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Azalya Anderson

Age 3

Sacramento, California

Fourth birthday was to be unicorn-themed

She was planning to celebrate her upcoming fourth birthday with a unicorn-themed birthday party. Ideally, there would be a lot of pink and purple, her favorite colors.

“I had a connection with her,” said her older brother. “She's so goofy just like me.”

On a Tuesday night around 9:30 p.m. in Sacramento, California, Azalya Anderson, 3, was preparing for bed and showing some of her artwork to her stepfather when bullets ripped through the wall and critically wounded her. After five days in the UC Davis Medical Center, Azalya was pronounced dead after she was taken off life support on Sept. 17, 2018.

By Willow Taylor Chiang Yang · Age 16
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