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Jamontae Blacknall

Age 14

Henderson, North Carolina

His birthday remembered forever in song

In the photo, he stands against a wall, one knee bent to support him, his black and red shirt contrasting with the stark white background. On his birthday, friends and family released into the sky red, black, white and gold balloons, the same colors as his outfit.

His aunt, Brianna Blacknall, dedicated her EP, “Israel,” to him. In the first line of the song “July 23rd,” she says, “Rest in peace to my nephew. Happy birthday boy. We love you.”

On March 10, 2018, Jamontae Blacknall, 14, was found shot on Pinkston Street in Henderson, North Carolina. He later died.

By Madison Hahamy · Age 18
Meet the Reporters

More than 200 friends

Saniyah Monee Nicholson

Funny faces and pigtails no longer

Tyrese A. Jones

He was beloved at his school


Shot while walking down the street

Kameron Johnson

He dreamed of college and cars

Kameron Porter

Domestic violence ends a stepson’s life

Jacob Matthew Edwards

A survivor, full of heart. Gone.

Corey Donald II

He had just started barber school

Floyd Chianti Davenport IV

“Baba stay woke...Baba stay woke!”

Kelvion’te A. Trammell

Engine still running, no life left

Clinton Howell

A daily trip that turned deadly

Jayvone J. Shackelford-Bishop

Friends together like Lilo & Stitch

Joel Keshon Green

An interrupted trail of Facebook photos

Fernando Perez

“What is it going to take?”

Delametric Djuan Fairley

Never got to make travel plans

Moltere Charles Jr.

#TGFAD — Thank God for another day

Oliver Santos

Big smile stolen on Saturday night

Darryl Lamar Johnson

A family visit. He never left.

Xavier Montrail Thomas

Candles flicker against darkness for Zay

Samuel Ozuna

Always respectful, loved by his friends

Romane D. Taylor Jr.

Intelligent and playful, beloved by buddies