MADE Magazine Issue 8 - Page 62

G U N CRY MADE By Chelsey Sincerray Why have we become immune to hearing and reading about mass killings, gun shootings and violence as a whole within our communities? There should be a breaking point of being tired and fed up to being surrounded with constant negativity in the media. Rather than changing the topic, channel or station, we as citizens need to execute initiatives for change. On Friday, May 20, 2016, 49 year-old Yvonne Nelson was shot and killed as an innocent bystander alongside the corner of the Starbucks on 35th & State Street in the Bronzeville community of Chicago. Being a very sensitive issue for any close relative to Nelson, I was fortunate to have a thoughtful and highly impactful conversation with one of her nieces Laurynn French in relation to this story while also including her voice and opinion against the use of gun violence in the city of Chicago. MADE: When reflecting back to the relationship with your aunt, was she a close relative? LF: She was pretty close. She was from my mom’s side of the family. We spent a lot of time with her, she used to babysit me and my other cousins so when it happened I didn’t want to believe it. Every year they [Laurynn’s mom and her sisters] go to Jamaica. The last time I seen her they were planning to go