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James King

Age 17

Grand Rapids, Michigan

A family man, until the end

He tattooed his family’s names onto his skin. A senior at East Kentwood High School in Kentwood, Michigan, he loved video games and his family. He was especially excited to meet his second nephew.

He arranged a deal to sell marijuana on social media. He went to a parking lot to meet the buyers and got into their car with his cousin. He tried to warn his cousin that he was being robbed.

James King, 17, was shot in the head on Jan. 13, 2019 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Pushed out of the car, he died in his cousin’s arms.

By Nicole Levi · Age 17
Meet the Reporters

More than 50 gamers

Ryan Amadeo Dela Cruz

Gone, two weeks shy of graduation

Kameron Porter

Domestic violence ends a stepson’s life

Clinton Howell

A daily trip that turned deadly

Ramon Enriquez Barragan

Born, raised, died in Garden City

Joseph Anthony Pintucci

Blue eyes, dimples and chubby cheeks

LaVell Whittley Jr.

Loved his blue and white jersey

William Jacaree Edwards

Turned in his football jersey forever

Da'quan Mahmund Albright

Never got to walk the stage

Tony La’Vonte White

He had dreams with childhood friend

Demonte Barbee

A fun soul, all about family

Kevin Israel Ortiz

After holiday, death on Black Friday

Taylor Nathan Talmage

Siblings without their bookworm brother

Gabriel Jordan Early

Lost: “A child of exceptional intellect”

Jose A. Rosario Jr.

One hundred mourners honored him

Ian Richard Olson

Life lost behind a sky-blue door

Chevy Jace Redus Christopher

Spent his final night with Grandma

Justin Ameer Garner

Young man leaves behind big family

Eddyson Isidor

The game is over. Rest now.

Benjamin Michael Workman-Greco

He’ll never get to marry Reagan

Dijonae Amaya White

She made art and beautiful things