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Bryan Portales Escalante

Age 16

Houston, Texas

Phone, wallet, shoes and, life — gone

A student at Heights High School in Houston, Texas, he was ”a funny kid” with a passion for music. He was saving up to buy a truck.

His dad was the maintenance man for the Innsbruck-Lemoyne apartment complex, where his family lived. A week before his birthday, he was helping his mother with laundry when a friend texted him. He left.

Bryan Portales Escalante, 15, was robbed, shot and killed in the parking lot of the apartment complex on Aug. 15, 2018. In addition to his cellphone and wallet, Spring Valley police said the robbers took his shoes.

By Ariana Abtahi · Age 17
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

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

Domoni Gaither

He had a bright white smile