Most of us never met Avonte Oquendo.
So why does it feel like his passing—confirmed this week with the identification of human remains found on a frigid Queens riverbank—took a part of each of us with him?
The ordeal of this missing child united millions of strangers in the shared emotions of anxiety, hope and grief. A silent 14-year-old boy became the catalyst for one of the most deeply felt communal experiences New Yorkers have had since the attacks of Sept. 11. Read More