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Joshua Wright

Age 18

Markham, Illinois

He left behind a newborn son

His girlfriend in the passenger seat, his infant son in the back. A recent high-school graduate, it was his first day of work loading trucks in Chicago.

He was “shy,” “mild-mannered” and he “doted” on his longtime girlfriend. “They were together literally all the time. You wouldn’t see one without the other,” according to his uncle, Sean Howard, a spokesman for multiple Illinois police departments.

Joshua Wright, 18, and his girlfriend, also 18, were shot and killed in a drive-by shooting on Feb. 5, 2019, in Markham, Illinois. “That the baby didn’t get hit is a miracle,” Howard said.

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