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Samuel Ozuna

Age 17

Manhattan, New York

Always respectful, loved by his friends

Even as a little kid he had a “super-deep voice,” said Ray Been, whose daughter went to school with him at Learning Action Center for Academic Success and Achievement. He was “always respectful,” Been said.

His friends loved him. His girlfriend said she was his best friend. In an old Facebook post, she wrote “together forever, never apart. Maybe by distance, but never by heart.”

Samuel Ozuna, 17, was shot multiple times on April 24, 2018, at 8:38 p.m in the East Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City. There’s a Facebook page dedicated to his memory.

By Sokhna Fall · Age 17 and SaMya Overall · 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

Romane D. Taylor Jr.

Intelligent and playful, beloved by buddies

Katrina Marie Casarez

Sweet, musical memories with her boyfriend