Link shared

Nicholas W. Cerutti

Age 17

Cleveland, Ohio

“The coolest kid I’ve ever met”

He was an outdoorsy type, happiest when surrounded by nature. He tinkered with cars and had worked as a cook.

At school, he went out of his way to include everyone, even the new kids. “He was, without a doubt, the coolest kid I've ever met,” a friend said.

On Sept. 4, 2018, he and two friends went to meet someone at a house on Sophia Avenue on the east side of Cleveland, Ohio. Behind the house, there was a shot. He ran to the front of the house clutching his chest. Nicholas W. Cerutti, 17, died at the hospital.

By Anouk Wijeratne · Age 14
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