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‘It’s like a war zone’ – U.S. Air Force veteran comforts children plagued by gun violence

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By Vanessa Johnston WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Davon McNeal was just 11 years old when he was struck in the head by a stray bullet at a Fourth of July cookout in Washington, D.C., last year. Now, every Friday, community activist Jawanna Hardy visits the boy’s gravesite and the graves of other children who have lost their lives to gun violence. “I sometimes feel so hopeless,” Hardy said, as she placed flowers and balloons and trimmed the grass around the headstones. Like many cities across the United States, Washington has seen a spike in shooting-related deaths during the pandemic. Homicides were …

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