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Ta Quan Pinkney

Age 18

Washington, District of Columbia

Bright future; gone too soon

A recent high school graduate, he was on his way to college at the University of the District of Columbia. He worked at a restaurant to pay tuition. He was into boxing. 

He belonged to a nonprofit organization called Horton’s Kids, which helps children in the community. “He always said, ‘Mom, I want to do better,’ ” recalled his mother, Yolanda Pinkney. “He always said, ‘We’re moving.’ ”

Ta Quan Pinkney, 18, was caught in gunfire and killed on his way home on Sept. 9, 2018, after buying a soda from a corner store on Stanton Road in Washington, D.C.

By Caroline Lobel · Age 15
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