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Casey Nicole Kizer

Age 17

Sylacauga, Alabama

A summer of softball, the lake

Two of her favorite places were the softball field and the lake. For years, stepping onto the field with the Birmingham Mustangs was a way of life. She could still feel her cleats as she headed towards the lake.

She just graduated from Valleydale Christian Academy and was looking forward to beginning her college career at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the fall.

Casey Nicole Kizer, 17, was shot on July 25, 2018, behind a Home Depot in Sylacauga, Alabama. She was pronounced dead at Coosa Valley Medical Center.

By Sokhna Fall · Age 17
Meet the Reporters

More than 200 athletes

Elisha Amon Cole

Dreaming big, working on his portfolio

Taveon Donte' Brooks

Basketball point guard, would-be rapper

Natwan Kian Holyfield

Supposed to go to homecoming, prom

Orlando Myron Anderson Jr.

He was so full of life

Sharon Castro

She always helped those who struggled

Avi Liam Franco

He loved to learn and explore

Zyhame Kila Jones

An artist, basketball player and car-lover

Kendrick D. Davis

Not quite clear on his dreams

Lorenzo Moore-Vaughn

About to start his senior year

Jeremiah Ascencio

Last moments spent cradling his brother

Vicente Valero III

He was a modern Renaissance man

James Alexzander Shorter

He’ll never taste grandma’s cookies again

Jayden Fondeur

His older brother found him first

Jontae Billups-Brooks

An athlete and a music lover

Ray Glasgow III

Bench wears jersey instead of captain

Ta Quan Pinkney

Bright future; gone too soon

Ricky Lamar Green Jr.

His children never saw him box

Jovontia Antonio Jones

A runner grieved by seven siblings

Brandon Nathan Tyson

Friday night lights end in tragedy

Tyron Cherez George

His beloved Air Jordans rest, unworn