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Johnny Ray Lee

Age 17

Big Spring, Texas

He could always make new friends

He lived in Big Spring nearly all his life. The small city in Texas was his home.

He was months away from walking the halls of Big Spring High School for the first time. At home, he balanced his time between playing video games and bonding with his sister, Carli, and brother, Logan. An “outgoing people person,” he never shied away from making new friends. Family and friends alike knew him as “a wonderful person.”

Around 4 a.m. on June 8, 2018, Johnny Ray Lee, 15, died from an accidental gunshot. Police called it a game of Russian Roulette.

By Elizabeth Meisenzahl · Age 17
Meet the Reporters

More than 300 siblings

Ramand Kassadine Davis

Happy in his SpongeBob SquarePants jammies

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

Jeremiah Ascencio

Last moments spent cradling his brother

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.