At the 2015 ESSENCE Festival, heartbroken mothers who have lost their daughters and sons to gun violence gathered with their children's photos in hand for our third annual prayer vigil. They shared their stories in the hopes of reminding other women to hold their children close and join the fight against gun violence.
Ione Bolden holding a picture of her son Corey James.
Dorothy Johnson White
Dorothy Johnson White holding a picture of her son Calvin Johnson Jr.
Michelle Hunn holding a picture of her sun Bruce Tims Jr.
Shawn James holding a picture of her daughter Shawnese James.
Sonia Miller holding a picture of her son Betrand Dezara.
Margaret Washington holding a picture of her daughter Marguerite Washington.
Teresa Castle hold a pictue of her son Trammell Marshall.
Evangelise Margret George
Evangelise Margret George holding a picture of her son Tyrone Lawrence.
Montriell Willis holing a picture of her brother Charlie Johnson Jr.
Patrice Junius hold a picture of her daughter Christina Junius.
Desiree Watson Jones
Desiree Watson Jones lost her son Yoshio Sockie Watson.
Faye McClellan Hold a picture of her son Elvis McCllan Jr.
Chandra Burks with Cameron and Vaughn
Chandra Burks with Cameron and Vaughn holding apicture of her son Jared Francis.
Evelyn Caro holding pictures of Kerry, Henry and Eric.
Deirdre Hall and Cassandra Smoot
Deirdre Hall and Cassandra Smoot holing a picture of Hall's son and Smoot's nephew Kenneth.
Michelle Jackson holding a picture of her son Walter Jackson.
Joann Girod holding pictures of her daughter and son Shawna Girod and Willy Odom.
Charmaine Washington and Deverrick Johnson
Charmaine Washington and Deverrick Johnson holding a picture of Washington's son and Johnson's brother Darius Johnson.