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Jordan Leon DeShields

Age 16

Baltimore, Maryland

He told friends to be careful

The New Era Academy student had a “smile as bright as the sun.” Every time he parted ways with his friends he would tell them to be safe and that he loved them, classmate Jessica Wilson told The Baltimore Sun.

To keep kids out of trouble, the Mary E. Rodman Recreation Center has welcomed kids to play basketball on its courts every day after school since 1974. But now, these children of Southwest Baltimore do not feel safe.

Jordan Leon DeShields, 16, was fatally shot on the Rodman basketball court on May 8, 2018. He was Baltimore’s 100th homicide of the year.

By Hope Kahn · Age 17
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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