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2010s

Ericka Joseph Killed Herself & 9-Year-Old Daughter Akili Joseph In Murder-Suicide

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Akili Joseph’s parents were divorced, so she shared her time between her mother’s home in Florida and her father’s in Colombia. The nine-year-old was just hours away from boarding a flight to Bogota after spending the holidays with her retired Marine mom, Ericka Joseph, in Ft. Lauderdale.

Akili Joseph, Ericka Joseph

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On a January evening in 2017, Ericka’s neighbors noticed that she was closing her hurricane shutters. It was something that caught their attention because there was no hurricane warning issued. While they thought it was mysterious, they didn’t think it would turn into anything deadly.

The following morning, Ericka’s ex-husband’s sister stopped by the house to pick up Akili. It was then that she made a gruesome discovery: Akili was murdered by her mother before Ericka took her own life.

Akili’s father was en route to meet his young daughter when he received the news that she was dead.

According to Joseph’s brother, Tony Williams, his sister was having a difficult time re-entering civilian life.

“We recently started noticing minor changes, but not to a significant point that it would distress [us], that it would be something of this nature, to take a life,” Williams told the Sun-Sentinel.

Akili Joseph, Ericka Joseph

 

“My niece was a vibrant young girl and she loved sports. She was outgoing and smart,” Williams said. “It’s sad, a tragedy, and we still don’t know what happened as of right now.”

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2010s

Cook County Jane Doe 2016 Found Skeletonized In “Unsecure Home”

Very little has been shared about her case.

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Cook County Jane Doe 2016 Illinois

There doesn’t seem to be any investigating agencies looking into this case, but I believe that the story involving this unidentified woman in Cook County, Illinois deserves to be highlighted. This article may be brief, but it goes to show just little is often shared and reported on, and frequently, these cases become lost in the abyss as time moves forward. There isn’t much known about Cook County Jane Doe 2016, as I’ve named her, but here is what I could gather from only one agency that has listed her report.

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