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Austin Peyton Davis

Age 17

Manchester, Tennessee

An accident that took his life

He became predictable in his three years at Coffee County Central High School in Manchester, Tennessee. Every morning, he drove his truck to school. Every year, he attended the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.

Known as “Boo Boo,” he spent time playing basketball, fishing and horseback riding. His family and friends never expected that he’d miss the next lineup of singers and comedians at the festival, much less his high school graduation.

That school let out early on August 31, 2018, was not the most surprising thing to happen that day. Austin Peyton Davis, 17, died after playing with a gun and accidentally shooting himself.

By Aleina Dume · Age 18
Meet the Reporters

More than 300 athletes

Elisha Amon Cole

Dreaming big, working on his portfolio

Taveon Donte' Brooks

Basketball point guard, would-be rapper

Natwan Kian Holyfield

Supposed to go to homecoming, prom

Orlando Myron Anderson Jr.

He was so full of life

Sharon Castro

She always helped those who struggled

Avi Liam Franco

He loved to learn and explore

Zyhame Kila Jones

An artist, basketball player and car-lover

Kendrick D. Davis

Not quite clear on his dreams

Lorenzo Moore-Vaughn

About to start his senior year

Jeremiah Ascencio

Last moments spent cradling his brother

Vicente Valero III

He was a modern Renaissance man

James Alexzander Shorter

He’ll never taste grandma’s cookies again

Jayden Fondeur

His older brother found him first

Jontae Billups-Brooks

An athlete and a music lover

Ray Glasgow III

Bench wears jersey instead of captain

Ra’Quan Darius Jones

Didn’t get to see his GED

Ta Quan Pinkney

Bright future; gone too soon

Ricky Lamar Green Jr.

His children never saw him box

Jovontia Antonio Jones

A runner grieved by seven siblings

Brandon Nathan Tyson

Friday night lights end in tragedy