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Kyle McGowan

Age 17

Chicago, Illinois

Without him, loved ones aren’t whole

He was an “outstanding scholar” and a “tech-head, able to take anything apart and put it back together.” He loved to cook, loved to eat, and loved kids, including his own baby girl.

Because his mother wanted a better environment for him, they moved to a new neighborhood. He was close to obtaining his GED and had just secured a job at a movie theater. “He was doing what he was supposed to do.”

On May 14, 2018, he went back into his old neighborhood to attend a vigil for a friend shot days earlier. Kyle McGowan, 17, died after being shot in a South Chicago neighborhood.

By Madison Hahamy · Age 18
Meet the Reporters

More than 60 young parents

Luis Flores-Bravo

Hardworking father, planning for the future

Raydale Hill

Can no longer create his music

Jaquincy Jawan Ross

Wanted to buy her a scooter

Dex Moore

Death of child leaves baby fatherless

Ricky Lamar Green Jr.

His children never saw him box

Joshua Wright

He left behind a newborn son

Ricardo Del Moro

He wanted to protect our borders

Nai’Asalyn Lasha Brown

Nursing degree unfinished, child never born

Steven Alexander Jr.

He missed his first Father’s Day

LaMar De’Shawn Foster

Son will live without his father

Carnandez A. Davis

New family never to be whole

Doumba Sannoh

Fatal price for the American dream

Chicano Kobe Phillips

A momma’s boy and young father

Aiyonna Clarice Barrett

Her unborn child died with her

Dwight Manning

A child left without a father

Gage Allan Kiser

He will never meet his child

Des'mon Reyshard Anderson

His baby lost her loving dad

James Williams

"Goofy" teen liked to dance in public

Elijah Michael Naranjo

Honor student with plans to enlist

Jamar Harris

Shots rang out, two were dead