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Myssiah Pledger

Age 18

Boston, Massachusetts

A handsome man, a quiet smile

His mother’s Facebook profile picture is a selfie of him. He’s in her cover photo and in an Instagram collage, a handsome young man with a quiet smile.

On Dec. 27, 2018, a resident of Dyster Street in Boston heard screams. His wife heard them next. Their 9-year-old grandson woke up from the sounds.

Myssiah Pledger, 18, was found shot and killed inside a car on Dyster Street. The next day, friends brought candles to the scene. "He's just a really close friend, but I thank you guys for being here," said a friend who asked not to be named.

By Lila Taylor · Age 16
Meet the Reporters

More than 200 friends

Saniyah Monee Nicholson

Funny faces and pigtails no longer

Tyrese A. Jones

He was beloved at his school


Shot while walking down the street

Kameron Johnson

He dreamed of college and cars

Kameron Porter

Domestic violence ends a stepson’s life

Jacob Matthew Edwards

A survivor, full of heart. Gone.

Corey Donald II

He had just started barber school

Floyd Chianti Davenport IV

“Baba stay woke...Baba stay woke!”

Kelvion’te A. Trammell

Engine still running, no life left

Clinton Howell

A daily trip that turned deadly

Jayvone J. Shackelford-Bishop

Friends together like Lilo & Stitch

Joel Keshon Green

An interrupted trail of Facebook photos

Fernando Perez

“What is it going to take?”

Delametric Djuan Fairley

Never got to make travel plans

Moltere Charles Jr.

#TGFAD — Thank God for another day

Oliver Santos

Big smile stolen on Saturday night

Darryl Lamar Johnson

A family visit. He never left.

Xavier Montrail Thomas

Candles flicker against darkness for Zay

Samuel Ozuna

Always respectful, loved by his friends

Romane D. Taylor Jr.

Intelligent and playful, beloved by buddies