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Tarique Morris

Age 0

Youngstown, Ohio

Deafening silence forever replaces uncontained laughter

A Mickey Mouse patch is stuck onto his sweater, as he nestles close to his mother and laughs.

The police officer who discovered him doesn’t remember his laughter: instead, he remembers his silence as he lay in his baby carrier, swaddled by blankets, looking around. No tears or wails. He kept putting his tiny hand in the policeman’s much larger one and holding on for dear life.

Tarique Morris, 3 months old, died on Nov. 7, 2018, in Youngstown, Ohio, after the car that he was traveling in with his mother and father was blitzed with bullets. His parents were killed, as well.

By Madison Hahamy · Age 18
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