Unit 1012 Cover Photo

Unit 1012 Cover Photo

Thursday, September 25, 2014


            For this 2014 National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims, Unit 1012 will remember 55 murdered victims + victims of war crimes from the United States and around the world. We will present a song called, ‘We Are The Survivors’ at the end. Let us remember how they lived on this earth and treasure their memories.

"So long as we live, they too shall live and love for they are a part of us as we remember them."
- Gates of Prayer

National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims

William McKinley
1. William McKinley (January 29, 1843 – September 14, 1901), the 25th President of the United States.

Janusz Korczak and the children, memorial

2. Janusz Korczak, the pen name of Henryk Goldszmit (22 July 1878 or 1879 – August 1942), was a Polish-Jewish educator, children's author, and pediatrician known as Pan Doktor ("Mr. Doctor") or Stary Doktor ("Old Doctor"). After spending many years working as director of an orphanage in Warsaw, he refused freedom and stayed with his orphans when the institution was sent from the Ghetto to the Treblinka extermination camp, during the Grossaktion Warsaw of 1942.

13-year-old Anne Frank [PHOTO SOURCE: http://www.scrapbookpages.com/AnneFrank/AnneFrank01.html]
3. Anne Frank A.K.A Annelies Marie "Anne" Frank (Dutch pronunciation: [ɑnəˈlis ˈɑnə maˈri frɑŋk], German pronunciation: [anəliːs ˈanə maˈʁiː fʁaŋk]pronunciation (help·info); 12 June 1929 – early March 1945) is one of the most discussed Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Her wartime diary The Diary of a Young Girl has been the basis for several plays and films. Born in the city of Frankfurt in Weimar Germany, she lived most of her life in or near Amsterdam, in the Netherlands. Born a German national, Frank lost her citizenship in 1941. She gained international fame posthumously after her diary was published. It documents her experiences hiding during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II.

Do not forget the victims of the Holocaust during World War II:

The Hall of Names containing Pages of Testimony commemorating the millions of Jews who were murdered during the Holocaust.
On this date, August 12, 1952, 13 prominent Jewish intellectuals were murdered in Moscow, Russia, Soviet Union. This case is also known as The Night of The Murdered Poets.

Clockwise from top left: Peretz Markish, Itsik Feffer, Leyb Kvitko, Dovid Hofshteyn and Dovid Bergelson [PHOTO SOURCE: http://jewishcurrents.org/august-12-the-night-of-the-murdered-poets-2476]

Emmett Till in a photograph taken by his mother on Christmas Day 1954, about eight months before his murder. When the photo ran in the Jackson Daily News Till and his mother were given "a profound pathos in the flattering photograph", which "humanized the Tills".
4. Emmett Louis Till (July 25, 1941 – August 28, 1955) was an African-American boy who was murdered in Mississippi at the age of 14 after reportedly flirting with a white woman. Till was from Chicago, Illinois, visiting his relatives in Money, Mississippi, in the Mississippi Delta region, when he spoke to 21-year-old Carolyn Bryant, the married proprietor of a small grocery store there. Several nights later, Bryant's husband Roy and his half-brother J. W. Milam went to Till's great-uncle's house. They took Till away to a barn, where they beat him and gouged out one of his eyes, before shooting him through the head and disposing of his body in the Tallahatchie River, weighting it with a 70-pound (32 kg) cotton gin fan tied around his neck with barbed wire. Three days later, Till's body was discovered and retrieved from the river.

5. John F. Kennedy A.K.A John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), commonly known as "Jack" or by his initials JFK, was the 35th President of the United States, serving from January 1961 until he was assassinated in November 1963.

This is a photograph of Etan Patz taken by his father, Stanley K. Patz, on September 16th, 1978
6. Etan Kalil Patz (October 9, 1972 - declared legally dead in 2001) was an American child who was six years old when he disappeared in Lower Manhattan, New York City, on May 25, 1979. He is the most famous missing child of New York City. His disappearance helped spark the missing children's movement, including new legislation and various methods for tracking down missing children, such as the milk-carton campaigns of the mid-1980s. Etan was the first ever missing child to be pictured on the side of a milk carton. 

