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Zachary James Whittington

Age 16

Carmichael, California

His birth gave his mother hope

He was a blessing; his birth gave his mother hope. “When I had him, I thought parenting would be easy,” she said later. “I thought the world would be right.”


When it happened, he wasn’t home but in an apartment on Manzanita Avenue in Carmichael, a suburb of Sacramento, California. He’d been staying there for a couple of days.

Police responded to a report of shots fired at the apartment and found Zachary James Whittington inside with multiple gunshot wounds on July 15, 2018. His brother George, said, “They took my baby brother, and I want justice for him.” Zachary, who was 16 years old, was allegedly shot by a 13 year old boy.  

By Claire Chu · Age 16
Meet the Reporters

More than 300 siblings

Ramand Kassadine Davis

Happy in his SpongeBob SquarePants jammies

Yaleah Hall

Sister, daughter, dancer, since day one

Elisha Amon Cole

Dreaming big, working on his portfolio

Lia Lin Collier

A light, “unrelenting joy” extinguished

Peyton Nicole Hurt

Still helping others, even in death

Ryan Amadeo Dela Cruz

Gone, two weeks shy of graduation

Rashaad Izil Wisher

One brother buried. Then another one.

Izabella Marie Helem

Brother shoots his sister by accident

Raydale Hill

Can no longer create his music

Jaquincy Jawan Ross

Wanted to buy her a scooter

Lorenzo Moore-Vaughn

About to start his senior year

Elijah Foster

Dope Boy Gang. One less member.

Kameron Johnson

He dreamed of college and cars

Jeremiah Ascencio

Last moments spent cradling his brother

Shondricka J'Nay Adams

Celebrating one night, gone the next

Ty'Dre Shyheim Hailey

She didn’t know it was real

Jayden Fondeur

His older brother found him first

Jontae Billups-Brooks

An athlete and a music lover

Rashiya Melton

Joins brother, leaves behind her twin

Caydence Nicole Painter

Reading, dancing, playing. Siblings shot together.