Saint Louis, Missouri
He dreamed of becoming a rapper
He called himself “Young Trell” and the “official video” on his Facebook page was titled “Hard Times.” Photos show him with a recording mic, with a phone, with a cigarette, with a gun that doesn’t look like a toy.
He wore a quirky striped shirt and orange pants to homecoming at his high school. His mom promised to support him and his dream of becoming a rapper “as long as them grades stay up.”