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Jesus A. Lopez

Age 16

Chicago, Illinois

A good friend, a good soul

His friends remember many years of joyful memories and brotherhood. They described him as a “good soul.”

He grew up in the bungalow-dotted Belmont Central neighborhood of Chicago, attending Mary Lyon Elementary School until eighth grade and later moving up to Steinmetz College Prep for high school.

Jesus A. Lopez, 16, nicknamed “Lil Jay,” was  shot in the chest and arms in the neighborhood  on July 14, 2018. He died at Illinois Masonic Medical Center, seven miles from his school.

By Michael Pincus · Age 16 and Sophia McDermott-Hughes · 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