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Abaas Aidarus Mohamed

Age 17

Stone Mountain, Georgia

Earned college acceptance, supported his mom

His sister recalled his dedication and love for their mother. At 16, he sold some of his belongings. “The minute he got the money in his hands,” his sister said, “he went straight to my mom and gave her everything.”

A senior at Clarkson High School, he studied diligently and got into Georgia State University. He dreamed of creating a successful franchise in the fashion industry to make his mother proud. She had immigrated from Somalia to give them a better life. He just wanted to take care of her.

On November 11, 2018, Abaas Aidarus Mohamed, 17, was shot and killed in Stone Mountain, Georgia.

By Katherine Oung · Age 15 and Sophia McDermott-Hughes · Age 18
Meet the Reporters

More than 40 college-bound seniors

Ta Quan Pinkney

Bright future; gone too soon

Favian Isiah Carrillo Duran

Respectful, shy teen did grandma’s chores

Trevon Fareed Richardson

College, football, a scholarship. All lost.

Steven J. Scott

Thanksgiving favorites: baked mac and ham

NeQuacia Porsha Jacobs-Lewis

High school graduation, diploma, career — gone

Caleb Kendall Bowman

Shot down by his best friend

Yajaira Garcia

Getting an education in Yajaira’s honor

Brandon Nash Hammett

‘The music master’ killed before college

James Garrett

He wanted to be a teacher

Colton J. Jensen

He planned to ride the rodeo

Katlyn Michelle Wittcop

Aspiring doctor hoped to fight cancer

Britney Malone

Upward bound, she never stopped striving

Casey Nicole Kizer

A summer of softball, the lake

Chris Thomas Mosley

The future was all planned out

Nicholas Dworet

Diving into the hearts of many

Javonne Micheal Jaylin Luke Davis

He’d just received a way out

Carmen Marie Schentrup

A mind to be reckoned with

DeVaughn Lorenz Perkins

Gone, but remembered by family forever

Jairo Rodriguez

Studying for future he never saw

Joe Acosta

Forced to leave his little girl