The children of The TraRon Center share their experiences with gun violence
In 2020, Washington, D.C., had the highest number of homicides in 16 years. NPR’s Michel Martin speaks with people who’ve experienced gun violence: Ryane Nickens, Cathy Feingold and Jackie Bensen.
Two women who lost loved ones to gun violence in Washington, D.C., are working together to help the growing number of people, including children, who’ve also suffered the loss of family members or friends.
Ryane Nickens has lost more than a dozen family members and friends to gun violence in the past 25 years. In 2017, she founded the TraRon Center, named for her sister Tracy and her brother Ronnie, who were murdered in separate incidents in the 1990s.
Starting in Ward 8, in church basements and other donated spaces, Nickens – a lifelong resident of the District R…
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.
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.