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Stories | Firsthand: Gun Violence


These five people may be traumatized by gun violence, but they are refusing to be victimized. Each in some small way is transforming their tragedy and despair into hope and action.

Five Chicago Stories

Meet an outreach worker who vowed to help others like him if he ever got out of prison, a mother who dedicated her life to advocating for incarcerated individuals after her 15-year-old son was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole, a 29-year-old man whose life was turned upside down when a neighborhood rivalry resulted in a gunshot wound to his leg, a mother who dedicated her life to helping her fellow survivors after her son was murdered, and a college-bound high school senior from the Auburn Gresham neighborhood who navigates prom and graduation in the wake of shootings of the people closest to her. Watch their stories >