This week is National Crime Victims' Rights Week. Nearly 40 percent of homicides committed in 2019 were unsolved. Read and share stories.

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Shirley Brown

I was gunned down on my job, by a coworker’s husband, in a shooting spree 13 years ago. I was shot straight in my back and lay on the ground, five feet away from my shooter, while I begged him not to kill me. I then watched as he turned the gun on himself.

Even though I am now partially paralyzed, the long-lasting effects of the PTSD from that day are still present. To this day I still have six fragments of that .40 caliber lodged in my spinal canal and will live with pain for the rest of my life. It is my mission now to hopefully prevent at least one person from having to endure the physical and mental pain caused by a shooting like this.

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