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Jazmine Barnes

Age 7

Houston, Texas

Juice, braids, and the color purple

On the cold morning of December 30, 2018, the girl, still in pajamas, climbed into the backseat of her mother’s car with her three sisters before they sped off to get juice and coffee for breakfast.

She was a second-grader at Monahan Elementary School in Houston. Her favorite color was purple; she was the youngest of eight; and she often wore her hair in braids.

Around 7 a.m., a car pulled up next to her mother’s, and bullets punctured the windows, striking Jazmine Barnes, 7, in the head. Purple balloons drifted above her funeral service.

By Willow Taylor Chiang Yang · Age 16
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More than 300 siblings

Yaleah Hall

Sister, daughter, dancer, since day one

Elisha Amon Cole

Dreaming big, working on his portfolio

Lia Lin Collier

A light, “unrelenting joy” extinguished

Peyton Nicole Hurt

Still helping others, even in death

Ryan Amadeo Dela Cruz

Gone, two weeks shy of graduation

Rashaad Izil Wisher

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Caydence Nicole Painter

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