Actress Holly Robinson Peete Joins Search for Missing Autistic Teen in New York

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Two weeks ago I thought this would be resolved.  Unfortunately the mysterious disappearance of 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo remains unsolved, despite NYPD officers’ and countless volunteers leaving no stone unturned to reunite him with his family.

I know what you might be thinking…there are countless brown faced men, women, boys and girls that go missing everyday that are never the focus on the news, hence this popular show. However, as troubling as that reality is for us. Avonte’s case is even more startling because he has no voice. He’s a 14-year-old autistic teenager–whose love of trains led him to these safe albeit noisy havens–that ran out of the front door of his school in Long Island City Oct. 4th without a trace of his destination.

So, if you haven’t seen the flier above (please take a good long look) plastered on subway walls or heard a police cruiser with this announcement:

Hi Avonte, it’s mom. Come to the flashing lights Avonte.

Please listen and pay attention.

We know our girl Holly Robinson Peete did. Earlier this week, Holly made a visit to the family’s #FindAvonte headquarters in Long Island City, New York.

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Photo credit: Instagram

Holly comforted and prayed with the family of the autistic boy during her visit. And blasted Avonte’s school for letting the young boy walk out the door without stopping him.

I cannot fathom the horror of leaving your nonverbal child with #autismin the hands of a school that’s supposed to look out for him and he is allowed to just walk outside on his own. A security guard watched as he skipped away… #worstnightmare #autism We need everyone in schools to be aware and educated.

NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly released a statement saying the security guard followed normal procedures. Because cameras show her telling Avonte to go back to class when she saw him attempting to leave.

This tells a different story.

Considering Holly is the parent of an autistic child and has an organization dedicated to educating families about autism is understandably why she caught major feelings over #findAvonte mission.

Please keep your eyes peeled…we must #findAvonte

 

 

HollyRod Foundation Rips the Runway for DesignCare Event

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Vivien Killilea/WireImage

Russell Simmons wasn’t the only one star gazing for a good cause on Saturday, Holly Robinson Peete looked delish in a hot pink evening gown to attend her 15th annual DesignCares event, which is made up of a fashion show, performances and live/silent auctions, to raise money for the HollyRod Foundation. Holly and husband former NFLer Rodney Peete created the HollyRod Foundation to provide resources and financial support to families suffering from Parkinson’s Disease and Autism.

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Two causes close to Peete’s heart after watching her father suffer from Parkinson’s disease and her elder son diagnosed with Autism.

The event was held at a private residence in Malibu. Neyo rocked the crowd made up of chocolate Hollywood A-listers….like

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Vivien Killilea/WireImage

Magic and Cookie Johnson, Duane Martin and Tisha Campbell Martin, whose son is also diagnosed with Autism, and lovebirds Nicole Ari Parker and Boris Kodjoe.

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Vivien Killilea/Wire Image

Vivien Killilea/Wire Image

Vivien Killilea/Wire Image

Vivien Killilea/Wire Image

Vivien Killilea/Wire Image

Don’t you love when sisters support sisters? Vivica A. Fox, Nancy O’Dell, Shaun Robinson, Garcelle Beauvais and Ms. Toni Childs aka Jill Marie Jones showed love to Holly on Saturday.

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Sources;

Loop21.com

HollyRod.org

Instagram/hollyrpeete