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Leona Samlall

Age 18

Highland Springs, Virginia

Heart balloons mark the crime scene

She wore a baggy black shirt, her collarbone and skinny arms exposed through the large sleeves. She held her long black hair back, exposing a wide smile and tired eyes.

Things weren’t easy for her.  She was possibly in a relationship with her uncle, a man 21 years older than she was and the father of her 3-month-old child. Her cousin helped her escape, but her taste of freedom didn’t last long.

On Dec. 13, 2018, Leona Samlall, 18, and her cousin were allegedly shot by her uncle in Highland Springs, Virginia.

By Emma Presnell · 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

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

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

Jamar Harris

Shots rang out, two were dead

Royale D'Von Smith Jr.

Never got to meet his baby