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Autism Speaks Responds to Alex Spourdalakis Tragedy

June 12, 2013

On Sunday, 14-year-old Alex Spourdalakis was found stabbed to death in his suburban Chicago home.  Alex was severely affected with autism and his mother and his caregiver have been charged in his death.

We are deeply saddened by the incident involving Alex Spourdalakis. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved in this extremely unfortunate situation. In light of this tragic event, we encourage individuals with autism and their families who are experiencing a crisis situation to visit, or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

In addition, the Autism Speaks Autism Response Team can connect people with autism, their families and caregivers to information, tools, and resources to help them. Call us at 888-288-4762 or en Español 888-772-9050, or email