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Will Earl Davis Jr.

Age 17

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The rising senior was always smiling

It was the beginning of August and school was about to begin. He was 17 years old, a rising senior at Brookfield East High School. His friends described him as a person who was always smiling. In nine months, his class would walk the stage.

But he wouldn’t.

William Earl Davis Jr. was shot at approximately 10:55 p.m. on Aug. 6, 2018, while observing a confrontation at Swing Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He died later at a local hospital. Afterward, residents talked about how to make the park safer: more lighting and cameras, and more police.

By Jessica Ngoc Lien · Age 16
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

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

Domoni Gaither

He had a bright white smile