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Arianna Leigh Talmage

Age 6

Grand Forks, North Dakota

Struggling family. No school. Troubled home.

Six years old, she loved to dance and to create figures with Play-Doh. A small pink bicycle, perhaps the one she liked to ride, lay outside their home.

Her family had just moved into town. Her mother was struggling to keep up with medical bills. Dispatched because the children had not attended school, a school resource officer found them during a welfare check.

On May 3, 2018 in Grand Forks, North Dakota, Arianna Leigh Talmage’s mother shot and killed her and two brothers in their sleep. She committed suicide soon after.

By Nathalia Wyss · Age 15
Meet the Reporters

More than 40 dancers

Yaleah Hall

Sister, daughter, dancer, since day one

Alisia JaNell Williams

She made her dolls happy, too

Orlando Myron Anderson Jr.

He was so full of life

Cara Marie Loughran

Dancing in our hearts for eternity

Xzariah Denecca Rice

Her father died in her arms

Taylor Hayes

A star on her karaoke machine

Arthur Roger Holloway III

His obituary ran in two states

Doumba Sannoh

Fatal price for the American dream

Eugene Ryder Stamey

Innocent game turned to foul play

Des'mon Reyshard Anderson

His baby lost her loving dad

Tylon DaJaun Batey

So much family left to grieve

Christopher Williams

Web design intern, brother of six

Justise Armoni Ledena Allen

She did not even look hurt

Eliza Kristine Orellana

She was a singer, dancer and friend

Alexa Denice Montez

Her father’s “greatest gift,” he said

Jaime Taylor Guttenberg

Independent, fearless, bright; a graceful dancer

Darius Marcel Boone

An infectious laugh silenced by violence

Michael D. Bardlett

To know Michael. To love Michael.

Kelvin Ramone Creech

Engaged. Ready for fatherhood. Taken away.

Trinity Renee-Jordan Wiggins

Her uncle’s house, pockmarked with bullets