- 3 years old
- Date of birth: May 17, 2010
- Place of birth:
Korea, Republic of
- Date of passing: Feb 3, 2014
- Place of passing:
Maryland, United States
This memorial website was created in memory of Hyun-su, aged 3. According to the arrest warrant of Brian Patrick O'Callaghan, it looks llike his birthday was May 17, 2010. However, the official obituary in the local paper did not list the day he was born in Korea, only the day he was sent to the U.S. Hyun-su died on February 3, 2014, only four months after being sent to the U.S. for international adoption. We will remember him forever.
Official obituary in the local paper made by the O'Callaghans:
Arrest warrant of Brian O'Callaghan:
"Dear Hyun-su .... part of my life work is to work to ensure intercountry adoption community (esp Governments and agencies) listens to the voices for whom it impacts the most. RIP knowing your voice will not be excluded by those like myself who speak out. You never got to speak up and tell about those who did you wrong, the agency who placed you with terrible adoptive parents who should never have been allowed, and the Governments who allowed you to be placed to begin with .. who should have done more to ensure you could remain either with your family and kin (including foster mother) or at least to stay in your country of birth with supports.
We will not stop speaking out until intercountry adoption under the existing Hague Convention takes into consideration the voices of us adoptees AND our birth families for whom their voice is also unheard!
More must be done to prevent adoptions going wrong like yours and where those who are responsible (governments and agencies), are finally held accountable. I'm sorry little has been done to give you justice, but you remain alive within us adult intercountry adoptees and we will continue to speak out on your behalf.
RIP beautiful soul .. I'm sorry you suffered so much!
"peace and love to you forever!"
"Dear Hyun-su, I am thinking of you today. May you rest in peace."
"Always on our mind, little brother. Play in peace."
"You will never be forgotten, little one."
"may you find peace.Bless you little man."
"Hyun-Su, you're not forgotten."
"Dear Hyunsu, today is your birthday! So sorry you are not here so we could celebrate you."
"You are loved and remembered."
"Rest in peace little one. Holding you in my heart."
"On this day, 2 years later, My Heart still aches for Hyunsu"
"Sorry Hyun-su that we could not help you!"
"what a tragedy that you were taken at such a young age,may you rest in peace knowing no one can ever harm you again."
This song reminds me of you Hyun-su."
"RIP sweet angel...I hope the mean man who hurt you is punished for a LONG LONG time!"
I am so sorry you are not among us anymore! I sincerely hope that you are at a better place now."
"Rest in peace litte bro hyun-su Kim always thinking off you"
"Hello Hyun-Su ahh-
Another year has passed and still think of you and will never forget you. You seem silent and in a good place far away. Someday hope to met you...
Love & peace,
"At a recent drumming retreat, we included a jesa ceremony/제사 to honor those who have passed in our lives and communities. For you, a picture was put up along with the lives of other dears ones. We honor your life and spirit and will never forget. Because of you, I hope we can create a better world."
"Remembering you, Hyunsu, today and always. May you rest in peace. And may justice be done."
"Dear Hyun-su Kim, I am so sorry :( You deserved so much better."
"Rest in heaven sweet boy! We are your people and your family! Today is for you! I am Hyun-su Kim also, we all are! May your spirit live and shine forever!"
"People sometimes ask me if that is me as a child in my profile photo...and I tell them, yes....I am Hyun-su (2010 - 2014)"
You are still remembered. May you rest in peace!"
"Dear Hyun-su, Jane 누나 succeeded in defending you against Holt. Today the Ministery finally released their report. Holt did violate the Special Adoption Law when they forced you to leave your Korean fostermom in order to be sent to America. RIP."
"Hyun-su, you are not forgotten. Rest in peace, and may justice be done."
"Rest in peace, sweet boy. Adoptees all over the world will not let you be forgotten and we will hold you in our hearts forever. Xox"
"생일 축하하라고 말을 못하지만 ... 너를 잊지 안겠어, 현수야."
"Dear Hyun-su, today you would have turn 4! I hope that you are in Nangijala now - in a peaceful environment with toys, people who love you and lots of animals."
