Every year, millions of students in the U.S. get their yearbook signed by their friends. But not all students get the chance to experience this tradition. In the last fifteen years alone, over 30,000 young Americans have lost their lives to gun-violence before getting the chance to graduate high school.
This year, a unique yearbook is released for all the students who lost their lives to gun-related violence. The book itself is an official petition to strengthen U.S. gun laws, ready to be signed by you.
These are a few of the students who lost their lives to gun violence.
Born: 8th of March, 2006
Died: 14th of December, 2012 (6 y/o)
Sandy Hook School
"Dylan was pure love with an infectious giggle and captivating eyes. Loved his big brother, playing Wii or tag with his friends at the bus stop, watching animated movies, garlic bread, drawing purple dots and gazing at the moon."
Dylan was shot to death in the mass shooting at Sandy Hook School. He died in his first grade classroom, in the arms of his special education assistant, who also died.
Born: 23rd of December, 1993
Died: 30th of March, 2010 (16 y/o)
Hospitality High School
"Brishell loved to cook and planned on becoming a chef after attending college, but she was not allowed to live out her dreams."
Brishell was killed along with three other young people in the South Capitol Street Massacre. She was shot with an AK-47.
Born: 22nd of October, 1999
Died: 14th of January, 2013 (13 y/o)
Henry H. Wells Middle School
"Michael loved video games and playing sports."
Michael used a gun his father owned to take his own life.
Born: 18th of August, 1995
Died: 22nd of April, 2013 (17 y/o)
Bronx Studio School for Writers & Artists
The Bronx, NY
"Beejay loved to ride bikes, skateboard and did very well in school, making honor roll in criminal investigation during his senior year. He attended many rugby games to support his friends on the team. On the night he passed 100 people came to the hospital. He was just coming into his own."
Beejay was killed by gang members who had a dispute with another young man, who had left the scene.
Born: 30th of May, 1998
Died: 23rd of December, 2010 (12 y/o)
Maple Avenue Middle School
Saratoga Springs, NY
"Nicholas had a passion for acting, drawing and computer animations. He had a kind and generous heart, this was evident in the special care he took of his brother, Peter, along with his regular donation of allowance money to charitable organizations."
Nicholas was unintentionally shot and killed by a friend playing with his father's unlocked and loaded gun.
Born: 28th of March, 1995
Died: 5th of September, 2005 (10 y/o)
Public School 65
The Bronx, NY
"Naiesha was just starting 5th grade, had a beautiful smile, was nurturing towards and loved her two younger brothers and was a ‘little mother’ to them."
Naiesha was enjoying a family barbecue at the Saw Mill Playground in the Mott Haven neighborhood of The Bronx, when she was struck by a stray bullet and died.
Born: 18th of August, 1989
Died: 21st of March, 2005 (15 y/o)
Red Lake High School
Red Lake, MN
"Chanelle’s biggest dream was to go to college and play basketball. She was a very nice respectful girl. She touched the hearts of everyone she met in her life."
Chanelle was shot dead, along with her 6 classmates, in the shooting at Red Lake High School.
Born: 17th of September, 1992
Died: 15th of May, 2010 (17 y/o)
Elmont High School
"Kedrick was the sweetest person and always cared for others. He was an honor roll student and planned to attend St. John’s University on an academic scholarship in September 2010. He never judged, he loved people for who they were and he always saw the good in people."
Kedrick was shot to death when he went back to check if his friend was safe when a brawl broke out at a graduation party.
Born: 10th of July, 1997
Died: 10th of July, 2012 (15 y/o)
Transit Tech High School
"Akeal was all about family. He loved spending time with his brother. He was looking forward to start his first job teaching kids to help those less fortunate than themselves."
Akeal was 14 when he was shot and passed away from his injuries on his 15th birthday.
Born: 29th of March, 2000
Died: 4th of June, 2013 (13 y/o)
Schofield Middle School
Las Vegas, NV
"Brooklynn did not get the chance to attend high school, but enjoyed many things about school. She was a perpetual honor roll student. She was willing to share her ideas and knowledge for the benefit of others, so that they could accomplish more in their lives."
Brooklynn was unintentionally shot when her friend mishandled her father's loaded unlocked gun.
Born: 1st of June, 1997
Died: 25th of February, 2012 (14 y/o)
Covington High School
"Brett wanted to be or do something no one else has ever done. He did not want to follow anyone’s footsteps. He was gifted in intelligence and had a photographic memory. He loved to go camping, snow skiing and hang out with his friends."
Brett was shot and killed at a friend’s house.
In 38 states it is legal to buy a gun without undergoing a criminal background check. The vast majority of gun offenders obtain their guns from private sellers where background checks are not required.
States with universal background check laws have 48% less gun trafficking, 38% fewer deaths of women shot by intimate partners, and a 53% lower gun suicide rate than states without these laws. Furthermore, polls consistently show that over 90% of Americans support background checks.
It’s simple – universal background checks save lives.
Please support universal background checks so that more American children can graduate high school.
Sign their yearbook.