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Heartbreaking New Video Of Avonté Oquendo Leaving School Has Been Released

The late teen, whose remains were recently found on a beach in Queens, ran away from his school on October 4th, 2013.

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New security camera footage of Avonté Oquendo, the autistic teen who was missing for months before his remains were found, has surfaced.

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Oquendo disappeared from Riverview School in Queens after he was allowed to run out of an opened door in October. Other videos released show Oquendo fleeing from the school and out into the street.

The new video shows three people interacting with the door that Oquendo ultimately ran out of.


An adult male walks out of the door, which never fully closes behind him. Later, Oquendo runs out of it, and three minutes later, an attendance officer closes the door.

Asked to comment, David Perecman, the Oquendo family lawyer said: "The broadest way of speaking of it is 'never again.' Don't let children leave school."

Oquendo's mother, Vanessa Fontaine, is preparing to sue the city. Perecman says that they expect to file within the next couple of months.

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