|National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims|
For this year’s 2016 National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims, Unit 1012 will remember more than 188 murdered victims + victims of war crimes from the United States and around the world. 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
For this observance, we will present murdered victims from 2001 to 2005:
84. Patrolman Hector Garza (End of Watch: March 29, 2001)
85. Bethena Brosz (October 10, 1981 to May 3, 2001)
86. Shannon McNamara (June 21, 1979 to June 12, 2001)
87. Miranda Gaddis (November 18, 1988 to March 8, 2002)
90-91. 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.
94. Dru Katrina Sjodin (September 26, 1981 – c. November 22, 2003) was a murder victim who was abducted from the Columbia Mall parking lot in Grand Forks, North Dakota, by Alfonso Rodriguez, Jr., on November 22, 2003. Her disappearance garnered great media coverage throughout the United States and prompted the creation of the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Registry.
95. Kim Sun-il (September 13, 1970 – c. June 22, 2004) was a South Korean translator and Christian missionary who was kidnapped and executed in Iraq.
96. 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.
97. 6-month-old Elias Ocean Johnson (August 22, 2004 to February 18, 2005)
|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)|
98. a judge in Inverness, Florida sentenced Couey, a convicted sex offender, to death for kidnapping, sexually battering, and first degree murder of Jessica.
Larry Elwood Lasater, Jr.
99. Police Officer Larry Elwood Lasater Jr. (End of Watch: Sunday, April 24, 2005)
101-102. On this date, June 20, 2005, a couple, Javad Jay Marshall Fields and Vivian Wolfe were both gunned down in Aurora, Colorado.
PC Sharon Beshenivsky