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Tamara Lynette Dodson

Age 15

Columbus, Ohio

Dancer embodied DIVA’s V for Vivacious

She was the strongest dancer her coach had ever seen. She “breathed dance” and was a passionate, fearless force to be reckoned with.

She danced for the Platinum Divas Dance Team, and former coach Sam Woodard described her as a “firecracker.” She commanded the attention of everyone in the audience and made sure that all eyes were on her.

On Aug. 25, 2018, Tamara Lynette Dodson, 15, known to friends and family as Rudy, was fatally shot on Rich Street in Columbus, Ohio. Tamara’s death sparked a discussion about the dangers of gun violence in her community.

By Ellie Klibaner-Schiff · Age 15
Meet the Reporters

More than 30 dancers

Yaleah Hall

Sister, daughter, dancer, since day one

Alisia JaNell Williams

She made her dolls happy, too

Orlando Myron Anderson Jr.

He was so full of life

Cara Marie Loughran

Dancing in our hearts for eternity

Xzariah Denecca Rice

Her father died in her arms

Taylor Hayes

A star on her karaoke machine

Arthur Roger Holloway III

His obituary ran in two states

Doumba Sannoh

Fatal price for the American dream

Eugene Ryder Stamey

Innocent game turned to foul play

Des'mon Reyshard Anderson

His baby lost her loving dad

Tylon DaJaun Batey

So much family left to grieve

Justise Armoni Ledena Allen

She did not even look hurt

Eliza Kristine Orellana

She was a singer, dancer and friend

Alexa Denice Montez

Her father’s “greatest gift,” he said

Jaime Taylor Guttenberg

Independent, fearless, bright; a graceful dancer

Darius Marcel Boone

An infectious laugh silenced by violence

Michael D. Bardlett

To know Michael. To love Michael.

Kelvin Ramone Creech

Engaged. Ready for fatherhood. Taken away.

Trinity Renee-Jordan Wiggins

Her uncle’s house, pockmarked with bullets

Davieuntay Green

Summer stroll brought to a halt