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Mikhail Jawan Ellis

Age 18

Temple, Texas

He just wanted to fix cars

The Fred W. Edwards Academy student had a passion for working with cars. He dreamed of becoming a mechanic.

Surrounded by five siblings and a caring mother, he was loved. One sister, Keosha White, said he had an “uplifting spirit” and a great sense of humor. His mother, Pamela White, has become a de facto gun control advocate, urging others to "put the guns down and pick up some balls and bats instead.”

Mikhail Jawan Ellis, 18, was accidentally shot and killed on June 24, 2018, in Temple, Texas, a few weeks before his 19th birthday.

By Nadia Farjami · Age 17
Meet the Reporters

More than 300 siblings

Ramand Kassadine Davis

Happy in his SpongeBob SquarePants jammies

Yaleah Hall

Sister, daughter, dancer, since day one

Elisha Amon Cole

Dreaming big, working on his portfolio

Lia Lin Collier

A light, “unrelenting joy” extinguished

Peyton Nicole Hurt

Still helping others, even in death

Ryan Amadeo Dela Cruz

Gone, two weeks shy of graduation

Rashaad Izil Wisher

One brother buried. Then another one.

Izabella Marie Helem

Brother shoots his sister by accident

Raydale Hill

Can no longer create his music

Jaquincy Jawan Ross

Wanted to buy her a scooter

Lorenzo Moore-Vaughn

About to start his senior year

Elijah Foster

Dope Boy Gang. One less member.

Kameron Johnson

He dreamed of college and cars

Jeremiah Ascencio

Last moments spent cradling his brother

Shondricka J'Nay Adams

Celebrating one night, gone the next

Ty'Dre Shyheim Hailey

She didn’t know it was real

Jayden Fondeur

His older brother found him first

Jontae Billups-Brooks

An athlete and a music lover

Rashiya Melton

Joins brother, leaves behind her twin

Caydence Nicole Painter

Reading, dancing, playing. Siblings shot together.