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Brinley Ann Edwards

Age 4

Wilmington, Delaware

One gun: An entire family, vanished

A tuft of blonde hair, carefully arranged into a bright bow.

She was a middle child, a little girl between her two brothers. She was adored by her family; her younger brother constantly trailed her like a duckling. She was always looking to learn something more: A family friend remembered her as “wise beyond her years” and said she spoke like an adult

Brinley Ann Edwards was 4 years old when she died on July 9, 2018, alongside the rest of her family in Wilmington, Delaware, in a brown-shingled house that was full of life and rhythm. After he shot her, Brinley’s father killed himself.

By Chelsea Camp · Age 15
Meet the Reporters

More than 300 siblings

Yaleah Hall

Sister, daughter, dancer, since day one

Elisha Amon Cole

Dreaming big, working on his portfolio

Lia Lin Collier

A light, “unrelenting joy” extinguished

Peyton Nicole Hurt

Still helping others, even in death

Ryan Amadeo Dela Cruz

Gone, two weeks shy of graduation

Rashaad Izil Wisher

One brother buried. Then another one.

Izabella Marie Helem

Brother shoots his sister by accident

Raydale Hill

Can no longer create his music

Jaquincy Jawan Ross

Wanted to buy her a scooter

Lorenzo Moore-Vaughn

About to start his senior year

Elijah Foster

Dope Boy Gang. One less member.

Kameron Johnson

He dreamed of college and cars

Jeremiah Ascencio

Last moments spent cradling his brother

Shondricka J'Nay Adams

Celebrating one night, gone the next

Ty'Dre Shyheim Hailey

She didn’t know it was real

Jayden Fondeur

His older brother found him first

Jontae Billups-Brooks

An athlete and a music lover

Rashiya Melton

Joins brother, leaves behind her twin

Caydence Nicole Painter

Reading, dancing, playing. Siblings shot together.

Jovontia Antonio Jones

A runner grieved by seven siblings