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Jacob Andrew Mechling

Age 15

Benton, Arkansas

Trombone, rap, boxing, writing and football

He was a fan of boxing, football and music. He loved playing guitar and trombone. He enjoyed writing and performing rap songs. He was going to enter Harmony Grove High School as a sophomore.

“He was a smart kid. … He stayed focused in school,” said Hunter Burtness, his best friend, to KATV news. “He was a really outgoing guy. He would stick his neck out for anybody.”

Jacob Andrew Mechling, 15, was playing Russian roulette with two of his friends. He recorded himself while shooting with his father’s gun on the evening of July 27, 2018, in Haskell, Arkansas.

By Zahra Wakilzada · Age 17
Meet the Reporters

More than 80 musicians

Taveon Donte' Brooks

Basketball point guard, would-be rapper

Raydale Hill

Can no longer create his music

Elijah Foster

Dope Boy Gang. One less member.

Vicente Valero III

He was a modern Renaissance man

Beverly McBride

Purple hair, just like her dad

Ricky Ryon Willis III

YouTuber was destined for great things

Ramon Enriquez Barragan

Born, raised, died in Garden City

Robert Spencer Biggers Jr.

Local rapper who loved his familyi

Trevon Fareed Richardson

College, football, a scholarship. All lost.

James Claggion IV

Left hometown for fame in Atlanta

Zachary Mulford

Summer job turns into winter grief

Bryan Portales Escalante

Phone, wallet, shoes and, life — gone

Darion Gordon

Sixteen years erased by one bullet

Ke’Andre Johnson

Cut off after only one verse

Kaileigh Lin Collier

Was “more beautiful than she knew”

Carnandez A. Davis

New family never to be whole

Taylor Hayes

A star on her karaoke machine

Arthur Roger Holloway III

His obituary ran in two states

Montrell Anthony Mouzon

His dream of witnessing motocross shattered

Brandon Nash Hammett

‘The music master’ killed before college