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Darnelle Flowers

Age 17

Chicago, Illinois

He wanted something better from life

The Fenger Academy High School student was from Belize and had been living in Chicago for over a decade. His nickname, “Bibby,” was tattooed on his right forearm.

His girlfriend, Makiya Bell, described him as caring. Once, when his neighbor Adrienne Lando was feeling sick, he finished cooking dinner for her. He was also part of the JROTC Progress program at school, with dreams of one day joining the Army.

Over a decade after his father died from gun violence, Darnelle Flowers, 17, was shot dead alongside another teen on August 19, 2018, near Chicago’s Golden Gate Park.

By Elena Eisenstadt · Age 16 and Melat Eskender · Age 17
Meet the Reporters

More than 200 friends

Saniyah Monee Nicholson

Funny faces and pigtails no longer

Tyrese A. Jones

He was beloved at his school


Shot while walking down the street

Kameron Johnson

He dreamed of college and cars

Kameron Porter

Domestic violence ends a stepson’s life

Jacob Matthew Edwards

A survivor, full of heart. Gone.

Corey Donald II

He had just started barber school

Floyd Chianti Davenport IV

“Baba stay woke...Baba stay woke!”

Kelvion’te A. Trammell

Engine still running, no life left

Clinton Howell

A daily trip that turned deadly

Jayvone J. Shackelford-Bishop

Friends together like Lilo & Stitch

Joel Keshon Green

An interrupted trail of Facebook photos

Fernando Perez

“What is it going to take?”

Delametric Djuan Fairley

Never got to make travel plans

Moltere Charles Jr.

#TGFAD — Thank God for another day

Oliver Santos

Big smile stolen on Saturday night

Darryl Lamar Johnson

A family visit. He never left.

Xavier Montrail Thomas

Candles flicker against darkness for Zay

Samuel Ozuna

Always respectful, loved by his friends

Romane D. Taylor Jr.

Intelligent and playful, beloved by buddies