Gun violence is killing an increasing number of American children, from toddlers caught in crossfires to teenagers gunned down in turf wars, drug squabbles or for posting the wrong thing on social media.
Numbers spiked in 2020, with 1,375 gun violence deaths among people 17 or younger, compared to 991 a year before. This year is on pace to be even worse, with 1,165 youths killed so far and 3,126 injured.
Shaquille Barbour, 18, was riding his bike home from a corner store on June 6 when he was shot 13 times. It was a week before his high school graduation. There have been no arrests in his case and police won’t discuss a possible motive. Image
LeGend Taliferro, 4, was asleep on the floor of a Kansas City, Missouri apartment when he was struck and killed by a bullet shot through a window. A federal anti-crime initiative, which led to hundreds of arrests for violent crimes, was named in his honor. Image

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