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Ke’Nichi Sims

Age 17

Chicago, Illinois

His grandmother’s favorite, his grandfather’s pride

He liked to tease his grandmother. He would often tell her, “You know I’m your favorite grandson!”

He lived in the Grand Crossing neighborhood of Chicago, surrounded by a large and loving family. His friends and family described him as a “goofball” with a “very charismatic personality.” They remember his infectious laugh and warm hugs. His grandfather was proud of him.

On Nov. 28, 2018, Ke’Nichi Sims, 17, was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head in a vacant lot in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago.

By Mary Claire Molloy · Age 18 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