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Jay'Marcus Jefferson

Age 18

Mobile, Alabama

Couldn’t make his daughter’s first birthday

His daughter was his whole world. She had his big, brown eyes and perhaps hoped that someday her frizzy curls would grow as long as his dreadlocks.

His arms were always around her, his fingers intertwined in hers as if he were afraid to her let go. He would have given her his heart, but it, like other parts of him, has gone to help complete strangers.

Jay’Marcus “Marc Marc” Jefferson, 18, was shot in the neck in a drive-by shooting in Mobile, Alabama, on April 24, 2018 and died four days later. He did not live to see his daughter’s first birthday.

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