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Ibn Hatcher Downey

Age 18

East Orange, New Jersey

He was fashionable, friendly and family-oriented

In a photograph, he looks pensive, wearing a dark jacket, red hood hoodie and a striped beanie.

In an earlier photo, he wears a gray tie, a light blue shirt and a navy vest with a gold eagle on the left side of his chest. He was a member of the founding class of the Eagle Academy For Young Men of Newark. The school lauded him as an “independent spirit.”

Ibn Hatcher Downey, 18, was shot and killed on Jan. 1, 2019 in East Orange, New Jersey, on North 17th Street. His death was the first homicide in New Jersey for the year.

By Nadia Farjami · Age 17
Meet the Reporters

More than 100 diligent students

Ryan Amadeo Dela Cruz

Gone, two weeks shy of graduation

Jo'Markius Fuller

Never to wear grandma’s scarves again

Lorenzo Moore-Vaughn

About to start his senior year

Shondricka J'Nay Adams

Celebrating one night, gone the next

Jayden Fondeur

His older brother found him first

Jontae Billups-Brooks

An athlete and a music lover

Caydence Nicole Painter

Reading, dancing, playing. Siblings shot together.

Favian Isiah Carrillo Duran

Respectful, shy teen did grandma’s chores

Telvin Goll

He wished for the American Dream

Amariah C. Emery

On her T-shirt, a peace sign

Jon-Marvin Revels Jacobs

He was on his way home

Christopher Johnson

Making others better versions of themselves

Xzariah Denecca Rice

Her father died in her arms

Martez Christopher Wade

“He wasn’t a statistic,” said mom

NeQuacia Porsha Jacobs-Lewis

High school graduation, diploma, career — gone

Jonathan David Freeman Jr.

Debated anything, from music to Deflategate

Kevin Wilson Jr.

Star athlete with a bright future

Kaileigh Lin Collier

Was “more beautiful than she knew”

Martin Duque Anguiano

An ambitious, bright boy, senselessly killed

Francisco Puentes

Mom never received the happy news