Today, as the sun sets in Evanston, we remember Dajae Coleman. Four years ago on this date, Dajae was shot and killed as he walked home from a party with friends.
He was 14 years old.
Since then, the following Evanstonians have also lost their lives to gun violence:
Justin Murray (19), shot and killed, November 29, 2012
Azim (38) and Mobeen (34) Hakeem, shot and killed July 30, 2013
Floyd Gibert (30), shot and killed December 7, 2013
Alante Vallejo (18), shot and killed June 6, 2014
Albert Norman (22), shot and killed June 28, 2014
Ray Owens (27), shot and killed June 8, 2015
Cesario Cox (45), shot and killed September 15, 2015
Kaylyn Pryor (20), shot and killed November 2, 2015
Bejamin Bradford-Mandujano (20) shot and killed January 19, 2016
Antonio Johnson (18) shot and killed March 23, 2016
Star Paramore (19) shot and killed March 25, 2016
All these lives. Lost to gun violence. All the friends and families left devastated.
How can each of us commit ourselves toward eliminating gun violence in Evanston?
Today, let's honor Dajae Coleman's memory.
Tomorrow, Dear Evanston will post a list of organizations that work in a variety of ways toward increasing equity in our city, fostering hope in our youth, and fighting for stronger gun laws.
If you're already involved in reducing gun violence, we'd love to hear from you.
Tell us your story.