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The St. Louis prosecutor pulls back the curtain of the “viewing room” of the city morgue to call attention to gun killings.
Since 2014 there have been 138 people murdered by guns in the city. Since 2010 there has been a total of 830 deaths.
City Attorney Jennifer Joyce also invited three relatives who have been in that room before, including Peggy Morgan.
“And on that day I saw him in there, standing right here looking through that glass, I was gone,” says Morgan. “I was totally gone, I didn’t know what to do.”
Joyce says that these are people who were cut short before the age of 25. She adds that this is not ISIS, but the city of St. Louis where many people live.
Medical Examiner Dr. Michael Graham who has done autopsies on many of the bodies, is also speaking out against gun violence.
“What I want you to be remember is the number 85,” says Graham. “Because 85 percent of those are African American, 85 percent of those are male, 85 percent are killed by guns and 85 percent are between the ages of 16 and 49.”
Joyce says that gun murders are also hurting the image of city schools, downtown and the convention business. She’s launching a new website asking for donations of money and volunteering with organizations that mentor youth to stay out of the crime and gun culture.KMOV.com