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Damian Michael Wilkins

Age 8

Willits, California

Curious kid, he loved to build

Reached by text, his best friend’s aunt called him “curious” and “full of wonder.” His great-grandmother said that he loved building things “whether it be with pieces of wood, nails and hammer” or his beloved Legos.

Those who knew his mother, Krissy, said that his father, Michael, was “abusive” and “controlling.” A friend took them in after they were found living in their car. But eventually, Michael smashed Krissy’s windshield and “took them away (again) onto the streets.”  

Damian Michael Wilkins, 8, was shot and killed by his father on Jan. 11, 2019, in Willits, California. Michael also killed Krissy and then himself.

By Grace Moriarty · Age 17
Meet the Reporters

More than 200 friends

Saniyah Monee Nicholson

Funny faces and pigtails no longer

Tyrese A. Jones

He was beloved at his school


Shot while walking down the street

Kameron Johnson

He dreamed of college and cars

Kameron Porter

Domestic violence ends a stepson’s life

Jacob Matthew Edwards

A survivor, full of heart. Gone.

Corey Donald II

He had just started barber school

Floyd Chianti Davenport IV

“Baba stay woke...Baba stay woke!”

Kelvion’te A. Trammell

Engine still running, no life left

Clinton Howell

A daily trip that turned deadly

Jayvone J. Shackelford-Bishop

Friends together like Lilo & Stitch

Joel Keshon Green

An interrupted trail of Facebook photos

Fernando Perez

“What is it going to take?”

Delametric Djuan Fairley

Never got to make travel plans

Moltere Charles Jr.

#TGFAD — Thank God for another day

Oliver Santos

Big smile stolen on Saturday night

Darryl Lamar Johnson

A family visit. He never left.

Xavier Montrail Thomas

Candles flicker against darkness for Zay

Samuel Ozuna

Always respectful, loved by his friends

Romane D. Taylor Jr.

Intelligent and playful, beloved by buddies