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Dejuan Hill

Age 18

Memphis, Tennessee

Birthday celebration turned into a memorial

At 18 years old, he was hardworking, graduating from Northwest Prep Academy and starting a job at Williams-Sonoma Warehouse.

Friends say he was a jokester. His birthday was coming up in less than a week. He had a community of loving friends and family who planned on celebrating him. While they did celebrate his life, it was for another reason: to remember him.

Dejuan Hill, 18, was fatally shot in Memphis, Tennessee, on May 6, 2018, four days before his 19th birthday. He was shot in a parked Chevy Malibu when a gold vehicle pulled up next to him and five other friends. Another also died, and the other four were injured.

By Emma Presnell · Age 16
Meet the Reporters

More than 100 jokesters

Natwan Kian Holyfield

Supposed to go to homecoming, prom

Kaiden Vague

Sixteenth birthday. Golden birthday. Last birthday.

Eric Xavier Degori

His jokes could make anyone laugh

Will Earl Davis Jr.

The rising senior was always smiling

Rashiya Melton

Joins brother, leaves behind her twin

Edgar Alan Espino

Jokester loved to make people laugh

Daron Johnson

He went to celebrate another’s life

Jayvone J. Shackelford-Bishop

Friends together like Lilo & Stitch

Deandre Moon

Overnight tragedy for a basketball fan

Terale Claridy-Vaught

‘Solid’ friend barely gets to adulthood

Amauri Green

Died while fixing a flat tire

Eddie Daiquan Grant

A devoted boyfriend and rap fan

Bryan Portales Escalante

Phone, wallet, shoes and, life — gone

Darion Gordon

Sixteen years erased by one bullet

Steven Alexander Jr.

He missed his first Father’s Day

Jonathan David Freeman Jr.

Debated anything, from music to Deflategate

Matthew James Jurado

Challenging student had a compassionate heart

Ryan J. Dillon

A playful boy, stopped by bullets

Manuel Lopez Jr.

High school senior set to graduate

Domoni Gaither

He had a bright white smile