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Kenneth Lamont Jernigan

Age 18

Madison, Tennessee

Baby K, missed by his cousins

To his beloved older cousins, he was simply known as “Baby K.”

He grew up in urban Davidson County, where one-third of children live in poverty. In his home city of Nashville, homicide rates consistently rank among the nation’s highest, spiking most recently in 2017.

On June 11, 2018, in a county where white residents’ income is nearly double that of African-Americans, a young black man was shot and killed as he attempted to rob a Burger King just 20 minutes from his Putnam Drive home. Kenneth Lamont Jernigan, 18, was pronounced dead at the scene.

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