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Matthew James Jurado

Age 17

Greensboro, North Carolina

Challenging student had a compassionate heart

He was one of a kind, athletic, funny and compassionate.

He attended the Pruette SCALE Academy, an alternative middle and high school focused on empowering students to develop the skills necessary to return to a traditional school setting. “You would challenge me in many ways, but that was who you were,” English teacher Erik Wiechmann wrote in a tribute. “I hate that you were taken from this world at such an early age, but you will never be forgotten.”

Matthew James Jurado, 17, was shot and killed on Maple Street in Greensboro, North Carolina, around 2:40 a.m. on April 15, 2018.

By Hope Kahn · Age 17
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

Ryan J. Dillon

A playful boy, stopped by bullets

Manuel Lopez Jr.

High school senior set to graduate

Domoni Gaither

He had a bright white smile