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.