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Clarissa Sophia Riojas

Age 18

San Antonio, Texas

She told him it was over

She was a national dance champion headed for college and was set to perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with her high school’s dance team later that year.

She and her boyfriend both went to Highlands High School. They’d been dating for more than a year. According to friends and classmates, their relationship was toxic and abusive. One week earlier, she’d left him for good.

On April 25, 2018, Clarissa Sophia Riojas, 18, was fatally shot by her ex-boyfriend in her apartment in San Antonio, Texas, before he shot himself in a nearby wooded area.

By Sarah Bentley · Age 16
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

Christopher Williams

Web design intern, brother of six

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