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Kobe Johnson

Age 18

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

A helping hand. A family man.

He put his family first.

His cousin Shanika Holmes remembers him popping in to help with homework, or just to say “I love you, and I’m happy to see you.” He enjoyed playing outside with his siblings. In his journal, he wrote about the responsibility he felt to protect his mother, to return the love she had given him.

Kobe Johnson, 18, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was killed on December 22, 2018 during what police say was his botched attempt to rob two LSU football players. He was a senior at Glen Oaks High School — he had been on Christmas break when he died.

By Gracie Weinstein · Age 17 and Sarah Emily Baum · Age 18
Meet the Reporters

More than 300 siblings

Ramand Kassadine Davis

Happy in his SpongeBob SquarePants jammies

Yaleah Hall

Sister, daughter, dancer, since day one

Elisha Amon Cole

Dreaming big, working on his portfolio

Lia Lin Collier

A light, “unrelenting joy” extinguished

Peyton Nicole Hurt

Still helping others, even in death

Ryan Amadeo Dela Cruz

Gone, two weeks shy of graduation

Rashaad Izil Wisher

One brother buried. Then another one.

Izabella Marie Helem

Brother shoots his sister by accident

Raydale Hill

Can no longer create his music

Jaquincy Jawan Ross

Wanted to buy her a scooter

Lorenzo Moore-Vaughn

About to start his senior year

Elijah Foster

Dope Boy Gang. One less member.

Kameron Johnson

He dreamed of college and cars

Jeremiah Ascencio

Last moments spent cradling his brother

Shondricka J'Nay Adams

Celebrating one night, gone the next

Ty'Dre Shyheim Hailey

She didn’t know it was real

Jayden Fondeur

His older brother found him first

Jontae Billups-Brooks

An athlete and a music lover

Rashiya Melton

Joins brother, leaves behind her twin

Caydence Nicole Painter

Reading, dancing, playing. Siblings shot together.