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DeVaughn Lorenz Perkins

Age 18

Menifee, California

Gone, but remembered by family forever

He was intelligent, an inspiration to many. A Cal State Dominguez Hills student, he cared deeply about friends and family.

The 18-year-old scholar was passionate about school, skipping a grade at Murrieta Mesa High School to pursue a business major. He was “the only one who truly believed in me,” said his older brother, Rodrick Futrell. 

After he was shot in the neck, outside a house party in Menifee, California, DeVaughn Lorenz Perkins called Rodrick. “I’m scared,” Perkins said. “I don’t want to go.” Police officers arrived but couldn’t save him. Perkins died on May 26, 2018.

By Aidan Danforth · Age 18
Meet the Reporters

More than 40 college-bound seniors

Ta Quan Pinkney

Bright future; gone too soon

Favian Isiah Carrillo Duran

Respectful, shy teen did grandma’s chores

Trevon Fareed Richardson

College, football, a scholarship. All lost.

Steven J. Scott

Thanksgiving favorites: baked mac and ham

NeQuacia Porsha Jacobs-Lewis

High school graduation, diploma, career — gone

Caleb Kendall Bowman

Shot down by his best friend

Yajaira Garcia

Getting an education in Yajaira’s honor

Brandon Nash Hammett

‘The music master’ killed before college

James Garrett

He wanted to be a teacher

Colton J. Jensen

He planned to ride the rodeo

Katlyn Michelle Wittcop

Aspiring doctor hoped to fight cancer

Britney Malone

Upward bound, she never stopped striving

Casey Nicole Kizer

A summer of softball, the lake

Chris Thomas Mosley

The future was all planned out

Nicholas Dworet

Diving into the hearts of many

Javonne Micheal Jaylin Luke Davis

He’d just received a way out

Carmen Marie Schentrup

A mind to be reckoned with

Jairo Rodriguez

Studying for future he never saw

Joe Acosta

Forced to leave his little girl

Miranda Beth Trump

Three friends killed in Bent Mountain