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Maur'Trell Wilkes

Age 16

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.”

Maur'Trell Wilkes, 16, was shot and killed by a 17-year-old friend in St. Louis, Missouri on Dec. 30, 2018. His friend was charged with first-degree manslaughter.

By Ava Uditsky · Age 16
Meet the Reporters

More than 80 musicians

Taveon Donte' Brooks

Basketball point guard, would-be rapper

Raydale Hill

Can no longer create his music

Elijah Foster

Dope Boy Gang. One less member.

Vicente Valero III

He was a modern Renaissance man

Beverly McBride

Purple hair, just like her dad

Ricky Ryon Willis III

YouTuber was destined for great things

Ramon Enriquez Barragan

Born, raised, died in Garden City

Robert Spencer Biggers Jr.

Local rapper who loved his familyi

Trevon Fareed Richardson

College, football, a scholarship. All lost.

James Claggion IV

Left hometown for fame in Atlanta

Zachary Mulford

Summer job turns into winter grief

Bryan Portales Escalante

Phone, wallet, shoes and, life — gone

Darion Gordon

Sixteen years erased by one bullet

Ke’Andre Johnson

Cut off after only one verse

Kaileigh Lin Collier

Was “more beautiful than she knew”

Carnandez A. Davis

New family never to be whole

Taylor Hayes

A star on her karaoke machine

Arthur Roger Holloway III

His obituary ran in two states

Montrell Anthony Mouzon

His dream of witnessing motocross shattered

Brandon Nash Hammett

‘The music master’ killed before college