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Vigil for Donnovan Clayton

Karen Tararache
Created: June 18, 2020 11:57 PM

TROY - It was a senseless act of violence that took the life of eighteen -year-old Donnovan Clayton and now his family is left to cope with tremendous grief.

"Because long after the cameras are gone, long after the media hype is over, those families are left to live with the trauma and the loss," Lisa Good said.

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Good founded Urban Grief and organized the vigil.

The organization provides crisis support and services for those affected by violence in their community.

"People come from the war they talk about post traumatic stress but this is continuous right here," Jerome Brown said.

Brown of 518 SNUG says violence doesn't stop where the bridges are, it crosses over and by allowing those who are hurt a space to heal, perhaps those touched by gun violence can feel a little peace.

"He was one of our community members, he was one of our children, one of our brothers, he was one of our uncles, you know, he was a son," Cedric Fulton said, Urban Grief Outreach Coordinator.

Donnovan's family is pleading with the public, if you have any information about the stray bullet that killed him, to please, come forward.

"One, we want the violence to stop but not just stopping the violence we also need to spaces and opportunities where we grieve and where we actually acknowledge the harm that's been caused," Good added.

To place an anonymous tip, call (518) 270-4666. 


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