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Heidy Janeth Rivas Villanueva

Age 7

Jacksonville, Florida

At 7, her dreams, future gone

Only 7 years old, but she wanted to work so her mother could stop. She and her family had left Honduras when she was 3, to find a better life.

On Monday, she was set to start first grade. “She had already planned out her future,” her father said.

On Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, Heidy Janeth Rivas Villanueva was in the car with her father and younger sibling outside the El Tapatio market at 103rd Street in Jacksonville, Florida, while her mother shopped. A stray bullet struck her in the head. Her father picked her up and ran toward a nearby hospital. She died in his arms.

By Disha Chatterjee · Age 14
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