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Bryan Alvarado-Esquivel

Age 17

Bladensburg, Maryland

Good student at the wrong place

He went to Varnum Park wearing his Gucci belt and silver watch with a chain around his neck.

The park is a popular spot for high school students, especially for those at Bladensburg High School, which he attended. He was a good student, according to his dad, who also described him as a nice teenager.

On Monday, June 18, Bryan Alvarado-Esquivel, 17, was approached at Varnum Park around 2 p.m. by a man who announced he was going to rob someone. He chose Bryan as his target and shot him in the head. Bryan was robbed of his belt, his watch, his chain, and his life.

By Hope Kahn · Age 17
Meet the Reporters

More than 100 diligent students

Ryan Amadeo Dela Cruz

Gone, two weeks shy of graduation

Jo'Markius Fuller

Never to wear grandma’s scarves again

Lorenzo Moore-Vaughn

About to start his senior year

Shondricka J'Nay Adams

Celebrating one night, gone the next

Jayden Fondeur

His older brother found him first

Jontae Billups-Brooks

An athlete and a music lover

Caydence Nicole Painter

Reading, dancing, playing. Siblings shot together.

Favian Isiah Carrillo Duran

Respectful, shy teen did grandma’s chores

Telvin Goll

He wished for the American Dream

Amariah C. Emery

On her T-shirt, a peace sign

Jon-Marvin Revels Jacobs

He was on his way home

Christopher Johnson

Making others better versions of themselves

Xzariah Denecca Rice

Her father died in her arms

Martez Christopher Wade

“He wasn’t a statistic,” said mom

NeQuacia Porsha Jacobs-Lewis

High school graduation, diploma, career — gone

Jonathan David Freeman Jr.

Debated anything, from music to Deflategate

Kevin Wilson Jr.

Star athlete with a bright future

Kaileigh Lin Collier

Was “more beautiful than she knew”

Martin Duque Anguiano

An ambitious, bright boy, senselessly killed

Francisco Puentes

Mom never received the happy news