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Sakhya Monea Bentley

Age 12

Riverdale, Georgia

She would never graduate high school

She was going to be a seventh-grader. She wanted to become a lawyer when she grew up.

“She was definitely one of a kind. … My daughter will never graduate high school. This is the closest thing I have to a graduation picture,” her mom, Nyeisha Brown, said with tears in her eyes as she showed a photo of her daughter from the year before.  

Sakhya Monea Bentley, 12, was accidentally shot in the chest on June 6, 2018, by a friend who was playing with a gun in her home on Adel Lane in Riverdale, Georgia.

By Sokhna Fall · Age 17
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