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Christopher Johnson

Age 18

Wilmington, California

Making others better versions of themselves

He dreamed of pursuing engineering at Oregon State University. He’d study with his girlfriend, Patricia, at the library, and then he’d spend the little money he had to buy her dinner or a manicure.

“He wanted to do something in life,” his girlfriend said. “He motivated me to work hard. He taught me not to judge people, to love them for who they are.”

On October 25, 2018, Christopher “It’s Chris” Johnson, 18, was with Patricia and their friends in Wilmington, California, when he was shot. He tried to run home but collapsed and died outside the house next door.

By Josephine Idoko · Age 16 and Ingrid Beltran · Age 16
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

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

Ezekiel James Griego

Graduated high school, had promising future