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Odin Tyler Painter

Age 8

Ponder, Texas

A scout missing from Troop 4077

As a Boy Scout in Troop 4077, he took an oath to serve, to help, and to stay mentally sharp. He honored this pledge by looking after his siblings, taking care of those suffering, and working on being a better person.

It’s easy to imagine him still doing these things.

On May 16, 2018, Odin Tyler Painter, 8, of Ponder, Texas, was shot and killed alongside his two siblings by his mother’s ex-husband, who also killed her boyfriend, before turning the gun on himself. His mother was the only survivor.

By Emma Presnell · Age 16
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