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DrayQuan Jaquell Jones

Age 16

Flint, Michigan

Learning was an escape for teen

He would run into Midway Supermarket every other morning to grab a snack, charming the storekeepers before heading to school.

Known as much for his intelligence as he was for his kind demeanor, he reveled in earning good grades and getting to the bottom of a math problem. Teachers described his bright smile, how hard he worked, and how much he enjoyed psychology, poetry and math. Friends remembered him as quiet, funny, sweet, clever, and strong.

DrayQuan Jaquell Jones, 16, a student at WAY Academy of Flint, Michigan, was fatally shot in the chest on March 30, 2018, after a gunfight broke out between two rival groups.

By Madison Hahamy · Age 18
Meet the Reporters

More than 100 diligent students

Ryan Amadeo Dela Cruz

Gone, two weeks shy of graduation

Jo'Markius Fuller

Never to wear grandma’s scarves again

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

Christopher Johnson

Making others better versions of themselves

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