T-shirt graveyard in West Chester a reminder of gun violence

T-shirt graveyard in West Chester a reminder of gun violence

Submitted photoThe T-shirt graveyard in West Chester, near West Chester University. West Chester >> Volunteers at the Unitarian Congregation of West Chester installed a T-shirt graveyard at the front of their property Saturday. The T-shirts have the name of 57 victims of gun violence in Chester County over the last 10 years, with their name, age and death date on display for all to see who ride or walk by the section of High Street, near West Chester University. The volunteers included family members of the most recent victim, Eric Brown, who was gunned down in a bar on Market street this April. A ceremony followed indoors where all 57 victims were named. West Chester Mayor Dianne Herrin, Reverend Dan Schatz, as well as Eric Lorgus, student from Devon Prep helped to organize the #NeverAgain rally in West Chester. Coordinating with the Parkland student movement in Washington, that March 24 rally brought nearly 2,000 people to downtown West Chester. Rev. Schatz stated that thoughts and prayers are not enough, that action is needed. In light of the Santa Fe tragedy, Tom Buglio stated that there have been more gun deaths in schools in 2018 than we have suffered in our military. The emotional highlight of the ceremony was an impromptu address by Elisha Butcher, cousin of Eric Brown, who addressed the audience with the importance of the power of love overcoming hatred and tragedy. The Memorial to the Lost is a visual display created by Heeding Gods Call to […]

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