeral Home).

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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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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Elijah Mikel

Elijah Mikel (1999-2018)

Elijah Mikel was 18 years old and had autism. He was born on August 15, 1999. He died on July 11, 2018, in Lawrence, Kansas from heat exhaustion. Elijah was walking on a nature trail with his caretaker on a day when the temperature was 102 degrees outside. Elijah Mikel was a graduate of Lawrence High School. His parents are Matthew and Rachel Mikel

Tribute to Elijah Mikel: 

"He found so much joy in the small things. He had such a big smile (Rachel Mikel as quoted by FoxNews.com)."

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Sunday, July 8, 2018

Zander Brown

Zander Brown (2012-2018)

Zander Brown was 5 years old and had autism. He was born on October 8, 2012. On July 8, 2018, he wandered away from his home in Lauderdale, Florida in Broward County north of Miami. He was discovered deceased at the bottom of a canal near his home.


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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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