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Rodger Young Jr.

Age 16

Memphis, Tennessee

“Funny Tail” was her favorite student

His teacher loved him and remembered him as her favorite student. The two had a close relationship, and she fondly referred to him as “Funny Tail.”  

He was a joyful 16-year-old. A friend remembered the many nights he spent sleeping over at her house when the walls would echo with his laughter.

On April 15, 2018 Rodger Young Jr. was shot and killed outside the Infiniti Sports Bar and Grill on North Watkins Street in Memphis, Tennessee, during a shootout that witnesses said lasted about an hour.

By Michael Pincus · Age 16 and Sophia McDermott-Hughes · Age 18
Meet the Reporters

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