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Marquez Grajeda

Age 15

West Valley City, Utah

Didn’t get to celebrate first paycheck

He was like an older brother to many of his friends. When someone was picking on them, he was the first to speak up and the first one to offer comfort.

While helping other people, he was starting to get his life back on track, said Abel Torres, one of his friends. “He was getting a job. He didn't even get to celebrate his first paycheck.”

Marquez Grajeda, 15, was shot and killed on Feb. 5, 2019 in Salt Lake City while visiting friends on his school lunch break.

By Emma Presnell · Age 16
Meet the Reporters

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

Kameron Johnson

He dreamed of college and cars

Kameron Porter

Domestic violence ends a stepson’s life

Jacob Matthew Edwards

A survivor, full of heart. Gone.

Corey Donald II

He had just started barber school

Floyd Chianti Davenport IV

“Baba stay woke...Baba stay woke!”

Kelvion’te A. Trammell

Engine still running, no life left

Clinton Howell

A daily trip that turned deadly

Jayvone J. Shackelford-Bishop

Friends together like Lilo & Stitch

Joel Keshon Green

An interrupted trail of Facebook photos

Fernando Perez

“What is it going to take?”

Moltere Charles Jr.

#TGFAD — Thank God for another day

Oliver Santos

Big smile stolen on Saturday night

Darryl Lamar Johnson

A family visit. He never left.

Xavier Montrail Thomas

Candles flicker against darkness for Zay

Romane D. Taylor Jr.

Intelligent and playful, beloved by buddies

Katrina Marie Casarez

Sweet, musical memories with her boyfriend

Christian Jose Garcia Sanchez

Teen showed appreciation for loved ones