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Fernando Perez

Age 17

Kansas City, Missouri

“What is it going to take?”

He had round black earrings and dark hair that he combed to the left.

One Saturday night, he went out with two friends. After all three were hit by gunfire, they frantically drove to a local fire station around 11 p.m. "I just thought it was fireworks, so I kept watching TV," said a local boy.

Fernando Perez, 17, was shot and killed on Jan. 26, 2019, in Kansas City, Missouri. His death raised the city’s 2019 homicide count to nine, including another unrelated shooting that night. Each time someone is killed, a local minister asks: “What is it going to take?”

By Zade Mullin · Age 17
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

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

Katrina Marie Casarez

Sweet, musical memories with her boyfriend