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Luis Flores-Bravo

Age 16

Wilson, North Carolina

Hardworking father, planning for the future

It was summertime. He had gotten off work at his new job at 4 p.m., then he ate dinner with his family and caught up with his mother on their porch.

At 16, he was looking forward; he wanted to provide for his 1-year-old daughter, Melody, and had plans to join the military.

At 9:30 p.m. on July 20, 2018, police responded to a report of a robbery at a Speedway convenience store on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Wilson, North Carolina. They found Luis Flores-Bravo suffering from a gunshot wound. He died at the scene.

By Zsofia Adamkovics-Larson · Age 17
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Raydale Hill

Age 17

Oakland, California

Can no longer create his music

Deep, steady beats pulse in the background as he enthusiastically raps and dances to his latest hit, “Heavy Night,” which has more than 21,000 views on YouTube.

His 4,235 followers on Instagram knew him as “Fat Daddy” and “Heavy Baby.” He spent a lot of time creating music videos with his friends. Outside the music realm, he was a brother and a father of three children.

Raydale Hill, 17, was shot outside a convenience store on West Grand Avenue in Oakland, California, on Sept. 13, 2018, at 12:17 a.m. He died at a hospital the same day.

By Zoe Hsu · Age 16
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Jaquincy Jawan Ross

Age 18

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Wanted to buy her a scooter

After his stepfather died last year in their apartment complex’s parking lot, the young man was determined to protect his little brother and help his girlfriend raise her young daughter, even though he wasn’t the biological dad.

With the little girl about to turn 3, he spent a week looking for money to buy a scooter, her birthday wish, while struggling to find a job. He managed to raise the money for it. But he never got the chance to purchase it.

Jaquincy Jawan Ross, 18, was shot on September 23, 2018, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, just yards away from where his stepfather was shot.

By Angele Yang · Age 16
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Dex Moore

Age 15

West Memphis, Arkansas

Death of child leaves baby fatherless

He would have graduated in 2020. He had just had a baby, according to a family member.

His mother was at a loss for words. His cousin Eddie Moore looked at the bullet holes in the walls and shook his head, bewildered by how quickly his life was taken. “He wasn't supposed to be on this end," Moore said, referring to the court he lived on.

On Feb. 6, 2019, police found Dex Moore, 15, dead from gunshot wounds on the floor of an apartment in West Memphis, Arkansas. He is the second person shot and killed in the apartment complex in the past year. A 14-year-old has been charged with second-degree murder in Dex’s death.

By Sequoia Wyckoff · Age 15
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Ricky Lamar Green Jr.

Age 18

Champaign, Illinois

His children never saw him box

He loved to box. A picture of him wearing black boxing gloves hangs in the local gym where he trained. In another photo, the gloves are off and a tattoo on his right hand shows the name "Angela,” for his mother.

He was a brother, cousin and nephew. By the time he was 18, he had two children. In a month, he would have turned 19.

Ricky Lamar Green, Jr., 18, was shot multiple times on Apricot Drive in Champaign, Illinois, on March 23, 2018. He died of gunshot wounds at Carle Foundation Hospital.

By Auhjanae McGee · Age 17
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Joshua Wright

Age 18

Markham, Illinois

He left behind a newborn son

His girlfriend in the passenger seat, his infant son in the back. A recent high-school graduate, it was his first day of work loading trucks in Chicago.

He was “shy,” “mild-mannered” and he “doted” on his longtime girlfriend. “They were together literally all the time. You wouldn’t see one without the other,” according to his uncle, Sean Howard, a spokesman for multiple Illinois police departments.

Joshua Wright, 18, and his girlfriend, also 18, were shot and killed in a drive-by shooting on Feb. 5, 2019, in Markham, Illinois. “That the baby didn’t get hit is a miracle,” Howard said.

By Judy Zhang · Age 16
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Ricardo Del Moro

Age 18

El Paso, Texas

He wanted to protect our borders

He dreamed of being a border patrol agent. Growing up in El Paso, Texas, he was surrounded by military bases like Fort Bliss and was aware of the high security stakes at the border.

He was in the process of turning his life around, working toward that goal. He wanted to be a role model for his baby son.

Ricardo Del Moro, 18, would not have the opportunity to fulfill that dream. On Sept. 14, 2018, Del Moro, along with his brother and girlfriend, was shot and killed outside an apartment building.

By Melat Eskender · Age 17
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Nai’Asalyn Lasha Brown

Age 18

Franklin, Louisiana

Nursing degree unfinished, child never born

She was months away from being a mom.

At nearly 19 years old, she had moved out of her mom’s house and was working toward her lifelong dream of moving to Texas. At the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, she was taking classes to complete her nursing degree. “She was your average teen,” a family member remembered. “She liked to dress up, to do hair and makeup.”

Around 10:14 a.m. on July 17, 2018, a shot rang out from her boyfriend’s gun in a home in Glencoe, Louisiana, killing Nai’Asalyn Lasha Brown, 18, and her unborn child.

By Elizabeth Meisenzahl · Age 17
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Steven Alexander Jr.

Age 18

Bloomington, Illinois

He missed his first Father’s Day

When he wasn’t attending Regional Alternative School, he was watching over his beautiful four-month-old baby girl.

His mother said he was a caring young man who spent most of his days with his daughter. A playful jester, he was someone who brought laughter and happiness to those around him, especially his mother. In his free time, he enjoyed rapping, playing basketball, or boxing.

On Sunday, June 10, 2018 at a backyard party on Orchard Street in Bloomington, Illinois, Steven Alexander Jr., 18, was shot and killed. He never got to experience his first Father's Day.

By Aleef Noor · Age 17
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LaMar De’Shawn Foster

Age 18

South Bend, Indiana

Son will live without his father

He was a funny, artistically talented, outgoing, friendly man who enjoyed spending time with his 2-year-old son.

He enjoyed playing basketball and was a talented graffiti artist who was deeply loved by his family. “Finding my little cousin laid out in the grass – it really, it really, hurt me,” a family member said. “He was a good kid.”

On May 22, 2018, LaMar De’Shawn Foster, 18, was shot in what the police considered a domestic violence case. No one was charged with his death.

By Imani Beckett · Age 16
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More than 60 young parents

Luis Flores-Bravo

Hardworking father, planning for the future

Raydale Hill

Can no longer create his music

Jaquincy Jawan Ross

Wanted to buy her a scooter

Dex Moore

Death of child leaves baby fatherless

Ricky Lamar Green Jr.

His children never saw him box

Joshua Wright

He left behind a newborn son

Ricardo Del Moro

He wanted to protect our borders

Nai’Asalyn Lasha Brown

Nursing degree unfinished, child never born

Steven Alexander Jr.

He missed his first Father’s Day

LaMar De’Shawn Foster

Son will live without his father

Carnandez A. Davis

New family never to be whole

Doumba Sannoh

Fatal price for the American dream

Chicano Kobe Phillips

A momma’s boy and young father

Aiyonna Clarice Barrett

Her unborn child died with her

Gage Allan Kiser

He will never meet his child

Des'mon Reyshard Anderson

His baby lost her loving dad

James Williams

"Goofy" teen liked to dance in public

Elijah Michael Naranjo

Honor student with plans to enlist

Jamar Harris

Shots rang out, two were dead

Royale D'Von Smith Jr.

Never got to meet his baby