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Cortez Harris

Age 18

Dolton, Illinois

A sweet nickname, a bitter end

His nickname was “Chocolate.” Almost $900 would be raised on a GoFundMe page for his “home going.”

The day after it happened, his older brother posted on Facebook, “(Y)ou took my heart with you b.” A friend replied, “I Blamed Myself For This One.” His sister changed the photo on her Facebook profile to an image of him wearing a bright red track suit.

On Nov. 19, 2018, Cortez Harris, 18, was shot and killed in Dolton, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. He was taken to Franciscan Health Hospital in nearby Hammond, Indiana, and died later that evening.

        

        

By Madeline Levin · Age 15
Meet the Reporters

More than 300 siblings

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.

Jovontia Antonio Jones

A runner grieved by seven siblings