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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Vanessa Martinez

September 11, 2021, was my daughter’s second birthday party, and I was unaware I was being watched as I returned home with her cake. “If I can’t have you, no one can” were my ex’s last words to me before the gun shot, putting a 9mm through my head just centimeters below my right temporal lobe. After realizing what he had done, he called 911, gave me a towel and said, “I just grazed you. I’m sorry.”

As I laid on my bedroom floor, I felt weak and tired; I was dying. I began to pray, and my late grandfather, who passed in 2019, appeared as a bright and shining Angel. He put his hand on my head and said, “You’re going to be okay Mija.” Giving me the strength I needed to get up off my floor, walk downstairs and outside to officers. My children followed after me, and my four-year-old son told officers that Daddy shot Mama. He had seen it all.

When I saw my children after the shooting, my son said. “Mama, you’re OK. Daddy didn’t kill you because you’re a Power Ranger.”

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