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Veronica Guevara

Veronica Guevara

My name is Veronica Guevara, and I am a survivor of gun violence.

This all happened when three boys stole my mom’s ATVs. They stole them around 3 a.m. Someone heard ATVs passing by on the bike trail. I was woken up by my stepdad shaking me and telling me, “The four wheelers are gone! Someone stole the four wheelers!” Me being me, I thought he was joking because he always jokes around. When I saw his face, I could tell it was real.

My mom called the cops and reported two stolen ATVs. My siblings and I went to school as we normally do, and my mom said that we would figure it out after school.

When we got out of school, she said that we should go looking for them. So we did. We looked around any possible places they could have hidden the ATVs. We got on the bike trail again and saw only one of the stolen four-wheelers coming straight toward us. They started shooting at us; after they shot us, they just took off. My mom and I were both shot, except I was shot twice.

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