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Remembering Lives Lost in Minnesota to Gun Violence

PHOTO: The fourth annual Remembrance of Life is this Sunday as Minnesotans who have lost loved ones to gun violence will gather for support and to share photos and memories. Photo collage courtesy of Protect Minnesota.
PHOTO: The fourth annual Remembrance of Life is this Sunday as Minnesotans who have lost loved ones to gun violence will gather for support and to share photos and memories. Photo collage courtesy of Protect Minnesota.
January 9, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS - Family and friends of loved ones lost to gun violence in the state, along with their supporters, will gather this weekend to honor and celebrate their lives.

Every life lost is a loss to everyone, said Heather Martens, executive director of Protect Minnesota, and the fourth annual Remembrance of Life can help provide some healing.

"One of the most painful things about loss is that people often stop mentioning that person's name, and that's very painful for survivors," she said. "So, this really helps to counteract that. We recognize that person's life."

According to averages from the state Department of Health, every day in Minnesota, one person is
injured and another is killed by a firearm - through suicide, homicide or an accident.

Martens said the issue of gun violence crosses all cultural, racial, faith and geographic divides - with a commonality among victims.

"One of the things that's always in the back of our minds is that these are gun deaths, and many of those deaths are preventable," she said. "What we continue to work on is to prevent future losses for families and communities."

The Remembrance of Life ceremony will be held Sunday afternoon at Urban Ventures in Minneapolis. Details about the event are online at protectmn.org. State data is at health.state.mn.us.

John Michaelson, Public News Service - MN