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“On December 3, 2002, 8-year-old Marcianna Ringo was supposedly dropped off at school by Jamal Abeokuto, her mother’s boyfriend.

When her mother, Milagro White, returned home from work late that afternoon, she discovered Marcianna was missing. She also found a message on her cell phone from the school saying the girl had never arrived that day. White immediately called police and told them her daughter was missing. Ringo’s parents pleaded for her safe return. The entire community tried to help find out what had happened to Marcianna. Police found a pair of blood soaked pants near her home but no sign of her.

According to the FBI agent investigating the case, the morning Marcianna disappeared started normally. White left for work just after 7 a.m., leaving Marcianna and her 3-year-old brother, Marc Ringo Jr., in the care of Abeokuto. Marc Ringo Sr. arrived at the apartment around 7:30 to pick up his son and take him to day care. Abeokuto told Ringo Sr. that Marcianna had already left for school. However, a neighbor later told police that she saw Marcianna getting into Abeokuto’s car just after 8 a.m.

A few days later Marcianna’s mother received a ransom note asking for $5000 in
exchange for her little girl. Police went to the drop off location but no one showed up. Police found Jamal Abeokuto’s finger prints on the other side of the note. Police then started to look for Jamal Abeokuto to arrest him for writing the note but were unable to locate him. Police put out a nationwide alert on him, including showing his picture on the America’s Most Wanted Fox TV show on Dec. 14.

Then, Marcianna’s parents worst nightmare came to reality. Two children found Marcianna’s frozen, partially snow-covered body in the woods nine days after she disappeared. Her throat had been slit and she had massive blows to the head. I am completely offended over the fact that there are people evil enough to slash a child’s throat. How wicked and cold hearted do they get? Who could slash the throat of a beautiful little girl and WHY?

A street was named after Marcianna. The name of the 5200 block of Loch Raven Boulevard is now Marcianna Ringo Way. Marcianna is remember a bright child who was a mentor at her school.

Abeokuto was found guilty. He claims that voices told him to murder the child, believing it would bring Ringoโ€™s mother and him closer together if he killed her daughter. He was sentenced to die.”

Source: Black Kids Heaven.


  • Suisan
    June 17
    6:25 pm

    Thank you for posting these stories. Unfortunately, the internet is filled with them.


  • Barbara B.
    June 17
    8:51 pm

    “There is not so much comfort in having children as there is sorrow in parting with them.”

    Very cruel, very sad.


  • Maralyn
    June 17
    10:52 pm

    She was just a baby. I know I’ll be giving my two babies an extra hug tonight, and thanking the Lord that they are safe and well.


  • shiloh walker
    June 18
    4:03 am

    I know I’ll be giving my two babies an extra hug tonight, and thanking the Lord that they are safe and well.

    Amen to that, Maralyn. Just makes you sick inside. God rest that poor baby, and be with her mother.


  • Emma
    June 18
    8:20 pm

    I don’t remember seeing anything on my local or national news about this…

    This made me sick to my stomach. Pobrecito. Now I know why my cousin did not remarry until her children were grown.


  • Anonymous
    June 19
    1:23 am


    I live not too far from where Marcianna’s body was found. I am not sure about national news(I don’t watch it too often) but it was all over the local stations. There was a massive manhunt and amber alert and the community was outraged over her death. I felt so bad for her mom who obviously did not know what a monster he was (I think that he had a history of child molestation if I remember correctly) It was so heartbreaking. I rode by her street the other day and just felt so sad. I will never understand why people do these things to children.


  • Livia
    June 19
    1:31 am

    I will never understand why people do these things to children.

    It’s incomprehensible.

    Also, thanks Karen for doing these stories. In light of recent fiasco, I think it’s really important that someone speak up for the victims. So, thanks. ๐Ÿ™‚


  • Desiree Erotique
    June 21
    5:13 am

    Karen, these stories are so heartbreaking its taken me awhile to comment.

    Sometimes as a society I think we tend to focus on the sensationalism of trials and the celebrity that is sadly enjoyed by too many criminals, whether they are murderers or the Paris Hiltons of the world. The most important issue here, I feel, is to do what we can to help make the world safer. Victims are not nameless or faceless, nor should we forget that they leave families behind. You’ve taken the time to remind us of tragedies that should never have happened, and as Livia said, to speak up for the victims. All blogland debates aside, it behooves us all to remember that victims are also human beings and not just statistics.


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