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Jordan Rattana Houn

Age 16

Stockton, California

Heaven couldn’t wait for his smile

He always wore the same pair of earrings, big, round gold studs that accentuated the flecks of light in his dark eyes. In every photo, his mouth was frozen open in a half-smile, energy radiating like he was on the verge of speech or laughter.

He was beloved by all — a caring son, brother, uncle, grandson, cousin, and friend.

Jordan Rattana Houn, 16, was found dead lying on top of a gun in Stockton, California, on October 13, 2018. Heaven just “couldn’t wait” for him, his sister would later say.

By Kaitlin Musante · 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.