September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.  Read and share stories to honor survivors whose loved ones died by gun suicide.

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Leslie A. Washington

Just recently I had a direct experience with gun violence one block away from my apartment. I was waiting for my friend to come over to visit and had just taken the trash out to the dumpster. About maybe 15 minutes or so after I got to my apartment door, I then saw a white SUV fly by my apartment at a very quick pace. After I saw the vehicle go up the street, and then after seeing the same vehicle, I heard several gunshots. Then the vehicle flew back down the street, past my apartment, and turned left onto the next street. I immediately called the police to notify them of the incident.

It was a very scary experience because I immediately thought that something would happen to me. Thank God nothing happened.

This is why I continue to use my voice for those like myself who have been impacted by senseless gun violence: so that legislation can be written to pass common-sense gun laws to protect us from people who have access to firearms. It’s very important because gun violence not only affects the families and friends of the victim but the community as a whole.

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