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Brandon Nash Hammett

Age 18

Ocala, Florida

‘The music master’ killed before college

He could do it all: His skill set bridged the boundaries between art and science. Nicknamed “the music master,” he wanted to pursue computer science. He dreamed of working for Sony and was set to attend the College of Central Florida in January.

His girlfriend described him as the love of her life. His mother said he made people happy.

Brandon Nash Hammett, 18, was shot and killed near Saddlewood Elementary School in Ocala, Florida, on Oct. 26, 2018, because his customers felt the bag of marijuana he provided was too small. “What a waste over a dime bag of pot,” his father said.

By Anna Sturmoski · Age 17
Meet the Reporters

More than 80 musicians

Taveon Donte' Brooks

Basketball point guard, would-be rapper

Raydale Hill

Can no longer create his music

Elijah Foster

Dope Boy Gang. One less member.

Vicente Valero III

He was a modern Renaissance man

Ricky Ryon Willis III

YouTuber was destined for great things

Ramon Enriquez Barragan

Born, raised, died in Garden City

Trevon Fareed Richardson

College, football, a scholarship. All lost.

James Claggion IV

Left hometown for fame in Atlanta

Zachary Mulford

Summer job turns into winter grief

Bryan Portales Escalante

Phone, wallet, shoes and, life — gone

Darion Gordon

Sixteen years erased by one bullet

Ke’Andre Johnson

Cut off after only one verse

Kaileigh Lin Collier

Was “more beautiful than she knew”

Carnandez A. Davis

New family never to be whole

Taylor Hayes

A star on her karaoke machine

Arthur Roger Holloway III

His obituary ran in two states

Montrell Anthony Mouzon

His dream of witnessing motocross shattered

Chazton Dejuan Artray Guidry

A dream ends, a sound silenced

Jordan Leon DeShields

He told friends to be careful

Alexander Logan Schachter

Musician whose melody was cut short