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Jabari Steffon Montplaisir

Age 17

Newark, New Jersey

Son. Brother. Best friend. Now gone.

A son and brother, he lived by the motto “Before you judge, learn what they’ve been through.” In Swahili, his name meant “fearless one.”

The Barringer High School graduate had many friends. He loved making them laugh and protecting them. His best friend loved him dearly. "Lord knows I miss you a lot! I’ll do anything to have you back,” she captioned an old Facebook post months after she last saw him.

On July 24, 2018, Jabari Steffon Montplaisir, 17, was fatally shot in Newark in a double homicide. He was six days away from his 18th birthday.

By Sequoia Wyckoff · Age 15 and SaMya Overall · Age 17
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