"Dear Hyun-su, you are not forgotten! I want you to know that there are still peope out there who are fighting for you and all the other children who the Korean society is trying to hide and forget."
"Dear little baby,
Please rest in heaven with your heavenly father. Please know so many people love you and care for you. Your life is worth more than words can say and we dearly pray for your happiness and comfort."
"Dear Hyunsu, my friends and I have shed many tears and wanted to love and hold you from afar. I gave my son many hugs and kisses today, thinking of you, and remembering when he was your age. We both said a prayer for you. The only comfort we have is knowing you have a new body and new life, free from all harm and loved beyond measure. May you sing a new song of love and joy and peace in your eternal rest. - your nuna, NanIe Lee"
"Rest in peace, little one <3"
"Hyunsu, I will forever love you and remember you in my heart. I am sorry we have all failed you. I am sorry you endured so much. May you be loved dearly, may you smile and laugh and run into the arms of your mother in Heaven. Dearest Hyunsu,, I love you."
"Be at peace. You are loved, sweet little boy. I am only one of countless other Korean American adoptees who mourn the loss of your life. May our love blanket you & provide you safety as you make your way to heaven.
This has to stop! Too many Korean adoptees have been given to individuals who are unfit to parent. You deserved better.
Hyun-su, we will pray for justice. Your death will not be swept under the rug of excuses and lies."
"Little Hyun-su, you are like a little brother for me. Adoptees are family, and you would have been mine. May you now find peace from the cruelty of this world. Your life will not be forgotten, and the wrongs will be made right."
"oh little Hyeonsu I am so sorry what happened to you. I stand as an adoptive mother to 3 from your homeland. I stand here side by side with your adoptive brothers and sisters mourning your loss. I cry with them over the loss of your precious life.
Tonight I sit here and wonder what contributions you would have made if you had lived. Would you marry and have a family of your own? What job would you have taken? Would you be the President of your own company or would you be a professor at a big university?
I am so sorry. I'm sorry that you didn't get a chance to make friends, to go to school, to go to prom, to graduate high school, to go to college, to get your first job, to go on your first date, to marry the person that you love, to buy your first car, to buy your first home, to start a family, to grow old with the person that you love, and everything in between.
Hyeonsu, I am so sorry."
"잠시 머물렀지만 넌 사랑받는 존재란다. I'll remember and pray for YOU.
Rest in peace.."
"You will never be forgotten. You are an angel. Rest in peace. <3"
"So very tragic to happen to a baby, r.i.p., little one. Hope justice will be served to those responsible. Condolences to the family of the baby boy..."
"Rest in peace sweet child."
"Dear sweet Hyun-Su:
You went through many struggles in your short life, but now, know that you are so loved. You are our precious younger brother. We feel pain because of the pain you went through and shed tears at this injustice. We hold you tenderly in our memories forever.
Today, we are outraged on behalf of your death and suffering, and we call upon Holt Korea to make policy changes to ensure a safer future for children and your fellow adoptees in Korea continue to uplift unwed mothers so they can raise their children with dignity and support. We seek justice on your behalf and our fellow adoptees who have faced struggles, abuse, and violence. This system is so big and broken, but we challenge it for you.
May you rest in peace and love forever.
Jenna Cho Ness / 조현선 / Holt #K84-4967"
"i have no words, sweetheart, just all my heart, soul and spirit to embrace you with and my tears for not being there to protect you. Your reality is a deeply saddening reminder that there is much work to be done and I will forever commit to work towards protecting the lives and well-being of our children"
"You deserved all that is great, beautiful and wonderful in this world. You deserved LOVE, peace and happiness!! So very sad and tragic. May you rest in peace, Dear Sweet Hyun-Su."
"Hyun-su, hyung does not know what to say. I promise that I will never forget you. I promise that I will continue to fight - more fiercely than ever - against the system that took your life. I will carry you with me every day. Rest in peace, sweet Hyun-su. Let us fight for you now."
