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Lashonda Sharreice Childs

Age 17

Dayton, Ohio

A beautician who cried for help

She was an esthetician who’d just started a beauty business.

But an ugly relationship wouldn’t let go. Between 2011 and October 2018, her ex-boyfriend was arrested 15 times. He bit her and held her at gunpoint. He was arrested and ordered to receive counseling. He allegedly stole her phone and set her hair on fire; she got a protective order. On social media, she cried out: “Domestic violence is real.”

Lashonda Sharreice Childs, 17, was with a new boyfriend on Oct. 2, 2018 in Dayton, Ohio, when she was shot by her ex-boyfriend. She was taken to Grandview Medical Center, where she died the next day.

By Gracie Weinstein · Age 17
Meet the Reporters

More than 30 artists

Lia Lin Collier

A light, “unrelenting joy” extinguished

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Still helping others, even in death

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James J. Springer III

“The man” who never grew up

Zachary Mulford

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Joaquin Oliver

A poet silenced, a brother missed

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Jesus G. Reyes

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Jaden Christopher Salois

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Jamie Marie Kernop

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No more beautiful things to make

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Jordan Anthony Coleman

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Rickey J. Nelson

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Dijonae Amaya White

She made art and beautiful things

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