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She’Nyah Monaye' O’Flynn

Age 12

Chicago, Illinois

At 12, her personality was powerful

“You could hear her laughter far before you could see her,” her school’s superintendent said.


A cheerleader, she shared her mother’s love for soccer. She was an A student, a social butterfly and a loyal friend. She had her own style: Everything had to match. At 12 years old, her personality was powerful.


She never made it to 13. She’Nyah Monaye' O’Flynn was returning from her cousin’s graduation party at 11:20 p.m. on June 14, 2018, in Chicago when she was shot getting out of the car. Her 1-year-old cousin was in her arms. She’Nyah died at the hospital. The baby survived.

By Disha Chatterjee · Age 14
Meet the Reporters

More than 100 diligent students

Ryan Amadeo Dela Cruz

Gone, two weeks shy of graduation

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

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

Ezekiel James Griego

Graduated high school, had promising future

Manuel Lopez Jr.

High school senior set to graduate