A Mother's Prayer Vigil: Love, Loss and Life

At the 2013 ESSENCE Festival, heartbroken mothers who’d lost their sons or daughters to gun violence gathered together for a prayer vigil, many clutching photographs of their children to their chests. They share their stories here in the hopes of reminding other women to hold their children close and join the fight against gun violence. To learn more about what you can do to stop the shooting, see “What Does it Take to Change a Life?,” the final installment of our Guns Down series in the December issue of ESSENCE magazine, on stands now.