Avonte Oquendo’s family to hold March for Safety in Long Island City
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To mark the second anniversary of the death of Avonte Oquendo, an autistic teenager who disappeared from The Riverview School in Long Island City, family members and friends will hold a March for Safety in his honor. The march will be held on Oct. 10 at Hunters Point South Park in Long Island City. Oquendo,14, managed […]

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Mother of Avonte Oquendo invited to President Obama’s State of the Union address
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When President Obama delivers his State of the Union speech Tuesday night before a joint session of Congress, Avonte Oquendo’s mother, Vanessa Fontaine, will be watching from the gallery of the House of Representatives as a guest of Sen. Charles Schumer. Fontaine has been invited as part of Schumer’s effort to pass his bill, called “Avonte’s […]

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Avonte Oquendo’s mom files suit against city: reports
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The mother of Avonte Oquendo has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city, charging various agencies and individuals with negligence leading to the death of the 14-year-old autistic teen, according to published reports. Vanessa Fontaine reportedly filed the suit last week in Queens Supreme Court blaming the Department of Education, NYPD and members of […]

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New footage shows Avonte Oquendo tried to escape day before disappearance: reports
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Newly released video surveillance footage shows teen Avonte Oquendo tried to run away from his class just a day before he dashed out of his school never to be seen again, according to published reports. The 14-year-old autistic teen had tried to escape October 3 when he was being brought down from the fifth floor […]

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Avonte’s teacher informed of teen being ‘runner’ prior to disappearance: report
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Avonte Oquendo’s mom told his teacher he was a “runner” well before the autistic teen escaped from his school never to be seen again, according to a report released Thursday. The report by the Special Commissioner of Investigation for the New York City School District says Vanessa Fontaine, Avonte’s mother, had expressed her concerns on […]

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