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Ruia Reams

Age 0

Durham, North Carolina

Her baby shoes. Tan-and-gold. Never worn.

She was just 10 months old. Her grandmother was waiting for her to grow into her tan-and-gold sandals.

Her mother, nicknamed “Honey,” was 20 years old. The property manager of her home called her “one of the sweetest young ladies you ever could meet.” But her baby’s father was troubling. “He had the police called on him several times,” he said.

Ruia Ream was shot and killed in her home alongside her mother, Zhytila Wilkins, in Durham, North Carolina, on Jan. 11, 2019. Police found her father inside with serious injuries. Durham police called it “a domestic murder/attempted suicide.”

By Ava Uditsky · Age 16
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