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Gerardo Trevino

Age 17

Avondale, Arizona

He liked to post motivational quotes

He projected intense optimism. One of the many inspirational quotes he posted to his Facebook page simply read, “Stay positive.” He carried that attitude with him throughout his life. He tried hard not to let the negative energy of others affect the way he felt.

His cheery demeanor translated to his real-life relationships, as well. One of his friends remembers “nothing but laughs” on their group chat calls.

On July 6, 2018, Gerardo “Daniel” Trevino, 17, lost his life to gunshots fired in his hometown of Avondale, Arizona.

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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