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Thomas Noe Romero

Age 17

Lamont, California

“Goofy” 49ers fan with many nicknames

The boy had many nicknames: “Noe” to classmates. “Tips Lamont” — after his California hometown — and “Finesse Kid” to Facebook friends.

He was “goofy,” a peer said. A fan of the San Francisco 49ers who “loved to share laughs with others,” remembered another.

Around 1 a.m. on January 28, 2019, Thomas Noe Romero, 17, was driving around Lamont, California, when he was hit by multiple gunshots. After his car crashed into a fire hydrant, which flooded nearby streets, police pronounced him dead at the scene.

By Nancy Bowne · Age 17 and Callie McQuilkin · Age 18
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