I WILL BET MY LIFE ON THAT
IF THIS AUTISTIC KID WAS KILLED BY SOMEONE OTHER THAN A RELATIVE
THAT PERSON WAS AT HIS FUNERAL.
THAT’S WHAT I’M GETTING
I SEE IT VERY CLEARLY BUT I CANNOT SEE THE PERSON’S FACE
MEANWHILE THE NYPD REALLY SCREWED UP THIS CASE IMO
It’s getting ridiculous when a black kid (boy/or/girl) goes missing very little is done to find them.
It’s almost as if the Mayor’s office doesn’t give a shit and in this case – the mayor at the time was BLOOMBERG
AND I KNOW HE DIDN’T GIVE A SHIT AND NEITHER DID RAY KELLY, THE POLICE COMMISSIONER
They were too busy STOP-N-FISKING minorities to worry about some stupid autistic black kid (their thoughts not mine)
it’s the way it is portrayed by the way NYPD acts. Meanwhile, heroin addicted actor PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN passes away by killing himself and the NYPD combs the city until they find the “alleged drug dealers” which really are just other users. Those drug dealers will never be found but the NYPD under DeBLASIO wanted to send a message – NOT UNDER MY WATCH – and so this is what happened.
I know I am.
Meanwhile Avonte’s parents are going to sue but for what? That won’t bring back their son who is lost forever. Makes me so mad.
RIP AVONTE OQUENDO – I hope we avenge your senseless death and find your killer.
‘He is safely in the embrace of the father in heaven’: Hundreds attend emotional funeral for autistic teen Avonte whose remains washed up on riverbank
- Some 200 people filled the Church of Sanit Joseph in West Village for Avonte Oquendo’s funeral
- Former Archbishop of New york Cardinal Edward Egan presided over service
- Child’s remains were discovered 11 miles from where he vanished October 4
- Avonte’s family are planning to sue New York City over his disappearance and allegedly flawed search
PUBLISHED: 16:29 EST, 25 January 2014 | UPDATED: 07:13 EST, 27 January 2014
Hundreds of grieving relatives, friends and sympathetic strangers came together Saturday for a funeral marking the tragic end of a three-month search for a missing autistic New York City teen.
The former Roman Catholic archbishop of New York, Cardinal Edward Egan, presided over the ceremony at the Church of Saint Joseph as 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo’s parents and brothers sat stoically in a front pew, next to a white casket holding the remains pulled from the East River last week.
‘This morning we are grateful to God for Avonte Oquendo, for his life, for his courage, and for the acts of goodness and kindness that his life and his tragic disappearance evoked among us,’ Egan said.
‘We know that he is safely in the embrace of the father in heaven and we thank that father in heaven for the years we had with him in our midst.’
Somber closure: Avonte Oquendo’s mother Vanessa Fontaine seen through the casket of her son, Avonte, as it is brought out of Saint Joseph’s Church in the West Village after a memorial service
River of tears: Weeping family and other attendees of Avonte’s funeral lay flowers over his casket at it is prepared to leave for the burial
Oquendo, who had a form of autism that made him nonverbal, had been missing since October 4, when he walked out of his school toward a park overlooking the river.
His remains were found about 11 miles from where he vanished after a massive citywide search that included extensive searches of subway tunnels and regular announcements over the PA system at subway stations.
Many of the volunteers who handed out flyers with his picture on them and helped the search effort arrived at the church Saturday to pay their respects.
Osmaira Maldonado, 28, attended the funeral with her four-year-old son Justin Hardy and introduced herself to Avonte’s mother, Vanessa Fontaine, after the service to pass along her condolences.
Gone forever: Avonte had been missing since October 4, when he walked out of his school toward a park overlooking the river, setting off a massive three-month search involving hundreds of volunteers
Keeping the faith: Former Archbishop of New York Cardinal Edward Egan, who presided over the service, said Avonte in now in the embrace of the father in heaven
Outpouring of support: Dozens of the volunteers who handed out flyers with Avonte’s picture on them and helped the search effort were on hand at the church Saturday
Act of charity: Greenwich Village Funeral Home covered the costs of the service and a family-only wake
‘I guess it’s just a mother thing,’ she said tearfully outside the church. ‘It’s so tragic I didn’t know what else to say.’
A funeral home covered the costs of the service and a family-only wake beforehand, where about a hundred relatives sat together in a room full of white flowers watching a slideshow of the teen’s photos.
‘Nobody really wanted to speak,’ said Roberto Colon, 49, whose wife’s cousin is Avonte’s mother. ‘We couldn’t fathom what to say.’
Vanessa Fontaine wept through the entire service, and neither she nor Avonte’s other relatives spoke.
‘It was like complete silence, it was very sad,’ family friend Leslie Burch told the New York Daily News.
Actress and one-time Celebrity Apprentice star Holly Robinson Peete, who has an autistic child of her own, flew out to New York City from California to attend Avotne’s funeral.
Too young: The boy’s remains rested in a white casket decorated with figurines of angels
Mother’s anguish: Avonte’s mother Vanessa Fontaine cried throughout the ceremony and did not speak
One last kiss: Avonte’s father Danny Oquendo kisses his son’s casket
‘Headed to NYC to celebrate the life of another angel,’ she tweeted to her 400,000 followers hours before the service.
Investigators are still trying to determine how Avonte died and further tests are needed to determine the cause and manner of death, officials have said.
The family’s lawyer, David Perecman, filed a notice of claim in October, the first step in suing the city, and has publically listed a number of mistakes he alleges contributed to the boy’s disappearance and what he has described as a flawed search effort.
The city’s law department has called the boy’s death a tragedy and said its attorneys will review a lawsuit when it’s filed.
Heartbreaking task: An NYPD dive unit searches for Avonte’s remains after an arm and legs were discovered along a rocky shoreline in Queens January 17
Case solved: The child’s remains, including a skull, were found about 11 miles from where he vanished
Margaret Coaxume, who didn’t know Avonte or his family, brought her 15-year-old autistic son Elijah Thompson to the funeral because, she said, like so many she had closely followed the heartbreaking story of Avonte’s disappearance and death.
‘It’s a tragedy,’ she said, as mourners placed white roses on the casket inside a hearse that was to take Avonte’s body to a crematorium after the service. ‘My heart is heavy.’