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Marli J. Alonso

Age 18

Reading, Pennsylvania

The teen’s family was his world

The 18-year-old lived in Reading, Pennsylvania, but was originally from Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic. Loved ones called him kind, generous and a sweet soul.

Family was one of his greatest treasures, which he “loved more than anything.” He always looked after his younger brother, whom he advised to “stay off the streets.” He loved his mother dearly and always talked about her.

On the evening of Dec. 12, 2018, Marli J. Alonso, a student Abraxas Academy, was found dead with a gunshot wound in Reading.

By Zoe Hsu · Age 16
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.