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Rion Adrian Faulkner

Age 3

Camden, Arkansas

Moved like Elvis without learning dance

He kept company with his parents, best friend, Logan, and his toy dinosaurs. Every day he’d ask to see Logan, and they’d play with his “t-tops” or “ceratops.” He loved to watch “Jurassic Park” with his dad, a police officer, and to be tickled by his mom.

Known by some as Mr. Dreamy Eyes, and others as Turkey, he “could move like Elvis on stage without ever being shown how to dance,” his parents wrote.

Rion Adrian Faulkner, 3, found a loaded pistol in his parents’ bedroom and accidentally shot himself on Nov. 8, 2018, in Camden, Arkansas.

By Sophia Levin · Age 15
Meet the Reporters

More than 30 dancers

Yaleah Hall

Sister, daughter, dancer, since day one

Alisia JaNell Williams

She made her dolls happy, too

Orlando Myron Anderson Jr.

He was so full of life

Cara Marie Loughran

Dancing in our hearts for eternity

Xzariah Denecca Rice

Her father died in her arms

Taylor Hayes

A star on her karaoke machine

Arthur Roger Holloway III

His obituary ran in two states

Doumba Sannoh

Fatal price for the American dream

Eugene Ryder Stamey

Innocent game turned to foul play

Des'mon Reyshard Anderson

His baby lost her loving dad

Tylon DaJaun Batey

So much family left to grieve

Justise Armoni Ledena Allen

She did not even look hurt

Eliza Kristine Orellana

She was a singer, dancer and friend

Alexa Denice Montez

Her father’s “greatest gift,” he said

Jaime Taylor Guttenberg

Independent, fearless, bright; a graceful dancer

Darius Marcel Boone

An infectious laugh silenced by violence

Michael D. Bardlett

To know Michael. To love Michael.

Kelvin Ramone Creech

Engaged. Ready for fatherhood. Taken away.

Trinity Renee-Jordan Wiggins

Her uncle’s house, pockmarked with bullets

Davieuntay Green

Summer stroll brought to a halt