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JaBria A. Tell

Age 14

Meridian, Mississippi

A baby sister, a beautiful soul

A neighbor remembers her as  “a very beautiful, bright person.” The compliments she offered brightened the days of those who lived around the half-yellow, half-brick apartment building her family occupied.

Only a year apart, she and her brother were fairly close. They once wore matching pink sweatshirts as they held a puppy and smiled warmly in a picture on her brother’s Facebook page. Their friends, family, and even classmates recall the genuine love they had for each other.

On March 31, 2018, 14-year-old JaBria Tell died of gunshot wounds accidentally inflicted by her older brother in their mother’s Meridian, Mississippi, home.


By Willow Taylor Chiang Yang · Age 16 and Scarlett Liriano Cepin · Age 19
Meet the Reporters

More than 300 siblings

Ramand Kassadine Davis

Happy in his SpongeBob SquarePants jammies

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.