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Giacomo James Shields

Age 6

Queens, New York

He came with mom, neither left

He was an adventurer. His mom posted it all on Facebook: Motor-bike rides, garden visits, and trips  from the Netherlands to New York.

His parents were in a trans-Atlantic custody dispute. He had come back to New York with his mom to visit his father. Some days into the trip, his mom’s friend, who traveled with them, couldn’t get her on the phone. The friend alerted his mom’s sister in the Netherlands, who Googled “New York” to check if anything had happened there. Her instincts were right.

Police say Giacomo James “Jimmy” Shields, 6, was shot to death by his father in the Corona neighborhood of Queens in New York City on July 30, 2019.

By Aleina Dume · Age 18 and Hope Kahn · Age 17
Meet the Reporters

More than 30 adventurers

Alisia JaNell Williams

She made her dolls happy, too

Kaiden Vague

Sixteenth birthday. Golden birthday. Last birthday.

Angel Medina

He hoped to see the world

Miguel Angel Luciano

Thankful for what his parents gave

Branden Patten

Only two brothers came back home

Brandon Blair Wareham

His life was still in construction

Teunté Lewis Rice

His shirts and life cropped short

Colton J. Jensen

He planned to ride the rodeo

Elias Knapp

Dirtbiking, skipping stones, loving his girlfriend

Trevor Alston McClements

Two weeks into his future, gone

Gage Allan Kiser

He will never meet his child

Nathan Isaiah Hurtado

Tragic end for a happy kid

Christopher Don Nelson

Small-town boy, fisherman and hunter

Rene Emilio Gonzalez

Once a Titan, always a Titan

Meadow Jade Pollack

An unapologetic, adventurous princess in pink

Justin Lewis Maness

A rising freshman, downed by gun

Jerimiah Xavier Hernandez

Teen cared about his friends, family

Benjamin Michael Workman-Greco

He’ll never get to marry Reagan

Keyaris Samuels

The box had a gun inside

Ibn Hatcher Downey

He was fashionable, friendly and family-oriented