A 17-year-old Cleveland boy shows off the scar from the operation the doctors used to save his life after being shot in the chest and side at a party during a session called Managing Anger and Violence in a close – or maximum – security unit at the Circleville Youth Detention Center outside of Columbus, Thursday afternoon, July 18, 2013. He woke up in detention due to violating his parole for carrying a weapon. Many of the teenagers at the detention center are repeat offenders in for violent crimes some of whom have shot other gang members or have been shot themselves. “Someone will give you a gun before they give you some money,” said the teen.
Friends and family get ready to leave the viewing of Lamont Frazier, a 17-year-old from the South Side shot and killed by Devonere Simmonds and Nathaniel Brunner on July 25, to head to his burial, Thursday afternoon, August 1, 2013.
Pastor Frank Towns beats on a large drum as he helps lead the 46th South Side March, Sunday afternoon, August 4, 2013. On the first Sunday of every month the community around the Family Missionary Baptist Church on the South Side stages a march against violence. An 42-block area on the South Side plagued with shootings and nicknamed Soufganistan by the youth there went almost 2 years with no deaths until this summer.
Ebony Crosby embraces herself in front of her home off Livingston Avenue on the East Side of Columbus as she reflects after speaking with reporters about her 16-year-old son Lee-Divine McCrae, Monday afternoon, August 12, 2013. Crosby’s son Lee-Divine was shot in the leg in March of this year after someone began shooting outside of Walnut Ridge High School. Crosby worries that a whole generation of young boys will kill each other and there will be no one for her daughters to grow up and love.“I wish I could wrap my arms around all these little boys and let them know somebody loves them. Because I think at this point in life, they think nobody cares.”
Cecil Ahad, right, president of Men for the Movement, speaks as he stands at the spot in a dangerous South Columbus neighborhood where 17-year-old Lamont Frazier was shot and left for dead in July while Lamont’s sister Finni Hill, 15, third from left, listens as she wears a shirt emblazoned with her brother’s photograph, Sunday afternoon, August, 4, 2013. An 42-block area on the South Side plagued with shootings and nicknamed Soufganistan by the youth there went almost 2 years with no deaths until this summer.
Jaymone Smith, 16, poses for a photograph in the basement of her North Linden home, Wednesday afternoon, August 14, 2013. Smith was shot in the hand on March 30th when gunfire erupted at the small night club she was attending during a party for her cousin. Jaymone said she thinks about three or four people started shooting but she is not sure who shot her.
Teenagers talk during a session called Managing Anger and Violence in a close – or maximum – security unit at the Circleville Youth Detention Center outside of Columbus, Thursday afternoon, July 18, 2013. Many of the teenagers at the detention center are repeat offenders in for violent crimes some of whom have shot other gang members or have been shot themselves.
Inithe Robinson, left, weeps for her daughter’s boyfriend Leon Day, 26, who was shot three days earlier just nearby this very spot as she is consoled by a complete stranger named Tina Campbell, right, of the South Side, as a group prays to end violence, Sunday afternoon, August 4, 2013. Five people were killed at – or within steps – of this South Columbus intersection in a matter of months in 2013.
Antwan Milton, 15, talks to reporters in the basement of the North Linden home he lives in with his cousin and other family, Wednesday afternoon, August 14, 2013. Milton was shot in uncle’s home but says he doesn’t know how it happened. No one has been charged, and the gun was never found. The bullet went through his left wrist, scaring the P in his RIP Antwan tattoo in memory of his father who was killed last year, and lodged in his skull. Milton said he is not afraid of guns. Some teens need to have guns, he said, so “they can kill or scare” their enemies.
A detail view of a .38-caliber revolver used by a juvenile in an armed robbery in the office of assistant prosecutor Dennis Hogan, Monday morning, October 7, 2013.