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Nyteria Sade' Spigner

Age 17

Birmingham, Alabama

Rec center visit ends graduation dreams

She dreamed of graduation day: green caps flying through the air, smiling friends, and family watching from the bleachers. An ambassador of education at Huffman High School, she was smart, witty and an accomplished student.

One day after school, she decided to stop by the Inglenook Recreation Center with her family. A fight broke out between two women, eventually leading to guns being drawn.

Nyteria Sade’ Spigner, 17, was fatally shot in the head on April 24, 2018, in Birmingham, Alabama, the recipient of a bullet meant for someone else. She was the second student from her high school fatally shot in the span of two months.

By Kaitlin Musante · Age 17
Meet the Reporters

More than 100 diligent students

Ryan Amadeo Dela Cruz

Gone, two weeks shy of graduation

Jo'Markius Fuller

Never to wear grandma’s scarves again

Lorenzo Moore-Vaughn

About to start his senior year

Shondricka J'Nay Adams

Celebrating one night, gone the next

Jayden Fondeur

His older brother found him first

Jontae Billups-Brooks

An athlete and a music lover

Caydence Nicole Painter

Reading, dancing, playing. Siblings shot together.

Favian Isiah Carrillo Duran

Respectful, shy teen did grandma’s chores

Telvin Goll

He wished for the American Dream

Amariah C. Emery

On her T-shirt, a peace sign

Jon-Marvin Revels Jacobs

He was on his way home

Christopher Johnson

Making others better versions of themselves

Xzariah Denecca Rice

Her father died in her arms

Martez Christopher Wade

“He wasn’t a statistic,” said mom

NeQuacia Porsha Jacobs-Lewis

High school graduation, diploma, career — gone

Jonathan David Freeman Jr.

Debated anything, from music to Deflategate

Kevin Wilson Jr.

Star athlete with a bright future

Kaileigh Lin Collier

Was “more beautiful than she knew”

Martin Duque Anguiano

An ambitious, bright boy, senselessly killed

Francisco Puentes

Mom never received the happy news