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Britney Urena

Age 15

Tulsa, Oklahoma

From fiery hair, a crown tumbles

She was fearless. Her bright red, firey hair reflected her bold, confident personality. She had no enemies and her warm demeanor earned her peers’ vote for Prom Queen.

A flame, it was only natural that so many people were drawn to her. She knew how to make people laugh. “Killer sense of humor,” said one friend. But a week after celebrating her 15th birthday, she was in the wrong place at the wrong time. The news shook the community – a flame had vanished to smoke.

Britney Urena, 15, was shot in the chest at a party and died on Dec. 9, 2018 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

By Tess Fuller · Age 16
Meet the Reporters

More than 100 jokesters

Natwan Kian Holyfield

Supposed to go to homecoming, prom

Kaiden Vague

Sixteenth birthday. Golden birthday. Last birthday.

Eric Xavier Degori

His jokes could make anyone laugh

Will Earl Davis Jr.

The rising senior was always smiling

Rashiya Melton

Joins brother, leaves behind her twin

Edgar Alan Espino

Jokester loved to make people laugh

Daron Johnson

He went to celebrate another’s life

Jayvone J. Shackelford-Bishop

Friends together like Lilo & Stitch

Deandre Moon

Overnight tragedy for a basketball fan

Terale Claridy-Vaught

‘Solid’ friend barely gets to adulthood

Robert Carranza

He liked to post song lyrics

Amauri Green

Died while fixing a flat tire

Eddie Daiquan Grant

A devoted boyfriend and rap fan

Bryan Portales Escalante

Phone, wallet, shoes and, life — gone

Darion Gordon

Sixteen years erased by one bullet

Steven Alexander Jr.

He missed his first Father’s Day

Jonathan David Freeman Jr.

Debated anything, from music to Deflategate

Matthew James Jurado

Challenging student had a compassionate heart

Ryan J. Dillon

A playful boy, stopped by bullets

Manuel Lopez Jr.

High school senior set to graduate