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Therin W. Castillo Jr.

Age 15

Sierra Vista, Arizona

Stolen gun, Russian roulette, accidental death

A photo remains on his GoFundMe page, which raised $4,135 of the $5,000 his family wanted.

Friends called him Boogie and described him as “funny (and) very athletic.” He was a student at PPEC TEC High School, a charter school for at-risk kids.

One Sunday afternoon, he was sitting in a parked car with two friends outside an apartment complex in Sierra Vista, Arizona, with a stolen gun. He started playing Russian roulette. Therin W. Castillo, Jr., 15, died of an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head on Feb. 18, 2018.

By Callia Yuan · Age 16
Meet the Reporters

More than 200 friends

Saniyah Monee Nicholson

Funny faces and pigtails no longer

Tyrese A. Jones

He was beloved at his school


Shot while walking down the street

Kameron Johnson

He dreamed of college and cars

Kameron Porter

Domestic violence ends a stepson’s life

Jacob Matthew Edwards

A survivor, full of heart. Gone.

Corey Donald II

He had just started barber school

Floyd Chianti Davenport IV

“Baba stay woke...Baba stay woke!”

Kelvion’te A. Trammell

Engine still running, no life left

Clinton Howell

A daily trip that turned deadly

Jayvone J. Shackelford-Bishop

Friends together like Lilo & Stitch

Joel Keshon Green

An interrupted trail of Facebook photos

Fernando Perez

“What is it going to take?”

Delametric Djuan Fairley

Never got to make travel plans

Moltere Charles Jr.

#TGFAD — Thank God for another day

Oliver Santos

Big smile stolen on Saturday night

Darryl Lamar Johnson

A family visit. He never left.

Xavier Montrail Thomas

Candles flicker against darkness for Zay

Samuel Ozuna

Always respectful, loved by his friends

Romane D. Taylor Jr.

Intelligent and playful, beloved by buddies