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John Stanley Presnar Jr.

Age 7

Miami, Florida

Neighbors won’t see him play again

It was a two-story tan house with brick-red shutters flanking its windows. A couple of palm trees sat out front, barely reaching its terra-cotta-lined roof.

Often two children — a girl, 8, and a boy, 7 — would play outside in the tiled driveway and on the dried lawn. The children’s parents “were always outside with their kids,” said one neighbor. “They were all a very, very nice family.”

On Dec. 16, 2018, at around 1 a.m., 7-year-old John Stanley Presnar Jr. was shot and killed by his father  in Southwest Miami-Dade County, Florida. His mother was also killed and his sister was fatally wounded before his father killed himself.

By Willow Taylor Chiang Yang · Age 16
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