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The Avonte Oquendo Tragedy: A Statement from Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks President Liz Feld Addresses the Tragic Death of Avonte Oquendo
January 21, 2014

All of us at Autism Speaks and throughout our community are devastated by the death of Avonte Oquendo. Our hearts go out to Vanessa, Daniel and Danny Jr. as they mourn the loss of their son and brother. We are keeping them all in our prayers.

For every parent of a child with autism, this is the worst nightmare. The reality of wandering is something our community lives with every single day. The circumstances around Avonte’s disappearance touched all New Yorkers and people across the country profoundly. We will work tirelessly so our families can find some peace from this never ending fear of wandering.

Liz Feld
President, Autism Speaks