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De'Monte' Tyrelle Walker

Age 15

Kansas City, Missouri

Chops and Monte: the dynamic duo

The bond between “Monte” and his puppy Chops was unbreakable. The teen spent his free time mowing lawns to ensure he had enough money for Chops to receive vaccinations and other treatment. He acknowledged the puppy as his own son.

Spay And Neuter Kansas City, the animal clinic he visited, said that “this kind of dedication, and this amazing example of the human-animal bond, touched our heart.”

De'Monte' Tyrelle Walker, 15, of Kansas City, Missouri, attended Boonville High School. He and a friend were shot the evening of June 25, 2018. Both died at Truman Medical Center.

By Zoe Hsu · Age 16
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?”

Delametric Djuan Fairley

Never got to make travel plans

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