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Model Killed In Drive-By Posed For Anti-Violence Project

By Kate Shepherd in News on Nov 4, 2015 9:23PM

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The young model who was fatally shot in a drive-by in Englewood Monday modeled for a local anti-violence photoshoot just weeks earlier.

Maxwell Emcays photographed model Kaylyn Pryor for The Lost Childhoods, an art project to bring attention to senseless killings. He was devastated to learn that Pryor lost her life in a drive-by shooting on Nov. 2 while visiting her grandparents in Englewood.

"The news was heartbreaking and inconceivable," he told Chicagoist. "I reflected on how pure and innocent she was."

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He found 20-year-old Pryor through her online modeling profile. She reminded him of Willow Smith, whom she was a fan of.

She had a bright and promising future ahead of her. She had just signed with a major modeling agency, Factor Women Model Management, and won Mario Tricoci's 2015 Make Me a Model contest in September.

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The Lost Childhoods makes badges to remember shooting victims, and tragically Emcays had to make one for Pryor:

never would imagine I would be making a badge for her.....#NeverForget #KaylynPryor #Kaylyn #Chicago #TheLostChildhoods

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