Join us on June 7-9th for Wear Orange, as we unite in our call to end gun violence and honor the more than 120 people who are shot and killed, and hundreds more who are wounded and traumatized, every day in our country. Read some of the stories of those affected by gun violence below.

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Bret from VT

I met Jeff, who became a close friend. I met him through a girl I knew, Zoe. He had been dating her at the time. He was an amazing graffiti artist. I had never seen his work on the street, but his sketches were good. This guy was helping with a business their roommates had going — silk screening, printing shirts. Jeff was from Philadelphia.

Jeff might have met Zoe at a local rehab place; it was a place that kids were sent to for behavioral reasons. But he was an easygoing individual. Whenever I visited them, it was not dramatic. We usually had a good time.

I had talked about getting a tattoo with Jeff; he actually started it on the spot. He was always ready to help.

Jeff opened a tattoo studio in my hometown. His artistic skills would not be wasted. I’m not sure what happened next; I’m not sure how the rest of the story went. At the time I was going through many, many issues. But I was told Jeff took his own life. I was told he had done it with a firearm. I hope that others will find the most out of life.

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