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Javon Britten

Age 18

Orland Park, Illinois

Never made it to trade school

He was a gifted poet — an “extra special” student who “preferred to keep how bright he was under wraps,” according to a teacher at Rich Central High School, where he was a senior.

His friends and family knew him as “Von” and described him as ambitious and hardworking. “He had so many dreams,” said his mother Nail Hobson. He hoped to become an electrician and had just been accepted to a trade school.

Javon Britten, 18, was shot at the Orland Park Mall on Jan. 21, 2019 in Orland Park, Illinois. He is the second victim of gun violence in his family; an uncle died in 1995.

By Suan Lee · Age 16
Meet the Reporters

More than 100 diligent students

Ryan Amadeo Dela Cruz

Gone, two weeks shy of graduation

Jo'Markius Fuller

Never to wear grandma’s scarves again

Lorenzo Moore-Vaughn

About to start his senior year

Shondricka J'Nay Adams

Celebrating one night, gone the next

Jayden Fondeur

His older brother found him first

Jontae Billups-Brooks

An athlete and a music lover

Caydence Nicole Painter

Reading, dancing, playing. Siblings shot together.

Favian Isiah Carrillo Duran

Respectful, shy teen did grandma’s chores

Telvin Goll

He wished for the American Dream

Amariah C. Emery

On her T-shirt, a peace sign

Jon-Marvin Revels Jacobs

He was on his way home

Christopher Johnson

Making others better versions of themselves

Xzariah Denecca Rice

Her father died in her arms

Martez Christopher Wade

“He wasn’t a statistic,” said mom

NeQuacia Porsha Jacobs-Lewis

High school graduation, diploma, career — gone

Jonathan David Freeman Jr.

Debated anything, from music to Deflategate

Kevin Wilson Jr.

Star athlete with a bright future

Kaileigh Lin Collier

Was “more beautiful than she knew”

Martin Duque Anguiano

An ambitious, bright boy, senselessly killed

Francisco Puentes

Mom never received the happy news