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Marshawna Yasmine Williams

Age 16

Rockford, Illinois

Outfit was planned, but never worn

She kept the colors of her dress for Thomas Jefferson High School’s homecoming dance a secret. Would it be silver and purple — her favorite colors? None of her classmates would ever find out.

She had a mother, father and six siblings. She was in her junior year and played on her school’s softball team. She is described as having a “million-dollar smile. “She was never negative,” her friend Jazzalyn Wiseley said.

Marshawna Yasmine Williams, 16, was shot dead by an unknown suspect on Sept. 19, 2018, on Clover Ave in Rockford, Illinois.

By Elena Eisenstadt · 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.