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Kahlil Alston

Age 18

Baltimore, Maryland

He was always there for her

He wrote his girlfriend letters from jail. After he got out, they sat together, his arm draped over her knee as he reread them.

She remembered how he was always there for her whenever she needed him.

In an Instagram tribute post, she wrote, “All he did was play and stay out of the way.”

Kahlil “Lil” Alston, 18, was fatally shot Sept. 15, 2018 on North Grantley Street at the border of Allendale and Edmondson Village, two of the most violent neighborhoods in Baltimore, Maryland. His death marked the 200th homicide in the city that year.

By Zoe Hsu · Age 16 and Sophia McDermott-Hughes · Age 18
Meet the Reporters

More than 100 jokesters

Natwan Kian Holyfield

Supposed to go to homecoming, prom

Kaiden Vague

Sixteenth birthday. Golden birthday. Last birthday.

Eric Xavier Degori

His jokes could make anyone laugh

Will Earl Davis Jr.

The rising senior was always smiling

Rashiya Melton

Joins brother, leaves behind her twin

Edgar Alan Espino

Jokester loved to make people laugh

Daron Johnson

He went to celebrate another’s life

Jayvone J. Shackelford-Bishop

Friends together like Lilo & Stitch

Deandre Moon

Overnight tragedy for a basketball fan

Terale Claridy-Vaught

‘Solid’ friend barely gets to adulthood

Robert Carranza

He liked to post song lyrics

Amauri Green

Died while fixing a flat tire

Eddie Daiquan Grant

A devoted boyfriend and rap fan

Bryan Portales Escalante

Phone, wallet, shoes and, life — gone

Darion Gordon

Sixteen years erased by one bullet

Steven Alexander Jr.

He missed his first Father’s Day

Jonathan David Freeman Jr.

Debated anything, from music to Deflategate

Matthew James Jurado

Challenging student had a compassionate heart

Ryan J. Dillon

A playful boy, stopped by bullets

Manuel Lopez Jr.

High school senior set to graduate