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Imajea Holmes

Age 17

Smoaks, South Carolina

The beautiful girl from Enchanted Lane

They called her Diamond, a name that seems perfect for the slim girl in the aqua dress, a white flower on her wrist. She lived on Enchanted Lane in Walterboro, South Carolina.

Her passion was fashion: A photo shoot nine days before her death captured her posing on a staircase and sitting on the hood of a bright yellow car. She worked at Aeropostale.

Imajea Holmes, 17, was found on April 8, 2018, off Augusta Highway in Colleton County, South Carolina. The coroner said someone had opened fire on her car, killing her and a male passenger with a single bullet.

By Kalanie Scott · Age 17
Meet the Reporters

More than 30 artists

Lia Lin Collier

A light, “unrelenting joy” extinguished

Peyton Nicole Hurt

Still helping others, even in death

Ricky Ryon Willis III

YouTuber was destined for great things

James J. Springer III

“The man” who never grew up

Zachary Mulford

Summer job turns into winter grief

Lashonda Sharreice Childs

A beautician who cried for help

Joaquin Oliver

A poet silenced, a brother missed

LaMar De’Shawn Foster

Son will live without his father

Jesus G. Reyes

Skateboarder inspired others with his art

Jaden Christopher Salois

Loved rap, then his song ended

Jamie Marie Kernop

Loved her Polaroid camera, sunsets, and sunflowers

Andy Kim

Fourth-grader with an artistic, gentle spirit

Fermin Alonso-Alonso Jr.

No more beautiful things to make

Shana Lorraine Fisher

16 for only a few days

Aric Whaley

He helped his neighbors shovel snow

Londyn Faith Strawn

Gymnast, artist, proud owner of Buttercup

Jordan Anthony Coleman

Recent grad with a passion for art

Rickey J. Nelson

Wanted to be a role model

Dijonae Amaya White

She made art and beautiful things

Kiara Lashay Brown

BFF lives “the life she can’t”