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Arrielle Lashawn Parker-Jeffries

Age 16

Birmingham, Alabama

Now only her written story remains

She was an honors student and a majorette on her school’s dance team. Her loved ones say that “she was very outgoing with a beautiful spirit and a loving heart.”

She was an aspiring author whose first unpublished book was called,“My First Field Trip.” A rising senior, she planned to attend Tennessee State University. “She had big dreams. She was going to be successful,” longtime friend Chaseity William said.

Arrielle LaShawn Parker Jeffries, 16, attended Wenonah High School in Birmingham, Alabama. She was killed in a drive-by shooting on July 8, 2018.

By Prerna Mukherjee · Age 16
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