New Haven partners with CT Against Gun Violence (CAGV) to fight violence in the city.
The non-profit organization will engage community members and guide the city’s new violence prevention office.
The CAGV says it will be holding community listening sessions soon to discuss ways to prevent gun violence, in particular preventing it, intervening and also focusing on the after-effects.
The announcement was made at the Healing Botanical Garden in Elm City on Friday.
There, bricks commemorate the lives lost in New Haven to gun violence.
âIt’s sad. My heart goes out to all of these moms,â said Pamela Jaynez, who doesn’t want to keep adding names to a path she helped create.
âTen more bricks are being laid tomorrow and it’s not even for September and October. We go back to the months of June and July for which these are asked. “
Jaynez took NBC Connecticut to see his son’s brick.
Walter Jaynes Sr. would have turned 44 in June. He was killed in 1997.
âHe’s been gone longer than he’s livedâ¦ It was six days before his 20th birthday when he was murdered.
The grieving mother is hoping New Haven’s collaboration with CAGV will have an impact, a step she believes is in the right direction to stop this growing path of deadly gun violence.
âI had no idea going to this funeral, that one day I would be one of those front row relatives,â said Thomas Daniels, who has the same background as Jaynez.
Her son Thomas was killed in 2009.
âThese young murderers don’t know the effect they have on families, and the long-term effects, because for the last two or three years, I’ve just started to live. I just started living, âsaid Daniels, who started the Fathers Cry Too group to help others experience what he has.
As New Haven searches for creative ways to fight violence, Daniels hopes all Connecticut communities come together to make a difference.
âIt is no longer a black against black crime. Gun violence is everywhere. Death knows no boundaries.
A push for change – a Jaynez says she will never stop doing while her son watches over her.
“Every time I come here and start talking about my son, the chime (starts ringing) and I know he says to me, ‘Yeah, mom, yeah. “”