Daniel J. Faulkner
7. Daniel J. Faulkner (December 21, 1955 – December 9, 1981): Faulkner was the youngest of seven children in an Irish Catholic family from Southwest Philadelphia. Faulkner's father, who drove a trolley car, died of a heart attack when Faulkner was five. Faulkner's mother went to work and relied on her older children to help raise him. Faulkner dropped out of high school, but earned his diploma and an associate's degree in criminal justice while serving in the United States Army. In 1975, he left the army, worked briefly as a corrections officer, and then joined the Philadelphia Police Department. Aspiring to be a city prosecutor, Faulkner enrolled in college to earn his bachelor's degree in criminal justice. He married in 1979.

Jeanine Nicarico
8. The Jeanine Nicarico murder case was a complex and influential homicide investigation and prosecution which took place in DuPage County, Illinois that sent two men to prison who were later exonerated and released, and contributed to the death penalty moratorium imposed by then-Governor George H. Ryan.
In July 2009, Brian Dugan pleaded guilty to the murder of Nicarico after having previously confessed to the crime. Dugan is jailed on two unrelated murder charges, one of a 27-year old woman and one which began with the abduction of two seven-year old girls, one of whom escaped and the other of whom was raped and murdered by Dugan. On November 11, 2009, after deliberating about 10 hours over two days, a DuPage County jury sentenced Brian Dugan to death for the rape and murder of Jeanine Nicarico 26 years earlier.

Nurse Donna Schnorr (1957 to July 15, 1984)
9. Nurse Donna Schnorr (1957 to July 15, 1984).

PHOTO SOURCE: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/eticket/story?page=100513/KermitAlexander
10-13. Kermit Alexander’s mother, sister and two nephews, ages 8 and 13, were murdered in South Central Los Angeles during a home invasion by members of the Rollin 60’s Neighborhood Crips, whose intended victims lived two doors away.

Anita Cobby
14. Anita Lorraine Cobby (2 November 1959 – 2 February 1986) was an Australian registered nurse and beauty pageant winner. At 26 years old, she was abducted from Blacktown, and raped and murdered at nearby Prospect, on the evening of 2 February 1986. Five men, including three brothers, were convicted of her murder and sentenced to life imprisonment, never to be released.

15. On this date, July 20, 1987, 16-year-old Kevin Swaney and his friend, Carlos Froyan Cruz-Ramos were murdered by Daniel Wayne Cook in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. Justice came 25 years later, when Daniel Cook was put to death by lethal injection in Arizona on August 8, 2012.

Debra Dietz
16. Debra Dietz and her father, Eugene were murdered by Joseph Wood on August 7, 1988. The Killer was executed in Arizona on July 23, 2014.

Janine Balding
17. The murder of Janine Balding was the killing of a woman in New South Wales, Australia by multiple perpetrators. 20-year-old Janine Balding was raped and murdered by a gang of five youths on 8 September 1988. Balding's murder is often compared to the 1986 murder of Sydney nurse Anita Cobby.

18. Officer Mark MacPhail (END OF WATCH: AUGUST 19, 1989)

Ebony Simpson
19. Ebony Simpson (August 6, 1983 to August 19, 1992)

20-21. The murder of Jennifer "Jenny" Ertman and Elizabeth Peña, two teenage girls from Houston, Texas, occurred on June 24, 1993. The murder of the two girls made headlines in Texas newspapers due to the nature of the crime and the new law resulting from the murder that allows families of the victims to view the execution of the murderers.

Polly Klaas
22. Polly Hannah Klaas (January 3, 1981 – October 1, 1993) is an American murder victim whose case gained national attention. At the age of twelve, she was kidnapped at knife point from her mother's home during a slumber party in Petaluma, California, on October 1, 1993. She was later strangled. Richard Allen Davis was convicted of her murder in 1996 and sentenced to death.

