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Haggai Sekesa

Age 18

Auburn, Washington

“Fly my precious one. Fly, fly...”

Some called him “Laggai,” others “Ace.” Four years ago, when he was in seventh grade at Cascade Middle School, he was on the varsity track and field team and ran the 75- and 110-meter hurdles.

His huge, frizzy curls were styled in an undercut. He was “humble” and “lighthearted,” and “always there for you when you need him.”

On Feb. 10, 2019, Haggai Sekesa was shot in the head and killed and found in a car in a remote part of Auburn, Washington. On his memorial page, a comment read, “Fly my precious one Fly fly do not fear cross over to the other shore until we meet again.”

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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