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Sean Knockum Jr.

Age 18

New Orleans, Louisiana

No more morning wakeups for mom

Waking up at 5 a.m. was worth it for him. It gave him time to “primp” and make sure his mom woke up in time for work.

He was studying to be a paramedic at Delgado Community College. While a student at Christ First Christian Academy, he taught himself to play the trumpet. His father described him as “cheerful” and said he had “a huge impact on a lot of people.”

On April 11, 2018, 18-year-old Sean Knockum Jr. was pronounced dead after being shot multiple times in New Orleans. "I want to know if my son called out to me,” his father asked.

By Ellie Klibaner-Schiff · Age 15
Meet the Reporters

More than 100 diligent students

Ryan Amadeo Dela Cruz

Gone, two weeks shy of graduation

Jo'Markius Fuller

Never to wear grandma’s scarves again

Lorenzo Moore-Vaughn

About to start his senior year

Shondricka J'Nay Adams

Celebrating one night, gone the next

Jayden Fondeur

His older brother found him first

Jontae Billups-Brooks

An athlete and a music lover

Caydence Nicole Painter

Reading, dancing, playing. Siblings shot together.

Favian Isiah Carrillo Duran

Respectful, shy teen did grandma’s chores

Telvin Goll

He wished for the American Dream

Amariah C. Emery

On her T-shirt, a peace sign

Jon-Marvin Revels Jacobs

He was on his way home

Christopher Johnson

Making others better versions of themselves

Xzariah Denecca Rice

Her father died in her arms

Martez Christopher Wade

“He wasn’t a statistic,” said mom

NeQuacia Porsha Jacobs-Lewis

High school graduation, diploma, career — gone

Jonathan David Freeman Jr.

Debated anything, from music to Deflategate

Kevin Wilson Jr.

Star athlete with a bright future

Kaileigh Lin Collier

Was “more beautiful than she knew”

Martin Duque Anguiano

An ambitious, bright boy, senselessly killed

Francisco Puentes

Mom never received the happy news