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'Preventing gun violence, restoring communities.' Fordham University hosts PAGV conference

Tuesday's conference touched on topics like ways to combat mass shootings and restoring communities affected by violence.

Elly Morillo

Jun 4, 2024, 9:26 PM

Updated 19 days ago

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Hundreds of prosecutors, practitioners and experts filled Fordham University on Tuesday to discuss the impact and ways that New York City can combat gun violence.
"These collective conversations have the ability to transform our counties and our cities for the betterment of the people that we are elected and appointed to serve," said Bronx Borough President Vanessa L. Gibson.
Tuesday's conference touched on topics like ways to combat mass shootings and restoring communities affected by violence. Since 2020, Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark says more than 180,000 Americans have been killed by a firearm.
"Every single one of those deaths could have been prevented," said Clark.
According to the NYPD, shootings citywide are down 15.7% compared to this time last year.
For Eve Hendricks, gun violence has left an unforgettable mark. In 2020, she lost her son Brandon Hendricks to a stray bullet.
"It hurt me so much to know that there's always a mother crying for her child. I haven't slept in four years. I feel like I'm being punished because I cannot get over or accept the fact that because of gun violence, my son's life is taken," said Hendricks.


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