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Jeremiah Ascencio

Age 17

Moreno Valley, California

Last moments spent cradling his brother

Known as “Lil JJ,” he was a tall, skinny 17-year-old, often seen smiling in photos with his older brother. Both had played football for Canyon Springs High School.

Loved ones described him as “always full of energy;” he had dropped out of high school and was being home-schooled instead.

On March 7, 2018, Jeremiah and his brother Eli were outside a Jack in the Box restaurant in Moreno Valley, California. Witnesses claim that they heard six to seven gunshots. Eli was shot in the neck and Jeremiah rushed to his side, only to be shot in the chest. He died. Eli died, too.

By Izabella Ge · Age 15
Meet the Reporters

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

One brother buried. Then another one.

Izabella Marie Helem

Brother shoots his sister by accident

Raydale Hill

Can no longer create his music

Jaquincy Jawan Ross

Wanted to buy her a scooter

Lorenzo Moore-Vaughn

About to start his senior year

Elijah Foster

Dope Boy Gang. One less member.

Kameron Johnson

He dreamed of college and cars

Shondricka J'Nay Adams

Celebrating one night, gone the next

Ty'Dre Shyheim Hailey

She didn’t know it was real

Jayden Fondeur

His older brother found him first

Jontae Billups-Brooks

An athlete and a music lover

Rashiya Melton

Joins brother, leaves behind her twin

Caydence Nicole Painter

Reading, dancing, playing. Siblings shot together.

Jovontia Antonio Jones

A runner grieved by seven siblings

Brandon Nathan Tyson

Friday night lights end in tragedy