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Tyus Odjarek Burnett

Age 16

Florence, South Carolina

Graduation dream, cut short at 16

In the photo, he is a young boy with innocent brown eyes, with a smile slightly slanted upwards, revealing his bright white teeth.

On the website of Dimery and Rogers Funeral home, his former teacher described him  as “a leader and respectful [young] man.” He was always talking about wanting to graduate, she added.

Sometime after 2 a.m. on May 31, 2018, someone entered the mobile home in Florence, South Carolina, where Tyus Odjarek Burnett, 16, lived. Several shots were fired. He was shot and killed.


By Li Zhen Huang · 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