“With a focus on creative arts, we will equip those affected by gun violence with healthy ways to deal with their trauma.”
Exactly one month ago, a father and husband from Takoma Park was shot and killed in the District, hit by a stray bullet shortly after he and his wife left a restaurant on 14th Street Northwest near Logan Circle. D.C. Police are still searching for the person or persons responsible for the death of 53-year-old Jeremy Black.
Meanwhile, his grieving family has partnered with a D.C. nonprofit that works to help communities that are hardest hit by gun violence.
In one of the most troubled neighborhoods in the nation’s capital, a new center is trying to stop the bloodshed.
People Magazine Article: After Losing 3 Family Members to Gunfire, Activist Ryane Nickens Helps Survivors Overcome Trauma
“My life is an example of how you can turn pain into purpose,” says Ryane Nickens, the founder of Washington, D.C.’s TraRon Center.
Ryane Nickens was 12 when she lost her first relative to gun violence. The victim in that 1989 shooting was her 20-year-old uncle, David Williams. Then, in 1993, a shooting in Nickens’ Southeast Washington, D.C., neighborhood killed her pregnant sister Tracy, 18, and injured her mother, Linda Bunn, as well as Ryane’s sister Dee Dee and her brother Ronnie.