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Tramaine Da'Vonta Pate

Age 18

Saint Louis, Missouri

A lot in one small person

He often sported a hoodie and a smile. He was on track to graduate from high school.

Those who knew him described him as a kid at heart. He had puppy eyes. He brought joy and laughter to those around him. “This guy was a lot of things in one small person,” a friend said. He had a lot of nicknames, too: Traman, Tra-wizzle, TraSavv, Tra and Tray.

Tramaine Da'Vonta Pate, 18, was shot in the 4200 block of West Cote Brilliante Avenue in St. Louis, Missouri, on the morning of March 2, 2018. He died at the hospital.

By Emily Xu · Age 17
Meet the Reporters

More than 100 jokesters

Natwan Kian Holyfield

Supposed to go to homecoming, prom

Kaiden Vague

Sixteenth birthday. Golden birthday. Last birthday.

Eric Xavier Degori

His jokes could make anyone laugh

Will Earl Davis Jr.

The rising senior was always smiling

Rashiya Melton

Joins brother, leaves behind her twin

Edgar Alan Espino

Jokester loved to make people laugh

Daron Johnson

He went to celebrate another’s life

Jayvone J. Shackelford-Bishop

Friends together like Lilo & Stitch

Deandre Moon

Overnight tragedy for a basketball fan

Terale Claridy-Vaught

‘Solid’ friend barely gets to adulthood

Robert Carranza

He liked to post song lyrics

Amauri Green

Died while fixing a flat tire

Eddie Daiquan Grant

A devoted boyfriend and rap fan

Bryan Portales Escalante

Phone, wallet, shoes and, life — gone

Darion Gordon

Sixteen years erased by one bullet

Steven Alexander Jr.

He missed his first Father’s Day

Jonathan David Freeman Jr.

Debated anything, from music to Deflategate

Matthew James Jurado

Challenging student had a compassionate heart

Ryan J. Dillon

A playful boy, stopped by bullets

Manuel Lopez Jr.

High school senior set to graduate