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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?

#006 Precious Lives: Virtually Mourning Darius Simmons

Emily Forman
Pierre Johnson Facebook messages his friend Darius Simmons who was shot and killed in May 2012.

In May of 2012, 13-year-old Darius Simmons was shot outside of his house by his 76-year-old white neighbor.

16-year-old Pierre Johnson attends the Holton Youth and Family Center, where Darius used to spend time after school. Pierre keeps Darius’ memory alive on Facebook.

The Holton Youth Center provides a safe haven for kids and teens, which the staff says help curb neighborhood violence. To learn about Holton Youth Center’s upcoming programs and other ways to participate, visit

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Family, friends mourn the death of Darius Simmons

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