MECKLENBURG COUNTY, N.C. — 578 -- that’s how many victims younger than 18 who have experienced gun violence in just the first six months of this year. A total of 130 people accused of pulling the trigger have been under 18 as well.
And behind every police scene caused by gun violence are families forever changed, lives ended and futures destroyed. It’s a familiar feeling for too many families in Charlotte.
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As Channel 9 continues to dig deeper into this community crisis involving children, teens and crime, we’re talking with lawmakers, police, community groups and grieving parents about answers and solutions.
“These are kids, people’s kids, y’all are killing,” said Latoya Goodman, who lost her son to gun violence. “No matter where you go, there’s a child being shot.”
>> Click on the graphic below, and scroll through as two mothers share their heartbreaking stories after losing a child to gun violence.
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