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Dijonae Amaya White

Age 14

Wren, Mississippi

She made art and beautiful things

She created community through creativity; her YouTube vlogs were a window into her life. In “Making Plain Tissue into Something Colorful,” she showed how to use markers and water to create something beautiful.

One afternoon while she was playing video games, her 9-year-old brother became furious that she wasn’t sharing the controller. He stormed into his mother’s unattended bedroom. He came back with his mother’s boyfriend’s .25-caliber handgun.


Dijonae Amaya White, 14, was shot in the unincorporated community of Wren, Monroe County, Mississippi, on March 17, 2018. She was rushed to Le Bonheur's Children's Hospital in Memphis, where she died.

By Aaron Diggdon · Age 17
Meet the Reporters

More than 300 siblings

Ramand Kassadine Davis

Happy in his SpongeBob SquarePants jammies

Yaleah Hall

Sister, daughter, dancer, since day one

Elisha Amon Cole

Dreaming big, working on his portfolio

Lia Lin Collier

A light, “unrelenting joy” extinguished

Peyton Nicole Hurt

Still helping others, even in death

Ryan Amadeo Dela Cruz

Gone, two weeks shy of graduation

Rashaad Izil Wisher

One brother buried. Then another one.

Izabella Marie Helem

Brother shoots his sister by accident

Raydale Hill

Can no longer create his music

Jaquincy Jawan Ross

Wanted to buy her a scooter

Lorenzo Moore-Vaughn

About to start his senior year

Elijah Foster

Dope Boy Gang. One less member.

Kameron Johnson

He dreamed of college and cars

Jeremiah Ascencio

Last moments spent cradling his brother

Shondricka J'Nay Adams

Celebrating one night, gone the next

Ty'Dre Shyheim Hailey

She didn’t know it was real

Jayden Fondeur

His older brother found him first

Jontae Billups-Brooks

An athlete and a music lover

Rashiya Melton

Joins brother, leaves behind her twin

Caydence Nicole Painter

Reading, dancing, playing. Siblings shot together.