Cedric Leonard Small
"Nerd trying to be a gangster"
He was an artist who “loved to laugh,” his mom said.
In his mother’s eyes, street life “snatched his innocence,” and a two-month sentence in juvenile detention didn’t help. But he dreamed of art school. He sketched Naruto characters on whatever spare paper he could find. “He was a nerd,” his mom said, “trying to act like a gangster.”
On February 21, 2018, Cedric Leonard Small, 16, was shot and killed during an alleged burglary in Killeen, Texas. His sketches were displayed at his funeral.