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Goodbye Avonte Oquendo!

Goodbye Avonte Oquendo!

This past Tuesday, I received the worst piece of news that a parent can ever get about their child: Their child is dead! On January 21st, news reports confirmed that the remains of a once missing child belong to Avonte Oquendo.

Avonte Oquendo

I have nothing but tears and an angry face. Anger is what I feel because so many things didn’t happen and some irresponsible acts led to Avonte’s demise. I am grieving now for Avonte and his family. I feel as if Avonte was a family member.

I am heavyhearted and I don’t know what else to say. Please share your thoughts.

 

Thanks for listening,

Dad of Angel

 

Miz Kp
Written by Miz Kp

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    January 24, 2014

    I feel like the school failed him. It’s just a shame. I feel for his parents and all of his family. NYC did a fine job of searching for him, I will say. I just wish the outcome was better.

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      January 24, 2014

      I agree. The school did fail him. I was so praying for a happy ending.

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    January 24, 2014

    We grieve with you. My child wandering or lost is my greatest fear, watching this story unfold made me feel like I was in that nightmare. I hold a little comfort in knowing that so many strangers set out to help find Avonte showing there may still be hope in humanity. I will never forget Avonte and pray that his mother finds comfort.

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      January 24, 2014

      It is also our greatest fear. We definitely will not forget Avonte and will continue to advocate for change in how are children can be kept safe.

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    January 24, 2014

    I’m glad his family finally has closure. I cannot imagine the agony of not knowing where my child is or what condition he is in for a few hours much less the months that avonte was missing. But I rage at the system that allowed this to happen. Because make no mistake, it did not have to. And after hearing the story of the little boy who wandered out if school and walked home by himself the other day I know that folks have not learned from this. My condolences to avontes family. May he rest in peace.

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    January 25, 2014

    My condolences to the Avontes family. May he rest in peace.
    I been watching and re-posting his picture since he went missing. My grandson is Autistic. I could not Imagine anything like this could happen in special needs school where was his escort at? why?, there are so many questions that need to answered. I’m so heart broken with the out come of this situation

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    January 26, 2014

    I hate to say this but there actually isnt full closure to the matter as one would think. We still dont know how he died or was dismembered. After hearing conflicting reports that Avonte was afraid of water, it leaves me to believe that there was some actual foul play. I cant count the number of times my wife cried the day we found out. I am truly broken from this moment that I cant even smile at my job.

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