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Joaquim Cadell

Age 7

Middletown, Pennsylvania

He was his mother’s miracle baby

The night of the vigil was bitterly cold, the local paper noted, and ”too windy” for candles. So instead, friends and community members stacked stuffed animals on the stairs leading to the house. “The light beats out the darkness every time,” said the family’s landlord, George Crist.

The family frequented Wesley United Methodist Church. After two miscarriages, his mother gave birth to him, her “miracle baby.”

Joaquim Cadell was 7 years old when he and his mother were shot dead by his father, who then committed suicide, on Jan. 2, 2019 in Middletown, Pennsylvania. They were found by police three days later.

By Elena Eisenstadt · Age 16
Meet the Reporters

More than 200 friends

Saniyah Monee Nicholson

Funny faces and pigtails no longer

Tyrese A. Jones

He was beloved at his school


Shot while walking down the street

Kameron Johnson

He dreamed of college and cars

Kameron Porter

Domestic violence ends a stepson’s life

Jacob Matthew Edwards

A survivor, full of heart. Gone.

Corey Donald II

He had just started barber school

Floyd Chianti Davenport IV

“Baba stay woke...Baba stay woke!”

Kelvion’te A. Trammell

Engine still running, no life left

Clinton Howell

A daily trip that turned deadly

Jayvone J. Shackelford-Bishop

Friends together like Lilo & Stitch

Joel Keshon Green

An interrupted trail of Facebook photos

Fernando Perez

“What is it going to take?”

Delametric Djuan Fairley

Never got to make travel plans

Moltere Charles Jr.

#TGFAD — Thank God for another day

Oliver Santos

Big smile stolen on Saturday night

Darryl Lamar Johnson

A family visit. He never left.

Xavier Montrail Thomas

Candles flicker against darkness for Zay

Samuel Ozuna

Always respectful, loved by his friends

Romane D. Taylor Jr.

Intelligent and playful, beloved by buddies