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Matthew Ortega

Age 17

Centreville, Virginia

Found by a morning delivery person

His principal described him as a “bright and engaging student.” He was a junior at Centreville High School. He was a great and kind son, brother, uncle and was loved by many.

“I remember Matthew as a sweet and reserved young boy," his third-grade teacher wrote on a    gofundme page. 

In the early morning of Feb. 14, 2018, Matthew Ortega, 17, was found dead on Jeb Stuart Square in Centreville, Virginia, by a delivery driver. A Go Fund Me page started on Facebook raised more than $16,000 to help Matthew’s family with the expenses.

By Zahra Wakilzada · Age 17
Meet the Reporters

More than 100 diligent students

Ryan Amadeo Dela Cruz

Gone, two weeks shy of graduation

Jo'Markius Fuller

Never to wear grandma’s scarves again

Lorenzo Moore-Vaughn

About to start his senior year

Shondricka J'Nay Adams

Celebrating one night, gone the next

Jayden Fondeur

His older brother found him first

Jontae Billups-Brooks

An athlete and a music lover

Caydence Nicole Painter

Reading, dancing, playing. Siblings shot together.

Favian Isiah Carrillo Duran

Respectful, shy teen did grandma’s chores

Telvin Goll

He wished for the American Dream

Amariah C. Emery

On her T-shirt, a peace sign

Jon-Marvin Revels Jacobs

He was on his way home

Christopher Johnson

Making others better versions of themselves

Xzariah Denecca Rice

Her father died in her arms

Martez Christopher Wade

“He wasn’t a statistic,” said mom

NeQuacia Porsha Jacobs-Lewis

High school graduation, diploma, career — gone

Jonathan David Freeman Jr.

Debated anything, from music to Deflategate

Kevin Wilson Jr.

Star athlete with a bright future

Kaileigh Lin Collier

Was “more beautiful than she knew”

Martin Duque Anguiano

An ambitious, bright boy, senselessly killed

Francisco Puentes

Mom never received the happy news