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Gregory Thompson Jr.

Age 17

Cincinnati, Ohio

Outgoing and friendly. Seventeen. Possibilities lost.

He was the running back on Purcell Marian High School’s football team. His family was “deeply embedded” in the local Catholic community.

Every day, he’d visit Purcell’s principal just to chat. “Conversations could be everything from grades in chemistry class to ‘Wow, the front yard looks nice because the leaves got raked up’ — stuff like that,” principal Andy Farfsing said

Gregory Thompson, Jr., 17, was found dead of a gunshot wound to the chest in a home in the Evanston neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio, on March 2, 2018. After the news broke, Purcell had to get 13 grief counselors to help classmates cope.

By Emily Xu · Age 17
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