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Nasjay R. Murry

Age 18

Peoria, Illinois

Medical school dreams shattered at party

She was a pre-med student at Bradley University, after turning down Brown to stay in-state and be closer to her family. She was going to be the first of them to graduate college.

She was the oldest of three children and looked after the younger two. Her high school principal described her as a quiet, hardworking student who wanted to impact her community. According to her cousin, she loved the band New Edition.

Nasjay R. Murray was declared dead on Sunday, April 8, 2018, after she was shot at a party the night before in Peoria, Illinois.

By Auhjanae McGee · Age 17
Meet the Reporters

More than 40 college-bound seniors

Ta Quan Pinkney

Bright future; gone too soon

Favian Isiah Carrillo Duran

Respectful, shy teen did grandma’s chores

Trevon Fareed Richardson

College, football, a scholarship. All lost.

Steven J. Scott

Thanksgiving favorites: baked mac and ham

NeQuacia Porsha Jacobs-Lewis

High school graduation, diploma, career — gone

Caleb Kendall Bowman

Shot down by his best friend

Yajaira Garcia

Getting an education in Yajaira’s honor

Brandon Nash Hammett

‘The music master’ killed before college

James Garrett

He wanted to be a teacher

Colton J. Jensen

He planned to ride the rodeo

Katlyn Michelle Wittcop

Aspiring doctor hoped to fight cancer

Britney Malone

Upward bound, she never stopped striving

Casey Nicole Kizer

A summer of softball, the lake

Chris Thomas Mosley

The future was all planned out

Nicholas Dworet

Diving into the hearts of many

Javonne Micheal Jaylin Luke Davis

He’d just received a way out

Carmen Marie Schentrup

A mind to be reckoned with

DeVaughn Lorenz Perkins

Gone, but remembered by family forever

Jairo Rodriguez

Studying for future he never saw

Joe Acosta

Forced to leave his little girl