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Jairo Rodriguez

Age 16

Madison, Tennessee

Studying for future he never saw

As a high school senior, he diligently applied himself at school in preparation for college. When he wasn’t studying, he worked at his part-time job on the weekends. His family remembers him as a kind, charismatic, funny, loving, and passionate young man.

His sister described him as “a stubborn boy [who was] headstrong [and] would stand for what he believed in.”

Jairo Rodriguez, 16, accidentally shot and killed himself on Jan. 10, 2018 in Madison, Tennessee. It was four days before his 17th birthday and four months before his high school graduation.

By Sophia McDermott-Hughes · Age 18
Meet the Reporters

More than 100 diligent students

Ryan Amadeo Dela Cruz

Gone, two weeks shy of graduation

Jo'Markius Fuller

Never to wear grandma’s scarves again

Lorenzo Moore-Vaughn

About to start his senior year

Shondricka J'Nay Adams

Celebrating one night, gone the next

Jayden Fondeur

His older brother found him first

Jontae Billups-Brooks

An athlete and a music lover

Caydence Nicole Painter

Reading, dancing, playing. Siblings shot together.

Favian Isiah Carrillo Duran

Respectful, shy teen did grandma’s chores

Telvin Goll

He wished for the American Dream

Amariah C. Emery

On her T-shirt, a peace sign

Jon-Marvin Revels Jacobs

He was on his way home

Christopher Johnson

Making others better versions of themselves

Xzariah Denecca Rice

Her father died in her arms

Martez Christopher Wade

“He wasn’t a statistic,” said mom

NeQuacia Porsha Jacobs-Lewis

High school graduation, diploma, career — gone

Jonathan David Freeman Jr.

Debated anything, from music to Deflategate

Kevin Wilson Jr.

Star athlete with a bright future

Kaileigh Lin Collier

Was “more beautiful than she knew”

Martin Duque Anguiano

An ambitious, bright boy, senselessly killed

Francisco Puentes

Mom never received the happy news