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Daron Johnson

Age 14

Lawrence, Indiana

He went to celebrate another’s life

Big smiles and an even bigger heart to go with it, he always offered to put up groceries and help change, bathe and feed his brother with disabilities. His family described him as “caring” and “outgoing;” his personality “lit up the room.” The Belzer Middle School student was Momma's boy who kept those around him laughing.

One Saturday night he went to the Lawrence Lions Club in Lawrence, Indiana to celebrate one of his friends.

There at a birthday party on June 9, 2018, Daron “Manny” Johnson, 14, was shot in the face by another other teen. Five days later, Daron was taken off life support.

By Diana Tassy · 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.