A bullet blocked his community activism
Last summer, he stood in front of members of the Baltimore City Council and explained his research on teens who lacked opportunities while at a leadership program. Though he was nervous, his brother recalled, once he began to speak, the words poured out.
When family asked what he wanted for his recent 18th birthday, he said that he didn’t want to have a big celebration. Growing up in a troubled neighborhood, he told his mother that “I’m glad I made it to see 18.”
On Dec. 1, 2018, less than a week after his birthday, DaVonte Friedman was shot and killed in Baltimore, Maryland,