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Tyren Demetris Zi'Aaire Williams

Age 1

Columbia, South Carolina

Just shy of his second birthday

He was the son his father always said he wanted. His parents shared custody.

In a photo, he wore a T-shirt that read “Mommy’s little explorer” and was nestled in the arms of his father, a would-be rapper who loved two things in life: his music and his son. He was in those arms one day when his father opened his apartment door.

One-year-old Tyren Demetris Zi'Aaire Williams was shot alongside his father on Sept. 30, 2018 in Columbia, South Carolina. Police said the killings were “all over the sale of drugs.” Tyren died three days before his second birthday.

By Nicole Levi · Age 17
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