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Autumn Rayne Bartle

Age 14

Croydon, Pennsylvania

Short story written. Short-lived life.

She wrote with a delicateness. She wrote with refinement. She wrote with suspense. She wrote with emotion. She wrote all the time.

An eighth-grader at the Cyber Charter School, she met many friends playing online video games. One acquaintance, Seltie, wrote that she was “a bursting and radiant spirit all in all.” The ending of one of her short stories, Untitled, goes, “she sunk to the ground, the aura of the room now cold to the bone.”

Autumn Rayne Bartle, 14, was stabbed and shot on March 30, 2018, in Croydon, Pennsylvania. 

A 20-year-old cousin who shared her home was found with a self-inflicted gunshot to the neck and charged with stealing two guns from her father.

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More than 40 artists

Lia Lin Collier

A light, “unrelenting joy” extinguished

Peyton Nicole Hurt

Still helping others, even in death

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Purple hair, just like her dad

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YouTuber was destined for great things

James J. Springer III

“The man” who never grew up

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A poet silenced, a brother missed

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"Nerd trying to be a gangster"

Jesus G. Reyes

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Jaden Christopher Salois

Loved rap, then his song ended

Jamie Marie Kernop

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Andy Kim

Fourth-grader with an artistic, gentle spirit

Fermin Alonso-Alonso Jr.

No more beautiful things to make

Shana Lorraine Fisher

16 for only a few days

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Jordan Anthony Coleman

Recent grad with a passion for art

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