Elijah Kameron Maxwell
Two cousins and a dangerous toy
On a Wednesday afternoon, two cousins, both 9 years old, were left home alone in the Oak Forest apartment complex. A neighbor said that the two young boys usually came home from school and played together.
The children found a legally registered gun in the apartment. One child was wounded; the other was fatally shot.
On Jan. 16, 2019, Elijah Kameron Maxwell, 9, died of gunshot wounds on West 34th Street in Houston. He was the third area child to die by gunfire in 2019. The previous year, 20 children were killed by gunfire. Thirty percent of the shootings were accidental.