Taveon Donte' Brooks
Kansas City, Kansas
Basketball point guard, would-be rapper
Days before it happened, and just before his mother’s birthday, he dyed his hair red to match hers.
He aspired to be a rapper, and he played point guard for F.L. Schlagle High School in Kansas City, Kansas. A middle school poem combined what he loved: “(b)ig white building/beautiful small trees .… I walked up stairs … /holding the big bright round ball …”
Taveon Donte' Brooks, 15, was with with four other teens in a car at 2:45 a.m. in northwest Kansas City, when someone shot at them. Taveon was killed; the other teens survived.