"Dear sweet boy! May you finally have peace and joy. May you dance, sing and play to your hearts content. May you know how very much you are loved by your fellow adoptee brothers and sisters who will always remember and honor you. And, may you finally feel the love, comfort and security you didn't receive here on earth."
"Sweet Hyun-su, your light will continue to shine in the lives of your adoptee brothers and sisters. We will hold you in our hearts. We will give you a voice. We will remember."
"Hyun-Su, may you rest in peace in heaven. You will always be remembered. May you be with your Creator and have eternal peace. Your death has left a hole in our hearts. Although I didn't know you, as a Korean adoptee who lived near you, I am saddened that your innocent life was filled with pain and all too brief."
"현수, it is with a heavy heart that I bid you farewell. I didn't know you personally, but as a fellow adoptee, and as a mother of a 3-year-old boy, your tragic death has affected me deeply. I hope that where you are now there is a lovely play park with lots of swings, a big slide, trees to climb in and other children to play with. That is how I'm going to picture you, laughing, giggling, swinging higher and higher until your feet meet the sky. Play in peace, beautiful boy."
"May you find a way to smile and play. May you reach to find the light that was taken from you that day. When God saw how you were treated. He sent down all His angels just to bring you safely home. As special as Madoc Hyun-Su will never be forgotten. Rest in peace, sweetie."
"Our journey on earth was short but will remain in our hearts forever, your the little lamb sent to us to remember the importance of family, life, love, youth...
You will always be my little brother born into this world with similar circumstances and ending far far sooner than me and the rest of us...
I know your life in the clouds is no comparison to the one on earth-as you can rest, play, grow, be safe and loved and with so many people.
Someday we will meet and hope to be the big sister you never had or the mother or aunt. We are the sacrifice and you even more so carrying the message that we count and who will save us?
"Just call my name and I'll be there" until we can meet in heaven!
peace, blessings & love,
"Oh, little one. I am so sorry that you suffered so much and saw so much evil in the short time you were here. My prayers to your mother who has been grieving for you for so long. This never should have happened."
"Rest in peace, little Hyun-su. You went through so much in your short three years. Your death will not be in vain. We will always remember."
"No words. Only justice."
I divorced the Church many years ago, but yesterday I went to a church in Stockholm and wrote a prayer for you. The priest will read it on Sunday so the people who go there can learn about your story.
I lit three candles: one for you, one for Pastor Kim at KoRoot who is organising the memorial for you in Seoul and one for onni Jane who is doing everything she can to support the Adoption Community of Korea."
"미움과 아픔이 없는 곳에서 편하게 쉬길 바랍니다"
"May you be loved wherever you are now. And may your story change the world so that you may live on."
"May God be with you and protect you like no one on Earth could. You were a precious gift that went unrecognized. Peace and love Hyun-Su."
"Rest in peace little one, no one can hurt you anymore. One day you will meet your Birth mother, and she will finally be able to hold you forever. ."
"I feel so sad for you, little One. I hope there will be Justice for you. Hope the World never will forget why you died to early. May you rest in peace and may your memory forever live. Namasté"
"RIP Hyun-su, we will remember you and tell your story to keep you alive."
"The adoptee and adoptive parent community of Korean Focus of Metro DC mourns the violent loss of this vulnerable child.
"I am praying for, and sending all my sympathies to all first family members in Korea who are wondering if this was their child's fate, who are grieving and fearful for children who are living with other families overseas. Hyun-su death is heart breaking and unfathomable in its tragedy and injustice. Our household grieves the death of this child with you and sends sympathies to all in Korea who mourn him."
"Rest in peace, Little One. May your short life and tragic death call everyone to action so this never happens again."
"I am so sorry that all of us adults have failed you. You deserved so much better than what we gave you."
"Oh, dear child...may you be swept into an eternal peace where you will never again experience anything but love. You deserved that on earth. You deserved to be treated with every form of kindness, to be in a place and with people who would help you learn and grow and love you for the precious individual you are. You will be missed, and we will fight to make sure that your fate is not the fate of other children lost to adopters who should never have been allowed to have a child. You deserved love. We will not forget you, Hyun-su. We will not forget you."
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