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Jamar Lee Quinn Jr.

Age 3

River Rouge, Michigan

He died young, innocent, and asleep

He was never really safe. Wayne County, where he lived, was home to the state’s highest homicide rate. For years, people had been leaving his city, River Rouge, Michigan. Recently, gunfire had shattered the front window of his house. Later, it would be “firebombed,” according to the family.

He also lived near a park and liked Captain America. He was 3. His story would become larger in death than in life, but he had a life.

Jamar Lee Quinn Jr. was asleep when he was shot in the head during a drive-by shooting on May 20, 2018. He died the next day.

By Zsofia Adamkovics-Larson · 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