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Taylor Hayes

Age 7

Baltimore, Maryland

A star on her karaoke machine

She was constantly dancing and singing along to the “Frozen” soundtrack on her karaoke machine.

Her spunky personality didn’t fade in the classroom. An incoming second-grader at Robert Coleman Elementary School in Baltimore, Maryland, her enthusiasm for school blossomed as she practiced her skills with a Reading Partners volunteer and with a tutor every week for an hour. “Every morning she would come into my office and give me a hug,” said Principal Carlillian Thompson. 

On July 5, Taylor Hayes, 7, was shot while in the backseat of a car. She remained in critical condition until she passed away on July 19, 2018.

By Hope Kahn · Age 17
Meet the Reporters

More than 80 musicians

Taveon Donte' Brooks

Basketball point guard, would-be rapper

Raydale Hill

Can no longer create his music

Elijah Foster

Dope Boy Gang. One less member.

Vicente Valero III

He was a modern Renaissance man

Beverly McBride

Purple hair, just like her dad

Ricky Ryon Willis III

YouTuber was destined for great things

Ramon Enriquez Barragan

Born, raised, died in Garden City

Robert Spencer Biggers Jr.

Local rapper who loved his familyi

Trevon Fareed Richardson

College, football, a scholarship. All lost.

James Claggion IV

Left hometown for fame in Atlanta

Zachary Mulford

Summer job turns into winter grief

Bryan Portales Escalante

Phone, wallet, shoes and, life — gone

Darion Gordon

Sixteen years erased by one bullet

Ke’Andre Johnson

Cut off after only one verse

Kaileigh Lin Collier

Was “more beautiful than she knew”

Carnandez A. Davis

New family never to be whole

Arthur Roger Holloway III

His obituary ran in two states

Montrell Anthony Mouzon

His dream of witnessing motocross shattered

Brandon Nash Hammett

‘The music master’ killed before college

Chazton Dejuan Artray Guidry

A dream ends, a sound silenced