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Ciara Michelle Grimes

Age 18

Rochester, New York

Order of protection failed cosmetology teen

Her passion for cosmetology earned her a job interview that she couldn’t attend. With her sass and wit, she spread happiness around her.

This joy hid her struggles with domestic violence. Her rollercoaster relationship embarrassed her. If she had known about the vigil in Pulaski Park, with the balloon release, she would have found comfort in not being seen as a victim.

Ciara “Ci-Ci” Michelle Grimes, 18, died of gunshot wounds to the arm in Rochester, New York, on May 9, 2018,  four days after she was granted an order of protection against her ex-boyfriend.

By Yasmeen Persaud · Age 18
Meet the Reporters

More than 300 siblings

Ramand Kassadine Davis

Happy in his SpongeBob SquarePants jammies

Yaleah Hall

Sister, daughter, dancer, since day one

Elisha Amon Cole

Dreaming big, working on his portfolio

Lia Lin Collier

A light, “unrelenting joy” extinguished

Peyton Nicole Hurt

Still helping others, even in death

Ryan Amadeo Dela Cruz

Gone, two weeks shy of graduation

Rashaad Izil Wisher

One brother buried. Then another one.

Izabella Marie Helem

Brother shoots his sister by accident

Raydale Hill

Can no longer create his music

Jaquincy Jawan Ross

Wanted to buy her a scooter

Lorenzo Moore-Vaughn

About to start his senior year

Elijah Foster

Dope Boy Gang. One less member.

Kameron Johnson

He dreamed of college and cars

Jeremiah Ascencio

Last moments spent cradling his brother

Shondricka J'Nay Adams

Celebrating one night, gone the next

Ty'Dre Shyheim Hailey

She didn’t know it was real

Jayden Fondeur

His older brother found him first

Jontae Billups-Brooks

An athlete and a music lover

Rashiya Melton

Joins brother, leaves behind her twin

Caydence Nicole Painter

Reading, dancing, playing. Siblings shot together.