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Raymond Vargas

Age 17

El Mirage, Arizona

His mother couldn’t bear the news

He loved attending Dodgers games because that meant being with his family. He was a beautiful soul, content spending time with his friends or his little brother.

One evening, he went to see a movie, then called his mother and asked for permission to stay out. Afterward, a crisis response team came to his house, but the person who answered the door didn’t want to hear the news. "I’m not his mother," his mother said.

Raymond Vargas, 17, was shot in the chest and killed on April 26, 2018, in El Mirage, Arizona, while driving his friends home.

By Nicole Levi · 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

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