Friday, December 13, 2013

In the Shadow of Newtown, a Father Grieves and Fights

With gun violence claiming young black lives every day, families wrestle with the attention paid to the massacre in Newtown, Conn.

When Hartford, Conn., police arrived on the scene, they found Shane Oliver lying on the ground.
The 20-year-old had been shot twice in the back. One bullet had pierced Oliver’s muscle and bone, perforated his heart and lungs and pushed its way out of the right side of his chest. Two-and-a-half hours later, Oliver—a young black man—was dead.

Oliver was the 20th person killed in Hartford in 2012, a year in which Hartford and just about every other city in America saw its crime rate continue a multiyear slide. Days later, Oliver’s father, the Rev. Samuel Saylor, stood on the steps of City Hall with members of Mothers United Against Violence—a local group of Hartford moms and dads who have also lost their children to gun violence—to make a heartrending plea: His son should be the last person to die unnaturally, prematurely and violently in 2012.

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