Gun Violence Awareness Month in NY proposed by City Councilman Jumaane Williams and parents of victims
MANHATTAN - Local politicians and parents who lost children to gun violence held a press conference at City Hall this morning, calling for June to become Gun Violence Awareness Month in New York.
The press conference was led by City Councilman Jumaane Williams (D-Brooklyn).
During the conference, Williams shared crime statistics from the Department of Criminal Justice Services. According to the department, 25 shootings occurred over the span of 48 hours last June. The shootings accounted for 5 percent of the year's total.
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Dolene John, whose 22-year-old son Kellan was killed last June in East Flatbush, attended the press conference. She says she was there because she wants justice and she wanted to give support to other families who have lost loved ones to gun violence. Her son's killer still has not been found.
Earlier this week, the proposal to make June Gun Violence Awareness Month was introduced to the New York Legislature. It is now being introduced to City Council.