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Ricky Eugene Taylor

Age 13

McGee, Missouri

History lover won’t write his own

He was full of spirit, liked to make people laugh, and loved his family. He had a passion for history, but he wouldn’t live to write his own.

He attended Greenville Junior High. He loved geology and he collected many odd rocks. On Oct. 24, 2018, Ricky Eugene Taylor, 13, returned home from school with another teenager, a 15-year-old boy; they were the only two in the house in McGee, Missouri. The sheriff’s department said Ricky’s mother and 10-year-old sister later found him unresponsive with “what appeared to be a gunshot wound” to his head.

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More than 200 friends

Saniyah Monee Nicholson

Funny faces and pigtails no longer

Tyrese A. Jones

He was beloved at his school


Shot while walking down the street

Kameron Johnson

He dreamed of college and cars

Kameron Porter

Domestic violence ends a stepson’s life

Jacob Matthew Edwards

A survivor, full of heart. Gone.

Corey Donald II

He had just started barber school

Floyd Chianti Davenport IV

“Baba stay woke...Baba stay woke!”

Kelvion’te A. Trammell

Engine still running, no life left

Clinton Howell

A daily trip that turned deadly

Jayvone J. Shackelford-Bishop

Friends together like Lilo & Stitch

Joel Keshon Green

An interrupted trail of Facebook photos

Fernando Perez

“What is it going to take?”

Delametric Djuan Fairley

Never got to make travel plans

Moltere Charles Jr.

#TGFAD — Thank God for another day

Oliver Santos

Big smile stolen on Saturday night

Darryl Lamar Johnson

A family visit. He never left.

Xavier Montrail Thomas

Candles flicker against darkness for Zay

Samuel Ozuna

Always respectful, loved by his friends

Romane D. Taylor Jr.

Intelligent and playful, beloved by buddies