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Aiden Michael Talmage

Age 10

Grand Forks, North Dakota

Football, video games, his grandmother's cooking

The only thing needed to get him outside was a promise to throw a football. He loved playing video games with his siblings and eating his grandmother’s cooking.

Struggles with mental illness led to hospitalizations for himself, his mother and his brother, and eventually, the bills stacked up. The family had recently moved to Grand Forks, North Dakota.

On May 3, 2018, 10-year-old Aiden Michael Talmage, one of his older brothers and his younger sister were shot and killed in their sleep by their mother, who killed herself afterwards. “I hadn’t met them yet, and I had only barely seen them,” a neighbor said.

By Nathalia Wyss · Age 15
Meet the Reporters

More than 300 athletes

Elisha Amon Cole

Dreaming big, working on his portfolio

Taveon Donte' Brooks

Basketball point guard, would-be rapper

Natwan Kian Holyfield

Supposed to go to homecoming, prom

Orlando Myron Anderson Jr.

He was so full of life

Sharon Castro

She always helped those who struggled

Avi Liam Franco

He loved to learn and explore

Zyhame Kila Jones

An artist, basketball player and car-lover

Kendrick D. Davis

Not quite clear on his dreams

Lorenzo Moore-Vaughn

About to start his senior year

Jeremiah Ascencio

Last moments spent cradling his brother

Vicente Valero III

He was a modern Renaissance man

James Alexzander Shorter

He’ll never taste grandma’s cookies again

Jayden Fondeur

His older brother found him first

Jontae Billups-Brooks

An athlete and a music lover

Ray Glasgow III

Bench wears jersey instead of captain

Ra’Quan Darius Jones

Didn’t get to see his GED

Ta Quan Pinkney

Bright future; gone too soon

Ricky Lamar Green Jr.

His children never saw him box

Jovontia Antonio Jones

A runner grieved by seven siblings

Brandon Nathan Tyson

Friday night lights end in tragedy