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Eddie L. Daniels III

Age 17

Spokane, Washington

He told them to laugh, smile

Vibrant colors filled posters with messages to him. “Fly high,” read one in blue and purple.

He had discussed his dying wish before with his friend, Elijah, through text. He wrote that he would want people to “have a good time and celebrate. Laugh and smile. I want y’all to be happy bc i hate when people are sad.”

So that’s what his friends and family did in a benefit concert to honor his request. Eddie L. Daniels III, 15, who attended Lewis and Clark High School, was shot in downtown Spokane, Washington on Oct. 17, 2018.

By Prerna Mukherjee · Age 16
Meet the Reporters

More than 200 friends

Saniyah Monee Nicholson

Funny faces and pigtails no longer

Tyrese A. Jones

He was beloved at his school


Shot while walking down the street

Kameron Johnson

He dreamed of college and cars

Kameron Porter

Domestic violence ends a stepson’s life

Jacob Matthew Edwards

A survivor, full of heart. Gone.

Corey Donald II

He had just started barber school

Floyd Chianti Davenport IV

“Baba stay woke...Baba stay woke!”

Kelvion’te A. Trammell

Engine still running, no life left

Clinton Howell

A daily trip that turned deadly

Jayvone J. Shackelford-Bishop

Friends together like Lilo & Stitch

Joel Keshon Green

An interrupted trail of Facebook photos

Fernando Perez

“What is it going to take?”

Delametric Djuan Fairley

Never got to make travel plans

Moltere Charles Jr.

#TGFAD — Thank God for another day

Oliver Santos

Big smile stolen on Saturday night

Darryl Lamar Johnson

A family visit. He never left.

Xavier Montrail Thomas

Candles flicker against darkness for Zay

Samuel Ozuna

Always respectful, loved by his friends

Romane D. Taylor Jr.

Intelligent and playful, beloved by buddies