A nine-month-old baby, sleeping on a living room sofa was killed when a gunman fired dozens of bullets into his house with an AK-47.
Twenty years old, he was shot and killed by an AK-47 while returning from lunch to the construction site at which he worked. He is remembered as a generous, kind hearted young man who always found a way, when driving a summertime ice cream truck, to give ice cream to children who could not afford to buy it.
A thirteen-year-old girl, voted student of the year and preparing to start the 8th grade, was shot and killed by a stray bullet while walking home from a local store after buying her favorite snacks – sunflower seeds and Hot Cheetos.
A lover of poetry and fashion, he was shot and killed after leaving a poetry reading where he received a standing ovation for his original work. His dream was to become a fashion designer.
A high school senior and star quarterback on the football team, he was being courted by a number of universities with offers of scholarships. He was shot and killed in a neighborhood park.
A nineteen-year-old college student working toward a degree in law enforcement, his goal was to become a Michigan State Police Officer. He was robbed and shot while walking home from his girlfriend’s house.
Beloved mother, daughter, sister and friend, she was shot and killed by the man she loved.
With a Technical Degree in Welding Technology and as a Trade School International Honor Society Member, he thoroughly enjoyed his job as a machinist. He was shot and killed while he waited in his car at a RR crossing for a train to pass.
A twenty-year-old college student who had just transferred to Georgetown University on a basketball scholarship was shot and killed because he refused to give up the designer sunglasses he was wearing.
A fourteen-year-old, preparing to enter the 9th grade was shot and killed by a stray bullet after leaving a local store. He was a talented artist, excelled in math and science and had aspirations of becoming a lawyer.
A church pastor and community activist focused on working with youth and reducing crime was shot and killed while driving near his home. He was not the intended victim of the killer.
Working two jobs and attending school to complete certification in Heating and Cooling, he aspired to have his own company and provide for his 4 year old daughter. He was shot and killed while walking down the street.
Sleeping in the backseat of the car his father was driving, next to his twin brother and a third child, he was killed when a gunman shot a single bullet into the car.
An active member of Detroit 300 and a youth mentor, he dedicated himself to improving the city he loved. As the owner of a security company, he was shot and killed while providing security at a client's venue. He left a wife and six children, the youngest only 5-1/2 months at the time of his death.
A Navy veteran, married to his high-school sweetheart and father of two children, he was shot and killed while walking home from a gas station.
Although he had many health issues, he always watched out for his neighbors. He was extremely generous as when he tried to share his insulin with a diabetic neighbor who could not afford to buy his own. He was shot and killed during an attempted robbery in his apartment.
Nominated MVP and recipient of many basketball trophies, he attended Central State University in Ohio, majoring in Business. He had big dreams for his future when he was shot and killed while standing at his car talking with a friend.
After a hand injury ended his basketball scholarship at Wayne State University, he attended Oakland Community College, studying Homeland Security. He volunteered along with his mother at church and performed as a rapper at various colleges. He was 20 when he was murdered.
The Innocent Faces of Gun Violence
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