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Carlos Demel Guy

Age 17

Memphis, Tennessee

His devoted mother still misses him

His friends called him “Lil Los” or “Lil Carlos.” He grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, attending first Sherwood Elementary and later Germantown High School.

His mother was devoted to him. On an online tribute page, she promised that his memory would live on.

On January 1, 2019, Carlos Demel Guy, 17, was on the way to visit his family on Crystal Oak Drive when he was shot. He was rushed to the Regional Medical Center, where he died. He was the first homicide victim in Shelby County of the year.

By Nadia Farjami · Age 17 and Sophia McDermott-Hughes · Age 18
Meet the Reporters

More than 200 friends

Saniyah Monee Nicholson

Funny faces and pigtails no longer

Tyrese A. Jones

He was beloved at his school


Shot while walking down the street

Kameron Johnson

He dreamed of college and cars

Kameron Porter

Domestic violence ends a stepson’s life

Jacob Matthew Edwards

A survivor, full of heart. Gone.

Corey Donald II

He had just started barber school

Floyd Chianti Davenport IV

“Baba stay woke...Baba stay woke!”

Kelvion’te A. Trammell

Engine still running, no life left

Clinton Howell

A daily trip that turned deadly

Jayvone J. Shackelford-Bishop

Friends together like Lilo & Stitch

Joel Keshon Green

An interrupted trail of Facebook photos

Fernando Perez

“What is it going to take?”

Delametric Djuan Fairley

Never got to make travel plans

Moltere Charles Jr.

#TGFAD — Thank God for another day

Oliver Santos

Big smile stolen on Saturday night

Darryl Lamar Johnson

A family visit. He never left.

Xavier Montrail Thomas

Candles flicker against darkness for Zay

Samuel Ozuna

Always respectful, loved by his friends

Romane D. Taylor Jr.

Intelligent and playful, beloved by buddies