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Christopher Charles Williams Jr.

Age 2

Houston, Texas

He was named for his father

The tiny buttons on his dark orange sweater were lovingly fastened, the top illuminated by his radiant, gap-toothed smile.

He was named after his father and affectionately called “Junior.” As his aunt recalls, the two were inseparable. Both would smile easily for pictures, his father wrapping his arm protectively around his son.

One Sunday afternoon, the boy picked up a 9-mm pistol from the couch in his home in Houston, Texas, pointed it at his head and pulled the trigger. Christopher Charles Williams Jr., 2, died on July 8, 2018 due to the accidental shooting. Both of his parents were home at the time.

By Madison Hahamy · Age 18
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