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Thomas Williams

Age 8

Grants Pass, Oregon

Memorialized with Star Wars and Pokemon

Three of his loves could be seen through shirts: he wore a green soccer t-shirt. The community wore “Star Wars” and Pokemon shirts to honor him.

He had just finished second grade at Manzanita Elementary School. The school was shocked to hear of the incident. The last time something like this happened in the town was three years ago.

Thomas Williams, 8, was shot to death by his mother on July 8, 2018. She pulled the trigger on her son in their home in Grants Pass, Oregon, before killing herself.

By Auhjanae McGee · Age 17
Meet the Reporters

More than 200 friends

Saniyah Monee Nicholson

Funny faces and pigtails no longer

Tyrese A. Jones

He was beloved at his school


Shot while walking down the street

Kameron Johnson

He dreamed of college and cars

Kameron Porter

Domestic violence ends a stepson’s life

Jacob Matthew Edwards

A survivor, full of heart. Gone.

Corey Donald II

He had just started barber school

Floyd Chianti Davenport IV

“Baba stay woke...Baba stay woke!”

Kelvion’te A. Trammell

Engine still running, no life left

Clinton Howell

A daily trip that turned deadly

Jayvone J. Shackelford-Bishop

Friends together like Lilo & Stitch

Joel Keshon Green

An interrupted trail of Facebook photos

Fernando Perez

“What is it going to take?”

Delametric Djuan Fairley

Never got to make travel plans

Moltere Charles Jr.

#TGFAD — Thank God for another day

Oliver Santos

Big smile stolen on Saturday night

Darryl Lamar Johnson

A family visit. He never left.

Xavier Montrail Thomas

Candles flicker against darkness for Zay

Samuel Ozuna

Always respectful, loved by his friends

Romane D. Taylor Jr.

Intelligent and playful, beloved by buddies