Stories about kids, guns and how to stop the violence. Precious Lives, created by 371 Productions, is a 2-year, 100-part weekly radio series about gun violence and young people in the Milwaukee area. The series applies a public health lens to each story to help listeners understand the full scope of the problem: who are the victims and the shooters; how are the weapons obtained; and what can we change about the environment that contributes to violence in Milwaukee?
#005 Precious Lives: The Pick-Up Game
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Anthony Barksdale returns to the park for the first time since his friend Marcus DeBack was shot there in 1995.
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Kids playing basketball at a playground at N. 55th and W. Wright street where 9-year-old Marcus DeBack was shot in 1995.
Milwaukee was shocked two decades ago when nine-year-old Marcus DeBack was shot and killed on the playground. Anthony Barksdale was there that day. Even as an adult, Anthony can’t erase the pain of Marcus’ death.
It’s still fresh. He drives by the park daily, thinks about stopping, but never does. Until now...
For information about Designated Trauma Facilities in Milwaukee County, visit PreciousLivesProject.com for a list of locations.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Before playground tragedy, shots were fired but no one hurt