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Jovani Ligurgo

Age 2

Raphine, Virginia

Amber Alert might have saved him

His time was split between his dad’s condo in Coram, New York, and his mom’s home in Long Island. 

After his did didn’t return him one Tuesday afternoon, his mother called the police to request an Amber Alert. It wasn’t issued because the boy’s dad had no history of violence. Within hours, his father’s condo was on fire, with father and son missing along with a hunting rifle.

In her eyes, if an Amber Alert had been issued she might still have her boy. Jovani Ligurgo, 2, and his dad were both found shot on June 6, 2018 in Rockbridge County, Virginia, in what police believe was a murder-suicide.

By Mollie Davis · Age 18
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