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Justin Lewis Maness

Age 14

Robbins, North Carolina

A rising freshman, downed by gun

A rising freshman, he lived two miles from his high school, where classes would begin in 10 days. He found adventure in hunting doves and deer.

His house, surrounded by trees, connected to the road through a gravel path. Although Moore County Sheriff Neil Godfrey would later say that his father was “not negligent” in the way he stored his gun outside in a gun safe, deputies also said what happened was “not random.”

Justin Lewis Maness, 14, was shot and killed outside of his home on Aug. 10, 2018, in Robbins, North Carolina.

By Sarah Bentley · Age 16
Meet the Reporters

More than 30 adventurers

Alisia JaNell Williams

She made her dolls happy, too

Kaiden Vague

Sixteenth birthday. Golden birthday. Last birthday.

Angel Medina

He hoped to see the world

Miguel Angel Luciano

Thankful for what his parents gave

Branden Patten

Only two brothers came back home

Brandon Blair Wareham

His life was still in construction

Teunté Lewis Rice

His shirts and life cropped short

Colton J. Jensen

He planned to ride the rodeo

Elias Knapp

Dirtbiking, skipping stones, being with his girlfriend

Trevor Alston McClements

Two weeks into his future, gone

Gage Allan Kiser

He will never meet his child

Nathan Isaiah Hurtado

Tragic end for a happy kid

Christopher Don Nelson

Small-town boy, fisherman and hunter

Rene Emilio Gonzalez

Once a Titan, always a Titan

Meadow Jade Pollack

An unapologetic, adventurous princess in pink

Jerimiah Xavier Hernandez

Teen cared about his friends, family

Benjamin Michael Workman-Greco

He’ll never get to marry Reagan

Keyaris Samuels

The box had a gun inside

Ibn Hatcher Downey

He was fashionable, friendly and family-oriented

Jacob Shane Hoch

Loose gun leads to lost life