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Rashaad Izil Wisher

Age 18

Wilmington, Delaware

One brother buried. Then another one.

He was known affectionately as “Pop-Pop.” He was respectful, obedient and kept to himself. But refusing to participate in gang activity could not protect him from the violence in his community.

Death was no stranger to him growing up: Three cousins were killed over things as simple as teasing over a bicycle. His beloved half-brother had died less than two months ago.

Rashaad Izil Wisher, 18, was shot the evening of July 8, 2018, in Wilmington, Delaware, a city that has had the highest rate of teen gun violence in the nation. Rashaad died from his wounds later that night at Christiana Hospital.

By Ethan Hale · Age 17
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

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

Brandon Nathan Tyson

Friday night lights end in tragedy