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Kayla Yolanda Huerta

Age 17

San Pedro, California

Loving mother. Determined student. Broken hearts.

A picture of her on a haystack captured the moment: A mother-daughter visit to a pumpkin patch. At 17, she had a 3-year-old daughter, a younger sister and two brothers.

“She wanted to show her daughter better in life,” said her grandmother. “She (said), ‘I’m going to go to school and I’m going to accomplish something.’”

Kayla Yolanda Huerta, 17, was found dead in her car, with multiple gunshot wounds, at 2:28 a.m. on June 18, 2018, in San Pedro, California. The suspect charged with her murder allegedly became angry at something he heard and opened fire.

By Emilie Zhou · Age 16
Meet the Reporters

More than 60 young parents

Luis Flores-Bravo

Hardworking father, planning for the future

Raydale Hill

Can no longer create his music

Jaquincy Jawan Ross

Wanted to buy her a scooter

Dex Moore

Death of child leaves baby fatherless

Ricky Lamar Green Jr.

His children never saw him box

Joshua Wright

He left behind a newborn son

Ricardo Del Moro

He wanted to protect our borders

Nai’Asalyn Lasha Brown

Nursing degree unfinished, child never born

Steven Alexander Jr.

He missed his first Father’s Day

Kyle McGowan

Without him, loved ones aren’t whole

LaMar De’Shawn Foster

Son will live without his father

Carnandez A. Davis

New family never to be whole

Doumba Sannoh

Fatal price for the American dream

Chicano Kobe Phillips

A momma’s boy and young father

Aiyonna Clarice Barrett

Her unborn child died with her

Dwight Manning

A child left without a father

Gage Allan Kiser

He will never meet his child

Des'mon Reyshard Anderson

His baby lost her loving dad

James Williams

"Goofy" teen liked to dance in public

Elijah Michael Naranjo

Honor student with plans to enlist