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Elijah Michael Naranjo

Age 17

Pueblo, Colorado

Honor student with plans to enlist

Hoping to join the Navy and to take his girlfriend and their unborn daughter with him, he graduated from high school early — with honors. His family described him as a “loving son and brother” who took “amazing care of his sisters.”

According to police, his girlfriend was smoking marijuana one night with a 17-year-old boy at Runyon Lake in Pueblo, Colorado. He confronted them.

Elijah Michael Naranjo, 17, was shot and killed on Oct. 25, 2018. “Where I’m from, ain’t nobody got no role models,” his last Facebook post read, “we just know some (people) we don’t wanna be like.”

By Joe Meyerson · Age 17
Meet the Reporters

More than 60 young parents

Luis Flores-Bravo

Hardworking father, planning for the future

Raydale Hill

Can no longer create his music

Jaquincy Jawan Ross

Wanted to buy her a scooter

Dex Moore

Death of child leaves baby fatherless

Ricky Lamar Green Jr.

His children never saw him box

Joshua Wright

He left behind a newborn son

Ricardo Del Moro

He wanted to protect our borders

Nai’Asalyn Lasha Brown

Nursing degree unfinished, child never born

Steven Alexander Jr.

He missed his first Father’s Day

LaMar De’Shawn Foster

Son will live without his father

Carnandez A. Davis

New family never to be whole

Doumba Sannoh

Fatal price for the American dream

Chicano Kobe Phillips

A momma’s boy and young father

Aiyonna Clarice Barrett

Her unborn child died with her

Gage Allan Kiser

He will never meet his child

Des'mon Reyshard Anderson

His baby lost her loving dad

James Williams

"Goofy" teen liked to dance in public

Jamar Harris

Shots rang out, two were dead

Royale D'Von Smith Jr.

Never got to meet his baby

Deshaun Singleton

His daughter won’t see him play