Mural Arts image exhibit choices moms of gun violence victims

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Michele Parker will solely stroll on one side of the highway. Penn Presbyterian Medical Coronary heart is on the alternative side. She acknowledged it’s painful to be this close to it. In Saunders Park merely outside, her image is no doubt one of many 51 in a collage of the images in Kathy Shorr’s newest work.

The exhibit, “SHOT: We the Mothers,” is part of “SHOT: We The Of us,” a multimedia mission showcasing gun violence survivors and victims all through the US Photographer Kathy Shorr and Mural Arts Philadelphia labored to find out mothers who misplaced children to gun violence all through the metropolis.

An upclose view of Michele Parker, looking at something off camera.
Michele Parker stands on the SHOT: We the Mothers image memorial present in Saunders Park. Behind her is Penn Presbyterian Medical Coronary heart, the place her son Evan Marquis Baylor was pronounced lifeless after being shot last June. (Sam Searles/WHYY)

The images are all at areas the mothers chosen — a spot that their infant beloved, a cemetery, or, in Michele Parker’s case, her son Evan Baylor’s faculty. Evan was promenade king in every his junior and senior 12 months at Mastery Structure College’s Shoemaker Campus. Parker acknowledged her son’s unsolved murder was one factor she certainly not may need foreseen coming:

“[What] I want every one amongst you to know is that your infant wouldn’t must be involved throughout the streets to be a sufferer … that could be a persevering with issue that I are prone to see in our media — that we’re a amount, [that] we’re involved in a single factor. Utterly not. There are children who, sadly, are six toes throughout the flooring whose needs and aspirations are buried there. I instructed myself, as long as God provides me the breath in my physique, that Evan Marquis Baylor’s needs and aspirations will not go lifeless, will not go void, and will not be in ineffective.”

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