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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In memory of Jorian Hardeway

On March 14, 2021, about 3 a.m., I was returning to my room. I had gone on vacation to Vegas. As I was getting ready to call my son, I received a call from my grandson’s dad, screaming and yelling. And I’m like: “What’s going on? I can’t understand you.”

By that time my nephew was calling on the other line, so I clicked over and all I heard was “Auntie, we have a pulse.” I’m like: “What are you talking about?”

He said Jo has been shot inside Swing after-hours club, so I’m like,
“What’s going on?” He said, “Jo I’m talking to your mom now!” So I’m screaming, asking what happened, and the phone hung up. I began to call my family back home to see what was going on. All I knew was that my son has been shot inside Swing nightclub.

I say about 15 minutes later, I received a phone from my son’s kids’ mother, yelling, saying, “Miss Kennisha, I’m sorry, Jo didn’t make it!” So at this point, I lost my mind. I’m screaming, trying to figure out how to get back to Austin quick! Still I’m screaming now: Jorian is my youngest.

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