Jennifer Vanasco is a News Editor at WNYC where she edits the newscast for air and web and is the newsroom's theater critic.
In Harm's Way: The 10 Lives That Were Lost
Monday, November 25, 2013
Ten children were shot and killed in New York City between the end of August 2012 and August 2013.
WNYC reporter Kathleen Horan spent 12 months listening to the legacy of their lives: paging through photo albums, talking to their families and friends. These are the young people who were lost. Click on their names or photos to be taken to their stories.
Died: August 2012
Quote: "Who would do that to my child? He's not that kind of kid. He's not. I'm so hurt inside. No one understands what I'm going through. I'm hurt. My heart is hurt." —Tiffany Orr, Ronald's mother
Died: Sept. 14, 2012
Hobbies: Goofy dancing, jokes
Quote: “I'm supposed to save people's children but I couldn't save my own. And that hurt. And I tried. I tried.” —Iasia Tyre, Kaiim's mother. Tyre worked for the city's Administration for Children's Services.
Died: Nov. 24, 2012
Hobby: Class clown
Quote: “I knew someday this would happen. His mom told him not to be in the streets. He didn't want to listen.” —Ariana Roman, 15, Jorge's friend
Died: Dec. 28, 2012
Hobby: X-Box games
Quote: “My son is laying behind that curtain dead. They didn’t even have the decency to clean him up,” said Granville.” —Shikara Granville, Xavier's mother
Died: Jan. 4, 2013
Hobbies: Baseball shortstop, class clown
Quote: “This was Raphael. He was very playful. You know, he was too young to take anything so serious. Nothing was serious enough for him.” —Arlene Delgado, Raphael's mother
Died: March 2013
Hobbies: Sleeping in, eating toaster strudels
Quote: “Kimani is my 6th child, a very loving, playful, funny guy.” —Carol Gray, Kimani's mother
Died: March 2013
Quote: “When he fell down, what was he thinking? I asked the Medical Examiner. She can't tell me what he was thinking, but I did want to know — Did he eat? Was he hungry?” —Jenaii van Doten, Alphonza's mother
Died: May 2013
Quote: “Anything I felt like I couldn't tell to anyone else, I could definitely tell to Asia. She gave really good advice.” —Nicolie Bunsie, D'aja's friend
Died: July 27, 2013
Quote: “I always told him his heart was too big for his body.” —Cheo Chandler, Kamau's father
Died: Aug. 11, 2013
Quote: “He always asked did his dad love him. I explained that his dad loved him but in his own way. I couldn't lie to my child.” —Shanise Farrar, Shaaliver's mother