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Leslie Ibarra

Age 17

El Paso, Texas

Loved listening to Lana Del Rey

Her favorite song was Lana Del Rey’s “Born to Die.” She and her best friend would lie down at night and listen to the lyrics: “Why, who me, why?/Feet don't fail me now/Take me to your finish line.”

Outside in central El Paso, Texas, violence and near brushes with death were the norm.

While Del Rey’s song moved her, she didn’t expect it would happen to her. On September 14, Leslie Ibarra, 17, along with her boyfriend and his brother, was shot and killed outside an apartment building.

By Melat Eskender · Age 17
Meet the Reporters

More than 200 friends

Saniyah Monee Nicholson

Funny faces and pigtails no longer

Tyrese A. Jones

He was beloved at his school


Shot while walking down the street

Kameron Johnson

He dreamed of college and cars

Kameron Porter

Domestic violence ends a stepson’s life

Jacob Matthew Edwards

A survivor, full of heart. Gone.

Corey Donald II

He had just started barber school

Floyd Chianti Davenport IV

“Baba stay woke...Baba stay woke!”

Kelvion’te A. Trammell

Engine still running, no life left

Clinton Howell

A daily trip that turned deadly

Jayvone J. Shackelford-Bishop

Friends together like Lilo & Stitch

Joel Keshon Green

An interrupted trail of Facebook photos

Fernando Perez

“What is it going to take?”

Delametric Djuan Fairley

Never got to make travel plans

Moltere Charles Jr.

#TGFAD — Thank God for another day

Oliver Santos

Big smile stolen on Saturday night

Darryl Lamar Johnson

A family visit. He never left.

Xavier Montrail Thomas

Candles flicker against darkness for Zay

Samuel Ozuna

Always respectful, loved by his friends

Romane D. Taylor Jr.

Intelligent and playful, beloved by buddies