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Tyreese Southern

Age 17

Nashville, Tennessee

“My humorous, sensitive and smart scholar”

Entering his senior year at Stratford High School, the 6-foot-2-inch, 180-pound safety made the varsity football team. His athleticism was undoubtable, but off the field, his science teacher described him as “my humorous, sensitive, and smart scholar.”

One night, a 25-year-old man drove to the neighborhood park to sell marijuana. According to police, he approached the car with a friend, demanding marijuana and cash. The man reached for his gun.

Tyreese Southern, 17, was shot near Parkwood Park in Nashville, Tennessee on Dec. 18, 2018. He was taken to TriStar Skyline Medical Center, where he died.

By Claire Chu · Age 16
Meet the Reporters

More than 100 diligent students

Ryan Amadeo Dela Cruz

Gone, two weeks shy of graduation

Jo'Markius Fuller

Never to wear grandma’s scarves again

Lorenzo Moore-Vaughn

About to start his senior year

Shondricka J'Nay Adams

Celebrating one night, gone the next

Jayden Fondeur

His older brother found him first

Jontae Billups-Brooks

An athlete and a music lover

Caydence Nicole Painter

Reading, dancing, playing. Siblings shot together.

Favian Isiah Carrillo Duran

Respectful, shy teen did grandma’s chores

Telvin Goll

He wished for the American Dream

Amariah C. Emery

On her T-shirt, a peace sign

Jon-Marvin Revels Jacobs

He was on his way home

Christopher Johnson

Making others better versions of themselves

Xzariah Denecca Rice

Her father died in her arms

Martez Christopher Wade

“He wasn’t a statistic,” said mom

NeQuacia Porsha Jacobs-Lewis

High school graduation, diploma, career — gone

Jonathan David Freeman Jr.

Debated anything, from music to Deflategate

Kevin Wilson Jr.

Star athlete with a bright future

Kaileigh Lin Collier

Was “more beautiful than she knew”

Martin Duque Anguiano

An ambitious, bright boy, senselessly killed

Francisco Puentes

Mom never received the happy news