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James Garrett

Age 18

Chicago, Illinois

He wanted to be a teacher

He was a senior with a 3.9 grade point average, first in class to get into college. By early October, he had acceptances from Talladega College and Tennessee State University.

He was a people person, pursuing teaching, “a field in which there is a shortage of black men.” Then his mentor at Butler College Prep got “the call” he dreaded. “It hurts like hell,” he said.

James Garrett, 18, was shot in the back on Oct. 6, 2018, at a vigil for a friend in Chicago, Illinois. Two days later, 675 people mourned him at the memorial Butler held in his honor.

By Gracie Weinstein · Age 17
Meet the Reporters

More than 40 college-bound seniors

Ta Quan Pinkney

Bright future; gone too soon

Favian Isiah Carrillo Duran

Respectful, shy teen did grandma’s chores

Trevon Fareed Richardson

College, football, a scholarship. All lost.

Steven J. Scott

Thanksgiving favorites: baked mac and ham

NeQuacia Porsha Jacobs-Lewis

High school graduation, diploma, career — gone

Caleb Kendall Bowman

Shot down by his best friend

Yajaira Garcia

Getting an education in Yajaira’s honor

Brandon Nash Hammett

‘The music master’ killed before college

Colton J. Jensen

He planned to ride the rodeo

Katlyn Michelle Wittcop

Aspiring doctor hoped to fight cancer

Britney Malone

Upward bound, she never stopped striving

Casey Nicole Kizer

A summer of softball, the lake

Chris Thomas Mosley

The future was all planned out

Nicholas Dworet

Diving into the hearts of many

Javonne Micheal Jaylin Luke Davis

He’d just received a way out

Carmen Marie Schentrup

A mind to be reckoned with

DeVaughn Lorenz Perkins

Gone, but remembered by family forever

Jairo Rodriguez

Studying for future he never saw

Joe Acosta

Forced to leave his little girl

Miranda Beth Trump

Three friends killed in Bent Mountain