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Colton J. Jensen

Age 18

Burwell, Nebraska

He planned to ride the rodeo

He was a bull rider, registered at Chadron State College and planning to join the competitive rodeo team in fall 2018. A Facebook post shows him in a white hat and black leather chaps, sitting on the chute as if he’s ready to ride.

His 19th birthday was two months away. Football, fishing, basketball and hunting consumed him. He was an outdoorsman at heart.        

Colton J. Jensen, 18, died of a gunshot wound on May 23, 2018, in Kearney, Nebraska. Loup County Attorney Jason White said three people had witnessed the shooting and that it was accidental.

By Anna Bock · Age 17
Meet the Reporters

More than 30 adventurers

Alisia JaNell Williams

She made her dolls happy, too

Kaiden Vague

Sixteenth birthday. Golden birthday. Last birthday.

Angel Medina

He hoped to see the world

Miguel Angel Luciano

Thankful for what his parents gave

Branden Patten

Only two brothers came back home

Brandon Blair Wareham

His life was still in construction

Teunté Lewis Rice

His shirts and life cropped short

Elias Knapp

Dirtbiking, skipping stones, being with his girlfriend

Trevor Alston McClements

Two weeks into his future, gone

Gage Allan Kiser

He will never meet his child

Nathan Isaiah Hurtado

Tragic end for a happy kid

Christopher Don Nelson

Small-town boy, fisherman and hunter

Rene Emilio Gonzalez

Once a Titan, always a Titan

Meadow Jade Pollack

An unapologetic, adventurous princess in pink

Justin Lewis Maness

A rising freshman, downed by gun

Jerimiah Xavier Hernandez

Teen cared about his friends, family

Benjamin Michael Workman-Greco

He’ll never get to marry Reagan

Keyaris Samuels

The box had a gun inside

Ibn Hatcher Downey

He was fashionable, friendly and family-oriented

Jacob Shane Hoch

Loose gun leads to lost life