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Damien Claridy

Age 18

Baltimore, Maryland

An athlete who would never graduate

His Facebook biography still reads “young & living.” His passion was football, but he also wrestled, played lacrosse, basketball and video games.

He was a senior at Excel Academy at Francis M. Wood Alternative High School, a public high school in Baltimore. He was expected to graduate in June.

Damien Claridy, 18, never got that diploma. At 5:32 a.m. on Dec. 30, 2018, police officers were called to the 400 block of Gold Street in West Baltimore, Maryland. They found Claridy there with gunshot wounds. He was taken to a local hospital, where he died.

By Disha Chatterjee · Age 14
Meet the Reporters

More than 200 athletes

Elisha Amon Cole

Dreaming big, working on his portfolio

Taveon Donte' Brooks

Basketball point guard, would-be rapper

Natwan Kian Holyfield

Supposed to go to homecoming, prom

Orlando Myron Anderson Jr.

He was so full of life

Sharon Castro

She always helped those who struggled

Avi Liam Franco

He loved to learn and explore

Zyhame Kila Jones

An artist, basketball player and car-lover

Kendrick D. Davis

Not quite clear on his dreams

Lorenzo Moore-Vaughn

About to start his senior year

Jeremiah Ascencio

Last moments spent cradling his brother

Vicente Valero III

He was a modern Renaissance man

James Alexzander Shorter

He’ll never taste grandma’s cookies again

Jayden Fondeur

His older brother found him first

Jontae Billups-Brooks

An athlete and a music lover

Ray Glasgow III

Bench wears jersey instead of captain

Ta Quan Pinkney

Bright future; gone too soon

Ricky Lamar Green Jr.

His children never saw him box

Jovontia Antonio Jones

A runner grieved by seven siblings

Brandon Nathan Tyson

Friday night lights end in tragedy

Tyron Cherez George

His beloved Air Jordans rest, unworn