Link shared

Bradley J. Samsel

Age 18

Kansas City, Kansas

“We have lost a kind soul”

His Facebook cover photo quotes entrepreneur Ted Turner: “Life is a game. Money is how we keep score.”

Dimples stretched across his face when he smiled. The Tonganoxie High School senior was said to have “befriended those others ignored.” “As many of you know, we have lost a kind soul,” his best friend Kelsey Panick posted afterward on Facebook.

Bradley J. Samsel was shot and killed at the Chelsea Plaza apartments on Jan. 7, 2019, in Kansas City, Kansas. A classmate also was shot, but she survived. Panick sold shirts to raise money for Samsel’s funeral. “Fly high,” they read.

By Hannah Bohn · Age 18
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