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Deshaun Antwan Owens

Age 18

Hartsville, South Carolina

Embodied through love, taken too soon

His charm was one of his key features. When he was younger and one of his teachers would correct him at Hartsville Middle School, he’d smile wide and say, “C’mon now Mrs. James,” trying to sweet talk her.

He always showed respect and protection towards the adults in his life, most notably his teachers, parents and grandparents. They wanted nothing more than to help him through life, too, but one Wednesday night he was left defenseless.

Deshaun Antwan Owens, 18, was shot and killed on Bell Avenue in Hartsville, South Carolina, on Sept. 19, 2019.

By Emma Presnell · Age 16
Meet the Reporters

More than 100 diligent students

Ryan Amadeo Dela Cruz

Gone, two weeks shy of graduation

Lorenzo Moore-Vaughn

About to start his senior year

Shondricka J'Nay Adams

Celebrating one night, gone the next

Jayden Fondeur

His older brother found him first

Jontae Billups-Brooks

An athlete and a music lover

Caydence Nicole Painter

Reading, dancing, playing. Siblings shot together.

Favian Isiah Carrillo Duran

Respectful, shy teen did grandma’s chores

Telvin Goll

He wished for the American Dream

Amariah C. Emery

On her T-shirt, a peace sign

Jon-Marvin Revels Jacobs

He was on his way home

Xzariah Denecca Rice

Her father died in her arms

Martez Christopher Wade

“He wasn’t a statistic,” said mom

NeQuacia Porsha Jacobs-Lewis

High school graduation, diploma, career — gone

Jonathan David Freeman Jr.

Debated anything, from music to Deflategate

Kevin Wilson Jr.

Star athlete with a bright future

Kaileigh Lin Collier

Was “more beautiful than she knew”

Martin Duque Anguiano

An ambitious, bright boy, senselessly killed

Francisco Puentes

Mom never received the happy news

Ezekiel James Griego

Graduated high school, had promising future

Manuel Lopez Jr.

High school senior set to graduate