Remember

George, Lexi, Scarlett

Alex, Lakesha, Tracy

Remember

 

Katie, Daniel, Marcus

Angelica, Zain, Tiffany

Remember

 

Not united by race

Did not share the same religion

Diverse in ethnicity

 

One thing they shared

They were disabled

 

Children gone too soon

Young adults, now forever young

Murdered

 

Mothers, fathers, siblings, caregivers

They were supposed to protect

Trusted ones, loved ones

They became the biggest threat

 

Children gone too soon

Young adults, now forever young

Murdered

 

Fear

They died in fear

Confusion

Hurt by hands that should offer comfort

 

The love of a parent lost in blood

The air no longer available

Eyes that saw terror

 

Remember

 

Jeremy, Maxwell, Casey

Pierre, James, Ryan

Never forget

 

Calista, Shylea, Tony

Betty, Walter, Leosha

There are so many

 

Ajit, Christopher, Kenneth

Faryaal, Emily, Karandeep

Jori, Noe, Chase

Courtney, Ulysses, Ethan

Gabriel, Johnny, Pamela

My heart aches

My soul is crying

 

Boys and girls, gone too soon

Young adults who will never grow old

 

It did not have to happen

It happened because they were disabled

 

Never forget

Remember them

They were one of us

Their lives valuable to us

 

Remember

 

Copyright 2013 by Amy Sequenzia

 

After I wrote this, another child was murdered. Randle Barrow, drowned by his mother. My heart hurts.

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About the Author:

Amy Sequenzia is a non-speaking Autistic, multiply disabled activist and writer. Amy writes about disability rights, civil rights and human rights. She also writes poetry.
Amy has presented in several conferences in the US and abroad, and her work is featured in books about being Autistic and Disabled. Amy is deeply involved with the Neurodiversity Movement and has been outspoken about the rights and worthy of disabled people.
Amy serves on the Board of Directors of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), and the Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST). http://nonspeakingautisticspeaking.blogspot.com and Autism Women’s Network. You can also follow Amy on Twitter at @AmySequenzia.

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