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Jonathan Armando Tavira Garcia

Age 16

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

He didn’t answer his mom’s texts

A sophomore at Quality Education Academy in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, he wanted to enlist in the Army.  

In late May, he went out with a friend. Though his mother sent him several texts, he didn’t reply. Police said a drug deal was underway when shouts broke out and a gun was fired.

Jonathan Armando Garcia, 16, was shot and killed on May 25, 2018. His mother said strangers showed up at the hospital to ask about him. “How did they know what happened to my son and I did not even know who they are?” she asked.

By Judy Zhang · Age 16
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