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‘Faces You Need to See’: Loved Ones of Violence Victims Share Grief in New Art Exhibit

Emma Lee
Portraits of loved ones of shooting victims, called co-victims, are displayed on three floors at Philadelphia City Hall in an exhibit curated by Zarinah Lomax called ''We Are Here: Stories and Expressions of Healing.''

Painted portraits of Philadelphians who’ve lost a loved one to gun violence are now lining the second floor of City Hall. Advocates say it’s a message of support to the grieving and a call to action for the city, as WHYY’s Sammy Caiola reports.

(Original air-date: 8/26/22)

Sammy Caiola is WHYY News’ first-ever gun violence prevention reporter. She is committed to doing trauma-informed journalism driven by the communities she covers. She has been a health reporter for the last eight years, first at The Sacramento Bee and then at Capital Public Radio. Her podcast, "After the Assault," explores the journey to justice and healing for survivors of sexual violence. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, dancing, and playing with her Labrador, Pepper.