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Marquise Ray Ellingburg

Age 16

Kansas City, Missouri

Her birthday’s tied to her mourning

He was close with his grandmother; the two attended church together. “He helped his granny all the time,” she told reporters, smiling. “He was a protector.”

The junior at Ruskin High School worked at the Shoe Carnival in Grandview, Missouri. He loved to crack jokes with his cousins. He was “someone that we loved,” said his friend Mikeela.

On Dec. 4, 2018, a day before his mother’s birthday, Marquise Ray Ellingburg, 16, was shot outside a Kansas City, Missouri, home. He was the third student in the Hickman Mills School District to die from gun violence this year.

By Sequoia Wyckoff · Age 15
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

Manuel Lopez Jr.

High school senior set to graduate