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Nicholas Thomas Mitchell Rodriguez

Age 17

Aurora, Illinois

An only child, and everyone’s friend

He told his mom that she was his best friend. They had their moments, she says, but he was always there for her. All they had was each other.

He was there for others, too. A former teacher told his mom that he had a ton of friends, yet was always kind to the kids who were shy and not as popular.

At 8:50 p.m. on Monday, February 11, 2019, Nicholas Thomas Mitchell Rodriguez, 17, was shot multiple times on the sidewalk of Spencer Street in Aurora, Illinois. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

By Hope Kahn · Age 17
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