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created in the memory of our loved one, Giovanni "Joey" Aletriz who was born in Pennsylvania on April 03, 1989 and passed away on February 04, 2006 at the age of 16. We will remember him forever. 
  Hi, I'm Cynthia, Joeys Mom...Joeys Voice. My son Joey Aletriz was killed on 2/4/06, at Summitquest Academy in Ephrata, Pa,while being restrained.  We, at least I, never imagined my son would ever go back to Ephrata for any reason. We talked about it before he left. I asked him "Baby, don't You think it's funny how God is sending you back to where you were born to get your life back on track?" and Joey told me "Yeah, Mom I know, but when I go home things are gonna be better and we are gonna have a good life" but he never made it home... not to our home anyway.  I guess God had to close the circle.
  The physical trauma from the autopsy shows Joey was beaten and died from Positional Asphyxiation which caused his heart to stop from lack of oxygen.     This Phenomena almost always occurs when someone is placed in a Prone{On their stomach) Restraint. The DA in this area is bias and is saying that the staff followed proper policy and procedure in taking my son down. But don't it make sense that if they had, that this healthy 16y/o boy would be alive? But being that he was 6'1 260lbs they had something to prove but he was a boy! He hadn't even acquired his "MAN strength" he was just a big kid. They knew Joey wasn't gonna see his parent for 17 days which would have gave him time to recover from his injuries had he survived. If he had said anything, it would have been

  his word against theirs. Whos gonna believe him he has issues? But they weren't counting on this Mom. Please help me stop this so it can never happen again. Let them know that you can't do this to kids. They MUST be held accountable or they will do it again, because people like this feel kids in these places get what they deserve. But they deserve help without fear of being hurt or killed like Joey was.

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Tributes and Condolences
Time hasn't helped...   / Joey '. S. Mommy (Mom)
It has been said, 'time heals all wounds.' I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone. Rose Kennedy
I Understand...   / Paul Daniel (None)
I went to Summit Quest myself because of my own Childhood abuse I too saw the violence that was used in restraints for no good reason also... I had many injustices done to me such as a staff member allowing another kid to bully me and often joining i...  Continue >>
my friend when i was in hell   / Raymond Kintzel (peer)
joey im sure im not the first nor the last to pay tribute i was there in the class next to you i saw you every day at lunch you were funny even though staff hated it of all people i am saddened and surprised that you of all were one to fall i vi...  Continue >>
IM SO HAPPY I WAS A PART OF JOEYS LIFE   / MARISOL GARCIA (TITI)
I REMEMBER WHEN I USED TO BABYSIT MY NEPHEWS WHEN THEY WERE LITTLE BOYS .ALEX N JOEY WERE THICK AS THIEVES IT WAS SO CUTE TO SEE THEM ALWAYS TOGETHER. JOEY WAS ALWAYS BIG AS FAR AS I CAN REMEMBER BUT HE HAD A HEART OF GOLD AND ALWAYS REMINDED ME OF A...  Continue >>
JOEY DESERVED BETTER   / Hollie DeRose (None)
Hi I dont know you but I am an advocate for juvenile justice reform.  I am doing a presentation at my college about this and am using Joeys story to show that he desered better.  I hope that by sharing Joeys story with my college will chang...  Continue >>
Happy Birthday Baby  / Joeys Mom (Mommy)    Read >>
We Did IT Joey!  / Joeys Mommy (Mommy)    Read >>
A mothers Blessing  / Joeys Voice (His Mom )    Read >>
I miss you My Valetine  / Cynthia "Joeys' Mommy" Allen (His Voice )    Read >>
I hope that you and Billy are having a ball!  / Lili Nieves (cousin)    Read >>
I can't believe it's been a year  / Cynthia Allen (Mommy)    Read >>
I am very sorry  / Tyler Hager (NONE)    Read >>
In memory of Joey  / Isabelle Zehnder (Someone who cares )    Read >>
Sorry for your loss  / Donna Pavlik (mom of Angellika Arndt )    Read >>
One more thing ....  / Isabelle Zehnder (Another voice for Joey )    Read >>
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His legacy
An all around Artist  


 Joeys' gift was art.  Joey loved to draw cartoons and characters   and was getting very good at drawing people. Joey said he wanted to put his talent God blessed him with into be a Cosmetologist.

  He said "I get to be around beautiful women, its art and I get paid for it"
  Although I raised Joey to believe in the Bible 

and  in the lord Jesus Christ, Joey gave his heart to God in Islam  days

 before he died. When he called to tell me he said "Mom, don't be mad...I took my Shahara, I became Muslem" I told him  

 
"Baby, wherever you found God that's fine with me, because I Love You." 
  And he was HAPPY.


Joey Loved ALL kinds of music.


From Rap to Rock to Oldies to Slow Jams, Joey loved to listen to the music. 
 
Giovanni "Joey"'s Photo Album
Christmas morning
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