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Jontae Billups-Brooks

Age 18

Lafayette, Indiana

An athlete and a music lover

In a McCutcheon high school baseball game against the West Lafayette team, he ran between bases wearing his red and gold Mavericks uniform. A senior at The Excel Center, he also played basketball and football and loved music.

He was a science and math student in Jerilyn Smith’s sixth-grade classroom. “I saw so much potential, humor, intelligence and talent in this young man,” Smith said.

Jontae Billups-Brooks, 18, was shot on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, at a southside apartment complex in Lafayette, Indiana. He died soon after at Franciscan Alliance East Hospital.

By Michael Pincus · Age 16
Meet the Reporters

More than 300 siblings

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

Rashiya Melton

Joins brother, leaves behind her twin

Caydence Nicole Painter

Reading, dancing, playing. Siblings shot together.

Jovontia Antonio Jones

A runner grieved by seven siblings

Brandon Nathan Tyson

Friday night lights end in tragedy