Chambersburg, Pennsylvania is less than an hour’s drive from Frederick, Maryland – the place where Ethan Saylor was killed in January, 2013.
In Chambersburg, on September 9, 2010, another from our community was taken from his family.
His name was Timothy Smith.
Like Ethan, he died at the hands of someone whose job was to help.
Like Ethan, he died face down on the floor and restrained.
The manner of death was also ruled as homicide by asphyxiation.
Like Ethan’s sister Emma, Tim’s sister, Becki feared what her brother’s death meant to those of us left behind:
“What I want is for my brother’s death not to be in vain,” Boor said. “There has to be some sort of mandated training for these people.
“The important thing is it doesn’t happen to anybody else,” she said.
Unfortunately, Tim Smith’s death did not become public knowledge within the Down syndrome community like Ethan’s has.