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Ra’Quan Darius Jones

Age 18

Wellston, Missouri

Didn’t get to see his GED

His mother, Crystal Reid, says he was loving, caring, ambitious, and respectful. “My favorite memory of him is his laughter and smile,” she said.

Known as RayRay by those close to him, he attended Francis Howell High School in St. Charles, Missouri. He loved playing basketball, baseball, and football. “He wanted to go golfing, but never got the chance,” Reid said.

Ra’Quan Darius Jones,18, was in a car and was killed when gunshots were fired on June 20, 2018 in Wellston, Missouri. His GED arrived a few days later.  

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