44 victims in 365 days.
They died by homicide; not cancer, not old age.
In fact, many of them – sadly – were not that old at all; some in their teens or 20s.
Allen County last year tied a record for homicides that was set in 1997. Most of those – typically by gun violence – occurred in Fort Wayne.
The loss of lives. Young lives.
As we tied a record we hope not to repeat, The Journal Gazette decided to seek out survivors – the relatives or people closest to those who became a statistic in 2013. Their tragic deaths have left unmistakable sadness for someone.
Everyone has a story.
The backgrounds of the 44 victims are varied. Some were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, going about their business but struck by bullets.
Others had criminal histories or suspected involvement in gang or drug activity.
Some had regrettable pasts but were turning their lives around.
All of them left someone to grieve their untimely death.
- Victim 1 | Ryan Dwayne Turner
- Victim 2 | Jermaine D. Foster
- Victim 3 | Jeremy Dewayne Crews
- Victim 4 | Nathaniel Jishaun Rainer
- Victim 5 | Stephen O'Neal Wattley Jr.
- Victim 6 | Antonio Galvan III
- Victim 7 | David Thornsley
- Victim 8 | Demarcus Adams
- Victim 9 | Mark Brian Young Jr.
- Victim 10 | Gerelle Ramone Borum
- Victim 11 | Jacqueline Bouvier Hardy
- Victim 12 | Kenneth Knight
- Victim 13 | Robert W. Kanyuh
- Victim 14 | Montez Antonio Brooks
- Victim 15 | Elijah Freeman
- Victim 16 | Tavontae Jamar Haney
- Victim 17 | Ryan Koontz
- Victim 18 | Shane Jamal Stephens
- Victim 19 | Ryann Keith Trejo
- Victim 20 | Russell Todd Jewel
- Victim 21 | Ja'queze Dandridge
- Victim 22 | Derrick Carlisle
- Victim 23 | Jabron Q. Totton
- Victim 24 | Terry Lee LaGrone
- Victim 25 | Desiree Sheets
- Victim 26 | Kirk D. Lecount
- Victim 27 | Sidney Earl Gates
- Victim 28 | Dashawn Jermell Martin
- Victim 29 | Marco Antonio Vinas-Herran
- Victim 30 | Debra Jones
- Victim 31 | Joseph Conwell
- Victim 32 | Jordan Lee Calland
- Victim 33 | Katahj Amard Blackmon
- Victim 34 | Johnny Lee Upshaw
- Victim 35 | Ricardo M. Hood
- Victim 36 | Brenzel W. Bryant
- Victim 37 | Algia Paul Robert Steward
- Victim 38 | Lance Alan Murray
- Victim 39 | Jovon C. Harvey
- Victim 40 | Sylvanus T. Williams
- Victim 41 | Brandon Dock
- Victim 42 | Demetrius Lamar Masterson
- Victim 43 | Johnny Erick Wiggins-Victim 44 | Daniel W. Arnett
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