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Saniyah Monee Nicholson

Age 9

Cleveland, Ohio

Funny faces and pigtails no longer

She probably thought she was safe. Her mother, who left her in the car to pick up her brother, probably thought so too.

Now, she won’t get to pose for pictures wearing her pigtails, making funny faces, blowing kisses or flashing the peace sign. This excellent student won’t get to play with classmates anymore. Her family described her as “beautiful, smart and caring.” Her father says he’ll miss her saying, “I love you.”

Saniyah Monee Nicholson was killed during a drive-by shooting on June 20, 2018, in Cleveland, Ohio. She was 9 years old.

By Ryann Zarrieff · Age 19
Meet the Reporters

More than 200 friends

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

Katrina Marie Casarez

Sweet, musical memories with her boyfriend