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Ricky Ryon Willis III

Age 10

Tampa, Florida

YouTuber was destined for great things

A smooth voice. Deep brown eyes. His smile, unique with gap teeth, shined wide.

He started off his YouTube videos with a bombastic, “What’s up Willis Fam!” In his channel’s bio, he promised that he would “entertain and make people happy when they're sad.” In one video, he said, “I’m basically gonna be going a lot of places.”

His mother’s boyfriend, however, had other plans.

Deputies say he shot and killed Ricky Ryon Willis, 10, and his mother in Tampa, Florida, on Oct. 21, 2018, during an argument over changing the television channel. Ryon’s “America’s Got Talent” audition was scheduled for December.

By Sarah Bentley · Age 16
Meet the Reporters

More than 80 musicians

Taveon Donte' Brooks

Basketball point guard, would-be rapper

Raydale Hill

Can no longer create his music

Elijah Foster

Dope Boy Gang. One less member.

Vicente Valero III

He was a modern Renaissance man

Ramon Enriquez Barragan

Born, raised, died in Garden City

Trevon Fareed Richardson

College, football, a scholarship. All lost.

James Claggion IV

Left hometown for fame in Atlanta

Zachary Mulford

Summer job turns into winter grief

Bryan Portales Escalante

Phone, wallet, shoes and, life — gone

Darion Gordon

Sixteen years erased by one bullet

Ke’Andre Johnson

Cut off after only one verse

Kaileigh Lin Collier

Was “more beautiful than she knew”

Carnandez A. Davis

New family never to be whole

Taylor Hayes

A star on her karaoke machine

Arthur Roger Holloway III

His obituary ran in two states

Montrell Anthony Mouzon

His dream of witnessing motocross shattered

Brandon Nash Hammett

‘The music master’ killed before college

Chazton Dejuan Artray Guidry

A dream ends, a sound silenced

Jordan Leon DeShields

He told friends to be careful

Alexander Logan Schachter

Musician whose melody was cut short