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Kaia Denise Marioneaux

Age 17

Rankin County, Mississippi

She believed in hope, faith, joy

She had the brightest smile. Her jet-black hair was swept back with a red bandana. “If you truly love someone … the only thing you want for them is to be happy,” she wrote. “If someone truly loves you they will never let you go no matter how hard the situation is. (J)ust have hope, faith and joy.”

She was playing cards at home with her brothers when a guest pulled out a gun.

Kaia Denise Marioneaux, 17, was shot in the head on Feb. 28, 2018, in Rankin County, Mississippi. Her older brother, Nye’Cole, also died. Her twin survived.

By Callia Yuan · Age 16
Meet the Reporters

More than 300 siblings

Ramand Kassadine Davis

Happy in his SpongeBob SquarePants jammies

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.