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Jaiden Garcia

Age 18

Las Vegas, Nevada

Betrayed by search for new friends

His eyes are calm but piercing in the photo friends chose to remember him.

As his time at C.O. Bastian High School was coming to a close, he was starting a new chapter in his life. Hoping to meet a new acquaintance, he drove with two men to a trailer park near Lake Mead Boulevard. The last words he heard were “Where are you from?”

Just before 11 p.m. on Sunday, April 29, 2018, Jaiden Garcia, 18, was shot in the chest in Las Vegas, Nevada. He died later that night from his wounds.

By Elizabeth Meisenzahl · Age 17
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