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Doris Ericka Dorsey

Age 15

Wilmington, Delaware

Killed at her father’s birthday party

She had a beaming smile and soft chocolate eyes. With a sharp sense of style and an affinity for lip gloss, she even had a catch phrase: "My lip gloss is popping. How 'bout-cha?"

She was spending her summer with her family and planned on having a summer job. She loved music, a passion she shared with her father. 

On June 17, 2018, Doris Ericka Dorsey, 15, was at a family gathering to celebrate her father’s birthday in Wilmington, Delaware. A stranger with a shotgun opened fire. She was pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene.

By Audrey Abel · Age 17
Meet the Reporters

More than 80 musicians

Taveon Donte' Brooks

Basketball point guard, would-be rapper

Raydale Hill

Can no longer create his music

Elijah Foster

Dope Boy Gang. One less member.

Vicente Valero III

He was a modern Renaissance man

Ricky Ryon Willis III

YouTuber was destined for great things

Ramon Enriquez Barragan

Born, raised, died in Garden City

Trevon Fareed Richardson

College, football, a scholarship. All lost.

James Claggion IV

Left hometown for fame in Atlanta

Zachary Mulford

Summer job turns into winter grief

Bryan Portales Escalante

Phone, wallet, shoes and, life — gone

Darion Gordon

Sixteen years erased by one bullet

Ke’Andre Johnson

Cut off after only one verse

Kaileigh Lin Collier

Was “more beautiful than she knew”

Carnandez A. Davis

New family never to be whole

Taylor Hayes

A star on her karaoke machine

Arthur Roger Holloway III

His obituary ran in two states

Montrell Anthony Mouzon

His dream of witnessing motocross shattered

Brandon Nash Hammett

‘The music master’ killed before college

Chazton Dejuan Artray Guidry

A dream ends, a sound silenced

Jordan Leon DeShields

He told friends to be careful