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Jade Anderson Saunders

Age 17

Jersey City, New Jersey

Lived and died surrounded by friends

A friend called her “kind-hearted and sweet,” someone who almost always was smiling. Graduation was eight months away. After receiving her diploma, she hoped to study cosmetology.

In a crowd, the spotlight always seemed to find her. Whether at school with friends or hanging out with her boyfriend, her “bubbly” personality made her the “centerpiece of everything.”

Jade Anderson Saunders, 17, was hanging out in the hallway of a building on Brinkerhoff Street in Jersey City, New Jersey, on Oct. 26, 2018, when someone entered with a gun. She was shot and killed. As always, her friends were there.

By Ava Kerkorian · Age 16
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