Raquis Q. Deburnure
Three grandchildren killed. Then one more.
In photos, his smile is so big it causes him to squint.
He lived in a neighborhood where four people had died in one week. Violence had touched his own family: His grandfather, 82-year-old Arthur L. Rollins, had already buried three grandchildren, all killed by gunfire in Wilmington, Delaware; before summer was out, he would bury a fourth.
On May 31, 2018, Raquis Q. Deburnure, 16, was shot in the arm, leg, and head, just a few blocks away from where his half-brother would be killed two months later. He died shortly after arriving at Christiana Hospital. Raquis was the eighth gun homicide of the year in Wilmington, the country’s deadliest place to grow up.