Some of my New York friends and family might remember Avonte Oquendo, the little boy who who went missing from his Long Island City school on October 4th 2013. He was 14 years old, a boy with autism who couldn’t speak. After over three months of exhaustive searching his remains were found in the East River and verified by medical examiners on January 21, 2014, leaving his family and a city of dedicated searchers and followers devastated at his loss.
The families attorney, David Perecman, is a dear friend and client, along with his help and our amazing team at EverSpark Interactive, we created the following tribute page for Avonte. Our goal is to raise awareness for Autism, and also help U.S. Senator Charles Schumer fund a program that tracks autistic children who have a habit of running away from parents and caregivers. "Avonte's Law," was introduced to the Senate in January 2014, if the bill becomes law, it will help to prevent future tragedies.
While this little boy (now angel) could not speak when he walked on this place we call earth, his ultimate sacrifice has given him an omnipotent VOICE that will FOREVER be heard.
Please share if you know someone who has Autism, have children or relatives who are autistic, or would just like to help the late Avonte and his mourning family raise awareness.http://www.perecman.com/avonte-oquendo/