Families impacted by gun violence hold remembrance in Seattle, honor the Buffalo 10
SEATTLE—Families impacted by gun violence, Mayor Bruce Harrell, and the Seattle King County NAACP held a somber but important remembrance Saturday, honoring all the lives lost in our area to senseless shootings.
United in heartbreak and hope, families held the memory of their loved ones who lost their lives to gun violence, making sure, “They Will Never Be Forgotten.”
At Martin Luther King Jr. Park, there were markers bearing the names of sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, mothers, and fathers who are gone.
Keonna Jackson’s 24-year-old son D’Andre Dickerson was gunned down in 2015.
“D’Andre was someone’s brother, he was someone’s father, he was not only my son he was a friend, but he was also a nephew, he was a cousin,” said Jackson. “His loss impacted not just me.”
Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell joined the families and the Seattle King County NAACP with a statement.
“We have too many guns and we have too many guns in the wrong hands and some of these answers are not that complicated,” said Mayor Harrell.
He says he’s working on a potential measure to crack down on illegal guns and look at community-based solutions like investing in violence interrupters who are embedded in the community.
Whether it’s a mass shooting or a street shooting, they are calling for sensible gun laws.
“The pain that you feel is sort of the fuel for hope, and energy and passion and power to take action,” said Mayor Harrell. “We have people who are ready for gun policy to be changed, they’re willing to put the time and the energy and effort into it. The mothers who shared their stories today are just so impactful they’re truly inspiring.”
With their own pain, they took a special moment to remember the ‘Buffalo 10’ who were shot and killed in a Buffalo, New York grocery store last month.
The Buffalo 10 plaque now joins a special plaque and nine trees placed to honor the ‘Charleston 9’ who were shot and killed at a South Carolina church in 2015.
The call for something to change.
“The ripple effect of the lives that are affected is monumental and I don’t think we understand that,” said Jackson. “I think it’s important we remember that that’s somebody’s dad, that’s somebody’s mom, that’s somebody’s aunt, somebody’s uncle.”