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Daniel E. Bowden

Age 17

Olathe, Kansas

A tender smile, a sudden death

His photo shows a boy with brown hair, a tender smile and black studs in both ears.

After class, he would sometimes stay behind and question his teacher about what he’d learned. He was a “kind-hearted young man who showed respect [and] tolerance to all," according to one of his teachers. He brought joy to all those around him.

A brawl between two groups escalated on a Friday night in the parking lot next to a popular Mexican restaurant in Olathe, Kansas. A gun emerged; the 17-year-old boy was rushed to the hospital. Daniel E. Bowden died there on June 15, 2018.

By Izabella Ge · Age 15
Meet the Reporters

More than 100 diligent students

Ryan Amadeo Dela Cruz

Gone, two weeks shy of graduation

Jo'Markius Fuller

Never to wear grandma’s scarves again

Lorenzo Moore-Vaughn

About to start his senior year

Shondricka J'Nay Adams

Celebrating one night, gone the next

Jayden Fondeur

His older brother found him first

Jontae Billups-Brooks

An athlete and a music lover

Caydence Nicole Painter

Reading, dancing, playing. Siblings shot together.

Favian Isiah Carrillo Duran

Respectful, shy teen did grandma’s chores

Telvin Goll

He wished for the American Dream

Amariah C. Emery

On her T-shirt, a peace sign

Jon-Marvin Revels Jacobs

He was on his way home

Christopher Johnson

Making others better versions of themselves

Xzariah Denecca Rice

Her father died in her arms

Martez Christopher Wade

“He wasn’t a statistic,” said mom

NeQuacia Porsha Jacobs-Lewis

High school graduation, diploma, career — gone

Jonathan David Freeman Jr.

Debated anything, from music to Deflategate

Kevin Wilson Jr.

Star athlete with a bright future

Kaileigh Lin Collier

Was “more beautiful than she knew”

Martin Duque Anguiano

An ambitious, bright boy, senselessly killed

Francisco Puentes

Mom never received the happy news