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Jacob Scott Malcolm

Age 18

Fort Polk, Louisiana

Hunter, fisher, an American hero

Since he was 10, he dreamed of joining the U.S. Army. At 17, he finally did with his mother’s consent.

He was stationed at Fort Polk, Louisiana, as an infantry rifleman. He was a devout Christian, a member of the New Covenant Christian Church. He loved life and the people in it. He adored his dog, Henry, and life’s simple pleasures: hanging out with his friends, hunting and fishing. He loved music, especially the hip-hop artist Joyner Lucas.

Pvt. Jacob Scott Malcolm died from a gunshot wound to the head on April 12, 2018, at a housing unit on the Vernon Parish base.

By Yasmine Chokrane · Age 15
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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