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Robert Carranza

Age 17

Tulare, California

He liked to post song lyrics

He conveyed his mood by posting song lyrics online. Anything from Mexican corridos to rap would capture his attention.

He’s remembered by those close to him for his sense of humor. “Funny guy” was one of his nicknames. He was also loyal, and didn’t let the opinions others had of his friends sway his own.

On August 11, 2018, shots were fired at a house party in Tulare, California. They hit three teenagers, leaving two injured and one dead. Robert Carranza was just 17.

By Zahra Wakilzada · Age 17 and Scarlett Liriano Cepin · Age 19
Meet the Reporters

More than 100 jokesters

Natwan Kian Holyfield

Supposed to go to homecoming, prom

Kaiden Vague

Sixteenth birthday. Golden birthday. Last birthday.

Eric Xavier Degori

His jokes could make anyone laugh

Will Earl Davis Jr.

The rising senior was always smiling

Rashiya Melton

Joins brother, leaves behind her twin

Edgar Alan Espino

Jokester loved to make people laugh

Daron Johnson

He went to celebrate another’s life

Jayvone J. Shackelford-Bishop

Friends together like Lilo & Stitch

Deandre Moon

Overnight tragedy for a basketball fan

Terale Claridy-Vaught

‘Solid’ friend barely gets to adulthood

Amauri Green

Died while fixing a flat tire

Eddie Daiquan Grant

A devoted boyfriend and rap fan

Bryan Portales Escalante

Phone, wallet, shoes and, life — gone

Darion Gordon

Sixteen years erased by one bullet

Steven Alexander Jr.

He missed his first Father’s Day

Jonathan David Freeman Jr.

Debated anything, from music to Deflategate

Matthew James Jurado

Challenging student had a compassionate heart

Ryan J. Dillon

A playful boy, stopped by bullets

Manuel Lopez Jr.

High school senior set to graduate

Domoni Gaither

He had a bright white smile