Nearby, 11-year-old Kyhara Tay stood outside a beauty salon after school, eating chicken wings and waiting for her friends to finish getting their nails done. A stray bullet struck the pavement in front of her, authorities say. Another pierced her stomach. She was rushed in critical condition to Lincoln Hospital 2 miles away, where she died that night.
Violence among children has soared across the country since 2020, a stark reversal of a decadeslong decline in juvenile crime.
In the U.S., homicides committed by juveniles acting alone rose 30% in 2020 from a year earlier, while those committed by multiple juveniles increased 66%. The number of killings committed by children under 14 was the highest in two decades, according to the most recent federal data.
Photographed for The Wall Street Journal, with words by By Dan Frosch and Zusha Elinson.Juvenile Crime Surges, Reversing Long Decline. ‘It’s Just Kids Killing Kids.’
Violence among children has soared across the country since 2020. One consequence: a mounting toll of young victims.