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McKenna Presnar

Age 8

Miami, Florida

Joined her family on Christmas morning

In the picture, she’s smiling, dressed in a white, fancy dress and clinging to a wooden pole over the water. Small, white flowers bloom from her hair and a heart-shaped pendant hangs from her neck.

She was 8 and had a brother one year younger. They lived in a tan, two-story house in Homestead, Florida.

On Dec. 16, 2018, McKenna Presnar and her family were shot by her father before he killed himself. Although the rest of her family died that day, McKenna clung to life another nine days before passing away Christmas morning.

By Willow Taylor Chiang Yang · Age 16
Meet the Reporters

More than 300 siblings

Ramand Kassadine Davis

Happy in his SpongeBob SquarePants jammies

Yaleah Hall

Sister, daughter, dancer, since day one

Elisha Amon Cole

Dreaming big, working on his portfolio

Lia Lin Collier

A light, “unrelenting joy” extinguished

Peyton Nicole Hurt

Still helping others, even in death

Ryan Amadeo Dela Cruz

Gone, two weeks shy of graduation

Rashaad Izil Wisher

One brother buried. Then another one.

Izabella Marie Helem

Brother shoots his sister by accident

Raydale Hill

Can no longer create his music

Jaquincy Jawan Ross

Wanted to buy her a scooter

Lorenzo Moore-Vaughn

About to start his senior year

Elijah Foster

Dope Boy Gang. One less member.

Kameron Johnson

He dreamed of college and cars

Jeremiah Ascencio

Last moments spent cradling his brother

Shondricka J'Nay Adams

Celebrating one night, gone the next

Ty'Dre Shyheim Hailey

She didn’t know it was real

Jayden Fondeur

His older brother found him first

Jontae Billups-Brooks

An athlete and a music lover

Rashiya Melton

Joins brother, leaves behind her twin

Caydence Nicole Painter

Reading, dancing, playing. Siblings shot together.