Gun violence takes a toll not only on victims and their families, but entire communities. We're taking a look at the scars this trauma leaves on the city of Boston.
A Father's Heartbreak
Part 1: Gun Violence and the Trauma Left Behind
Russell Goodwyn of Hyde Park lost two adult children to gun violence. His daughter, Quaaneiruh Goodwyn, was killed in October. His stepson, Antwan Stevenson, was gunned down in 2017. He says the grief never goes away.
Part 2: Coping With the Lasting Impacts of Gun Violence
Families of people killed during acts of violence are often left feeling overwhelmed and in shock. They have to navigate planning a funeral, the criminal justice system, and of course, the grief. The Louis D. Brown Peace Institute was founded by a woman who took her own pain over her son's death and found the strength to help others.
By the Numbers
The City of Boston provides data on shooting incidents reported to police. The map below includes incidents where at least one person was struck by a bullet. Advocates stress that it's important to know that while gun violence can strike anywhere, some communities need more support than others.