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Katlyn Michelle Wittcop

Age 17

Hickory, North Carolina

Aspiring doctor hoped to fight cancer

Her dreams began early: In the second grade, she decided that she wanted to attend the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. When she grew up, she wrote in a letter, she wanted to become a doctor and help children with cancer. She loved watching “Grey’s Anatomy.”

She was a rising senior at St. Stephens High School. Her favorite football team? The Denver Broncos. Her favorite color? Yellow.

Katlyn Michelle Wittcop, 17, died from a gunshot on July 18, 2018 in Hickory, North Carolina. The person who shot her thought the gun was unloaded.

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Meet the Reporters

More than 40 college-bound seniors

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Bright future; gone too soon

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Trevon Fareed Richardson

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Steven J. Scott

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NeQuacia Porsha Jacobs-Lewis

High school graduation, diploma, career — gone

Caleb Kendall Bowman

Shot down by his best friend

Yajaira Garcia

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Brandon Nash Hammett

‘The music master’ killed before college

James Garrett

He wanted to be a teacher

Colton J. Jensen

He planned to ride the rodeo

Britney Malone

Upward bound, she never stopped striving

Casey Nicole Kizer

A summer of softball, the lake

Chris Thomas Mosley

The future was all planned out

Nicholas Dworet

Diving into the hearts of many

Javonne Micheal Jaylin Luke Davis

He’d just received a way out

Carmen Marie Schentrup

A mind to be reckoned with

DeVaughn Lorenz Perkins

Gone, but remembered by family forever

Jairo Rodriguez

Studying for future he never saw

Joe Acosta

Forced to leave his little girl

Miranda Beth Trump

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