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Emilio Sanchez Maldonado

Age 17

East Patchogue, New York

Broken dreams of a better life

His English as a New Language teacher at Bellport High School shows a picture of him in the classroom: smiling, pencil in hand, one earbud dangling. He had “a wonderful smile” and “always made our classroom a little brighter,” she said.

He had moved from El Salvador four years ago to join his dad in East Patchogue, New York, and was just about to start his senior year and a new job with his father at a local baked goods factory.

Emilio Sanchez Maldonado, 17, was shot in front of his home on the 200 Avenue of Hampton Avenue in East Patchogue on July 3, 2018.

By Taylor Fang · 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