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Mikayla Alina Walker

Age 3

Bay City, Michigan

Champion won’t lift yellow sword again

In an online video, she uses her small hand to lift a yellow foam sword to the ceiling. Repeating after her father, who held her in his arms, she chanted with joy, “I’m smart, I’m beautiful, I can do anything I set my mind to do!”

She was often described by her family and their friends as a “champion” and a “beautiful angel.”

Mikayla Alina Walker was 3 when, on Feb. 20, 2018, her mother drove her and her 2-year-old brother, Dariel, to an industrial parking lot in Bay County, Michigan, and shot them both in the head.

By Bryn Healy · Age 17
Meet the Reporters

More than 300 siblings

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.

Jovontia Antonio Jones

A runner grieved by seven siblings