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John Harvey Edmonston III

Age 17

Clarksville, Tennessee

Missing the life of the party

“He was an awesome kid,” Rider Suda-Dodson wrote on his GoFundMe page. “He helped me break out of my shell a little bit back in 7th grade when I met him on the bus.”

It is no wonder that his friends remember him as the “life of the party.” JJ, as he was known, could put a smile on anyone’s face with his silly, outgoing and kind personality.

John Harvey Edmonston III, 17, attended Northeast High School in Clarksville, Tennessee. Two of his friends were playing around with a loaded gun and shot him on Granny White Road on Aug. 19, 2018.

By Zoe Hsu · Age 16
Meet the Reporters

More than 100 jokesters

Natwan Kian Holyfield

Supposed to go to homecoming, prom

Kaiden Vague

Sixteenth birthday. Golden birthday. Last birthday.

Eric Xavier Degori

His jokes could make anyone laugh

Will Earl Davis Jr.

The rising senior was always smiling

Rashiya Melton

Joins brother, leaves behind her twin

Edgar Alan Espino

Jokester loved to make people laugh

Daron Johnson

He went to celebrate another’s life

Jayvone J. Shackelford-Bishop

Friends together like Lilo & Stitch

Deandre Moon

Overnight tragedy for a basketball fan

Terale Claridy-Vaught

‘Solid’ friend barely gets to adulthood

Robert Carranza

He liked to post song lyrics

Amauri Green

Died while fixing a flat tire

Eddie Daiquan Grant

A devoted boyfriend and rap fan

Bryan Portales Escalante

Phone, wallet, shoes and, life — gone

Darion Gordon

Sixteen years erased by one bullet

Steven Alexander Jr.

He missed his first Father’s Day

Jonathan David Freeman Jr.

Debated anything, from music to Deflategate

Matthew James Jurado

Challenging student had a compassionate heart

Ryan J. Dillon

A playful boy, stopped by bullets

Manuel Lopez Jr.

High school senior set to graduate