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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Stephanie Colligan-Ishola

My family and I experienced a horrific event last year, in August 2020. My eldest son was returning from work one Friday evening, and, upon entering our home garage, he was ambushed by two gunmen wearing full face masks. The two gunmen entered the garage while my son drove his car inside, and they held him at gunpoint (one pointing a pistol, and the other pointing a shotgun). He was directed to leave the car running, and both gunmen followed him into the home.

The first gunman told him, “We have your family, so show us where your family keeps the money.”

My son responded, “I don’t know where my parents keep any money, but I have $1,000 in my car console.” He immediately blocked the shotgun with his hand and kicked the second gunman.

The gunman tumbled down the stairs, and my son yelled out, “Call 911! They have guns!” Both men fled the scene, one leaving a shoe behind in the struggle. My son is our hero, and we are truly blessed—no member of our family was harmed. We need justice from our local law enforcement agency to apprehend the two suspects.

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