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Anastasia Daisy Louise Ray

Age 18

High Point, North Carolina

Just days from being a mom

She was a recent high school graduate, and soon-to-be mother. Described as a beautiful and loving person, she spent her life surrounded by a large, happy family.

Approximately eight months pregnant, she wanted to name her son Kaiden. She was going to be a great mom, her own mother said

The night of Aug. 6, 2018, as Anastasia Daisy Louise Ray’s mother was out shopping for her first grandchild, shots were fired into Anastasia’s uncle’s house in High Point, North Carolina. Anastasia, 18, was inside. She was shot in the head and killed. So was her baby. It happened 51 days before her baby was due.

By Nicole Levi · Age 17
Meet the Reporters

More than 60 young parents

Luis Flores-Bravo

Hardworking father, planning for the future

Raydale Hill

Can no longer create his music

Jaquincy Jawan Ross

Wanted to buy her a scooter

Dex Moore

Death of child leaves baby fatherless

Ricky Lamar Green Jr.

His children never saw him box

Joshua Wright

He left behind a newborn son

Ricardo Del Moro

He wanted to protect our borders

Nai’Asalyn Lasha Brown

Nursing degree unfinished, child never born

Steven Alexander Jr.

He missed his first Father’s Day

LaMar De’Shawn Foster

Son will live without his father

Carnandez A. Davis

New family never to be whole

Doumba Sannoh

Fatal price for the American dream

Chicano Kobe Phillips

A momma’s boy and young father

Aiyonna Clarice Barrett

Her unborn child died with her

Gage Allan Kiser

He will never meet his child

Des'mon Reyshard Anderson

His baby lost her loving dad

James Williams

"Goofy" teen liked to dance in public

Elijah Michael Naranjo

Honor student with plans to enlist

Jamar Harris

Shots rang out, two were dead

Royale D'Von Smith Jr.

Never got to meet his baby