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Ke'Anthony Terez Jelks Jr.

Age 2

Birmingham, Alabama

He was well beyond his years

Dressed in a black-and-white checkered button up Ralph Lauren long-sleeve shirt, his dapper outfit said everything you needed to know about the toddler.

His great-grandmother described him as an old man in a 2-year-old body. “He was so playful, so joyful, [so] fun,” she said.

On Wednesday morning, Nov. 14, 2018,  Ke’Anthony Terez Jelks Jr.’s father had just got home from working the night shift, when the little boy found his gun. He mistook it for a toy and shot himself in the face in his home in Birmingham, Alabama.

By Hope Kahn · Age 17
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

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

Nathan Isaiah Hurtado

Tragic end for a happy kid