Crime

15 Colorado Kids, Teens Dead From Gun Violence in Year Since Parkland

Marshall Mitschelen was seventeen when he died.
Marshall Mitschelen was seventeen when he died. gunmemorial.org
Today marks one year since the February 14, 2018, shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, during which seventeen people, including fourteen teenagers, were killed. But this toll pales in comparison to the carnage from gun violence across the country between then and now.

During the past twelve months, nearly 1,200 children or teens died by firearm, including fifteen in Colorado.

The data was compiled for "Since Parkland," a project conducted in partnership with the Miami Herald and its parent newspaper company, McClatchy. But the profiles of the deceased are all written by student journalists — appropriate given the ages of those who died.

A few months after the Florida attack, Westword made a smaller-scale comparison between Parkland and gun violence in Colorado. We revealed that fourteen teens in the state, the same number who died at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, were fatally shot and killed here over a span of less than a year, from July 2017 to April 2018.


Our source for that effort was GunMemorial.org, a national website whose founder and creator, Steve Tarzia, has been profiled in this space. And while most of the Colorado fifteen cited in "Since Parkland" are included on the page that focuses on the state (the links are in the captions of each photo), several others aren't. And none of those who lost their lives deserve to be forgotten.
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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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