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Janaya Z. Swain

Age 4

Akron, Ohio

A pretty smile, a little princess

At 4 years old, she was already unique. "I mean, the prettiest smile,” her grandmother said. “Very smart and intelligent.”

Afterward, there would be a pink balloon reading “Little Princess,” hovering near a street pole. Teddy bears, candles and stuffed animals would line the street. Pink hearts and purple stars would splash along the sidewalk, a bouquet of roses marking the spot.

Janaya Z. Swain was sitting in a car next to her three sisters in front of a house when an argument broke out. She died of a gunshot wound to the head on Feb.16, 2018, in Akron, Ohio.

By Amrita Sangani · Age 15
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