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Indya Emon Willis

Age 17

North Las Vegas, Nevada

Cap and gown for sale, unworn

A senior at Legacy High School, she was excited for milestones ahead. She was learning how to parallel park for her driver’s test retake. She had just ordered her cap and gown for graduation, which her relatives were planning to attend. She was browsing prom dresses and writing applications for college, where she hoped to study nursing like her mother.

She was the spitting image of her mom. “You could say we were best friends,” her mom said. “She was my everything, she was my rib.”

Indya Emon Willis, 17, was shot by her boyfriend in North Las Vegas, Nevada on Nov. 21, 2018, the day before Thanksgiving.

By Suan Lee · Age 16
Meet the Reporters

More than 40 college-bound seniors

Ta Quan Pinkney

Bright future; gone too soon

Favian Isiah Carrillo Duran

Respectful, shy teen did grandma’s chores

Trevon Fareed Richardson

College, football, a scholarship. All lost.

Steven J. Scott

Thanksgiving favorites: baked mac and ham

NeQuacia Porsha Jacobs-Lewis

High school graduation, diploma, career — gone

Caleb Kendall Bowman

Shot down by his best friend

Yajaira Garcia

Getting an education in Yajaira’s honor

Brandon Nash Hammett

‘The music master’ killed before college

James Garrett

He wanted to be a teacher

Colton J. Jensen

He planned to ride the rodeo

Katlyn Michelle Wittcop

Aspiring doctor hoped to fight cancer

Britney Malone

Upward bound, she never stopped striving

Casey Nicole Kizer

A summer of softball, the lake

Chris Thomas Mosley

The future was all planned out

Nicholas Dworet

Diving into the hearts of many

Javonne Micheal Jaylin Luke Davis

He’d just received a way out

Carmen Marie Schentrup

A mind to be reckoned with

DeVaughn Lorenz Perkins

Gone, but remembered by family forever

Jairo Rodriguez

Studying for future he never saw

Joe Acosta

Forced to leave his little girl