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James Claggion IV

Age 18

Newport News, Virginia

Left hometown for fame in Atlanta

His family had always called him determined, and following his dreams was no exception. He’d moved to Atlanta to pursue a burgeoning hip-hop career, leaving his hometown behind. "We have something that some people don't have,” his mother later said. “His voice...his music.”

He was back in Newport News, Virginia, and visiting his grandmother’s house when his aunt stopped by. She could tell something was wrong – furniture lay overturned, the house was filled with the eerie noise of the TV’s volume turned high.

On March 16, 2018, she found her nephew, 18-year-old James Claggion, IV, in the house, dead from a gunshot wound.

By Katherine Oung · Age 15 and Rebecca Brady · Age 18
Meet the Reporters

More than 80 musicians

Taveon Donte' Brooks

Basketball point guard, would-be rapper

Raydale Hill

Can no longer create his music

Elijah Foster

Dope Boy Gang. One less member.

Vicente Valero III

He was a modern Renaissance man

Ricky Ryon Willis III

YouTuber was destined for great things

Ramon Enriquez Barragan

Born, raised, died in Garden City

Trevon Fareed Richardson

College, football, a scholarship. All lost.

Zachary Mulford

Summer job turns into winter grief

Bryan Portales Escalante

Phone, wallet, shoes and, life — gone

Darion Gordon

Sixteen years erased by one bullet

Ke’Andre Johnson

Cut off after only one verse

Kaileigh Lin Collier

Was “more beautiful than she knew”

Carnandez A. Davis

New family never to be whole

Taylor Hayes

A star on her karaoke machine

Arthur Roger Holloway III

His obituary ran in two states

Montrell Anthony Mouzon

His dream of witnessing motocross shattered

Brandon Nash Hammett

‘The music master’ killed before college

Chazton Dejuan Artray Guidry

A dream ends, a sound silenced

Jordan Leon DeShields

He told friends to be careful

Alexander Logan Schachter

Musician whose melody was cut short