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Miyanna Destiny Jelks

Age 9

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

A morning like any other. Wasn’t.

She had a sweet face. She had five siblings. She was described by family members as a “loving little girl.

 

The 9-year-old was a third-grader at Emerson School. On a morning like any other, her parents left her and her siblings at home, under the watch of her 10-year-old brother, to shop for clothes.

 

On March 10, 2018, Miyanna Destiny Jelks was accidentally shot in the neck by her brother in their Milwaukee home. Her parents rushed her to St. Joseph's Hospital when they got home. She was pronounced dead shortly before 1 p.m.

By Amy Miyahara · 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