Gentle autistic man murdered

22 Oct

If someone says, “there’s a murder in the news and an autistic is involved”, what is the image that comes to mind for most people?

This story from the Sacramento (California) Bee: Slain student was “gentle, sometimes a target,” dad says..

There are some autistics who are non aggressive to the point of being unable to defend themselves. It sounds like Scott Gregory Hawkins might fall into that category. He was beaten to death with a baseball bat by his roommate.

“I would say that he was just very gentle, sweet, unassuming, kind of sometimes a little goofy, and he was kind of a nerdy kid who really loved his studies,” his father said.

Scott loved history and wanted to be an educator.

5 Responses to “Gentle autistic man murdered”

  1. Corina Becker October 23, 2009 at 05:15 #

    This is horrible. Why ever would anyone do something like that?

    My prayers go out to the family, friends and classmates affected by this tragedy.

  2. David N. Andrews M. Ed., C. P. S. E. October 23, 2009 at 07:23 #

    I feel sick.
    Can’t say anything more.
    It’s just sickening.

  3. Craig Willoughby October 23, 2009 at 16:58 #

    I can’t put into words how horribly angry I am at this. I’m completely speechless.

    The lack of empathy and basic decency in this world is disgusting. Whenever I read this story, the only thing I could picture was someone doing that to my little boy.

    I sometimes wonder if it’s terrible of me to wish there was a way to somehow chlorinate the gene pool to get rid of the sick individuals like the person who did this.

  4. Patrick October 23, 2009 at 18:33 #

    I hope they get this investigation completed beyond a reasonable doubt and get the perpetrator into custody. It is saddening to hear of yet another vulnerable person killed.


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