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Jovontia Antonio Jones

Age 16

Davenport, Iowa

A runner grieved by seven siblings

Born and raised in Davenport, Iowa, he was about to finish his sophomore year at Davenport Central High School. He was from a big family, having seven siblings.

For fun he ran track and cared about keeping physically fit. He also cared about making money and most recently worked at a local Hardee’s restaurant. 

On May 19, 2018, Jovontia Antonio Jones, 16, was shot outside of a Hilltop liquor store in Davenport. He died at the University of Iowa Medical Center the next morning. His friends called him Jovi.

By Hannah Rosman · Age 18
Meet the Reporters

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

Brandon Nathan Tyson

Friday night lights end in tragedy

Tyron Cherez George

His beloved Air Jordans rest, unworn

Kenwon Parker

A wide receiver, almost sweet sixteen