James Claggion IV
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.