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Alex R. Sena

Age 18

Miami, Florida

In memory of a courageous face

In the portrait, a thin mustache grows on his lip. He stares ahead resolutely, his torso fading into the background.

VantaBlack drew him as part of the artist’s Memorial Portrait Project to raise awareness about gun violence. A hint of his personality comes through in the illustration. Nicknamed “Ace,” his friends described him as funny, kind and sweet.

Alex R. Sena, 18, was one of two victims killed in a drive-by shooting near Northwest 111th Street and Northwest 14th Avenue in Miami, Florida, on April 15, 2018.

By Taylor Fang · Age 16
Meet the Reporters

More than 100 jokesters

Natwan Kian Holyfield

Supposed to go to homecoming, prom

Kaiden Vague

Sixteenth birthday. Golden birthday. Last birthday.

Eric Xavier Degori

His jokes could make anyone laugh

Will Earl Davis Jr.

The rising senior was always smiling

Rashiya Melton

Joins brother, leaves behind her twin

Edgar Alan Espino

Jokester loved to make people laugh

Daron Johnson

He went to celebrate another’s life

Jayvone J. Shackelford-Bishop

Friends together like Lilo & Stitch

Deandre Moon

Overnight tragedy for a basketball fan

Terale Claridy-Vaught

‘Solid’ friend barely gets to adulthood

Robert Carranza

He liked to post song lyrics

Amauri Green

Died while fixing a flat tire

Eddie Daiquan Grant

A devoted boyfriend and rap fan

Bryan Portales Escalante

Phone, wallet, shoes and, life — gone

Darion Gordon

Sixteen years erased by one bullet

Steven Alexander Jr.

He missed his first Father’s Day

Jonathan David Freeman Jr.

Debated anything, from music to Deflategate

Matthew James Jurado

Challenging student had a compassionate heart

Ryan J. Dillon

A playful boy, stopped by bullets

Manuel Lopez Jr.

High school senior set to graduate