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Oliver Villarreal

Age 1

Laredo, Texas

A family circle broken too soon

The three gripped each other, all too aware of the gap in their circle as their fingers slipped and tears blended together. United in sorrow, they stood together and prayed.

Just a day before, there had been one more, smiling as he wandered with his dad and brother   down the tree-lined pavement to a local park. On their way back, his father stopped to talk to a neighbor, unaware of the dark-colored vehicle that loomed in the distance.

Oliver Villarreal, 1, was shot in the head in a drive-by shooting in Laredo, Texas, on May 31, 2018.

By Kaitlin Musante · Age 17
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

Moises Ramon Montano

He was resting in Mom’s arms