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Elijah Fount Gordon

Age 17

Indianapolis, Indiana

The boy with the “awesome soul”

At 16 years old, he was wounded in a drive-by shooting at a birthday party. No witnesses came forward. A community pastor pointed to the “code of silence” and historical mistrust of police that prevents witnesses from helping investigators solve cases.

A year later, he was a senior at North Central High School in Indianapolis, Indiana, and a member of Living Water Fellowship Church. His middle school coach described his “awesome soul.”

On Nov. 29, his mother came home from work and found bullet holes in the door and her son’s body on the couch. Elizah Fount Gordon, 17, had been shot and killed.

By Siddhi Narayan · Age 15
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