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Jesus G. Reyes

Age 15

Kansas City, Missouri

Skateboarder inspired others with his art

He could regularly be found at the local skate park, with orange Cheetos dust on the corners of his mouth. Despite only being 15, he inspired other kids to skate, and many friends believed his dream of going pro could be realized.

He was called “Lil Jesus.” Many of his other family and friends called him “Boots,” his features mirroring Dora the Explorer’s iconic sidekick. He also made a name for himself as Rezr, expressing his identity through graffiti art.

On April 16, 2018, Jesus Reyes was shot and killed at the intersection of Truman Road and Hardesty Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri. His family raised more than $4,000 for his funeral.

By Sophia Levin · Age 15
Meet the Reporters

More than 200 athletes

Elisha Amon Cole

Dreaming big, working on his portfolio

Taveon Donte' Brooks

Basketball point guard, would-be rapper

Natwan Kian Holyfield

Supposed to go to homecoming, prom

Orlando Myron Anderson Jr.

He was so full of life

Sharon Castro

She always helped those who struggled

Avi Liam Franco

He loved to learn and explore

Zyhame Kila Jones

An artist, basketball player and car-lover

Kendrick D. Davis

Not quite clear on his dreams

Lorenzo Moore-Vaughn

About to start his senior year

Jeremiah Ascencio

Last moments spent cradling his brother

Vicente Valero III

He was a modern Renaissance man

James Alexzander Shorter

He’ll never taste grandma’s cookies again

Jayden Fondeur

His older brother found him first

Jontae Billups-Brooks

An athlete and a music lover

Ray Glasgow III

Bench wears jersey instead of captain

Ta Quan Pinkney

Bright future; gone too soon

Ricky Lamar Green Jr.

His children never saw him box

Jovontia Antonio Jones

A runner grieved by seven siblings

Brandon Nathan Tyson

Friday night lights end in tragedy

Tyron Cherez George

His beloved Air Jordans rest, unworn