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Denim Williams

Age 16

Orlando, Florida

Teen struggled on road to redemption

Debleezy was a young man who had just started making changes in his life to make up for troubled decisions in his past.

Described as a “strong, smart young man” by his mother, she noticed he wasn’t the same after serving time in juvenile hall. To start on his path of redemption, Debleezy planned on moving in with his grandfather, who encouraged him to “do the right thing.”

Denim Williams, 16, was found dead of a gunshot wound in a car parked in Parramore, Florida, on Jan. 4, 2019. Police said he tried to steal a phone and was shot.

By Donavin Collins · Age 17
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