‘Not going anywhere’: Hartford youth group finds voice in fight against gun violence


Gunfire brought chaos to the West Indian Day Parade in Hartford a decade ago. Some parade goers assumed fireworks — until they saw a kid on the ground.

His head was soaked with blood.

“All I remember is just running,” Tyrek Marquez, 17, said on a recent morning. “Then after that, it was blank.”

Marquez has been advocating against gun violence as part of the Greater Hartford Youth Leadership Academy, a group of 15 students of color that has devoted Saturdays over the past year to research and strategizing. Check out the full story.

By Vanessa de la Torre, Connecticut Public Radio

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