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Malik Sayeed Murphy

Age 18

Glennville, Georgia

Malik wanted to be a dentist

He always had a smile on his face. He was an honor student. His birthday was four months away.

He was a football and track and field team member at Tattnall High School. His dream was to continue his education at Augusta University and study dentistry. He was admired by his classmates – they called him “Sonic.”

On August 7, 2018, Malik Sayeed Murphy, 18, was found dead by authorities inside his home in Glennville, Georgia, at around 2:30 a.m. after suffering a gunshot wound. Murphy was a victim of a triple shooting.

By Sokhna Fall · Age 17
Meet the Reporters

More than 100 diligent students

Ryan Amadeo Dela Cruz

Gone, two weeks shy of graduation

Jo'Markius Fuller

Never to wear grandma’s scarves again

Lorenzo Moore-Vaughn

About to start his senior year

Shondricka J'Nay Adams

Celebrating one night, gone the next

Jayden Fondeur

His older brother found him first

Jontae Billups-Brooks

An athlete and a music lover

Caydence Nicole Painter

Reading, dancing, playing. Siblings shot together.

Favian Isiah Carrillo Duran

Respectful, shy teen did grandma’s chores

Telvin Goll

He wished for the American Dream

Amariah C. Emery

On her T-shirt, a peace sign

Jon-Marvin Revels Jacobs

He was on his way home

Christopher Johnson

Making others better versions of themselves

Xzariah Denecca Rice

Her father died in her arms

Martez Christopher Wade

“He wasn’t a statistic,” said mom

NeQuacia Porsha Jacobs-Lewis

High school graduation, diploma, career — gone

Jonathan David Freeman Jr.

Debated anything, from music to Deflategate

Kevin Wilson Jr.

Star athlete with a bright future

Kaileigh Lin Collier

Was “more beautiful than she knew”

Martin Duque Anguiano

An ambitious, bright boy, senselessly killed

Francisco Puentes

Mom never received the happy news