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Zachariah Utah Bostic

Age 17

Leon Valley, Texas

Just two blocks away from home

They met freshman year — a romance blossoming out of late night texts and algebra study sessions. Online chats turned into smiles in the hallway, and soon they were inseparable. When her mom died, he was there to pick up the pieces.

He was his girlfriend’s hero. “He was always the first person I wanted to talk to in the morning and the last person at night,” she would later say.

He never got to say goodbye. On September 12, 2018 in Leon Valley, Texas, Zachariah Utah Bostic, 17, was shot. He walked, bleeding, over a mile to make it home. He collapsed just two blocks away from his house.

By Kaitlin Musante · Age 17
Meet the Reporters

More than 200 friends

Saniyah Monee Nicholson

Funny faces and pigtails no longer

Tyrese A. Jones

He was beloved at his school


Shot while walking down the street

Kameron Johnson

He dreamed of college and cars

Kameron Porter

Domestic violence ends a stepson’s life

Jacob Matthew Edwards

A survivor, full of heart. Gone.

Corey Donald II

He had just started barber school

Floyd Chianti Davenport IV

“Baba stay woke...Baba stay woke!”

Kelvion’te A. Trammell

Engine still running, no life left

Clinton Howell

A daily trip that turned deadly

Jayvone J. Shackelford-Bishop

Friends together like Lilo & Stitch

Joel Keshon Green

An interrupted trail of Facebook photos

Fernando Perez

“What is it going to take?”

Delametric Djuan Fairley

Never got to make travel plans

Moltere Charles Jr.

#TGFAD — Thank God for another day

Oliver Santos

Big smile stolen on Saturday night

Darryl Lamar Johnson

A family visit. He never left.

Xavier Montrail Thomas

Candles flicker against darkness for Zay

Samuel Ozuna

Always respectful, loved by his friends

Romane D. Taylor Jr.

Intelligent and playful, beloved by buddies