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Zachary Rollen Parker

Age 17

Omaha, Nebraska

A new beginning, suddenly cut short

Omaha North High Magnet School was familiar and unfamiliar: He’d been there only a month, but already he was reconnecting with friends from a stay at Boys Town, a community that supports at-risk youth.

On Feb. 25, 2018, he went to 25th Street and Crown Point Avenue in north Omaha to sell marijuana to another teen. A 14-year-old middle school student he didn’t know showed up. He grew hesitant. The boy drew a gun.

Zachary Rollen Parker, 17, was shot and killed in Omaha, Nebraska, that day. The 14-year-old was charged in adult court with second-degree murder.

By Emilie Zhou · Age 16 and Matthew Asuncion · Age 19
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