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Friday, June 12, 2009

Gun Violence Awareness Month begins June 13

Start and end of month commemorate tragic deaths of two city teens

NEW HAVEN — CTRIBAT Institute For Social Development, Inc. will kick off the 1st Annual Gun Violence Awareness Month by holding a memorial service to commemorate victims and survivors of gun violence beginning at 11 a.m. at 230 Ashmun St., state Rep. Gary Winfield, D-New Haven, said.
The launch of the month coincides with the anniversary date of the tragic shooting death of resident Jajuana Cole, 13, Winfielld said. Gun Violence Awareness Month is an intense National Public Health Emergency Campaign aimed at educating the public on the negative impact urban gun violence makes on the physical, mental and educational development and health of children and teens. It runs through July 25, the anniversary date of the tragic shooting death of Justus Suggs, also 13. A large number of community agencies, organizations and professional service agencies will participate, Winfield said.

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