ST. LOUIS — These are the 27 children who have been shot and killed in the St. Louis area in 2019.
Two of the children accidentally shot themselves with a gun.
Two-year-old Kayden Johnson was found shot to death in a north St. Louis home with his mother, Trina’ty Riley. Neighbors said the mother tried to protect herself and her son by hiding in a closet for safety.
Sixteen-year-old Kristina Curry was found shot to death outside of a south St. Louis high school. Her mom told 5 On Your Side her spirit was always high, she loved family and loved to garden. She was found with several gunshot wounds in the rear parking lot of Roosevelt High School, which is where she attended school.
Sixteen-year-old Jashon Johnson was found shot to death in St. Louis’ O’Fallon neighborhood. Police found him with multiple gunshot wounds.
She was just 3 years old. Powell was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting while playing with other children outside. The shooting happened in south St. Louis’ Mount Pleasant neighborhood in the 4600 of Michigan Avenue.
Keys was shot to death in the head in St. Louis’ Carr Square neighborhood. She was 11 years old.
Sixteen-year-old Myiesha Cannon was shot to death in St. Louis’ Greater Ville neighborhood. Her mom said she was next door before her death. Her mom said she hadn't realized her daughter left their home to visit her boyfriend. Cannon was a student at Sumner High School. She would have been in 10th grade in the fall. Her mother said she had a love for animals and wanted to work with pets when she grew up.
Fifteen-year-old Derrel Williams was shot in the head in north St. Louis. The shooting occurred in the 4000 block of Cupples Place.
Winters, 17, was found shot to death in south St. Louis’ Mount Pleasant neighborhood. He was found in a parking lot of a gas station.
Eddie Hill IV
Ten-year-old Hill was sitting on a porch with his father when he was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting. The shooting occurred in St. Louis’ Lewis Place neighborhood.
"His mother is broken, his father is broken and then for it to be a child to get killed this way it hit more than just our family it done hit, shook the city, it done shook St. Louis," Eddie's aunt told 5 On Your Side.
Eberhardt, 16, was shot to death in a parking lot in St. Louis’ Carr Square neighborhood. Another teen was also injured in the shooting.
He was 7 years old. Usanga’s young sisters were also there when he was shot and killed. The sisters said their brother was excited to start school. Trinity and Angel were supposed to go to school, but they said they didn’t have their brother to walk with them. Xavier liked to play games and watch YouTube.
“He was just always happy. No matter what,” Angel said.
He wanted to be a YouTuber or a vet because he found a baby hawk with a broken wing near his house last year, and he picked it up and was holding it. He took it into the house and fed it some food. He fixed the broken wing, put the baby hawk outside and it flew off.
She was 8 years old. Thompson went to a football jamboree and then to get food after. She was shot and killed while in the parking lot of Harold’s Chop Suey on Union Boulevard.
St. Louis police officers responded to a call for a missing person in the 7300 block of Vermont, which is on the edge of the Carondelet and Patch neighborhoods in south city. When police arrived, 15-year-old Cox was found dead from a gunshot wound.
St. Louis County police said they were called to a home on Parktree Lane in Spanish Lake on April 14. When they arrived, they found a 14-year-old boy with a gunshot wound. The boy was rushed to the hospital where he died from his injuries.
Police said he accidentally shot himself.
Moore, 17, was found shot to death in Riverview. Police said two armed men shot him and ran off. The shooting happened in the 100 block of Chambers Road.
McKenzie was a rising star in the Metro East. He was 14 years old and already a nationally recognized football player with scholarship offers on the table. He was shot and killed in Venice, Illinois leaving a post-prom party.
He was found shot to death inside a home in Dellwood. The home was in the 1700 block of Cargill Drive. The 15-year-old had multiple gunshot wounds.
Henderson, 15, was found shot in the 800 block of S. 15th Street and Baker in East St. Louis, Illinois at a convenience store. He was transported to a hospital where he died from his injuries. An employee at the convenience store said the boy came into the store to buy some food – he left and walked about a block away and then was shot. He ran back to the store where he collapsed.
He had just turned 16 years old. Dorsey was shot in south St. Louis County in the 800 block of Vegas Drive. His aunt told 5 On Your Side he had come home after dropping his cousin off that night. She said he gave his sister a hug and said he would be back but was shot at least five times as he walked out the door.
Dorsey was a standout basketball player at Bayless High School and an active church member.
Omarion D. Coleman
Coleman, 15, was shot and killed in a triple shooting in Madison, Illinois. The shooting occurred in the 1500 block of 4th Street. Torion and Corion Mosley, both 21, were each charged with two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of aggravated battery and unlawful possession of a weapon in connection to the shooting.
Coleman, 14, was found shot to death at a north St. Louis County apartment complex. Police said Coleman was at the Riverview Park Place apartments with other teenagers when he was shot.
Clifford Swan III
He was 13. He was shot on the sidewalk in front of the Oak Park Apartments in north St. Louis County on Sept. 12.
Clifford's brother, Donald Walker, told 5 On Your Side about the last time he heard from his brother.
"My brother went over there to help my granny move into her house. He wandered off with some friends, and he wanted to go play," Walker said. "So 10 minutes before he got killed, he called us and said, 'I'm at Marcus' house playing a game.'"
His mother Trina Houshmand said her son was an innocent bystander and the bullet wasn't intended for him.
Rodney March III
Police said 3-year-old Rodney was in the apartment with his parents when he found an unsecured gun in the bedroom. He accidentally shot himself in the head.
His mother tried to drive him to the hospital and then flagged down two St. Louis County Police officers. They provided treatment to the child in the back of one of their patrol cars while another officer drove to the hospital. 'Despite their efforts and the efforts of medical professionals, the 3-year-old boy passed away,' police said.
Family members told 5 On Your Side Brown was a good kid and wanted to be a rapper. Police said he was inside the home when shots were fired. Police also said the incident does not appear to be a random act.
Smith, 17, was found shot to death in an alley in Jennings in October. A 19-year-old has been charged in connection to his murder.
The 17-year-old was shot to death in October at a housing complex in East St. Louis. Anyone with information is asked to call ISP Master Sergeant Elbert Jennings at 618-571-4124, the East St. Louis Police Department at 618-482-6767 or CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371-8477.
The 2-year-old was found shot in a north St. Louis County home on Nov. 20. Police do not have anyone in custody and are continuing to investigate. Police said the shooting could have been accidental.