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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Marcella

I don’t know where to begin. I will start on a day that changed my life forever. On October 16, 2016, I lost my only son, Lewis Puryear Jr., to gun violence. On this particular night, Lewis was outside a house party at 4:00 a.m., when gunfire broke out. I was awakened by a phone call from my daughter. My daughter and I rushed to where the party was held, only to find out that that my son had indeed been shot. He was lying on the ground, dead from a single gunshot wound to the head. I don’t think I will ever get over losing my son so tragically. It’s been three years, and I still cry often, mainly from missing him. I have a grandson, Lewis III, whom I love with all my heart. My grandson keeps me going, along with my other children. It would be easy for me to crawl in a hole and die, but God has blessed me to be a blessing to others. If my story can help someone who is grieving the loss of a child, then I guess I am doing the right thing.

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