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Jaelynn Rose Wiley

Age 16

Great Mills, Maryland

She couldn’t wait for prom night

Prom season was approaching, and she had been looking for the perfect dress.

She was a loving sister to her eight siblings, a record-breaking swimmer, an expert at making chocolate chip cookies, and an accomplished 10th grade student at Great Mills High School in southern Maryland. Minutes before first period, her ex-boyfriend confronted her in the hallway carrying his father’s Glock 9mm pistol.

Jaelynn Rose Willey, 16, was shot on March 20, 2018. Sixty-four hours later, she was taken off life support and died.

By Emma Gilliam · Age 17
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.