Gun Violence in America: The New Crack Epidemic (December 2013)

Gun Violence in the year 2013, ended the same way 2012 ended: Tragic. In 2012, it was the horrific shootings surrounding the shooting of Sandy Hook Elementary School. But in 2013, Gun Violence was spread across the country in red states and blue states. What’s most startling is the many teenagers who lost their lifes for no reason during the Christmas Season. Also how happy marriages were crushed by random robberies and Gun Violence. Most of the shootings were done about men in their teens or twenty’s. Two of the victims will never meet their unborn children. Five of the victims were teenagers. But all of the shootings were senseless. And didn’t need to happen!

Claire Davis was shot by another student at Arapahoe High School

Claire Davis was shot by another student at Arapahoe High School


ABC7NewsDenver on Claire Davis:

Davis, 17, was shot in the head by another student with a shotgun at point-blank range at the school on Dec. 13, Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said.

She was taken to Littleton Adventist Hospital in “very critical” condition, underwent surgery and remained in a coma ever since.

One day after the shooting, Davis’ father told 7NEWS his daughter was “not doing very well.”

The victim, Dustin Friedland

The victim, Dustin Friedland

CBSNews on Dustin Friedland:

Friedland and his wife had just finished holiday shopping around 9 p.m. Sunday and were getting into their Range Rover on the third floor parking deck of The Mall at Short Hills when they were confronted by two armed men, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray said.

“The victim had opened the door for his wife, she had started to get in the vehicle,” Murray said. “As he got to the driver’s side and started to get ready to enter the vehicle, he was approached by two males and was shot before he entered his vehicle.”

Charlotte WBTV News on Newlywed shot in the head taken off life support: Kauffman and his wife Maryanne, who is pregnant, were returning home on December 2 from visiting family. The Kauffman's noticed a suspicious vehicle parked near their home that appeared to be broken-down.

Charlotte WBTV News on Newlywed shot in the head taken off life support: Kauffman and his wife Maryanne, who is pregnant, were returning home on December 2 from visiting family. The Kauffman’s noticed a suspicious vehicle parked near their home that appeared to be broken-down.

WBTV.com on Maryann Kauffman and Marcus Kauffman welcomed Marcus Landon Trace Kauffman on Valentines Day:

SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) –

The wife of a volunteer firefighter who was killed in a home break-in back in December has given birth to the couple’s baby boy.

WBTV has learned that Maryann Kauffman gave birth to a seven-pound, five ounce baby boy on Friday morning. The baby was named Marcus Landon Trace Kauffman.

Kauffman’s husband, Marcus was killed in December after arriving home from vacation during a home break-in.

Maryann Kauffman and Marcus Kauffman welcomed Marcus Landon Trace Kauffman on Valentines Day.

Maryann Kauffman and Marcus Kauffman welcomed Marcus Landon Trace Kauffman on Valentines Day.

Victims Abdul “Scooter” Frazier, 14, Zainee Hailey, 13, and Kasson Morman, 15.

Victims Abdul “Scooter” Frazier, 14, Zainee Hailey, 13, and Kasson Morman, 15.

Rev. Alexander Santora/For the Jersey Journal on 13 year old, Zainee Hailey. She was shot and killed in Newark, New Jersey on Christmas Day taking out the trash:

We learned that Zainee, though a quiet girl, sang in the church’s youth choir and was active in the youth ministry. It appeared she was just getting the confidence to come out of her shell.

“She was quiet but scholarly and showed you do not have to speak loud to be a leader,” said Deacon Darlene Brown.

The church has established a scholarship in Zainee’s name for a 13-year-old to attend their annual summer camp. Mourners were handed an oversized button with Zainee’s photo and the caption, “A gun took my life … Please Put The Guns Down!”

Eva Casara 17 years old, police found the 17-year-old girl, 5 ½-months pregnant, shot in the head and left in the snow between two homes in the 1100 block of East 152nd Street in south suburban Dolton.

Eva Casara 17 years old, police found the 17-year-old girl, 5 ½-months pregnant, shot in the head and left in the snow between two homes in the 1100 block of East 152nd Street in south suburban Dolton.


Eva Casara

Chicago Sun Times on Eva Casara:

Casara’s aunt, Melody Vargas, said her niece had nothing to do with any drug deal.

“She was just a victim of their stupidity, and they need to pay for it,” said Vargas, 36.

Vargas said the family was not surprised to hear that the boyfriend was involved.

“He was the last person she was with that day. We were looking in his direction.”

“She was in love with him, and he was in love with her.”

“She was getting excited” [about the baby], her aunt said.

Eva Casara Baby

Eva Casara Baby

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