Victoria Gwynn spoke for the first time on Friday that she was injured in the same shooting that killed DaJuan Coward. Now Gwynn is getting involved with Future Healers.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A month after surviving a shooting in Ballard Park, 19-year-old Victoria Gwynn said she was working to stop the rise in gun violence in the city.
Gwynn and his friend, DaJuan Coward, 17, were shot dead in the park in early June. While still healing from the blow to her leg, she said the biggest injury was losing Coward. After being put on life support following the shooting, Coward died a few days later.
âI’m not dead, I’m still walking and breathing, but inside it hurts,â Gwynn said. âHe found me, and I told him I couldn’t get up and that’s when he told me to shoot him in the head and call the police. “
The shooting occurred less than two years after she lost her brother, Christian, to gun violence at the same age. At just 19 years old, Christian Gwynn was shot and killed near 43rd and Market. Police charged Jameko Lee Hayden with murder.
âLosing him just put a hole in my heart for the second time,â Gwynn said.
Now she is following in the activist footsteps of her parents Krista and Nevada Gwynn.
âIf I can reach families, mothers and fathers, like we’ve been doing for the past year and a half, I’m pretty sure my kids can reach their age range,â said her mom Krista Gwynn.
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Victoria Gwynn is part of community activist Christopher 2X’s new Future Healers program. The partnership with UofL Health supports children affected by the trauma of gun violence in their communities.
âEach of these numbers is an individual. And each of these individuals is attached to a family,â said Dr. Keith Miller of UofL Hospital.
2X said there would be around 24 children involved through a hospital ambassador and another group through the YMCA. Leaders and medical students of future healers are expected to provide an influence, an example, and a resource for help.
âIt has to stop,â Gwynn said. “I don’t want my little sister to be afraid to go outside and play with her friends.”
Gwynn said she has long hours of therapy ahead that she knows can’t heal all wounds. Instead, she hopes to stop new ones instead, keeping children like her own little sister from being caught in the crossfire.
âI want to be his support system, I want to be a support system for the kids,â Gwynn said.
LMPD is still investigating the death of DaJuan Coward at Ballard Park. Police said on Friday they had no new information.
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