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Julian Carr played several sports at Haltom City High School, cared deeply for his family, and promised his mother that one day he would buy her a house. On April 1 – two weeks after Julian turned 18 – Julian was shot on the porch of a house, police say.

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As of Friday, at least 12 middle and high school teenagers have died this year in Tarrant County due to gun violence.

The youngest was 13 years old. The most recent was April 25, a 17-year-old.

No life can be summed up in a few lines of text. But here is a glimpse of what our communities lost when those young lives ended far too soon.

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Daequon Macon, 18, was described on his memorial page as “the most awkward boy I know”. He was shot and killed Jan. 16 during a rally in a neighborhood near North Crowley High School. He died in the living room of the house.

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Higino Edwin Flores, 15, was an honor roll student and member of the Polytechnic High School Parrots Boys football team, according to his GoFundMe page. He has been described as a “beloved son, big brother, classmate and teammate.” On January 17, he died after being shot in a drive-by while lying in bed at home.

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Police say Higinio Flores Jr., a 15-year-old attending Fort Worth Polytechnic High School, was killed in a drive-by shooting on January 11. They ask for help in finding his killer(s) and the intended targets. Courtesy of Fort Worth Police

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Antoine Aponte17 years old, and his brother, Isaiah Aponte19, were described as “some of the most loving, awkward and crazy boys I know”, in a GoFundMe after their death on January 24.

“Their parents had their babies taken from them and with them my heart,” the girlfriend of one of the boys wrote. Police say Anthony and Isaiah were killed by 51-year-old Jesse Lyn Williams after he broke into their North Richland Hills home early in the morning. They were shot while they slept.

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Christian Armijo, 18, was the big brother to his two younger siblings, his mother announced on Facebook. She described him as “full of joy” and a good boy who “was loved by so many”. He was killed Feb. 9 in a shooting on Lawther Drive in River Oaks.

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Kory Smith, 13, was killed at a party on Valentine’s Day. Another person, Simieon Joseph of Crowley, 19, was also shot and killed.

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Alberto Rodriquez18, was shot and killed in a park in northwest Fort Worth on February 22.

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Klodian Ramaj, 18, a senior at Fossil Ridge High School, was recently accepted to Texas Tech University and aspired to be a family doctor. Him and 17 years old Johnny Rojas were shot on March 12 while sitting in a pickup truck on Caribou Ridge Drive in Watauga.

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A GoFundMe fundraiser has been set up for the family of Watauga, Texas shooting victim Klodian Ramaj, 17, who was killed Saturday afternoon, March 12, 2022. Courtesy: GoFundMe

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Roshonda Henderson had a 7-month-old son, according to a GoFundMe arranged by his grandmother. Roshonda, 17, was shot dead around 11:40 p.m. on April 12 on Stalcup Road. She died before reaching the hospital.

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Roshonda Henderson GoFundMe

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Rashard Guinyard, 17, was a senior at Crowley High School known for his athletic ability on the athletic field and his impressive performances in the classroom. He landed a full scholarship to Abilene Christian University for the fall. On April 24, he was fatally shot at an after-prom party in southwest Fort Worth.

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Rashard Guinyard Fort Worth Flyers Athletic Club Fort Worth Flyers Athletic Club

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Julien Carr played sports at Haltom and Trinity High Schools, including pole vaulting, cross country, and soccer. He wanted to be an electrician, but his main goal was to take care of his mother. For Valentine’s Day, the 18-year-old gave her a Bath & Body Works set, a candle and a card that read, ‘I love you mum. I’ll always have your back through thick and thin. One day this map will be a house and a new car. I love you, you are my forever valentine.

He never had the chance to give his mother everything he wanted. On April 1, two weeks after turning 18, he was shot on the porch of a house.

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Julian Carr played several sports at Haltom City High School, cared deeply for his family, and promised his mother that one day he would buy her a house. On April 1 – two weeks after Julian turned 18 – Julian was shot on the porch of a house, police say. Provided Deanna Hoon

Julian loved his family deeply and had a unique and individual relationship with each of his five brothers. He often went to his grandmother’s house to mow her lawn. His mother, Deanna Hoon, said she couldn’t remember the last time she shopped – Julian always did it for her. The teenager reveled in taking care of his young nieces and nephews. He gave up most of his summer to care for his one-year-old niece, feeding and dressing her every day.

He often spoke to his mother about the tattoo he wanted to get when he was 18, which read “Family” on one arm and “First” on the other. Instead, his brothers and father will get tattoos in his honor.

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Kaley Johnson is a news and business reporter. She majored in investigative journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has a passion for bringing complex, in-depth stories to readers that will impact their lives. Send your tips via email or Twitter.


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