"I pray each night this cycle will slow down,
that the gears will rust under the tears shed
by every grieving mother, that angry teens fingers
will turn to pencils instead of triggers."
gun violence in portland.
about this site
This website was created for three purposes.
First, this website will share an intimate story of three people in Portland, Oregon, whose lives have been affected by guns. Asianique Savage lost her mother at six; Noah Schultz spent seven and a half years in a youth correctional facility; and Jamal Ford was paralyzed in his second shoot-out. This website also covers a memorial service for L.J. Irving Jr., who lost his life when mediating an argument. All of these stories are created through the voice of these individuals and their families.
Second, this website will act as a landing page pointing people in the direction of local organizations working hard to end gun violence in Portland.
Third, this website is a donation page offering scholarship funds for children who have lost a parent to gun violence and are seeking to further their education. For 2016 / 2017 all scholarship funds will go to Asianique Savage who is starting her freshmen year studying psychology at Grambling State University in Louisiana.
Please browse through the website and click on video icons to hear Asianique, Noah and Jamal tell stories. If you are inclined to donate to the scholarship fund please do so at the bottom of the site. Thank you.
Asianique savage lost her mother when she was only 6-years-old.
Asianique's mother and stepfather were sitting on the front porch when a car drove by and sprayed the house with 24 bullets. Asianique's mother was killed by nine and her stepfather was blinded by one while she and her siblings had fallen asleep watching The Lion King. Asianique and her three brothers were raised by their grandmother, Perlia Bell. Listen to Asia tell her story below.
Perlia Bell lost her 24-year-old daughter.
And then was given four grandchildren to raise.
Scarred by tattoos and paralyzed from bullets, Jamal Ford is a changed man.
Jamal was a long-time member of the crips gang. Now, Jamal is a proud father of three children, two of whom are in college.
To support children who have lost a parent to gun violence please click below
L.J. Irving Jr.