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Parker Millard Stevens

Age 8

Oakland, Maine

He never saw his siblings again

He was a mama’s boy. He loved video games, Spider-Man and giving “big bear hugs.” He was the oldest of four boys, but he might tell you that he had an older sister, too. When he met his big “sister,” Emily, through Big Brothers Big Sisters, “they bonded right off,” his family said.

He was going into the fourth grade at Williams Elementary School. “He was a kid who touched everyone in the school,” said Superintendent Carl Gartley.

On July 24, 2018, 8-year-old Parker Millard Stevens accidentally killed himself after playing with his father’s 12-gauge shotgun in a closet in his home in Oakland, Maine.  

By Sokhna Fall · Age 17
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