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Jahnae Patterson

Age 17

Chicago, Illinois

Sounds of summer replaced with gunfire

She and her three best friends were inseparable. She planned to someday buy a house with one of them, Chinyere Jordan, after becoming a nurse.

She attended Manley Career Academy High School in Chicago. Enjoying the final nights of summer, she and her friends gathered at a block party. She was headed to the bathroom while a musician sang the lyrics, “You ain’t gonna see me fall” — a sound immediately replaced with gunfire.

Jahnae Patterson, 17, better known as “Nae Nae,” was shot multiple times and killed on Aug. 5, 2018, in Chicago, Illinois. Forty other people, including several teens, were shot there within seven hours.

By Prerna Mukherjee · 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