STOCKTON, CA - Juwan Small of Stockton would have turned 18 Tuesday and was scheduled to graduate from Chavez High School in the spring. But late Monday afternoon he became the city's 45th homicide victim of 2015.
Police, his principal, and his parents, all described Small as a good kid with a bright future.
"He was an amazing kid, smart, a great athlete. There's nothing he wouldn't do for someone," said Jessica Small, his mother.
Juwan played football for Chavez in the fall and planned on going to Delta College before starting a career as a barber. He and his dad discussed those goals not long ago.
"I was very pleased and proud of that. He was headed in the right track," said Derrick Small.