Malachi La'Velle Michael Barnes
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.