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Ezekiel James Griego

Age 18

La Puente, California

Graduated high school, had promising future

He stood tall, grinning on graduation day with red, blue and violet leis adorning his neck like victory laurels. His mother beamed next to him, her pride in his accomplishment evident.

His friends described him as fun, unforgettable and vibrant. He was kind in his classes, and his teachers were more than willing to vouch for his thoughtful disposition. Some would say it was instilled in him by his mother, who was a beloved educator and helpful friend.

Ezekiel James Griego, 18, and his mother were killed in La Puente, California, after being shot by his mother’s brother who then turned the gun on himself.

By Alexandria Frank · Age 19
Meet the Reporters

More than 100 diligent students

Ryan Amadeo Dela Cruz

Gone, two weeks shy of graduation

Lorenzo Moore-Vaughn

About to start his senior year

Shondricka J'Nay Adams

Celebrating one night, gone the next

Jayden Fondeur

His older brother found him first

Jontae Billups-Brooks

An athlete and a music lover

Caydence Nicole Painter

Reading, dancing, playing. Siblings shot together.

Favian Isiah Carrillo Duran

Respectful, shy teen did grandma’s chores

Telvin Goll

He wished for the American Dream

Amariah C. Emery

On her T-shirt, a peace sign

Jon-Marvin Revels Jacobs

He was on his way home

Xzariah Denecca Rice

Her father died in her arms

Martez Christopher Wade

“He wasn’t a statistic,” said mom

NeQuacia Porsha Jacobs-Lewis

High school graduation, diploma, career — gone

Jonathan David Freeman Jr.

Debated anything, from music to Deflategate

Kevin Wilson Jr.

Star athlete with a bright future

Kaileigh Lin Collier

Was “more beautiful than she knew”

Martin Duque Anguiano

An ambitious, bright boy, senselessly killed

Francisco Puentes

Mom never received the happy news

Manuel Lopez Jr.

High school senior set to graduate

Taylor Hayes

A star on her karaoke machine