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Caydence Nicole Painter

Age 6

Ponder, Texas

Reading, dancing, playing. Siblings shot together.

As a kindergartener, reading and writing made her days special. When she wasn’t working on her alphabet, she was dancing — no matter what music was playing. She lit up the room.

She was a loyal sister, devoted to her brothers and always looking up to her oldest.

On May 16, 2018, Caydence Nicole Painter, 6, of Ponder, Texas, was shot and killed alongside her two brothers by her mother’s ex-husband, who also killed her boyfriend before turning the gun on himself. Her mother was shot but survived.

By Emma Presnell · Age 16
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

Jovontia Antonio Jones

A runner grieved by seven siblings

Brandon Nathan Tyson

Friday night lights end in tragedy