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Anthony Michael Gutierrez

Age 17

Bakersfield, California

He was not the intended target

He grew up in a household that prayed no matter what the circumstance; maybe this is what made him such a comfort to his many friends.

One day while he was hanging out with others in the garage, a man in a truck approached asking for someone. After being told that person wasn’t there, the man drove away.

Minutes later, a man jumping out of the same truck approached and opened fire on the group, hitting him in the chest. His mother kneeled above him wailing frantically while he gasped for air. Anthony Michael Gutierrez, 17, died on April 7, 2018 in Bakersfield, California.

By Diana Tassy · Age 17
Meet the Reporters

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