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Nadarius Freeman

Age 16

Greenville, Mississippi

A comedian takes his last ride

He was the comedian of the family. He loved to make people laugh. “He was fun and funny,” his cousin said. “He always taught me to do better in life.”

He loved going on late-night bike rides and losing himself under the city lights, his aunt, Ariel D. Freeman, told The Trace. Above all, he loved his family, and they loved him back. “Just looking at these words wishing you can type them again,” his aunt commented on his old Facebook post. “I love you baby boy.”

On October 17, 2018, Nadarius Freeman, 16,  was shot to death on his bicycle around 7 p.m. in Greenville, Mississippi. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Greenville Police.

By Sokhna Fall · Age 17 and SaMya Overall · Age 17
Meet the Reporters

More than 100 jokesters

Natwan Kian Holyfield

Supposed to go to homecoming, prom

Kaiden Vague

Sixteenth birthday. Golden birthday. Last birthday.

Eric Xavier Degori

His jokes could make anyone laugh

Will Earl Davis Jr.

The rising senior was always smiling

Rashiya Melton

Joins brother, leaves behind her twin

Edgar Alan Espino

Jokester loved to make people laugh

Daron Johnson

He went to celebrate another’s life

Jayvone J. Shackelford-Bishop

Friends together like Lilo & Stitch

Deandre Moon

Overnight tragedy for a basketball fan

Terale Claridy-Vaught

‘Solid’ friend barely gets to adulthood

Robert Carranza

He liked to post song lyrics

Amauri Green

Died while fixing a flat tire

Eddie Daiquan Grant

A devoted boyfriend and rap fan

Bryan Portales Escalante

Phone, wallet, shoes and, life — gone

Darion Gordon

Sixteen years erased by one bullet

Steven Alexander Jr.

He missed his first Father’s Day

Jonathan David Freeman Jr.

Debated anything, from music to Deflategate

Matthew James Jurado

Challenging student had a compassionate heart

Ryan J. Dillon

A playful boy, stopped by bullets

Manuel Lopez Jr.

High school senior set to graduate