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Daekwon Lee Tobar

Age 17

South Bend, Indiana

Saved his grandmother, bullets caught him

He was a dreamer, with hopes of turning his life around and becoming a welder. He was a little brother, one of two sons in the family.

While walking home from the store in the cold with his grandmother, he was shot at multiple times. He pushed his grandmother down in the snow, and was hit in the leg, hip and the back of his head by bullets. “He’s my hero,” Theresa Brown, his mother, said. “He saved my mom. ... He tried to run and bullets caught him.”

Daekwon Lee Tobar, 17, died of gunshot wounds on Feb. 17, 2018, in South Bend, Indiana.

By Jenny Xu · Age 17
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.