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Kyrie L. Johnson

Age 1

Buffalo, New York

He was only 17 months old

It was a warm summer evening shortly before Independence Day when his family gathered in the quiet Fruit Belt neighborhood in Buffalo, New York.

It was his grandmother’s 54th birthday. He and his cousins spent most of the day blowing bubbles, playing with squirt guns and eating cake. Seven days later, white balloons would be released, floating up to the blue sky to celebrate a short life.

On July 2, 2018, 17-month-old Kyrie L. Johnson was shot dead on the front porch of his home. His grandmother and father were also shot. The father survived.

By Aaliyah Alcibar · Age 16
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

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