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Darius Marcel Boone

Age 14

Fort Wayne, Indiana

An infectious laugh silenced by violence

He was a talented videographer and dancer; a comedian known for telling jokes that brought people to tears.

His family – parents and stepparents, as well as seven siblings – knew him as someone who had “the courage to be adventurous and take life by the horns.” They loved his infectious laugh.

Darius Marcel Boone, 14, was one of two victims involved in an accidental shooting in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on April 15, 2018. He died in the hospital the next day from a gunshot wound to the head.

By Mary Claire Molloy · Age 18
Meet the Reporters

More than 40 dancers

Yaleah Hall

Sister, daughter, dancer, since day one

Alisia JaNell Williams

She made her dolls happy, too

Orlando Myron Anderson Jr.

He was so full of life

Cara Marie Loughran

Dancing in our hearts for eternity

Xzariah Denecca Rice

Her father died in her arms

Taylor Hayes

A star on her karaoke machine

Arthur Roger Holloway III

His obituary ran in two states

Doumba Sannoh

Fatal price for the American dream

Eugene Ryder Stamey

Innocent game turned to foul play

Des'mon Reyshard Anderson

His baby lost her loving dad

Tylon DaJaun Batey

So much family left to grieve

Christopher Williams

Web design intern, brother of six

Justise Armoni Ledena Allen

She did not even look hurt

Eliza Kristine Orellana

She was a singer, dancer and friend

Alexa Denice Montez

Her father’s “greatest gift,” he said

Jaime Taylor Guttenberg

Independent, fearless, bright; a graceful dancer

Michael D. Bardlett

To know Michael. To love Michael.

Kelvin Ramone Creech

Engaged. Ready for fatherhood. Taken away.

Trinity Renee-Jordan Wiggins

Her uncle’s house, pockmarked with bullets

Davieuntay Green

Summer stroll brought to a halt