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Mark Alan Oderbert II

Age 15

Dallas, Texas

“I got a speech for you”

In the grainy video, his 5-year-old self was dressed in an over-large, pinstriped suit standing in front of a bunk bed overflowing with clothes. He said his name with an innocent boast, and began. “I got a speech for you,” he said. “I have a dream…”

Ten years later, he was 15 and attending South Oak Cliff High School, with the same confident personality.

On Dec. 15, 2018, Mark Alan Oderbert II was shot and killed in the Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas, Texas, at 5:47 p.m. In the video, Oderbert’s 5-year-old self, in the suit and too-large sleeves, finished the speech and threw his hands up.

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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

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He dreamed of college and cars

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Corey Donald II

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“Baba stay woke...Baba stay woke!”

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Engine still running, no life left

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Friends together like Lilo & Stitch

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An interrupted trail of Facebook photos

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Never got to make travel plans

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#TGFAD — Thank God for another day

Oliver Santos

Big smile stolen on Saturday night

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A family visit. He never left.

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Samuel Ozuna

Always respectful, loved by his friends

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Intelligent and playful, beloved by buddies