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Austin Tyler Steele

Age 18

Lancaster, South Carolina

He’d been shot and nobody knew

He loved working with his hands and hoped to become an engineer. He had been orphaned at age 13. According to his caretaker, he was on the autism spectrum, but was independent and often went on trips by himself.

He was absent from his hometown, Lancaster, South Carolina, prior to his death. Friends and family were unconcerned, since he enjoyed long road trips alone. It was not until he’d been gone for three to four weeks that they filed a missing child report.

Austin Tyler Steele, 18, died of a single gunshot wound on March 1, 2018. Police found his body dismembered and burned near the mobile home in which he lived.

By Peyton Spellacy · 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