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Remains washed ashore is that of Avonte Oquendo

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January 21, 2014 by The ReadyWriter


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All hope were lost and all fears realized when the NY Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed the found body parts on the beach in College Point — including arms, legs and a lower torso — are that of the autistic 14-year-old.

After months of searching and full media coverage, DNA testing has confirmed the remains belong to the autistic boy, who was last seen on Oct. 4 leaving the Riverview School in Long Island City along the East River waterfront.

The family will be filing a wrongful death suit and rightfully so since no one can understand that out of 13 students with three teachers, how one could get away. A school is the last place a parent would expect to lose a child.

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84 thoughts on “Remains washed ashore is that of Avonte Oquendo

  1. Bobby says:

    This poor mother conducted one of the most intense searches that I have seen for her son. I hope she will be able to get the peace that she deserves. My heart is broken.

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  2. Adam says:

    Damn I know waiting on DNA were the longest days of those parents LIFE!
    Horrible just horrible.

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  3. Daisy says:

    No parent should have to bury their child. May he rest in peace. 😥

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  4. Henrietta says:

    Rest In Paradise Avonte!!!

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  5. Nicole says:

    This family has been through so much, my heart breaks for all of them RIP Avonte.

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  6. HarlemGirl says:

    😦 Jesus have mercy 😥

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  7. soldierboy says:

    May god bless the family at this time. RIP Avonte!!

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  8. Starr says:

    Hello people. Seems like everybody off work already!

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  9. Starr says:

    This is sad.

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  10. Crystal says:

    so sad 😥

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  11. Mrs. Hawthorne says:

    Poor baby. I can only imagine the fear that he felt. I know it’s not the ending that the family was hoping for, but at least the mom doesn’t have to wonder where her child is. Now the healing can begin.

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  12. Floridagirl says:

    What do they have living in the river that will tear a damn torso apart 😥

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    • Miss Ang says:

      What do they have living in the river that will tear a damn torso apart
      ~~~~~~~
      That’s what I want to know.

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      • Lisa says:

        What do they have living in the river that will tear a damn torso apart
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        COULD BE THE CURRENT COMBINED WITH THE BODY BEING CAUGHT ON DEBRIS, THE WEATHER CONDITIONS, 3 MONTHS SUPPOSEDLY IN THE WATER…..

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      • Princess says:

        Flo
        The East River is also known as “Hell Gate”. The currents are really strong, there is a lot of boat traffic, and lots of sharp jagged rocks around the perimeter.

        I’m starting to think there wasn’t any foul play. Water does extreme damage to bodies. The blades from a boat could have tore up the body, or it could have been slammed against the rocks repeatedly. Whatever the case, I hope our city is making his DNA matching a priority to give his mom some closure 😥

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      • Yvonne says:

        The East River is no joke, I wouldn’t even dip my big toe in that cesspool!! *shudder* R.I.P. Avonte 😦

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      • AnnaB says:

        What do they have living in the river that will tear a damn torso apart
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        Water is very destructive on a body 🙂

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      • Sue says:

        What do they have living in the river that will tear a damn torso apart
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        Did the frigid waters freeze the body and that, coupled with rocks, “break” the body apart

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      • QTip says:

        Decomposed in frigid waters in record cold temps? Very likely.

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      • Browngirl says:

        Just think about it @Y’all, if u soak in a tub just for a hr think of how soft your skin is so just think of how it would be in a matter of months

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      • Pamela says:

        Yeah, I figured a body would fall apart like that if in water long enough.. especially if a strong current and rocks are involved.

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      • Browngirl says:

        Yes the skin becomes like mush

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      • mittseybean says:

        And when you pass esp in water or in heat your skin falls right off of the bone..very soft to the touch

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  13. Princess says:

    😥 R.I.P. Avonte

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  14. Tamala says:

    Lord please let this family finally get some closure. This is tragic, but I was glad not to hear that he was abducted and abused. 😦

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  15. RandomChick says:

    This poor baby….this just breaks my heart that he was all alone to face his fears. sad 😥 sad

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  16. Angelhair says:

    WAS HE NORMALLY ALLOWED TO LEAVE HIS SCHOOL BY HIMSELF?…..JUST NOT UNDERSTANDING THAT PART

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    • Bobby says:

      WAS HE NORMALLY ALLOWED TO LEAVE HIS SCHOOL BY HIMSELF?…..JUST NOT UNDERSTANDING THAT PART
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      Tracy just said in the post the family is going to sue the school for him being unsupervised and able to walk out of the school without anyone noticing. His parent or parents were not notified until later on that day.

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      • Gia says:

        WRONGFUL DEATH…..PERIOD! ESPECIALLY WITH HIM BEING MUTE….SO SAD…

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      • Val says:

        WAS HE NORMALLY ALLOWED TO LEAVE HIS SCHOOL BY HIMSELF?…..JUST NOT UNDERSTANDING THAT PART
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        A security officer Allegedly let the boy pass by her WITHOUT catching up with him!

