Homicide's Wake | St. Louis Public Radio

Homicide's Wake

Christina Arzate, right, listens to a panel of community mentors talk about gun violence Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016.
Camille Phillips | St. Louis Public Radio

About 30 Washington University students are competing for funds to develop projects to reduce gun violence this weekend.

It’s the latest effort in the university’s on-going gun violence initiative launched almost a year and a half ago.

“We want more student involvement in this public health issue. And also we want them to come up with innovative ideas on how we can solve gun violence since usually (the ideas come) from researchers,” said initiative coordinator Poli Rijos.

Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio

Today, St. Louis Public Radio released its series on homicide in the city of St. Louis after months of preparation. The series takes a look at homicide from the point-of-view of a victim’s family and friends, investigators, first responders and the residents of a neighborhood. While many media portrayals of St. Louis’ homicide rate come as statistics, with little more than a blurb or sound bite attached to them, reporters Durrie Bouscaren and Rachel Lippmann looked at the issue more deeply.

Renee Whitfield looks up as she releases heart-shaped balloons in memory of her son, Rashad Farmer, who was fatally shot last July.
Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio

Headlines quickly surface, but each death creates a void for a family, a system and a community. It’s impossible to quantify the full price that gun violence takes each year, but you can start with the story of just one: 23-year-old Rashad Farmer.