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Paxton Reece Edwards

Age 3

Wilmington, Delaware

It seemed like a happy home

Days before, he was in the backyard, playing like a typical kid with his brother and sister. He left his toys scattered in his yard, next to the slide and kiddie pool he splashed around in during the summer.

He was a smiley blond-haired, blue-eyed boy from a family of five. To those who saw him in the neighborhood and on social media, he seemed to be from a happy home.

Paxton Reece Edwards, 3, was shot and killed by his father at his house in Wilmington, Delaware, on July 9, 2018. His brother, sister and mother were also killed before his father turned the gun on himself.

By Kirsten Ishii · Age 15
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

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