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Tihami Ayaz

Age 11

Herndon, Virginia

Active light in community flickered out

His mother was a dedicated immigration attorney who sought to help Muslim women and immigrants through her work with the nonprofit organization Just Neighbors. He had a brother, too. The three were loving members of their community, described by their family as bringing “nothing but love and light to the many lives and communities they touched.”

That’s why his father was shocked when he came home on September 5, 2018.

Tihami Ayaz, 11, was shot and killed alongside his brother, Mirraj Ayaz, in their home in Herndon, Virginia. Their mother killed the boys before going upstairs to shoot herself.  

By Emma Presnell · Age 16
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