Danny Oquendo – Recently posted a blog on the Autism Speaks website in which he describes his thoughts and feelings about the death of his brother, Avonte Oquendo who went missing last October from his school in Long Island City, New York.
He mentions that the events of that day when his brother went missing are still not 100% known, but that he was not supervised. Autism Daily Newscast reported the story as the events unfolded and our reports can be found here.
Danny describes his feelings on the day Avonte went missing:
“Picture in your mind having a loved one who does not possess the ability to communicate effectively. Now imagine this loved one lost in the biggest city in the world, alone, cold, hungry, afraid or worse. How you’re feeling right now is just a fraction of the pain we endured for the months following Avonte’s disappearance.”
Danny eloquently describes the family’s anguish during these dark days and that they did everything they could to be pro active and to try and find Avonte. He tells of how his mother and the family attorney led the media campaign to spread awareness about his brother’s disappearance while he gathered volunteers that could help with the search in New York.
He also describes of how he reached out to social media in an attempt to widen the search and find Avonte.
Danny states that Avonte Oquendo’s death should not be in vain. He says:
“Let this tragic occurrence be the surge that builds up enough momentum to provide a real solution to the problematic issues that this hardship has brought to our attention. Let us do what is necessary to allot more funding for schools so they can provide their staff with proper training and implement appropriate security measures that would prevent another incident like this.”
At the end of his blog he thanks all of the searchers, marchers and everyone:
“who held us in their thoughts for the love and support you have displayed during these extremely rough times. God bless you.”
The original blog post by Danny Oquendo can be found on the Autism Speaks website here