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Rodney Chandler

Age 18

Lakewood, Washington

Turn of the century child lost

He appeared at the beginning of a new century, a Y2k baby born on Dec. 31, 1999. They called him “RD.” 

He was wrestling and arguing with a friend when it happened. At first his friend told police that the gunshot wound was self-inflicted. Then he said they both had guns, a .380 caliber pistol and a .22 caliber rifle, and that he had returned fire.

Rodney Chandler, 18, was fatally shot by a friend on Oct. 26, 2018 in Lakewood, Washington. The friend buried the gun he used, the pistol. Charged with second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter, he pled not guilty.

By Mekhi Kearney · Age 16
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