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Jada Darayona Jones

Age 14

Rock Hill, South Carolina

Her dreams of performing, not realized

She was a devoted Instagrammer. Where some teenagers use their accounts to post pictures of their lunches, she uploaded videos of herself dancing, since she daydreamed about one day becoming a performer.

She was popular, able to easily win over even casual acquaintances with a personality described as “outgoing” and “sweet-souled.”

On the night of June 10, 2018, as 14-year-old Jada Darayona Jones was sitting in a friend’s driveway in her hometown of Rock Hill, South Carolina, her dreams came to an abrupt halt when she lost her life in a gang-related shooting. Two men stopped their car and opened fire on the driveway, killing her.

By Scarlett Liriano Cepin · Age 19
Meet the Reporters

More than 30 dancers

Yaleah Hall

Sister, daughter, dancer, since day one

Alisia JaNell Williams

She made her dolls happy, too

Orlando Myron Anderson Jr.

He was so full of life

Cara Marie Loughran

Dancing in our hearts for eternity

Xzariah Denecca Rice

Her father died in her arms

Taylor Hayes

A star on her karaoke machine

Arthur Roger Holloway III

His obituary ran in two states

Doumba Sannoh

Fatal price for the American dream

Eugene Ryder Stamey

Innocent game turned to foul play

Des'mon Reyshard Anderson

His baby lost her loving dad

Tylon DaJaun Batey

So much family left to grieve

Justise Armoni Ledena Allen

She did not even look hurt

Eliza Kristine Orellana

She was a singer, dancer and friend

Alexa Denice Montez

Her father’s “greatest gift,” he said

Jaime Taylor Guttenberg

Independent, fearless, bright; a graceful dancer

Darius Marcel Boone

An infectious laugh silenced by violence

Michael D. Bardlett

To know Michael. To love Michael.

Kelvin Ramone Creech

Engaged. Ready for fatherhood. Taken away.

Trinity Renee-Jordan Wiggins

Her uncle’s house, pockmarked with bullets

Davieuntay Green

Summer stroll brought to a halt