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Elias Knapp

Age 17

Putnam Valley, New York

Dirtbiking, skipping stones, being with his girlfriend

He had deep blue eyes and an affection for animals, especially dogs.

A senior at Putnam Valley High School, he was known for loving the outdoors; he often rode a dirtbike and took his girlfriend on adventures, including skipping stones together on the Hudson River. They celebrated their two-year dating anniversary on Oct. 3, 2018.

On Feb. 1, 2019, Elias Orion Knapp, 17, was playing with a gun with friends in his Putnam Valley, New York, home when he accidentally shot himself in the head. He was airlifted to the hospital, and eventually taken off life support. He died in his girlfriend’s arms.

By Mary Claire Molloy · Age 18
Meet the Reporters

More than 30 adventurers

Alisia JaNell Williams

She made her dolls happy, too

Kaiden Vague

Sixteenth birthday. Golden birthday. Last birthday.

Angel Medina

He hoped to see the world

Miguel Angel Luciano

Thankful for what his parents gave

Branden Patten

Only two brothers came back home

Brandon Blair Wareham

His life was still in construction

Teunté Lewis Rice

His shirts and life cropped short

Colton J. Jensen

He planned to ride the rodeo

Trevor Alston McClements

Two weeks into his future, gone

Gage Allan Kiser

He will never meet his child

Nathan Isaiah Hurtado

Tragic end for a happy kid

Christopher Don Nelson

Small-town boy, fisherman and hunter

Rene Emilio Gonzalez

Once a Titan, always a Titan

Meadow Jade Pollack

An unapologetic, adventurous princess in pink

Justin Lewis Maness

A rising freshman, downed by gun

Jerimiah Xavier Hernandez

Teen cared about his friends, family

Benjamin Michael Workman-Greco

He’ll never get to marry Reagan

Keyaris Samuels

The box had a gun inside

Ibn Hatcher Downey

He was fashionable, friendly and family-oriented

Jacob Shane Hoch

Loose gun leads to lost life