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Harold B. Sermeno

Age 17

Lawrence, New York

Never made it back to work

Suspended from school, he was in an alternative program at the Five Towns Community Center. But his new boss at an Italian restaurant thought he was "very hardworking and attentive.” She paid him on Monday night, expecting him to return.

Hours later, he was behind the center, waiting for a girl. Police said he’d been lured by a promise of sex but that the 13-year-old girl was bait, part of a gang implicated in another murder two days before.

Harold B. Sermeno, 17, was shot and killed on Dec. 18, 2018 in Lawrence, New York. He never returned to work.

By Anouk Wijeratne · Age 14
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