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Manuel Lopez Jr.

Age 17

Garfield Heights, Ohio

High school senior set to graduate

He had begun his senior year of high school, “a great student” at Garfield Heights High School, set to graduate. 

He had just been hired at Target and expressed his excitement to his father. He was described as funny, smart and outgoing.

On Sept. 5, 2018, Manuel Lopez Jr., 17, was found face down on his driveway along with his 19-year-old sister, Giselle. Both were shot multiple times by their mother’s boyfriend after they left the house following an argument. Manuel was taken to Marymount Hospital in Garfield Heights, Ohio where he was pronounced dead. Giselle died in surgery. Their mother survived.

By Holly Kauck · Age 17
Meet the Reporters

More than 100 jokesters

Natwan Kian Holyfield

Supposed to go to homecoming, prom

Kaiden Vague

Sixteenth birthday. Golden birthday. Last birthday.

Eric Xavier Degori

His jokes could make anyone laugh

Will Earl Davis Jr.

The rising senior was always smiling

Rashiya Melton

Joins brother, leaves behind her twin

Edgar Alan Espino

Jokester loved to make people laugh

Daron Johnson

He went to celebrate another’s life

Jayvone J. Shackelford-Bishop

Friends together like Lilo & Stitch

Deandre Moon

Overnight tragedy for a basketball fan

Terale Claridy-Vaught

‘Solid’ friend barely gets to adulthood

Robert Carranza

He liked to post song lyrics

Amauri Green

Died while fixing a flat tire

Eddie Daiquan Grant

A devoted boyfriend and rap fan

Bryan Portales Escalante

Phone, wallet, shoes and, life — gone

Darion Gordon

Sixteen years erased by one bullet

Steven Alexander Jr.

He missed his first Father’s Day

Jonathan David Freeman Jr.

Debated anything, from music to Deflategate

Matthew James Jurado

Challenging student had a compassionate heart

Ryan J. Dillon

A playful boy, stopped by bullets

Domoni Gaither

He had a bright white smile