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Tyson Beckett Aponte

Age 2

Roanoke, Virginia

Two kids lost in one day

On a Friday morning in Louisa County, Virginia, a 2-year-old died after his 4-year-old brother unintentionally shot him at their home.

That afternoon, approximately 150 miles away, in Roanoke, Virginia, witnesses found another child alone in a room with a gunshot wound.

On May 22, 2018, Tyson Beckett Aponte, 2, accidentally shot himself in the head with a .380 handgun at home on Bennett Drive. The parents flagged down the police to tell them what happened. Roanoke Fire-EMS rushed him to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 12:49 p.m.

By Sophie Driscoll · 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