Photography from Too Young To Die


Eternity Gaddy was a 13-year-old bystander struck by a stray bullet during a suspected gang shooting in 2008. Eternity was shot in the head and died just a few hours later. The young resident of Allentown, Pennsylvania, and her mother had been spending the summers in Humboldt Park, the sometimes-violent Chicago neighborhood from which the family had moved years ago. They were hours away from leaving when Eternity was hit with a bullet fired by men emerging from a nearby alley.


Families pray together on the West Side of Chicago to remember a young girl who was raped and killed. Parents who have lost children to violence often come together here to support other families who have experienced the same tragedy.


Darius Mitchell, a 14-year-old boy from Chicago, was shot and killed at a house party after a fight in 2007. Darius Mitchell’s friends show off their T-shirts, which refer to him by his nickname, D’Man.


Murals memorializing fallen youth in North Philadelphia are reminiscent of the murals for activists in Palestine’s Gaza Strip. In Philadelphia, more than 80% of murders are shooting deaths, versus 70% nationally.


Kids jump off of a trampoline during a block party in Chicago, Illinois, in 2008.


A snapshot shows a 21-year-old man who was killed at a birthday party on Chicago’s West Side. In the photo, the young man stands next to a painting from the movie Scarface.


Albert Vaughn was the neighborhood guardian, an older teenager who would play ball with the younger kids and try to keep them safe from trouble, friends said. “If he was guilty of anything, he was guilty of always protecting these kids,” said Trualanda Fields, a neighborhood mother who was among the 50 people who gathered on South Throop Street in Chicago to pay tribute to the 18-year-old they called Lil’ Albert. They wept, sang, and chanted “Say no more,” a phrase Vaughn often used in response to someone’s request for help.


Thirty-two pine replicas of caskets, each topped with a black cross and flowers, sit in the playground of Sabina Church in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. The caskets, made by teenagers, represent the 32 Chicago Public Schools students who died from violence in 2008.

After Class

A woman cleans the blood of Jalil Speaks. The 16 year-old teenager was killed in front of Strawberry Mansion High School in North Philadelphia in 2004. Jalil Speaks was shot outside the school shortly after classes let out.

Fakhur Uddin

Fakhur Uddin was found dead on the morning of August 20, 2008, in East Germantown, a neighborhood of Philadelphia. Uddin was bound with duct tape and shot in the head in the back room of the store he was minding for his ill father. The murder occurred almost exactly seven years after Fakhur Uddin came to America from Bangladesh. In this photograph, his mother sits in front of the store crying over the death of her son as Philadelphia police work the crime scene.

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