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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Julvonnia McDowell

In memory of JaJuan

A planned 5-day vacation ended in tragedy when my son JaJuan was shot and killed by another teen playing with an unsecured firearm. We felt helpless, lost. I remember thinking, but Lord, he was only 14 years old; he had so much life left, so much potential, so many dreams and so many unfinished natural tasks. A peace came over me when I thought of all the smiles, the laughter, the joy. JaJuan was truly a gift, and his presence was filled with so much love that never fades, erases or will be replaced.

JaJuan was a typical child, not concerned with dressing and color. When he got into middle school, his dad, older brother and I noticed that he was matching all the way down to his socks. He was a trendsetter and loved his bow ties. We would always purchase the ones with the clips. The last bow tie that we purchased, and he wore, had his favorite colors: yellow and blue. He never got the opportunity to learn how to tie his bow tie and now he never will, but this clip-on is a perfect memory that we will forever cherish.

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