Tracie Joy McBride
23. Private Tracie Joy McBride was murdered by Louis Jones, Jr on February18, 1995. He was executed by lethal injection in Texas on March 18, 2003. We, the comrades of Unit 1012, will remember how Tracie live and not remember how she died. We encourage people to donate money to the Tracie Joy McBride Scholarship Fund

24. Michael Lyons (September 28, 1987 to May 17, 1996)

25. JonBenét Patricia Ramsey (August 6, 1990 – December 25, 1996) was an American child beauty pageant queen who was murdered in her home in Boulder, Colorado, in 1996. The six-year-old's body was found in the basement of the family home about eight hours after she was reported missing during a police search of her home. She had been struck on the head and strangled. The case remains unsolved, even after several grand jury hearings, and continues to generate public and media interest.

Laura Kate Smither
26. Laura Kate Smither (April 23, 1984 - April 3, 1997).

James Byrd, Jr. (May 2, 1949 – June 7, 1998)
27. James Byrd, Jr. (May 2, 1949 – June 7, 1998) was an African-American who was murdered by three men, of whom at least two were white supremacists, in Jasper, Texas, on June 7, 1998. Shawn Berry, Lawrence Russell Brewer, and John King dragged Byrd for three miles behind a pick-up truck along an asphalt road. Byrd, who remained conscious throughout most of the ordeal, was killed when his body hit the edge of a culvert, severing his right arm and head. The murderers drove on for another mile before dumping his torso in front of an African-American cemetery in Jasper. Byrd's lynching-by-dragging gave impetus to passage of a Texas hate crimes law. It later led to the federal Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, commonly known as the Matthew Shepard Act, which passed on October 22, 2009, and which President Barack Obama signed into law on October 28, 2009.
Lawrence Russell Brewer was executed by lethal injection for this crime by the state of Texas on September 21, 2011. King remains on Texas' death row while appeals are pending, while Berry was sentenced to life imprisonment.

In 1999, Teresa del Rio was shot through her car door in Los Angeles by a “shooter for gangs” with a 9mm. (Photo courtesy) [PHOTO SOURCE: http://voxxi.com/2012/10/29/california-death-penalty-measure-victims/]

28. Teresa Del Rio (November 8, 1978 to June 7, 1999)
Teresa Del Rio was a student at Glendale Community College and born in Los Angeles to parents Anna Soto Del Rio and Fernando Del Rio. She attended Eagle Rock Montessori Pre-School; Glendale Lutheran School; 32nd Street Middle School and Eagle Rock High School. Teresa performed in the Eagle Rock Recreation Center’s ballet Folklorico, sang in the Glendale Lutheran Children’s Choir and played piano. She worked as an extra in television and motion pictures. Among her credits were the “New Munster TV series”, The Music Video for “The Faculty,” KHJ-TV “Children’s Christmas specials,” Public affairs special “Instant Crib Death Syndrome” and others. Her major extra film credits included “Terminator II,” “American Me,” and “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me.” From the age of two Teresa traveled every year with her parents and had visited most of the leading museums in Europe, Mexico, Canada and others in the United States. Teresa recently completed a 16 week course in Computer Science at the Mexican American opportunity foundation and worked for Centro De Ninos in Los Angeles. Ms. Del Rio was currently enrolled in Glendale Community College to attain an AA degree and later planned to attend UCLA or San Diego State University to major in Sociology. Teresa was the only child of Anna and Fernando Del Rio.

Kleber Pescone dos Santos, 28, and his wife, Lillian D'Ascanio Carla dos Santos, 25 were both shot dead in Texas.
29-30. Kleber Santos and his wife, Lilian – A Brazilian couple who were murdered by Michael Adam Sigala on August 22, 2000. He was executed by the state of Texas on March 2, 2010.

Samantha Bree Runnion (July 26, 1996 – July 15, 2002)
31. Samantha Bree Runnion (July 26, 1996 – July 15, 2002) was a five-year-old American murder victim. She was born in Boston, Massachusetts on July 26, 1996, and her family were residents of Stanton, California.

Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman
32-33. On 4 August 2002, two English girls were murdered in the village of Soham, Cambridgeshire. The victims were Holly Marie Wells and Jessica Aimee Chapman, both aged 10.
Ian Kevin Huntley, a caretaker at local secondary school Soham Village College, was convicted in December 2003 of the girls' murder and sentenced to two terms of life imprisonment, with the High Court later setting a minimum term of 40 years. Huntley had disposed of the bodies near RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, where they were discovered on 17 August 2002 by a local farm worker.
His girlfriend, Maxine Ann Carr, was the girls' teaching assistant at St Andrew's Primary School. Carr had provided Huntley with a false alibi and was sentenced to 21 months in prison for perverting the course of justice.

Huang Na
34. Huang Na (simplified Chinese: 黄娜; traditional Chinese: 黃娜; pinyin: Huáng Nà) (26 September 1996 – 10 October 2004) was an eight-year-old Chinese national living at the Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre in Singapore, who disappeared on 10 October 2004. Her mother, the police and the community conducted a three-week-long nationwide search for her. After her body was found, many Singaporeans attended her wake and funeral, giving bai jin (帛金 bójīn, contributions towards funeral expenses) and gifts. In a high-profile 14-day trial, Malaysian-born Took Leng How (Chinese: 卓良豪; pinyin: Zhuó Liángháo), a vegetable packer at the wholesale centre, was found guilty of murdering her and hanged after an appeal and a request for presidential clemency failed. 

Police Officer Larry Elwood Lasater Jr.
35. Police Officer Larry Elwood Lasater Jr. (End of Watch: Sunday, April 24, 2005)

Vivian Wolfe (left) and Javad Marshall Fields (right)
36-37. On this date, June 20, 2005, a couple, Javad Jay Marshall Fields and Vivian Wolfe were both gunned down in Aurora, Colorado. Robert Ray and Sir Mario Owens were both sentenced to death.

Sally Anne Bowman
38. Sally Anne Bowman born (11 September 1987 – 25 September 2005), an up and coming British model. She was robbed, raped and murdered near her home in Croydon, South London, two weeks after her 18th birthday.

Jessica Lunsford was last seen alive on the afternoon of Feb. 23, 2005. Her grandparents picked her up from the school bus stop in Homosassa, Fla. On the way home, they stopped at a Sonic restaurant to buy curly fries for Jessica before she went to Bible class. Family friend Sharon Armstrong brought her home that evening, and she watched television until her grandmother tucked her into bed at 9 p.m. (SOURCE: http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/photogallery/jessica-lunsford-trial.html)
39. Jessica Marie Lunsford (October 6, 1995 – February 27, 2005) was a nine-year-old American girl who was abducted from her home in Homosassa, Florida in the early morning of February 24, 2005. Believed held captive over the weekend, she was raped and later murdered by 46-year-old John Couey who lived nearby. The media covered the investigation and trial of her killer extensively. On August 24, 2007, a judge in Inverness, Florida sentenced Couey, a convicted sex offender, to death for kidnapping, sexually battering, and first degree murder of Jessica.

Jodi Sanderholm
40. Jodi Sanderholm (September 26, 1987 to January 5, 2007)
Jodi was born Sept. 26, 1987, in Arkansas City, to Brian J. and Cindy A. (Shanks) Sanderholm. Jodi attended Arkansas City schools, graduating from Arkansas City High School in 2006. She was one of four valedictorians in her graduating class. While in high school, Jodi was a member of the National Honor Society, a Kansas State Scholar, a Kansas Board of Regents Scholar and earned the Outstanding Physics Student of the Year Award presented by David Stinemetze. She was a member of the Ark City High School Dance Team for four years. Two of those four years she was the captain. Jodi was a member/instructor of Ark City Dance and a Universal Dance Association Instructor. After high school, she attended Cowley College where she studied pre-pharmacy. While at Cowley, she was a member of the Cowley Tigerette Danceline.

