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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Janeice Hodges-Thomas

My boyfriend and I, his best friend, and his girlfriend were invited to a childhood friend’s family home for an evening by the lake. We were all 19 years old at the time. Our night of frivolity turned sour, and I ended up running through the woods barefoot to a neighbor’s house just like in a horror movie after I wrestled a rifle away from our host. Our host ended up grabbing another firearm — this time a handgun — and shot my boyfriend’s best friend to death. The shooter’s mom made the 911 call. She had to tell the dispatcher that her son had shot a boy in their kitchen. How heartbreaking for two families.

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