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Ella Grace Fain

Age 5

Carnesville, Georgia

Little girl just wanted to dance

She loved to dance. More than anything, she loved unicorns.

One family member told the world, via Facebook, that she was “so sweet, loving, friendly, and beautiful.” She had three brothers: Rylan, Easton, and Jaxton. She was less than two months away from her sixth birthday.

Ella Grace Fain, 5, was shot in the chest at home on October 6, 2018. She was carried by her father to St. Mary’s Sacred Heart Hospital in Lavonia, Georgia. She was then flown to a trauma center in Atlanta, where she died later that day.

By Zoe Hsu · Age 16 and Christian Lewis · Age 19
Meet the Reporters

More than 40 dancers

Yaleah Hall

Sister, daughter, dancer, since day one

Alisia JaNell Williams

She made her dolls happy, too

Orlando Myron Anderson Jr.

He was so full of life

Cara Marie Loughran

Dancing in our hearts for eternity

Xzariah Denecca Rice

Her father died in her arms

Taylor Hayes

A star on her karaoke machine

Arthur Roger Holloway III

His obituary ran in two states

Doumba Sannoh

Fatal price for the American dream

Eugene Ryder Stamey

Innocent game turned to foul play

Des'mon Reyshard Anderson

His baby lost her loving dad

Tylon DaJaun Batey

So much family left to grieve

Christopher Williams

Web design intern, brother of six

Justise Armoni Ledena Allen

She did not even look hurt

Eliza Kristine Orellana

She was a singer, dancer and friend

Alexa Denice Montez

Her father’s “greatest gift,” he said

Jaime Taylor Guttenberg

Independent, fearless, bright; a graceful dancer

Darius Marcel Boone

An infectious laugh silenced by violence

Michael D. Bardlett

To know Michael. To love Michael.

Kelvin Ramone Creech

Engaged. Ready for fatherhood. Taken away.

Trinity Renee-Jordan Wiggins

Her uncle’s house, pockmarked with bullets