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Eliza Kristine Orellana

Age 8

Gerrardstown, West Virginia

She was a singer, dancer and friend

She loved her pet hamster and her big sister, Olivia. She was a singer, a dancer and a friend to a “seemingly endless” number of people.

“She was a happy, happy girl,” a family friend said. “She was everything adults strive to be.” She and her sister had just arrived home after elementary school on a Thursday afternoon when her mother called them upstairs.

On Sept. 20, 2018, Eliza Kristine Orellana, 8, and her sister were shot by their mother in their home in Gerrardstown, West Virginia. Her sister escaped, but Eliza died at the scene.

By Sequoia Wyckoff · Age 15
Meet the Reporters

More than 300 siblings

Yaleah Hall

Sister, daughter, dancer, since day one

Elisha Amon Cole

Dreaming big, working on his portfolio

Lia Lin Collier

A light, “unrelenting joy” extinguished

Peyton Nicole Hurt

Still helping others, even in death

Ryan Amadeo Dela Cruz

Gone, two weeks shy of graduation

Rashaad Izil Wisher

One brother buried. Then another one.

Izabella Marie Helem

Brother shoots his sister by accident

Raydale Hill

Can no longer create his music

Jaquincy Jawan Ross

Wanted to buy her a scooter

Lorenzo Moore-Vaughn

About to start his senior year

Elijah Foster

Dope Boy Gang. One less member.

Kameron Johnson

He dreamed of college and cars

Jeremiah Ascencio

Last moments spent cradling his brother

Shondricka J'Nay Adams

Celebrating one night, gone the next

Ty'Dre Shyheim Hailey

She didn’t know it was real

Jayden Fondeur

His older brother found him first

Jontae Billups-Brooks

An athlete and a music lover

Rashiya Melton

Joins brother, leaves behind her twin

Caydence Nicole Painter

Reading, dancing, playing. Siblings shot together.

Jovontia Antonio Jones

A runner grieved by seven siblings