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Marcus Milkel Flanigan

Age 17

Battle Creek, Michigan

Who will cook little brothers’ dinners?

He had already made plans with his girlfriend to get a limo for the upcoming prom at Battle Creek Central High School.

The oldest of five sons, he did his best to make life easier for his mom. He was “my captain,” Shirley Waller, his mother, told WWMT. “He'd be like ‘get into bed.’ I come in and he'd already got food cooked and everybody playing their games.”

On April 16, 2018, Marcus Milkel Flanigan, 17, died at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan, from injuries sustained from a gunshot wound to the back of the neck.

By Elizabeth Meisenzahl · Age 17
Meet the Reporters

More than 300 siblings

Ramand Kassadine Davis

Happy in his SpongeBob SquarePants jammies

Yaleah Hall

Sister, daughter, dancer, since day one

Elisha Amon Cole

Dreaming big, working on his portfolio

Lia Lin Collier

A light, “unrelenting joy” extinguished

Peyton Nicole Hurt

Still helping others, even in death

Ryan Amadeo Dela Cruz

Gone, two weeks shy of graduation

Rashaad Izil Wisher

One brother buried. Then another one.

Izabella Marie Helem

Brother shoots his sister by accident

Raydale Hill

Can no longer create his music

Jaquincy Jawan Ross

Wanted to buy her a scooter

Lorenzo Moore-Vaughn

About to start his senior year

Elijah Foster

Dope Boy Gang. One less member.

Kameron Johnson

He dreamed of college and cars

Jeremiah Ascencio

Last moments spent cradling his brother

Shondricka J'Nay Adams

Celebrating one night, gone the next

Ty'Dre Shyheim Hailey

She didn’t know it was real

Jayden Fondeur

His older brother found him first

Jontae Billups-Brooks

An athlete and a music lover

Rashiya Melton

Joins brother, leaves behind her twin

Caydence Nicole Painter

Reading, dancing, playing. Siblings shot together.