There is finally closure for the family of autistic teen Avonte Oquendo, who disappeared Oct. 4, after walking past a security guard and out of the Riverview School in Long Island City three months ago.
DNA evidence of body parts that washed onshore on the East River near the mouth of Newtown Creek, shows that they are the remains of the 14 y.o.autistic boy.
Despite mounting proof to the contrary, Avonte Qquendo’s parents, Daniel and Vanessa had held out hope to the end, refusing to abandon hope of seeing their child alive. They’ve now conceded, bringing a sad conclusion to a citywide manhunt for the Rego Park teen.
“I’ll say it again . . . it’s not Avonte until the DNA evidence comes in and says it is,” family lawyer David Perecman had told members of the National Action Network on Saturday.
The discovery of a left arm on Thursday brought a horde of investigators out to Newton Creek and other body parts were quickly recovered, along with clothing that matched Avonte’s mother’s description of the outfit he was wearing when he was last seen.
Cops have theorize that Avonte could have stumbled and fell to his death in the river while walking through a shrub-covered stretch near the mouth of the creek.
(Note: Further details regarding the cause of Avonte’s death are still under investigation by the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office.)
My prayers go out to the entire Oquendo family and to Avonte, who’s at peace. ∞
A Prayer for the Parents of Avonte Oquendo
Dear God, we can hardly speak, our minds so full of questions we can hardly think. In this tragic moment we ask that you will help us feel your warm and loving embrace. God, for an eternity we ask that you give a special blessing to our son Avonte who is now in your care. We think today of the special pleasures and joys we will not be sharing with him, but also, we think of the pain that will no longer have to be endured by our child. In the midst of our feeling great love and great sorrow, we ask that you share our burden, as we cannot bear it alone.