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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Dominic Blackwell

I lost one of my best friends, Dominic Blackwell, to a school shooting. I was in the same area as the gunman and saw him shoot, fleeing as quickly as I could. Later that day, after hours of concern and chaos, I found out that he passed away.

Though that day has many details I can elaborate on, I want to celebrate the life Dominic lived. He was the kindest soul there could be. He lit up every room he walked into and was bound to make you smile. His mission in life was to bring happiness everywhere he went, and he succeeded. If he noticed a friend was down, he would set aside his own priorities to cheer them up. Not only was he kind, but he was the funniest person I’ve ever known. We have so many inside jokes that I often smile at, when I think back on them. The moments we spent in and outside of class were always filled with laughter. Always. His humor was like a super power; he would always leave you smiling. Dominic Blackwell was the kindest, funniest soul this world has ever been graced with. Fly high, Dominic.

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