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Messiah Murphy

Age 4

Shreveport, Louisiana

A wrong turn, a grandson gone

His grandmother described him as a “fun-loving, mischievous, normal kid.”

He loved to watch cartoons and dance. At 4 years old, he adored his mother. She had just given him a bath when a friend called, asking for a ride.

On May 10, 2018, Messiah Murphy was with his mom and brother when shots were fired at their car in north Shreveport, Louisiana. Messiah was shot in the head and pronounced dead at the scene. No one else in the car was injured. Later, his grandmother said his mom had made a wrong turn.

By Kaia Mills-Lee · Age 15
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

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Ears ringing. Loud noise. Third accident.

Unknown

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.

Aiden Martin

Cinnamon twists. Play-Doh. Accident. Bloody refrigerator.

Julien Gonzalez

The youngest infant at his daycare

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

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

Leonardo Martinez

His father couldn’t live without him