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Aarion Phillips

Age 17

Saint Louis, Missouri

Simple community service gave him joy

He was attached at the hip to his best friend, Anjanae Thornton, since they were 2 years old. He was “the type of person that people needed,” Anjanae said.

He loved playing basketball and helped his community in simple ways, like carrying groceries for anyone who asked. He was a kind and sweet person who, in Anjanae’s eyes, was always happy. He loved spending Fourth of July and winters with her, building memories.

Aarion Phillips, 17, was shot and killed in the Peabody Housing Complex in St. Louis, Missouri, on May 13, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.

By Sara Stemmler · Age 16 and SaMya Overall · Age 17
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More than 200 friends

Saniyah Monee Nicholson

Funny faces and pigtails no longer

Tyrese A. Jones

He was beloved at his school


Shot while walking down the street

Kameron Johnson

He dreamed of college and cars

Kameron Porter

Domestic violence ends a stepson’s life

Jacob Matthew Edwards

A survivor, full of heart. Gone.

Corey Donald II

He had just started barber school

Floyd Chianti Davenport IV

“Baba stay woke...Baba stay woke!”

Kelvion’te A. Trammell

Engine still running, no life left

Clinton Howell

A daily trip that turned deadly

Jayvone J. Shackelford-Bishop

Friends together like Lilo & Stitch

Joel Keshon Green

An interrupted trail of Facebook photos

Fernando Perez

“What is it going to take?”

Delametric Djuan Fairley

Never got to make travel plans

Moltere Charles Jr.

#TGFAD — Thank God for another day

Oliver Santos

Big smile stolen on Saturday night

Darryl Lamar Johnson

A family visit. He never left.

Xavier Montrail Thomas

Candles flicker against darkness for Zay

Samuel Ozuna

Always respectful, loved by his friends

Romane D. Taylor Jr.

Intelligent and playful, beloved by buddies