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Kenjay Gilmore Brown

Age 14

Allendale, South Carolina

An unforgettable smile, never seen again

Nicknamed “Gillie,” he was known for always flashing his memorable smile and showering his family with love.

A painting of him by Dejaylen Talbert won first place in an art contest about gun violence prevention in schools. In it, he wears a shirt decorated with the American flag and the words “enough is enough,” while he stares ahead. Both of his ears are pierced. An image of a gun blocks the bottom of his face.

One Saturday morning in January, his aunt talked to him about gun violence. The next day, January 20, 2019, Kenjay Gilmore Brown, 14, died after a gun was allegedly mishandled. No charges have been filed.

By Courtney Diggs · Age 18 and Madison Hahamy · 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