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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?

#095 Precious Lives: Checking In With Carlton Dewindt, More Than A Year After Losing His Friend

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: Mike De Sisti | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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Carlton Dewindt, then 21, is seen at his home in Milwaukee in April 2015. Carlton's friend, Raymond Harris, was killed in a homicide and Carlton took part in Walnut Way's Peace Program after that.

We met 22-year-old Carlton Dewindt over a year ago, when he was featured on an early episode of Precious Lives.

Neighborhood feuds and shootings eventually culminated in the death of Carlton’s close friend, Lil Ray. Ray died in an alley next to an orchard tended by Walnut Way Conservation Corp.

The staff at Walnut Way gathered Carlton and other men affected by Ray's death. They talked, they boxed, they camped... They grieved together.

But before Walnut Way’s efforts had a chance to foster neighborhood peace, police conducted an undercover drug investigation in the area. Carlton Dewindt ended up getting charged.

The last time we spoke with Carlton, he was getting ready to go to court.

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