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Ahmar Duboise Willis Jr.

Age 16

Fairfield, California

He never made that evening’s concert

His friends called him “Marz.” His church leaders called him “Boze.” He was a goofy teenager who made life brighter.

The day his sister left for college, they had a water fight. For his best friend, he’d always have a brotherly handshake. At school, his teachers noted his smile and eyes. At church, he started writing music.

Ahmar Duboise Willis Jr., 16, planned to attend a concert on Aug. 24, 2018. Instead, he was shot and killed in Fairfield, California. Two suspects, one of whom fled to a nearby high school that had to be locked down until he was found, were taken into custody.

By Claire Chu · Age 16
Meet the Reporters

More than 300 siblings

Ramand Kassadine Davis

Happy in his SpongeBob SquarePants jammies

Yaleah Hall

Sister, daughter, dancer, since day one

Elisha Amon Cole

Dreaming big, working on his portfolio

Lia Lin Collier

A light, “unrelenting joy” extinguished

Peyton Nicole Hurt

Still helping others, even in death

Ryan Amadeo Dela Cruz

Gone, two weeks shy of graduation

Rashaad Izil Wisher

One brother buried. Then another one.

Izabella Marie Helem

Brother shoots his sister by accident

Raydale Hill

Can no longer create his music

Jaquincy Jawan Ross

Wanted to buy her a scooter

Lorenzo Moore-Vaughn

About to start his senior year

Elijah Foster

Dope Boy Gang. One less member.

Kameron Johnson

He dreamed of college and cars

Jeremiah Ascencio

Last moments spent cradling his brother

Shondricka J'Nay Adams

Celebrating one night, gone the next

Ty'Dre Shyheim Hailey

She didn’t know it was real

Jayden Fondeur

His older brother found him first

Jontae Billups-Brooks

An athlete and a music lover

Rashiya Melton

Joins brother, leaves behind her twin

Caydence Nicole Painter

Reading, dancing, playing. Siblings shot together.