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Eugene Ryder Stamey

Age 6

Hephzibah, Georgia

Innocent game turned to foul play

Bright-eyed and brown-haired, his energy for life followed him wherever he went. He loved being in the spotlight, always singing, dancing, and smiling. His grandmother said there was “nothing this little boy could've ever done wrong in his life.”

He was playing zombies, a variation of the game tag, with his mother’s live-in boyfriend and the boyfriend’s 8-year-old nephew. They chased each other with Nerf Guns around the house in Hephzibah, Georgia.

On Nov. 5, 2018, while they were playing, the boyfriend allegedly pulled out a shotgun, aimed it at Eugene Ryder Stamey, 6, and fatally shot him.

By Katherine Oung · Age 15
Meet the Reporters

More than 30 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

Des'mon Reyshard Anderson

His baby lost her loving dad

Tylon DaJaun Batey

So much family left to grieve

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

Davieuntay Green

Summer stroll brought to a halt

Rion Adrian Faulkner

Moved like Elvis without learning dance