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Malachi La'Velle Michael Barnes

Age 3

Toledo, Ohio

His mom had birthday invitations ready

He played hide-and-seek in the cabinets. The 3-year-old boy was joyous and adventurous — filled with laughter and energy.

He wished to work in the medical field like his mother, yet “many thought that he could make it to the NBA,” according to his family. He wanted Hot Wheels for his fourth birthday, just 28 days away.

On Nov. 22, 2018, Malachi La'Velle Michael Barnes was shot in the back seat of his father's car in Toledo, Ohio. He died at the hospital. Police believe the shooting was not random. His mother already had the invitations for his birthday party.

By Disha Chatterjee · Age 14
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

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

Moises Ramon Montano

He was resting in Mom’s arms

Nathan Isaiah Hurtado

Tragic end for a happy kid