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Brandon J. Adams

Age 18

Nashville, Tennessee

He dreamed of being called “coach”

Basketball was in his blood — he was the son of a coach, the nephew of a league director and a star player himself.

Yet, despite his love for the sport, he had just made a choice: rather than pursuing a college career, he would try to follow in his father’s footsteps and coach the kids in his neighborhood, hoping to give back to a community that had offered him so much.

Brandon J. Adams, 18, affectionately called “B-don” by family and friends, was shot during a late-night hangout in Nashville, Tennessee, on October 14, 2018. He never had the opportunity to be a coach like his dad.

By Kaitlin Musante · Age 17
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