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Christopher Williams

Age 18

Brooklyn, New York

Web design intern, brother of six

Dancing in the living room, candlestick in hand, tapping along in what he called his “Michael Jackson shoes” — that’s how his mother, Shawndell Henry, remembers him. “He lit up the world,” she told The Trace.

The brother of six siblings was a web design intern and an up-and-coming rapper whose favorite meal was his mom’s Caribbean shrimp roti.

Christopher Williams, 18, saved his friend from an attack outside a Brooklyn storefront, but was shot in the back as he walked away. He died days later on June 16, 2018. His mother hopes to start an anti-gun violence organization in his honor.

By Fawziah Fariha · Age 17 and Sarah Emily Baum · Age 18
Meet the Reporters

More than 40 dancers

Yaleah Hall

Sister, daughter, dancer, since day one

Alisia JaNell Williams

She made her dolls happy, too

Orlando Myron Anderson Jr.

He was so full of life

Cara Marie Loughran

Dancing in our hearts for eternity

Xzariah Denecca Rice

Her father died in her arms

Taylor Hayes

A star on her karaoke machine

Arthur Roger Holloway III

His obituary ran in two states

Doumba Sannoh

Fatal price for the American dream

Eugene Ryder Stamey

Innocent game turned to foul play

Des'mon Reyshard Anderson

His baby lost her loving dad

Tylon DaJaun Batey

So much family left to grieve

Justise Armoni Ledena Allen

She did not even look hurt

Eliza Kristine Orellana

She was a singer, dancer and friend

Alexa Denice Montez

Her father’s “greatest gift,” he said

Jaime Taylor Guttenberg

Independent, fearless, bright; a graceful dancer

Darius Marcel Boone

An infectious laugh silenced by violence

Michael D. Bardlett

To know Michael. To love Michael.

Kelvin Ramone Creech

Engaged. Ready for fatherhood. Taken away.

Trinity Renee-Jordan Wiggins

Her uncle’s house, pockmarked with bullets

Davieuntay Green

Summer stroll brought to a halt