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Dariel Walker II

Age 2

Bay City, Michigan

Small boy, small family, all gone

The boy known to friends and family as “DJ” loved his sister with every fiber of his being. She would encourage him, and he would cheer her on.


He loved spending time with and having fun with his sister. When dancing in the kitchen, he’d become entranced with the magnetic letters on the fridge. Watching his sister, he joined in rolling and dancing on the ground, appearing delighted with his achievement.

His exuberance ended at the age of 2 when Dariel Walker Jr. and his sister, Mikayla, 3, were shot in the head by their mother on Feb. 20, 2018, at a roadside industrial park in Bay County, Michigan.

By Bryn Healy · Age 17
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