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Dominic Denesiuk-Smith

Dominic Denesiuk-Smith (2010-2017) Dominic Denesiuk-Smith was born on March 10, 2010. He was seven years old and had autism. Dominic died ...

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Jonathan Shay

Jonathan Shay, 13 years

Jonathan Shay was 13 years old and had autism. He was from St. James, Missouri. On July 9, 2015, Jonathan went missing in a rural area near Dry Fork Creek. He wandered out with his cousin Xavier Baylor. Xavier was found a day later but there was no sign of Jonathan Shay. Several searches by volunteers and law enforcement were conducted during the weeks when Jonathan Shay remained missing. His remains were discovered on February 21, 2016 on property near where he was last seen. Jonathan Shay's mother is Melissa Perkins.

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Daniel Joost

Daniel Joost, 18 Years

Daniel Joost was 18 years old and had autism. He was from Oak Forest, Illinois near Chicago. Daniel Joost and his mother Margaret O'Leary-Joost were discovered murdered in their home on February 8, 2016. Daniel's father, David Joost, allegedly was responsible for the homicides and was found in the garage having committed suicide. Daniel Joost is survived by a sister, Kathryn Joost, who was away at college during this tragic murder-suicide.

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Danielle Jacobs

Danielle Jacobs (1991-2016)

Danielle Jacobs was 24 years old and had the form of autism known as Asperger's syndrome. Danielle had become famous for a video she placed on YouTube in 2015 which went viral and showed an event when her dog Samson calmed her when she was having a meltdown. On February 4, 2016, she was shot and killed by police, who were called to her home in Mesa, Arizona. The officer involved shooting is under investigation.

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