Channon Gail Christian, 21, and Hugh Christopher Newsom, Jr., 23.
41-42. Channon Gail Christian, 21, and Hugh Christopher Newsom, Jr., 23, were a couple from Knoxville, Tennessee. They were raped, tortured and murdered after being kidnapped early on the morning of January 7, 2007. Their vehicle had been carjacked. Five suspects were arrested and charged in the case. The grand jury indicted four of the suspects on counts of capital murder, robbery, kidnapping, rape and theft, while a fifth was indicted on the federal level.

43-45. The Cheshire, Connecticut, home invasion murders occurred on July 23, 2007, when a mother and her two daughters were murdered during a home invasion in Cheshire, Connecticut. The Hartford Courant referred to the case as "possibly the most widely publicized crime in the state's history". In 2010, Steven Hayes was convicted of the murders and sentenced to death. His accomplice, Joshua Komisarjevsky, was found guilty on October 13, 2011, and sentenced to death on January 27, 2012.

46. Rie Isogai (磯谷 利恵 Isogai Rie, 20 July 1976 – 25 August 2007) was a 31-year-old Japanese office clerk who was robbed and murdered in Aichi Prefecture, Japan on the night of 24 August 2007 by three men who became acquainted through an underground message board. Her murder led to a signature campaign to call for the death penalty on the three murderers, one of whom was sentenced to death on 18 March 2009, and two of the murderers were sentenced to life in prison on 13 April 2011.

47. Jamiel Shaw II (December 22, 1990 to March 2, 2008)


Elizabeth Bipsy Amiran (January 20, 1982 to February 12, 2009)
48. Elizabeth Bipsy Amiran (January 20, 1982 to February 12, 2009)

Joanna Yeates
49. Joanna Clare "Jo" Yeates (19 April 1985 - 17 December 2010) was a 25-year-old landscape architect from Hampshire, England, who went missing on 17 December 2010 in Bristol after an evening out with work colleagues. Her body was subsequently discovered on 25 December 2010 in Failand, North Somerset; post-mortem analysis determined that she had died from strangulation. Vincent Tabak was eventually found guilty of her murder. The murder inquiry, named "Operation Braid", became one of the largest police investigations in the Bristol area. The case dominated news coverage in the United Kingdom as Yeates' family reached out through social network services and press conferences for assistance from the public. Rewards totalling £60,000 were offered for information leading to those responsible for Yeates' death. The police initally suspected Yeates' landlord, who lives in the same building, and arrested him, but soon released him on bail. Vincent Tabak, a 32-year-old Dutch engineer and neighbour of Yeates, was arrested on 20 January 2011. Media attention at the time centred on the filming of a re-enactment of her disappearance for the BBC's crime programme, Crimewatch. After two days of questioning, he was charged on 22 January 2011 with Yeates' murder. On 5 May 2011, Tabak, now aged 33, pleaded guilty to Yeates's manslaughter, but denied murdering her. On 20 September he appeared at Bristol Crown Court for a pre-trial hearing, attending in person having previously appeared from prison via videolink. His trial started on 4 October 2011. Tabak was found guilty of murder on 28 October 2011 at Bristol Crown Court, and subsequently sentenced to serve a minimum of 20 years in prison.

50. Kelli O’Laughlin (April 2, 1997 to October 27, 2011)

51. Jessie Cate (6 March 1996 to 12 December 2011)

Saskia Burke (November 6, 1993 to December 20, 2011)

52. Saskia Burke (November 6, 1993 to December 20, 2011)

53. Autumn Pasquale (October 29, 1999 to October 20, 2012)

Yvonne and Arjen Ryder, who were on board flight MH17. Pictured here in France during their holiday: "Arrived safely at Toul in France we on the boat enjoying a drink. After a long delay with train strikes....:-)"
54-55. Arjen and Yvonne Ryder – a couple who was among the 298 victims of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on July 17, 2014.

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