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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Evangeline Semark

In memory of Yakez Semark

“We can box it up, but don’t shoot me down.” My son Yakez stated these words in a song he recorded at age 17. He was murdered at age 20, shot on February 8 and died shortly after 12 a.m. on February 9. We didn’t find out until hours later, when the police knocked on the door. I never had a chance to say goodbye. I never got to hold his hand or kiss him on the cheek or tell him that I love him. When my partner Justin and I arrived at the ER, we weren’t allowed to touch him: His body was now evidence in a murder case. Imagine. My baby was gone, and I could not touch him. Gone, but never forgotten. Now we spend our time promoting the #StayGold movement in Yakez’s name, so that everyone can be inspired to shine as bright as my son did.

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