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    • Ruby L. Taylor, M.S.W.
    • DECEMBER 27, 1974 – AUGUST 4, 1991
      • Daniel loved his family and friends.
      • Daniel loved bike racing.
      • Daniel was working hard to make it to the world cups.
      • His hard work paid off he was going to Chile December 1991
      • Completed his 11 th grade year at Harry S. Truman High School.
      • Daniel planned on graduating high school and attending Norfolk State to study computer programming
      • Daniel was afraid because a young man out of prison pulled a gun on him on his way home from summer school
      • Daniel was aware of the violence of the streets of the Bronx, New York
      • August 4, 1991 at the age of 16 years old Daniel was shot in the back of head by a stray bullet and died from the gun shot wound. He never made it to Chile.
      • The Heritage Foundation Report
      • 1991 and 1997 homicide data stated a 15 year-old African American male faces a probability of being murdered before reaching his 45 th birthday at a 2.21 national percentage compared to .29 percent for all white males.
      • African American males leading cause of death was murder.
      • In urban communities murder was a daily problem.
      • The United States Murder rate peaked in 1991
      • Young African-American Males: Continuing Victims of High Homicide Rates in Urban Communities (May 2, 2000)
      • Dr. Jeffrey Fagan a professor at Columbia University and the director of Columbia’s Violence Research and Prevention stated murder was a infectious disease
      • Harvard Medical School researchers found that young teens who witnessed gun violence were more than twice as likely as non=witnesses to commit violence.
      • Dr. Felton Earls from Harvard Medical School based on their research stated murder was a socially infectious disease.
      • In The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness , Erich Fromm stated the increase in violence in society is directly related to our inability to grieve outwardly.
      • According to Bertha Simos in 1960 thru 1975 juvenile crime tripled. The juvenile crime increase and divorce rate had a direct correlation during that period.
      • “ The experience of grief and loss is not limited to the death of a loved one—it also exists after a divorce, parental separation, relocation, imprisonment or any separation or ending. “
      • Ruby L. Taylor, M.S.W.
      • Number one factor in gun violence is exposure to gun violence.
      • Exposure to violence over whelming beat factors like poverty, drug use, or being raised by a single parent.
      • Increase grief, mourning and healing awareness.
      • Enhance access to grief and healing support and resources.
      • Decrease exposure to violence.
      • Glaser and Strauss is not trajectory 1 sudden death. The environment of 1991, Daniel being an African American male and looking at murder as a socially infectious disease cancels out sudden death.
      • Trajectory 3 was Daniel’s death trajectory because of study decline and unpredictable death point.
      • A night after Daniel’s murder a teenage African American male was murdered in the same community Daniel’s murder came from.
      • African American and Urban Communities still struggles with violence and murder in our community 20 years after Daniel’s murder.
      • The males in the family (brothers) became emotionally distant from the family
      • A documentary about Daniel’s life and my personal grief and healing process was completed in 2010 and was shown in 3 film festivals and screened twice at the African American Museum Philadelphia.
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