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Davontae Ray Mesa

Age 16

Yakima, Washington

The songs he would never finish

Loved ones described him as protective and loving. He took pride in his role as a big brother, and he would always say something if he saw a classmate being bullied.

He also had a fun-loving side. Friends called him “Dee” or “Slim.” He loved sports, fishing and motocross. He had just recently begun to learn music and song-writing.

Davontae Ray Mesa, 16, was a student at West Valley High School in Yakima, Washington. He was fatally shot at a park and died Nov. 23, 2018.

By Sarah Emily Baum · Age 18
Meet the Reporters

More than 30 adventurers

Alisia JaNell Williams

She made her dolls happy, too

Kaiden Vague

Sixteenth birthday. Golden birthday. Last birthday.

Angel Medina

He hoped to see the world

Miguel Angel Luciano

Thankful for what his parents gave

Branden Patten

Only two brothers came back home

Brandon Blair Wareham

His life was still in construction

Teunté Lewis Rice

His shirts and life cropped short

Colton J. Jensen

He planned to ride the rodeo

Elias Knapp

Dirtbiking, skipping stones, loving his girlfriend

Trevor Alston McClements

Two weeks into his future, gone

Gage Allan Kiser

He will never meet his child

Nathan Isaiah Hurtado

Tragic end for a happy kid

Christopher Don Nelson

Small-town boy, fisherman and hunter

Rene Emilio Gonzalez

Once a Titan, always a Titan

Giacomo James Shields

He came with mom, neither left

Meadow Jade Pollack

An unapologetic, adventurous princess in pink

Justin Lewis Maness

A rising freshman, downed by gun

Jerimiah Xavier Hernandez

Teen cared about his friends, family

Benjamin Michael Workman-Greco

He’ll never get to marry Reagan

Keyaris Samuels

The box had a gun inside