Firearms killed 21 youngsters last year, and boys and black children were most often the victims, according to data from the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner's Office.
From 2016 to 2017, there was a decrease of about 47 percent in firearm-related deaths of teenagers, ages 19 and under.
In 2016, 34 teenagers, ages 19 to 14, and two children -- 8-year-old Jada Page and 6-year-old King Carter -- were killed in Miami-Dade shootings, while in 2017 there were 21 shootings killing 18 teenagers, ages 19 to 16, and three children in Miami-Dade County.
The youngest children died in southwest Miami-Dade County. Carnell Williams-Thomas, 2, who suffered a gunshot wound to the torso Dec. 15 in the Goulds, followed the Sept. 22 deaths of two siblings, 18-month-old Alfredo and 8-year-old Amberly Hernandez-Sierra, at the hands of their mother, Nisleydis Sierra, in a Princeton home.
This BBSNews article originally appeared on News | WPLG.