Jakorian Lavelle Smith
Football player, future soldier, a bystander
A member of the Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps at his school, he wore his uniform with pride. The fourth of 15 children, he played football for Blount High School in Eight Mile, Alabama.
On Christmas Eve, two adults fought and shot into a unit at the Carondelet Apartments, where he lived. He was caught in the crossfire.
Jakorian Lavelle Smith, 15, was shot and killed on Dec. 24, 2018 in Mobile, Alabama. “It wasn’t Christmas for me,” his mother said. "My baby is in a cold morgue. My baby has no life in him. My baby is gone."