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Britney Malone

Age 13

Compton, California

Upward bound, she never stopped striving

She had a dream: “She said she wanted to be a firefighter, but I know she really just wanted to save the world. She had so much promise,” said her cousin, Shayla Greene.

She wanted to be a cheerleader, but her parents didn’t have the $300 to buy her a uniform. Those kinds of obstacles didn’t stop her from dreaming. A freshman at Compton High School, she had just been accepted into Upward Bound, which meant she could take college-level classes.

Britney Malone and her stepfather were shot and killed in their home by her stepbrother on Sept. 28, 2018, in Compton, California. She was 13 years old.

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More than 40 college-bound seniors

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Steven J. Scott

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Caleb Kendall Bowman

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Brandon Nash Hammett

‘The music master’ killed before college

James Garrett

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Colton J. Jensen

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Katlyn Michelle Wittcop

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Casey Nicole Kizer

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Chris Thomas Mosley

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Nicholas Dworet

Diving into the hearts of many

Javonne Micheal Jaylin Luke Davis

He’d just received a way out

Carmen Marie Schentrup

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DeVaughn Lorenz Perkins

Gone, but remembered by family forever

Jairo Rodriguez

Studying for future he never saw

Joe Acosta

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Miranda Beth Trump

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