gun violence

#OTGYpsi: Out Of Pain Comes Purpose

Oct 28, 2020
Doug Coombe / Concentrate Media

Ypsilanti residents Yoland and Keith Ragland were in shock after losing their 19-year-old son to gun violence in 2017, but they channeled their energy into a vision for an arts education nonprofit called Elevation Youth Corp., one they hope can benefit Ypsilanti-area children much like their son.

WEMU's Lisa Barry and Sarah Rigg from "On the Ground-Ypsi" talk to Yolanda about their efforts and how they hope it benefits the Ypsilanti area community.

David Fair / 89.1 WEMU

It's a story no one wants to tell and a story no one wants to hear.  Another teenager lost to suicide.  But, talk we must.  It is essential to healing and serves as the impetus for dealing with the societal issue of rising suicide rates.  On October 19, 2016, a single gunshot rang out.  Days later, Gwendolyn LaCroix had to bury her 17-year old son, Jonah Payne.  The reverberations from that personal earthquake continue to resonate on the emotional Richter scale. 

Congresswoman Debbie Dingell

Congresswoman Debbie Dingell made an impassioned speech for gun control legislation during a sit-in at the U.S. House Thursday morning.