SANT’EGIDIO SAYS ‘NO TO VIOLENT DEATHS’ IN THE US, PRAYS FOR PEACE, REMEMBERS 13,250+ PEOPLE KILLED BY GUNS IN 2018

On December 4 the Community of Sant’Egidio in Washington, DC held its annual prayer for an end to gun violence, remembering the lives of the 13,258 people who were killed by guns in the United States so far in 2018.

Since 2015, the Community of Sant’Egidio in the U.S. has campaigned “No to Violent Deaths,” praying for victims and for peace in U.S. cities and calling on all people of good will to work toward peace and nonviolence.

Special guest Giselle Mörch shared the tragedy of her son Jon-Christian aka “Jaycee” Kemachet-Webster’s death, who was shot and killed at 20 years old on July 19, 2017. She said what murder victim member family members desire most is to keep the memory of their loved ones alive. 

Since her son’s death, Giselle’s goal in life, she said, is to prevent more gun deaths from occurring. 

She shared a saying of Jaycee’s that she said she will always remember: 

“I may not change the world, but I want to inspire many.”