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Vontashia Bell

Age 18

Shreveport, Louisiana

She lived her truth with pride

She always strived to live life to its fullest, an openly transgender woman who dressed up in makeup, wore fashionable dresses, and posted pictures of herself on Facebook, wearing a big smile.

She went by the nickname, “Vontae,” to her closest friends and family, who knew her to be sweet, intelligent, compassionate and loving. She was a senior at Woodlawn High Leadership Academy.

On Aug. 30, 2018, gunshots rang through the street of Harrison Ave. in Shreveport, Louisiana. Vontashia Bell, 18, was found shot in the chest and wrist.

By Yasmine Chokrane · Age 15
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