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Geneva Authena Lanae Augustow

Age 3

Longview, Texas

Her tiny hands prayed every night

Every night, she kneeled beside her bed to pray, beckoning her mother to join her.

At MiMi Daycare and School, she thrived learning to interact with her peers and eagerly memorizing the alphabet and colors. She looked up to “her Jazz,” as she called her older sister Jazmine. At the end of each bedtime prayer, she whispered “God bless everybody.”

At 6:50 p.m. on June 14, 2018, Longview Police responded to a report of shots fired on Owings Avenue in Longview, Texas. Geneva Authena Lanae Augustow, 3, lying next to a 9mm handgun, was pronounced dead from a self-inflicted 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

David Jermaine Hall

Empty seat in his mother’s car

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