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Joseph Smith

Age 16

Chicago, Illinois

Sixteen. Chicago. Nighttime. A short profile.

He was someone’s son, perhaps a friend and a student. At age 16, he had a future. But in the newspaper, all he got was just 76 words.

We know that he was standing on a street 40 minutes after sunset. A Google map shows he could have seen the Barney’s Pizza restaurant on one corner, between a Baptist church and a funeral home. Where he last stood, there was a red stop sign.

Joseph Smith, 16, was shot in the 800 block of North Waller Avenue in Chicago, Illinois, on March 8, 2018.

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By Emma Rosenbaum · Age 17
Meet the Reporters

More than 20 stories left to tell

Anthony Gibbs

He died where Cobbs Creek flows


West African carryout left on sidewalk

Daniel James Ling

Armed robbery. Broken windows. Weapon used.


His friend tried to save him

Leo Thagard III

A brief argument, a permanent loss

Ricardo Gonzales Palacios

A June night, sounds of gunfire


Unknown teen fatally shot one night

Ivan Garcia

Spiky hair, dark eyes, warm smile

Trayvon T. Muhammad

Shot in building cops want demolished

David Williams

Not a rose, but a robbery

Diego Alfredo Morales Perez

They called; help came too late

Ace Smith

He was found near the creek


Hot day but he stayed inside


A young life lost on Halloween

Lovell Grant

Days later they prayed for him

Kenneth Lamont Jernigan

Baby K, missed by his cousins

Jamarcus Lloyd

A drive-by shooting took his life

Chris J. Jones

Others survived the shootings. He didn’t.

Erick Garcia

It was an accident with friends

Antonio Torres

Neighborhood grocery store becomes crime scene