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Nykerria Shanyia Jackson

Age 14

Timmonsville, South Carolina

Silly photos become grandma’s cherished memories

She and her little sister liked to tease their grandma. At 14 and 12 years old, they were polar opposites. She was shy and her sister was outgoing, but they shared a mischievous pastime: snapping goofy pictures of their grandmother while she slept. It was their own way of showing how much they loved her.

Neighbor John Rice called them “the nicest people in the world.”

On May 31, 2018, Nykerria Shanyia Jackson, 14, was shot and killed at her home in Timmonsville, South Carolina. The gunman murdered her sister and mother, too.

By Zachary Schermele · Age 18
Meet the Reporters

More than 300 siblings

Ramand Kassadine Davis

Happy in his SpongeBob SquarePants jammies

Yaleah Hall

Sister, daughter, dancer, since day one

Elisha Amon Cole

Dreaming big, working on his portfolio

Lia Lin Collier

A light, “unrelenting joy” extinguished

Peyton Nicole Hurt

Still helping others, even in death

Ryan Amadeo Dela Cruz

Gone, two weeks shy of graduation

Rashaad Izil Wisher

One brother buried. Then another one.

Izabella Marie Helem

Brother shoots his sister by accident

Raydale Hill

Can no longer create his music

Jaquincy Jawan Ross

Wanted to buy her a scooter

Lorenzo Moore-Vaughn

About to start his senior year

Elijah Foster

Dope Boy Gang. One less member.

Kameron Johnson

He dreamed of college and cars

Jeremiah Ascencio

Last moments spent cradling his brother

Shondricka J'Nay Adams

Celebrating one night, gone the next

Ty'Dre Shyheim Hailey

She didn’t know it was real

Jayden Fondeur

His older brother found him first

Jontae Billups-Brooks

An athlete and a music lover

Rashiya Melton

Joins brother, leaves behind her twin

Caydence Nicole Painter

Reading, dancing, playing. Siblings shot together.