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Emma Jones

Age 12

Ballston Spa, New York

School in mourning over straight-A student

Her talent in academics, specifically math, put her on the 2018-19 first quarter Principal's List for seventh-graders at Ballston Spa Middle School. She’d had the same success the previous year.  

She dreamed of attending Stanford University. A standout tennis player, a member of the middle school band, and a part of the community swim team, she could only be described as exceptional. This raw potential was vanquished on a Saturday morning.

On December 14, 2018, officers found Emma Jones, 12, and her parents dead in their home in Ballston Spa, New York. Emma’s father killed his wife and daughter, then turned the gun on himself.

By Melat Eskender · Age 17
Meet the Reporters

More than 200 athletes

Elisha Amon Cole

Dreaming big, working on his portfolio

Taveon Donte' Brooks

Basketball point guard, would-be rapper

Natwan Kian Holyfield

Supposed to go to homecoming, prom

Orlando Myron Anderson Jr.

He was so full of life

Sharon Castro

She always helped those who struggled

Avi Liam Franco

He loved to learn and explore

Zyhame Kila Jones

An artist, basketball player and car-lover

Kendrick D. Davis

Not quite clear on his dreams

Lorenzo Moore-Vaughn

About to start his senior year

Jeremiah Ascencio

Last moments spent cradling his brother

Vicente Valero III

He was a modern Renaissance man

James Alexzander Shorter

He’ll never taste grandma’s cookies again

Jayden Fondeur

His older brother found him first

Jontae Billups-Brooks

An athlete and a music lover

Ray Glasgow III

Bench wears jersey instead of captain

Ta Quan Pinkney

Bright future; gone too soon

Ricky Lamar Green Jr.

His children never saw him box

Jovontia Antonio Jones

A runner grieved by seven siblings

Brandon Nathan Tyson

Friday night lights end in tragedy

Tyron Cherez George

His beloved Air Jordans rest, unworn