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Nyla Jones

Age 4

Miami, Florida

Shot by accident, while with family

Her Saturdays were usually filled with Doc McStuffins and playdates with her cousins.

On the Saturday before Easter, “she lit the room up,” said Sharon DaMitchell, her aunt. The excitement of festivities and time with family was clearly reflected in her youthful face. She was in the backseat of DaMitchell’s car with two of her cousins that morning. She wouldn’t make it to Easter.

Nyla Jones, 4, was accidentally shot in the face by her uncle in Miami, Florida, on March 31, 2018.

By Tess Fuller · 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

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

Moises Ramon Montano

He was resting in Mom’s arms

Nathan Isaiah Hurtado

Tragic end for a happy kid