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Raquis Q. Deburnure

Age 16

Wilmington, Delaware

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.

By Holly Kauck · Age 17 and Mia Montgomery · Age 16
Meet the Reporters

More than 300 siblings

Yaleah Hall

Sister, daughter, dancer, since day one

Elisha Amon Cole

Dreaming big, working on his portfolio

Lia Lin Collier

A light, “unrelenting joy” extinguished

Peyton Nicole Hurt

Still helping others, even in death

Ryan Amadeo Dela Cruz

Gone, two weeks shy of graduation

Rashaad Izil Wisher

One brother buried. Then another one.

Izabella Marie Helem

Brother shoots his sister by accident

Raydale Hill

Can no longer create his music

Jaquincy Jawan Ross

Wanted to buy her a scooter

Lorenzo Moore-Vaughn

About to start his senior year

Elijah Foster

Dope Boy Gang. One less member.

Kameron Johnson

He dreamed of college and cars

Jeremiah Ascencio

Last moments spent cradling his brother

Shondricka J'Nay Adams

Celebrating one night, gone the next

Ty'Dre Shyheim Hailey

She didn’t know it was real

Jayden Fondeur

His older brother found him first

Jontae Billups-Brooks

An athlete and a music lover

Rashiya Melton

Joins brother, leaves behind her twin

Caydence Nicole Painter

Reading, dancing, playing. Siblings shot together.

Jovontia Antonio Jones

A runner grieved by seven siblings