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Delametric Djuan Fairley

Age 18

Collins, Mississippi

Never got to make travel plans

The small Mississippi town where he lived was not enough for him. Ever ambitious, he made sure he was always “chasing a bag.” He dreamed of traveling to faraway places with the woman he loved the most.

His girlfriend, Lakyia Carney, was a source of support for him at times when he felt as if he had no one to fall back on. They were deeply in love, and he hoped to one day have a son with her.

On August 3 2018, Delametric Djaun Fairley’s plans were interrupted by a fatal gunshot at a back-to-school event in Collins, Mississippi.

By Taniayah Dorsett · Age 16 and Scarlett Liriano Cepin · Age 19
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?”

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

Katrina Marie Casarez

Sweet, musical memories with her boyfriend