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      • Pinky says:

        Okay for those who don’t know (b/c it happened in NYC or just cuz) The boy was allowed to run right out the damn front door! There is video of him running out. A stupid school safety officer called out to him “hey come back” but he didn’t. School saftey made no other efforts to stop him from leaving. THAT is whay the parents are suing. He attend a school for kids with Special Needs, so the staff knows better 😦

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      • 2thick4you says:

        A security officer Allegedly let the boy pass by her WITHOUT catching up with him!
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        Lawd that is awful……how could you just sit there

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  17. bballen says:

    Dayum!
    And Avonte’s family said the mute boy was petrified of dogs and water.
    This is heart breaking

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    • Danny says:

      Avonte’s family said the mute boy was petrified of dogs and water.
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      So his last little bit of time here was dealing with the two things he was petrified of. Thats horrible and sad. Prayers for the family.

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  18. Ionna says:

    So sad 😥 for the family

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  19. Coco says:

    SO sad for this family. I pray they get closure, comfort and guidance. Perhaps this was just an accident. Everyone is so sue happy. Accidents do happen. Unfortunate, but it happens.

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    • Kayla says:

      SO sad for this family. I pray they get closure, comfort and guidance. Perhaps this was just an accident. Everyone is so sue happy. Accidents do happen. Unfortunate, but it happens.
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      Coco I find it hard to believe that Avonte’s school didn’t notice that a special needs child was missing from classes like right away. 😥

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  20. Lexy says:

    Glad they found him. Hate it was like this though. 😦

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  21. Kayla says:

    May his soul RIP

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  22. Yes says:

    Just sad 😦

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  23. Ashanti says:

    HellO ALL :wave:

    How saD and TRAGIC for this child 😐

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  24. Civil says:

    In a perfect world a child would go missing and family be alerted within 10 minutes, but I’m sure that it takes that long for teacher to get settled and take attendance.

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    • CorporateBitch says:

      C’mon Civil in today’s day and age the call (leave a message) text you and email you too if necessary.

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      • Danny says:

        C’mon Civil in today’s day and age the call (leave a message) text you and email you too if necessary.
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        Yes, but when do they call? Time is of the essence when a child is missing.

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  25. Crystal says:

    So sorry that this ended the way that it has.

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  26. QTip says:

    After 3 months in the water his body decomposed and his skeleton was broken apart by the currents and rocks.

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  27. Gabriella says:

    That body decomposed 😦 Wow!
    God rest his soul.

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  28. Zenna says:

    This is sad. May he rest in peace and may his family begin dealing with their loss.

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  29. Keisha says:

    Families should consider a GPS for their kids or elderly IF they are known to wander off. Not saying that’s what happened here–but just saying 😦

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  30. Rezzie says:

    Awww this is sad…but it’s closure 😦

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  31. Lilly says:

    So very sad. My heart breaks for his family.

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  32. Tamala says:

    This is so sad!

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  33. Aceman says:

    😦 sad. so sad

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  34. Pookie~Nem says:

    I’d hate to get this news, but closure was needed…..

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    • SlickRick says:

      I’d hate to get this news —–>> AND I’D HATE TO BE THE MOTHERFUCKER WHO CRAWL BETWEEN THE SHITS WIT YOU N THEM FUCKED UP FEET

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      • Bobby says:

        I’d hate to get this news —–>> AND I’D HATE TO BE THE MOTHERFUCKER WHO CRAWL BETWEEN THE SHITS WIT YOU N THEM FUCKED UP FEET
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        LOL 😆 LMAO 😆 Can’t breeve 😆

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      • DHood says:

        I’d hate to get this news —–>> AND I’D HATE TO BE THE MOTHERFUCKER WHO CRAWL BETWEEN THE SHITS WIT YOU N THEM FUCKED UP FEET
        ________
        Them feet can RIP the best kinda sheets to shreds COT DAYUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      • Pookie~Nem says:

        Wassup Late Night Fam 🙂

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      • Omar says:

        Wassup Late Night Fam 🙂
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        FAM? I DON’T KNOW A NIGGA IN DA WORLD WIT JACKED UP FEET LIKE THAT MAN! 😆 GTFOHWTBS!

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      • Yes says:

        dem toes is like a thousand yrs late for a pedicure 😆

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      • Omar says:

        Fuck dat!!!!!!!!
        Dem feets ain’t got nothing on a cuticle cutter, toe nail clipper & a nail file.
        Dem toe nails alone look like monfuckin daggers dem shits need to be soaked till eternity!

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      • Pookie~Nem says:

        Y’all trippin 🙂

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  35. Natasha says:

    R.I.P. Avonte

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  36. Neisy says:

    Ok Tra, where you at with that Being MJ post?
    who watched?

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  37. alscream says:

    This is sad 😦

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  38. Ebony says:

    They say they think that he ws running from dogs and fell in the water. 😥 sad> I read that he was petrified of dogs and water. They are also saying that they expect no foul play but the mom has said that the clothes that were found matched except the underwear. They said they were the wrong brand and size. which is weird.

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  39. Browngirl says:

    R.I.P. Avonte 😦

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  40. 2thick4you says:

    That poor little boy. So sad! 😦

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  41. QueenC says:

    So sad! 😦

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  42. Wanda says:

    This was a sad end for this poor kid 😥

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