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Age 4

Chalmette, Louisiana

A firearm stolen. A life taken.

It happened in the state with the highest rate of accidental gun deaths in the country. Between 2006 and 2015, over 300 people in Louisiana alone were killed this way. Many were black or Hispanic children or teens.

This time it was “a beautiful little girl” who loved to play in an empty lot across the street with her brothers and the neighborhood children in her Louisiana community.

On July 5, 2018, a 4-year-old girl was accidentally shot in Chalmette, Louisiana. The police arrested her father on charges of negligent homicide and possession of a stolen firearm.

By Sarah Emily Baum · Age 18
Meet the Reporters

More than 300 siblings

Ramand Kassadine Davis

Happy in his SpongeBob SquarePants jammies

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.