A year after Florida school shooting: Nearly 1,200 have died from guns

In the year since one of the worst school shootings in the United States, nearly 1,200 more children have lost their lives to guns in this country.

Fourteen students died Feb. 14, 2018, in Parkland, Florida, inspiring marches, new laws and widespread calls to stop the onslaught of gun deaths. But in the year since one of the worst school shootings in the United States, nearly 1,200 more children have lost their lives to guns in this country.
The number alone might stop most people in their tracks. But editors at The Trace, a nonprofit news organization that reports on gun violence, wanted to remember the dead not as statistics, but as human beings with rich histories. This week they launched “Since Parkland,” a website compiling profiles of every one of the victims. To tell their stories, The Trace turned to those who could relate most closely to the victims: other young people.
That’s how Mary Claire Molloy, 18, found herself trying to sum up the life of a 9-month-old boy, Jason Garcia Perez, who — along with two of his siblings — was shot and killed in August in Clearlake, California, by his father, who then shot and killed himself.
Molloy, a high school senior in Indianapolis, turned to developmental milestones to try to re-create Jason’s life of crawling and learning to talk. She was one of 200 teenagers to write the profiles.
“This is the most haunting and the most powerful thing I’ve ever done,” she said. “I’m a vessel for these kids’ stories that they can never tell. How can I be their voice?”
Molloy wrote 48 profiles; the youngest victim she wrote about was Jason, and the oldest was Alaina Maria Housley, who died when a gunman opened fire in a bar in Thousand Oaks, California.

The Trace worked on “Since Parkland” with the Gun Violence Archive, The Miami Herald and the McClatchy newspaper group, whose member newsrooms will be publishing some of the profiles this week and over the weekend.



Source: https://indianexpress.com/article/world/a-year-after-florida-shooting-nearly-1200-have-died-from-guns-5583009/

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