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Moises Ramon Montano

Age 2

Ridgeland, South Carolina

He was resting in Mom’s arms

He was a toddler, his entire life waiting ahead of him. A picture depicts his face with a shy smile, surrounded by curly brown hair and heart shapes pasted in the corner.

Most evenings, he lay in bed peacefully at home with his mother. His family has lived in their neighborhood for nearly 20 years. Jasper County Sheriff Chris Malphrus describes them as very quiet, hardworking people who are productive members of society.

Eight shots were fired into his home over a property dispute on Aug. 16, 2018 in Ridgeland, South Carolina. One of them fatally struck Moises Ramon Montano, 2, in the head.

By Prerna Mukherjee · Age 16
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


Ears ringing. Loud noise. Third accident.


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.

Kayleen Lor

She just wanted to help people

Aiden Martin

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

Julien Gonzalez

The youngest infant at his daycare

Messiah Murphy

A wrong turn, a grandson gone

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

Nathan Isaiah Hurtado

Tragic end for a happy kid