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60: Gun Violence Continues, Even During Coronovirus

Ms. Burnett McFadden (Ms. B) at an event honoring her sons

Ms. Millie Brown started her organization, Tear's of a Mother's Cry, in 2009 to serve the women of Baltimore who have lost their children to gun violence. She has now served over 1000 mothers, providing much needed support to the bereaved. In 2019 alone, Baltimore had 348 killings—90 percent by gunfire. The murder rate (58 per 100,000 people) now exceeds that of previous global homicide capitals of El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. Each halved its homicide rates in the past five years; Baltimore’s climbed 65 percent. This terrible rate of gun violence has continued even in the time of the novel coronovirus.

Today, Ms. Millie joins host JJ to talk about the stories of two of these mothers, and their sons taken by homicide--Ms. Tracy Coleman, and Ms. Burnett McFadden. Ms. Tracy lost two sons, Cornelius and Cordell Bruce, in January of 2020. Ms. B lost three sons, Reginald, Randolph and Linton, in the space of several months in 2005.

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