New York Students Learn About Gun Violence by Visiting Morgue

WABC-TV(NEW YORK) -- Some 50 Brooklyn, New York, high school and middle school students visited the Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center on Wednesday in what organizers are calling a last-ditch effort to drive the message home that guns and gangs can lead to a one-way trip underground.

"The gun violence rate is so high in East New York and we needed to make a change," Nicole Favours of Brookdale's public affairs department told ABC News. "What [the students have] been asked to do now is make a change."

The Brooklyn hospital receives a gunshot victim every 36 hours, according to hospital president Mark Toney.

Organizers are hoping this new initiative will have a lasting impact on the visiting teenagers.

"Seeing that body, it just made me realize that life is precious," Shane Magloire, 17, told ABC-owned station WABC-TV. "And just thinking, like, 'What if one of my friends or myself was dead?'"

The group heard chilling stories from emergency room doctors and were shown videos and photos of gunshot victims.

"You guys have a decision to make," Khari Edwards, also of Brookdale's public affairs department, told the group. "You can make a decision to do great things, or you can make a decision to go the wrong way, and usually, wrong ways end you up here."

Favours says the plan, moving forward, is to bring students to the morgue every three months.

"It's not to scare them," Favours said, "but it's to inform them that this is the part you don't see."

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Officials break ground on new park honoring the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombing

Officials break ground on new park honoring the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombingSeanPavonePhoto/iStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) -- Officials broke ground in Boston Wednesday for a new park dedicated to Martin Richard, the youngest victim of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

Martin was 8 years old when he killed on April 15, 2013, as he watched the marathon from near the finish line with his family. His mother was gravely injured, and his sister, who was 7 at the time,
lost a leg.

Photos from Wednesday's ceremonial groundbreaking show children in hard hats using shovels to dig dirt. Martin's Park, located next to the Boston Children's Museum at the Smith Family Waterfront,
is expected to open in the fall of 2018, according to a press release from the office of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

"This park will bring light & hope to that darkness, honoring his memory & allowing kids to be kids," Baker wrote on Twitter.

#MartinRichard lost his life to terror. This park will bring light & hope to that darkness, honoring his memory & allowing kids to be kids. pic.twitter.com/lYUTMyZNxV

— Charlie Baker (@MassGovernor) August 16, 2017

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh wrote on Twitter that the park will remind its visitors of "hope, compassion & love."

"Martin's spirit will always live on in Boston & in Martin's Park," Walsh wrote.

This park reminds us of hope, compassion & love a young boy taught us all. Martin's spirit will always live on in Boston & in Martin's Park. pic.twitter.com/w6Plokx6D7

— Mayor Marty Walsh (@marty_walsh) August 16, 2017

Both Baker and Walsh spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony, as well as Martin's family.

Martin's sister, Jane Richard, said she knows that her brother is happy that the community is coming together.

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