Before the Class of 2020 finished their high school careers, 19 peers 18 years old or younger died violently.  

Of those, 15 were fatally shot.

The outliers include one child, age 7, who died due to drunken driving; another, not yet 1 year old, who was beaten to death; a teen who was fatally struck by a truck while fleeing gunfire; and a 17-year-old who was stabbed multiple times. 

Some victims had already finished high school or had dropped out, but their friends continued to sit in classrooms all over the city.

Some schools lost multiple students to violence during this period — like the two 7-year old students at Brewbaker Primary and Carver’s two freshmen who were killed within two months of each other. 

Four of the homicides remain unsolved, according to police investigators. 

James “Jay” McGhee Jr. 

McGhee Jr., 18, was fatally shot May 6, 2020, in the 4400 block of Danbury Circle. 

His case is considered a death investigation, meaning detectives have not determined if the shooting was criminal or not. The man responsible for taking McGhee’s life claims McGhee tried to rob him so he shot McGhee in self-defense.

McGhee was pursuing his GED at the time of his death and had most recently attended Robert E. Lee High. 

Jay’s case: ‘Why’d God do this?’ Pain fills funeral after another teen dies in Montgomery gun violence

Brian Daniels

Daniels, 17, was fatally shot April 19, 2020 in the 200 block of East Woodland Drive. Two friends of his, Rodrequis Managan, 21, and Jacques Simmons, 19, were charged with his murder through Alabama’s accomplice law. 

Under Alabama law, code 13A-2-23, a person is legally accountable for the behavior of another person if he or she “procures, induces or causes such other person to commit the offense.”

A person can also be charged…