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Ismael Guzman

Age 16

Turlock, California

To his friends, he was Tata

His family and teachers called him Ismael, but to his friends he was Tata, the first word he spoke.

"He was just, like, a nice guy,” a friend said. “He liked ... listening to music and stuff. He was a calm person." His mother was on her way to the store when she heard the police sirens.

On May 19, 2018, Ismael Guzman, 16, was in front of his friend’s house in Turlock, California, when he was shot in the back. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. His 10-year-old cousin saw him lying on the ground; afterwards, he had nightmares.

By Manuel Cuatlatl · Age 16
Meet the Reporters

More than 300 siblings

Yaleah Hall

Sister, daughter, dancer, since day one

Elisha Amon Cole

Dreaming big, working on his portfolio

Lia Lin Collier

A light, “unrelenting joy” extinguished

Peyton Nicole Hurt

Still helping others, even in death

Ryan Amadeo Dela Cruz

Gone, two weeks shy of graduation

Rashaad Izil Wisher

One brother buried. Then another one.

Izabella Marie Helem

Brother shoots his sister by accident

Raydale Hill

Can no longer create his music

Jaquincy Jawan Ross

Wanted to buy her a scooter

Lorenzo Moore-Vaughn

About to start his senior year

Elijah Foster

Dope Boy Gang. One less member.

Kameron Johnson

He dreamed of college and cars

Jeremiah Ascencio

Last moments spent cradling his brother

Shondricka J'Nay Adams

Celebrating one night, gone the next

Ty'Dre Shyheim Hailey

She didn’t know it was real

Jayden Fondeur

His older brother found him first

Jontae Billups-Brooks

An athlete and a music lover

Rashiya Melton

Joins brother, leaves behind her twin

Caydence Nicole Painter

Reading, dancing, playing. Siblings shot together.

Jovontia Antonio Jones

A runner grieved by seven siblings