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Nathan Isaiah Hurtado

Age 4

Modesto, California

Tragic end for a happy kid

The backyard of his new home had room for a swings and a slide. This excited him — more room to play with his siblings after school.

A broad, toothy grin seemed permanently plastered to his face. He was a ball of energy and the youngest, but certainly not the quietest, of his siblings. He was just “a happy kid,” his father would later say, who would have loved the teddy bears and flowers that later sat outside their stoop.

Nathan Isaiah Hurtado, 4, died on April 22, 2018, in Modesto, California, after his mother shot both his brother and him before taking her own life.

By Kaitlin Musante · Age 17
Meet the Reporters

More than 30 adventurers

Alisia JaNell Williams

She made her dolls happy, too

Kaiden Vague

Sixteenth birthday. Golden birthday. Last birthday.

Angel Medina

He hoped to see the world

Miguel Angel Luciano

Thankful for what his parents gave

Branden Patten

Only two brothers came back home

Brandon Blair Wareham

His life was still in construction

Teunté Lewis Rice

His shirts and life cropped short

Colton J. Jensen

He planned to ride the rodeo

Elias Knapp

Dirtbiking, skipping stones, being with his girlfriend

Trevor Alston McClements

Two weeks into his future, gone

Gage Allan Kiser

He will never meet his child

Christopher Don Nelson

Small-town boy, fisherman and hunter

Rene Emilio Gonzalez

Once a Titan, always a Titan

Meadow Jade Pollack

An unapologetic, adventurous princess in pink

Justin Lewis Maness

A rising freshman, downed by gun

Jerimiah Xavier Hernandez

Teen cared about his friends, family

Benjamin Michael Workman-Greco

He’ll never get to marry Reagan

Keyaris Samuels

The box had a gun inside

Ibn Hatcher Downey

He was fashionable, friendly and family-oriented

Jacob Shane Hoch

Loose gun leads to lost life