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Kenwon Parker

Age 15

Chicago, Illinois

A wide receiver, almost sweet sixteen

He was a wide receiver for the Commandos at John Marshall Metropolitan High School in Chicago, Illinois. He was adored by his mother.

The week before his sweet sixteen, he went out to participate in a basketball tournament. It had been organized as “a platform” by community volunteers to keep kids in his neighborhood growing, safe, and competing. But a fight broke out. Another teenager had a gun.

Kenwon Parker, 15, died of gunshot wounds to the chest and was pronounced dead at Stroger Hospital on Aug.16, 2018.

By Paige Szipszky · Age 16
Meet the Reporters

More than 200 athletes

Elisha Amon Cole

Dreaming big, working on his portfolio

Taveon Donte' Brooks

Basketball point guard, would-be rapper

Natwan Kian Holyfield

Supposed to go to homecoming, prom

Orlando Myron Anderson Jr.

He was so full of life

Sharon Castro

She always helped those who struggled

Avi Liam Franco

He loved to learn and explore

Zyhame Kila Jones

An artist, basketball player and car-lover

Kendrick D. Davis

Not quite clear on his dreams

Lorenzo Moore-Vaughn

About to start his senior year

Jeremiah Ascencio

Last moments spent cradling his brother

Vicente Valero III

He was a modern Renaissance man

James Alexzander Shorter

He’ll never taste grandma’s cookies again

Jayden Fondeur

His older brother found him first

Jontae Billups-Brooks

An athlete and a music lover

Ray Glasgow III

Bench wears jersey instead of captain

Ta Quan Pinkney

Bright future; gone too soon

Ricky Lamar Green Jr.

His children never saw him box

Jovontia Antonio Jones

A runner grieved by seven siblings

Brandon Nathan Tyson

Friday night lights end in tragedy

Tyron Cherez George

His beloved Air Jordans rest, unworn