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David Jermaine Hall

Age 2

Montgomery, Alabama

Empty seat in his mother’s car

His mother called the young boy at the center of her life “Prince David.” Their pastor called him her “angel in disguise.”

Dressed in a miniature bowtie and suspenders, he clung to his mom everywhere she went. “You see me out shopping, you see DJ. You see me getting my hair done, you see DJ,” said his mother, Lexus Sky. “I realized that God kept you close so I could cherish every moment.”

On Oct. 29, 2018, police officers found David Jermaine Hall, 2, dead at 3750 South Court Street in Montgomery, Alabama, from a fatal gunshot wound.

By Elizabeth Meisenzahl · 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

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

Nathan Isaiah Hurtado

Tragic end for a happy kid