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Omar Zaragoza

Age 17

Antioch, California

He was the one “making it”

He loved Ralph Lauren’s clothing, so he was nicknamed “Polo.”  A student at Antioch High School, “he just happened to be one who was making it" in life, a friend said.

One Tuesday afternoon, he parked his grey Mercedes E-350 in the Lucky supermarket parking lot, not far from where he lived. Soon after, the windshield was pierced with bullet holes.

Omar Zaragoza, 17, was shot and killed on Oct. 9, 2018, in Antioch, California. The next day, a memorial was set up for Zaragoza outside of the Lucky store. The balloons read, “Polo.”

By Nathalia Wyss · Age 15
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