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Roy’Ale Bruce Elon Spencer

Age 9

Wichita, Kansas

At 9, a bustling social life

Every day, he left his backpack and skateboard lying on the floor. It was his mother’s biggest pet peeve, but she never stayed angry, relenting to his goofy smile and comforting cuddles.

There was always something fun coming his way, whether it was his brother’s football games or a sleepover at a friend’s house. He had plans for the latter on the night of MLK Day. “I love you Roy, I’ll see you tomorrow,” his mom said as she dropped him off.

Nine-year-old Roy’Ale Bruce Elon Spencer died on Jan. 21, 2019, in Wichita, Kansas. He was visiting a friend and they somehow opened the family’s locked gun safe and took out a loaded shotgun, which accidentally fired.

By Madeline Levin · Age 15
Meet the Reporters

More than 300 siblings

Yaleah Hall

Sister, daughter, dancer, since day one

Elisha Amon Cole

Dreaming big, working on his portfolio

Lia Lin Collier

A light, “unrelenting joy” extinguished

Peyton Nicole Hurt

Still helping others, even in death

Ryan Amadeo Dela Cruz

Gone, two weeks shy of graduation

Rashaad Izil Wisher

One brother buried. Then another one.

Izabella Marie Helem

Brother shoots his sister by accident

Raydale Hill

Can no longer create his music

Jaquincy Jawan Ross

Wanted to buy her a scooter

Lorenzo Moore-Vaughn

About to start his senior year

Elijah Foster

Dope Boy Gang. One less member.

Kameron Johnson

He dreamed of college and cars

Jeremiah Ascencio

Last moments spent cradling his brother

Shondricka J'Nay Adams

Celebrating one night, gone the next

Ty'Dre Shyheim Hailey

She didn’t know it was real

Jayden Fondeur

His older brother found him first

Jontae Billups-Brooks

An athlete and a music lover

Rashiya Melton

Joins brother, leaves behind her twin

Caydence Nicole Painter

Reading, dancing, playing. Siblings shot together.

Jovontia Antonio Jones

A runner grieved by seven siblings