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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?

#011 Precious Lives: A Look at Life, Death & Homicide at a Milwaukee Funeral Home

Emily Forman
New Pitts Mortuary Funeral Director Angela Moore notes the prominence of homicides in Milwaukee's black communities.

In Wisconsin, African Americans are 30 times more likely to be shot and killed than non-Hispanic whites.

Michelle Pitts is the owner of New Pitts Mortuary - a black-owned funeral home in the heart of Milwaukee. She sees this statistic first-hand.

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