Mothers impacted by gun violence share stories, look for solutions

INDIANAPOLIS - Mothers impacted by gun violence gathered to share their stories and discuss how gun violence has impacted their communities and their families.

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America met Tuesday evening at Forest Manor Multi-Service Center on the city’s northeast side.

The community has been hit hard by violence. Forest Manor's CEO, Regina Marsh, said she has seen the impact that violence has had on families, including children.

Marsh recalled last year’s shooting death of a 16-year-old who was killed a few blocks away on a playground.

"So many of these kids continued to play while this young man's body was on the ground, that our children are becoming desensitized to the violence that happens in our community and we don't want that to continue," Marsh said.

In the room of mothers Tuesday evening, there was loss, pain and a quest for solutions. Mothers like Tracie Mitcham know how murder can forever change a family.

"It's something that I deal with each and every day because I can no longer hear his laugh, I can no longer see his smile and it hurts," Mitcham said.

Mitcham lost her only son when the 21-year-old was shot and killed last year at Lafayette Square Mall.

"He was a barber, he had goals and he had dreams. He loved to love," Mitcham said.

Officials at Forest Manor said there is a need for more mentors and they will host another mother’s meeting Sept. 23.

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