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Pierce Edward Schwartz

Age 15

Houston, Texas

An empty chair at band practice

When he was 5 years old, he learned how to fish; ever since, he could talk endlessly about a variety of species.

Before becoming a freshman at Lamar High School, he played trumpet at Pin Oak Middle School, which sparked his love of music. He would then go on to learn how to play the guitar.

Pierce Edward Schwartz, 15, was shot by his friend, also 15, on Nov. 8, 2018. The friend then took his own life. Both of the boys were found in one of their mothers’ apartment at The Park at River Oaks, a luxury apartment complex in Houston, Texas.

By Auhjanae McGee · Age 17
Meet the Reporters

More than 80 musicians

Taveon Donte' Brooks

Basketball point guard, would-be rapper

Raydale Hill

Can no longer create his music

Elijah Foster

Dope Boy Gang. One less member.

Vicente Valero III

He was a modern Renaissance man

Beverly McBride

Purple hair, just like her dad

Ricky Ryon Willis III

YouTuber was destined for great things

Ramon Enriquez Barragan

Born, raised, died in Garden City

Robert Spencer Biggers Jr.

Local rapper who loved his familyi

Trevon Fareed Richardson

College, football, a scholarship. All lost.

James Claggion IV

Left hometown for fame in Atlanta

Zachary Mulford

Summer job turns into winter grief

Bryan Portales Escalante

Phone, wallet, shoes and, life — gone

Darion Gordon

Sixteen years erased by one bullet

Ke’Andre Johnson

Cut off after only one verse

Kaileigh Lin Collier

Was “more beautiful than she knew”

Carnandez A. Davis

New family never to be whole

Taylor Hayes

A star on her karaoke machine

Arthur Roger Holloway III

His obituary ran in two states

Montrell Anthony Mouzon

His dream of witnessing motocross shattered

Brandon Nash Hammett

‘The music master’ killed before college