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Michael Barrientos

Age 18

Houston, Texas

A life in Friday night lights

He spent high school under the Friday night lights, a handsome 6-foot-1-inch, 205-pound football player with highlight reels showing him at his best. A 2018 graduate of Alief Hastings High School, his life was just beginning.

Afterward, a tweet by his teammates said it all: “He played tight end for us but played a bigger role in our hearts,” it read. “You were my one real best friend,” his older brother wrote.

Michael Barrientos, 18, was found dead from multiple gunshot wounds in the 12000 block of Huntington Glen Drive in southwest Houston, Texas, on Dec. 16, 2018. Police said Barrientos’s SUV also was stolen.

By Brianna Rodriguez · Age 17
Meet the Reporters

More than 300 athletes

Elisha Amon Cole

Dreaming big, working on his portfolio

Taveon Donte' Brooks

Basketball point guard, would-be rapper

Natwan Kian Holyfield

Supposed to go to homecoming, prom

Orlando Myron Anderson Jr.

He was so full of life

Sharon Castro

She always helped those who struggled

Avi Liam Franco

He loved to learn and explore

Zyhame Kila Jones

An artist, basketball player and car-lover

Kendrick D. Davis

Not quite clear on his dreams

Lorenzo Moore-Vaughn

About to start his senior year

Jeremiah Ascencio

Last moments spent cradling his brother

Vicente Valero III

He was a modern Renaissance man

James Alexzander Shorter

He’ll never taste grandma’s cookies again

Jayden Fondeur

His older brother found him first

Jontae Billups-Brooks

An athlete and a music lover

Ray Glasgow III

Bench wears jersey instead of captain

Ra’Quan Darius Jones

Didn’t get to see his GED

Ta Quan Pinkney

Bright future; gone too soon

Ricky Lamar Green Jr.

His children never saw him box

Jovontia Antonio Jones

A runner grieved by seven siblings

Brandon Nathan Tyson

Friday night lights end in tragedy