A traveling memorial for victims of gun violence

Twenty t-shirts representing victims of gun violence

DAVENPORT, Iowa - Just outside Third Missionary Baptist Church in Davenport, IA, colorful t-shirts display one message. 
"loss of life, and it's loss of life due to gun violence," says P.U.N.C.H. coordinator Brenda Hanes.  
The project is called A Memorial to the Lost.
The movement started in Philadelphia, but due to the amount of gun violence in the Quad Cities, a local organization adopted the project. 
The group called  P.U.N.C.H. for short,is an organization of local churches in Davenport.  
Each week, the t-shirts will travel to a different church, giving victims and their families a voice. 
"If we don't call attention to it because it doesn't happen to us, in our family, it goes unnoticed," says Third Missionary Pastor Rogers Kirk.  
The t-shirts represent the number of victims killed since 2014. 
Each has the name, age and their date of death. 
Coordinator Brenda Hanes says when they started the project a week ago, they had 19 names, now there are  20.  
"We started last week at First Presbyterian and we put them up on Friday, Saturday morning we went to do the memorial program, had to add one shirt," says Hanes.  
Hanes says it's not just about the victim, it's about their families remembering their loved ones and what they will miss because of senseless act of violence. 
"It may not mean a whole lot to some people, but ask those 20 family members what it means to them," says Hanes.  "They no longer will see their child grow up, they'll no longer see their brothers and sisters become community leaders."
And since the church is located on W 14th street, a notorious area for criminal activity.
They are hoping the memorial will help stop gun violence. 
"You know you got  20 people over there now, why would you want to add," says Hanes. "Maybe, hopefully it'll make them think twice before they take another persons life." 


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