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Oscar Torres Jr.

Age 14

Glendale, Arizona

"Messing around" ends high school dreams

He enjoyed collecting sneakers. In one photo, he proudly holds two shoes near his face: one with red detailing, the other with black.

He was hopeful about his future, having recently completed the eighth grade at Estrella Mountain Elementary School. "He just graduated and was so happy that he made it to high school," his aunt told CBS 5. “He couldn’t believe it.”

On June 5, 2018, Oscar Torres Jr., 14, was accidentally, fatally shot in Glendale, Arizona. That night, he and his neighbor were "messing around" with an unsecured handgun belonging to his friend's mother. Just hours later, his high school promotion papers arrived.

By Shannon Sommers · Age 18
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