A Young Chicago Woman Has Lost 23 Loved Ones to Gun Violence and Wants You To See Their Faces
Camiella Williams bought her first gun in the fifth grade. She mourned her first dead friend in high school. Now, she is fighting to save other Chicago kids, however long the odds.
The first time I meet Camiella Williams, she pulls out her smartphone and calls up a Facebook album she created called “Lost but not forgotten.” It’s filled with pictures of mostly young African-American men, and serves as a kind of memorial wall to some of the people she’s known who’ve been gunned down on the streets of Chicago. “Martece,” she says, pausing at a photo of a young man in a neon green shirt and a baseball cap. “He got killed on 81st and Ashland, in the dollar store.”