Link shared

Aliya Monarrez López

Age 2

Muscoy, California

Sobs echoed in the empty streets

Twisted under a purple-and-gold party hat on her birthday, wavy beneath a rose-embellished headband for a trip to the park, pulled back with a white bow for her mother’s party, her hair styles said it all — she was not afraid to be herself.

Bright and always smiling, she didn’t have a care in the world.

On July 20, 2018, Aliya Monarrez López, 2, was at home in Muscoy, California, with her cousin. The boy, 4, picked up a gun allegedly left by their grandfather. The gun discharged, hitting her in the chest. She died at a local hospital. Her mother's sobs echoed through the neighborhood.  

By Kaitlin Musante · Age 17
Meet the Reporters

More than 80 infants and toddlers

Izabella Marie Helem

Brother shoots his sister by accident

Damion Little Jr.

By his mother’s side until death

Ke'Anthony Terez Jelks Jr.

He was well beyond his years

David Jermaine Hall

Empty seat in his mother’s car

Jason Garcia Perez

Three months from his first birthday


Ears ringing. Loud noise. Third accident.


The pistol was on the counter

Nyla Jones

Shot by accident, while with family

Paxton Reece Edwards

It seemed like a happy home

Owen Propes

Rosy cheeks, blue eyes. Only 3.

Kayleen Lor

She just wanted to help people

Aiden Martin

Cinnamon twists. Play-Doh. Accident. Bloody refrigerator.

Julien Gonzalez

The youngest infant at his daycare

Messiah Murphy

A wrong turn, a grandson gone

Kyrie L. Johnson

He was only 17 months old

Livia Robinson

Sweet Livia’s smile ended while sleeping

Mikayla Alina Walker

Champion won’t lift yellow sword again

Montreal Dunn

Picket fence couldn’t keep him safe

Malachi La'Velle Michael Barnes

His mom had birthday invitations ready

Moises Ramon Montano

He was resting in Mom’s arms